London’s Gay Art Festival GFEST 2015 Seeks Expression of Interest from Artists, Filmmakers and Performers


GFEST – Gaywise FESTival has announced the 2015 call for entries open to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI) artists on its website: http://www.gaywisefestival.org.uk
The festival accepts expression of interests from filmmakers, artists and performers in 3 main categories : Films (shorts and features), Visual Arts and Performances.

GFEST2015coverweb4NIRANJAN KAMATKAR, director of GFEST said, “This year we will work with venues that will actively promote the profile of LGBTQI artists. The festival has been offering an excellent platform for LGBT films and artworks over the last 8 years now. GFEST 2015 presents an ideal opportunity for sponsors to show their commitment to LGBT equality and diversity.”
Recognised as London’s annual gay art fest in November, GFEST in the past was supported by a number of London venues including the National Gallery, V&A and was launched in UK Parliament for over 3 years.
Invaluable to London’s diverse LGBT arts communities
GFEST is internationally recognised as a high profile event by media and other festivals.
The festival provides a unique opportunity for young talent to network and showcase works alongside the established names. Last year the festival presented new commissioned works by 3 visual artists and 2 performers. The organisers hope to present new commissioned works this year. The festival is organised by arts charity Wise Thoughts.
Visual artist and Wise Thoughts new trustee Dr Trevor Wood MBE said, “I am delighted to be associated with this year’s GFEST, a unique festival showcasing outstanding work of artists from the LGBT community and has helped many new and aspiring artists with their careers. Taking part in GFEST can help promote your work within the mainstream arts industry in London and wider afield.”

North London art organisation announces new events in Wood Green Library


A series of new events and initiatives are announced at arts charity Wise Thoughts, a North London orgnisation based in Wood Green Library in the month of March 2015 and beyond.

A Lesbian, Bi and Trans (LBT) women drop-in which will incorporate a book club, plus cultural activities. The FREE drop -in will take place on every second Thursday of the month from 5 to 7 pm in Haringey.

The month of March will also see keep fit classes with personal trainer Marios Iacovou happening on Wednesday lunch-times from 12.30 pm onwards.

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And a joint half day workshop with Farah Fernandes and Subodh Rathod will explore creative movements from Yoga and the Indian classical dance of Kathak on Saturday the 21st March 2015.

The organiser Niranjan Kamatkar said, “We had a series of successful events as part of LGBT History Month (February) this year at Wise Thoughts CCH (Creative Cultural Hub), which included a lecture on Queer Art from the Tate Collection, Paradise Press and Planet London authors booking reading events, which were enjoyed by a number LGBT people.”

The organistion delivers regular gayWISE drop-in activities, Postive Rainbow drop-in for HIV+ gay, bi men and MSM along with Exotic Moves dance classes.

The drop-in sessions provide opportunities for meeting likeminded LGBT people and also exchanging information and advice.

All the events and activities will take place in Wood Green Library in North London.

Arts charity Wise Thoughts organises London’s LGBTQI cross-art festival, GFEST – Gaywise FESTival, annually.

More info: http://www.wisethoughts.org/whats-on/

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LGBT History Month 2015 events started in Haringey, more to follow


LGBT History Month 2015 events started yesterday in Haringey, and are organised by art charity Wise Thoughts in Wood Green Library.

Events kicked off with ‘Queer art from the Tate Collection’ – an illustrated lecture by Marcus Dickey Horley. The lecture was very well-received  last night.

Some images from the event:

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Work of Robert Mapplethorpe compared to Cecil Beaton’s as the part of the lecture
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Keith Vaughan painting Small Assembly of Figures 1951
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Sir Jacob Epstein’s sculpture Jacob and the Angel 1940
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1984 work Existers by Gilbert and George.

Check for upcoming events at Wise Thoughts Creative Cultural Hub (CCH) on Thursdays: 12th February, there will be Book reading & Launch of the LBT Women+guests group and on 19 February Paradise Press authors book reading will take place.

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Art Charity Wise Thoughts Announced LGBT History Month Events at Wood Green Library in February


Arts charity Wise Thoughts has organised an exciting line-up of events as part of LGBT History Month (in February 2015) this year.

On Thursday the 5th February at 5.30 pm Marcus Dickey Horley, Curator of Access Projects at Tate Modern will present an illustrated lecture: Queer Art from the Tate Collection.

KBHCL12Feb2015On Thursday the 12 February at 5.30 pm, Wise Thoughts – Creative Cultural Hub (CCH) have teamed up with Planet London to launch the Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Women+guests Group Drop-in, leading talks and introducing a new book club. ‘London Calling’ Author Clare Lydon and Katie Bennett-Hall will be reading from the anthology ‘L is For’, followed by a Q&A.

 

 

 

ParapresscoverAnd on the third Thursday of the month, on the 19th February at 5.30 pm, an event will introduce to the work and publications of Paradise Press, an LGBT book publisher. There will be short readings (poetry, fiction and memoir) by the authors including Jeff Doorn, John Dixon & Jeremy Kingston audience questions, discussion.

 

More details on Wise Thoughts what’s on webpage.

Other Wise Thoughts Creative Cultural Hub (CCH) activities are also announced on Wise Thoughts what’s on page: Lunchtime Yoga, Exotic Moves, #gayWISE dropin, #PositiveRainbow dropin.

Wise Thoughts is an arts charity based in Wood Green Library in North London and delivers art/ cultural activities, services around LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) & BAME (Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic) issues. Wise Thoughts organises London-wide annual LGBT cross art event: GFEST – Gaywise FESTival.

Contact: info@wisethoughts.org/ 020 888 99 555

Online news, media coverage of GFEST – Gaywise FESTival 2014 events


Following are the links to online news, listing and media coverage of GFEST – Gaywise FESTival 2014 events: Pinknews , ArtLyst , So So Gay , So So Gay Films , The Gay UK , West End Extra , Culture 24 , Stonewall , Twisted Male Mag , Bent Mag, GScene , DIVA , Gaydar Blog , Planet London , Ilga Europe , MailOut mag , Arts Thread , Tower Hamlets arts , Festival Insight and London Live amongst many others.

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GFEST 2014 Events Prove London Is The Top ‘LGBT Friendly’ Place


GFEST – Gaywise FESTival, an ‘all arts – all welcome’ art fest in eclectic London came to close last weekend on Saturday the 22 November. A number of films, performances, visual arts events combined with debates took place in venues all over London, including Menier Gallery near London Bridge, Rich Mix in Shoreditch, RADA studios in central London, Roehampton University and Bar Titania on Charing Cross Road.

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GFEST 2014 artistic director Niranjan DSC_0051Kamatkar commented on what many visitors described as ‘a successful event’. He said, “Now in its seventh year, the response we received at every GFEST 2014 event from 10th to 22nd November was phenomenal. It shows why we want to set this festival in London. The overwhelmingly positive response received for LGBT artists, films and performers during the festival proves  that London has emerged as the top ‘LGBT friendly’ place, a city that is viewed by many as cultural capital of the world now.”

There were almost two events showcasing LGBT talent every day, spread over the two weeks period, where a number of potentially controversial works were exhibited.  GFEST 2014 programme included the works from: British artist Sadie Lee presenting her take on Francois Boucher’s erotic paintings, Cabaret performer Bird La Bird presenting strong political commentary through her show and filmmaker Richard Mansfield’s horror film ‘The Secret Path’ – a debut in a rare LGBT genre.

Niranjan added, “I am pleasantly surprised by the warmth shown by London audiences to the works presented during the last fortnight at GFEST. Both straight or gay couples, across all age ranges, commented on how much they enjoyed the art works through their feedback. The events broke barriers with a number of young men from diverse cultural backgrounds, who described themselves as straight, were visibly very comfortable to visit the exhibition and admire the works. Although we hear or know of violent attacks on LGBT community members in London, the fantastic reception of events like GFEST 2014 sends a message that if we are not complacent in the present, then we will have a less fragile future ahead.”

Early statistical figures show more than half of audiences who attended the event fall into  the 22 -44 age group and nearly a third of them described themselves from Black and Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.

 

 

Arthouse LGBT films and Cabaret at Rich Mix Cinema in Shoreditch from Tomorrow (15 to 18 November)


A number of LGBT and gay feature and short films will be screened from Saturday the 15 November to Tuesday the 18 November as part of London cross-arts fest  GFEST – Gaywise FESTival. All the film events will take place at Rich Mix in Shoreditch, London.

Andrey Kruganov, one of the main leads of the feature film STAND at Rich Mix on 15 November will attend the Q&A session with audience, after the film screening at 12 noon.

 

Filmmaker and actor Jake Graf will also attend the Q & A sessions on 16 after the screening of film ‘Brace’ and LGBT documentary ‘Fagbug Nation’ by Erin Davies at 12 noon at the same venue.

Richard Mansfield, the director of British feature film ‘The Secret Path’ will attend the Q&A after the screening on his film at Rich Mix Cinema on Tuesday the 18 Nov at 8.15 pm.

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STAND film star Andrey Kruganov being interviewed

 

On Saturday the 15 November, at 8pm, GFEST 2014 Cabaret events will also take place at Rich Mix. The star-studded line up includes Bird La Bird, Mzz Kimberley and the Sh!t Theatre.

More details and booking information of all GFEST 2014 events at Rich Mix: http://www.richmix.org.uk/whats-on/festival/gfest-gaywise-festival-gfest-2014/