Today’s the day. The LGBTQ+ Positive Voices online exhibition has launched in time for Pride Month. I’m so pleased to be able to open it up and share all the inspiring and wonderful contributions from the 26 artists and creators from around the world who chose to get involved. 💖
The following pages feature on the site:
About – list of creators, thanks, background to the exhibition.
Support Page – I realise some of the pieces in the exhibition may generate difficult feelings for some people. So, it was important for me to direct them to professional organisations who can give them support and advice if they need it.
Artists pages – an individual page for each of the wonderful contributions from each of the artists and creators.
Earlier this year, I put out a call for LGBTQ+ artists and creatives, inviting them to contribute to an online exhibition, which would be a celebration of their positive experiences, lives and perspectives. Thanks to everyone who shared this open call, the response was inspirational, and as a result the LGBTQ+ Positive Voices online exhibition has been created.
The creators included in this exhibition are Ana Iribas Rudín; AnimaeNoctis (Silvia Marcantoni Taddei & Massimo Sannelli); April Winter; Bryony Mair; Caren Jo Shapiro; Charmaine Chapman; Ethan Moss; Frankie; Geoffrey Doig-Marx (GDM); Giridhar Raghunathan; Guillermo “Wildo” Zayas IV; Jeremy Martin; Anonymous; Konrad Natthagel; Kryštof Novotný; Leon Clowes; Linhtropy; Naomi; Paty Rodríguez; Poppy Ash; Rik Versteeg; Robin Swift; Rufus Isabel Elliot; Salome Zhvania; Stefani J Alvarez; Terry Gregoraschuk.
This celebratory exhibition includes videos, dance performance pieces, paintings, digital artworks, audio pieces and games. They represent a broad spectrum of sexual and gender identities from 26 fantastic artists and creative contributors from around the world. I am very proud to be able to share these unique personal perspectives. The range of creative pieces and art in the exhibition is wonderful. And each share a short unique thought-provoking and often emotional personal story alongside them that is a positive reflection of being an LGBTQ+ person.
I just wanted to post a short update about the online LGBTQ+ Positive Voices exhibition. I’ve had a fantastic response and steady submission of creative pieces from people around the world. And every time I see a new submission appear in my in-box I’m excited that someone else wants to contribute to this project, and I’m excited to find out what that contribution might be and why it represents a positive experience to them. And when I see the submission piece and read their words it always moves me, simply because all the pieces are so personal, beautiful, unique and positive. I’ve received performance pieces, digital artworks, digital copies of paintings, audio pieces and games, representing asexual, bisexual, gay, gender non-conforming, non-binary, polysexual and trans perspectives. Thank you to everyone who has contributed already. It is wonderful to know that this idea has struck a chord with so many people.
Even if I don’t receive any more submissions, I will be extremely happy to have only these creative pieces in the exhibition launch. But I am also happy to welcome even more submissions representing more voices within the LGBTQ+ community. And those submissions can be anything creative that can be hosted online (eg visual, audio, creative writing, videos, interactive pieces, whatever). I want to emphasise again (and again and again) that contributions from amateur, hobby, DIY artists, crafters and creatives, those who do not consider themselves to be artists or creatives, and those who have never submitted to an exhibition before are especially welcome. And if you aren’t open about your sexuality or gender identity you can also submit your piece anonymously.
Contributors aged 18 and over are welcome to submit visual or audio art and creative works to the LGBTQ+ Positive Voices exhibition. Contributions from amateur, hobby, DIY artists, crafters and creatives, those who do not consider themselves to be artists or creatives, and those who have never submitted to an exhibition before are especially welcome.
It’s partly inspired by my experience of visiting LGBTQ+ exhibitions, and engaging with collection items and art works that helped me gain a better understanding of myself by seeing others like me represented in them. At the same time, some of the personal stories shared alongside exhibition items made me feel as if I had a positive future as a trans/gender non-conforming bisexual person. I want this exhibition to be a space that will allow other people to share and experience creative works that are a positive reflection of being an LGBTQ+ person.
The call for submissions will remain open until 31st May 2021, with the online exhibition opening mid-June 2021. For more information and to contribute visit: http://ashgreen.uk/lgbtq-exhibition/
I’m currently organising an online exhibition as a follow up to the Create Place programme. The intention is to use the space to share creative positive stories and experiences of LGBTQ+ people.
The idea was sparked by the reassuring narratives I encountered when I attended exhibitions such as the Museum of Transology and Transworkers Photographic Exhibition. At a time when I wasn’t sure what lay ahead of me when I was coming out, there were stories in exhibitions like these that made me feel hopeful that I would have a positive future.
In the exhibition I’m organising I want to give every LGBTQ+ person an opportunity to tell part of their positive story. I want everyone in the community to feel they can submit something creative or artistic, whether they’re a professional, amateur, hobbyist, DIY or bedroom maker. And when I say creative or artistic, that could include anything (as long as part of it can be shared in a digital format) – including but not only painting, drawing, writing, music, video, games, digital stories, interactive pieces, crafts and textile arts, performance. The key thing is it just needs to be creative and share positive experiences of being an LGBTQ+ person.
Even though this is starting out as an online exhibition, in the long term I also want to be able to share these experiences in a physical exhibition as well.
I’m discussing the ideas behind this project in a Voluntary Arts Creative Network session on 17th Feb (5-6pm), which is open to everyone. During the session I’m also looking for input into how I can develop this project as a safe online space for LGBTQ+ people to share and discover these positive stories.
If this sounds like your sort of thing I look forward to seeing you on the 17th.
And keep an eye on this blog for updates and calls for submissions.
All of the tracks for the Ice Line Drift project have now been released on Bandcamp. You can also find them on other streaming and download services. This includes the latest track, an ambient beat-free version of I Saw Three Ships. As the ambient version of The Holly and the Ivy went down so well this time last year, I thought I’d create some more music for people to drift off to during a quiet Christmas night.
Next week (11th August) sees the release of two more demo synth pop songs from The Midnight Detective Club on Spotify, iTunes, Deezer, Tidal, Soundcloud, and other music streaming and download sites. This time, Ellen Louise, singer on the tracks, penned the lyrics for Where’s the Magic Gone? They fit the idea behind the song perfectly.
The intention of the songs included in the game is to develop the story of the band and also the game. They give players hints of the supernatural mystery back in the 1980’s, but they also look to the present setting of the game, and are comments on the characters within it. What Destiny Has Planned focuses on the question of whether the future is already laid out for us, whether it can be changed and what it has in store for us. Where’s the Magic Gone? is nostalgic, and draws upon the idea of childhood being full of wonder, fearlessness and imagination, and how that can disappear once you grow up. But it also suggests that it doesn’t have to be that way. The Teen gang themselves are somehow (as a friend put it) “frozen in Aspic”. Teenagers in the 1980’s, but also teenagers now. Or are they adults with a teen mentality? It’s part of the mystery. And if I told you the truth, I’m not sure you would believe me. That would be an understandable reaction, because sometimes I’m not even sure I believe myself. But we will all find out once the mystery of The Midnight Detective Club is solved.
I’ve had a productive few weeks writing music for various projects.
This includes adding a few more tracks to my Pond5 profile – expanding on the styles that were previously there. You’ll find it now features 1970s rock, electronic ambient, and piano solo material, as well as the classical pieces.
I’ve also been working on songs for The Midnight Detective Club game project – so far I’ve drafted the lyrics for 7 tracks, and started working on music for some of them. It’s been fun limiting myself to the synths and drum machines that would have been available around 1982, and trying to capture that early synthpop style.
I also released my first Replay in Neon EP on Spotify and other streaming services at the beginning of October, and I’m really pleased that the tracks have had over 2,300 plays already. If you’re into Plaid, Autechre, Tangerine Dream and Kraftwerk give it a listen. Hey, even if you’re not into those bands you can still check it out. 😀
I’ve also released another track on Spotify, iTunes, Deezer and Tidal under the guise of Ice Line Drift. It’s similar to Replay in Neon material, in that it’s electronic, ambient and progressive, but it’s also very mellow and laid back and doesn’t feature any drums or percussion. I will also hold my hands up and say it is a Christmas themed track based on one of my favourite carols, The Holly and the Ivy. I wanted to give it at dreamy sleepy quality – the sort of track you could easily fall asleep or de-stress to. You can find The Holly and the Ivy (Ambient) here.
Over the past month or so I’ve been remastering a few of my Replay in Neon tracks. Replay in Neon is a project focused on instrumental electronic progressive music inspired by musicians such as Tangerine Dream, Jean Michel Jarre, Vangelis and Kraftwerk, and is in a similar vein to Autechre and Plaid. The remastered tracks (Same Train Different Journey, Continents are Born, Dreams of the Night Circus, Sailing Vermilion Sands) are now available for streaming on the major music services, including Spotify, itunes, Apple music, Tidal and Deezer, as part of the Landscapes in Phase EP.