Artist Simon Croft will be presenting his art works at GFEST – Gaywise FESTival 2010 Visual Arts Exhibition @ Hampstead Town Hall / InterChange Studios, The Atrium, Hampstead Town Hall, 213 Haverstock Hill, London NW3 4QP. (Entrance from footpath on Haverstock Hill) / Tel: 020 7692 5800 / Wise Thoughts: 0208 8899555 / Mon 8 to Friday 19 Nov (Sat, Sun closed) 10.30AM to 5.30PM / Entry Free
A Twitter friendly chat with Simon:
What are you doing right now?
Thinking about ways to explore aging as related to trans people – issues like respect for our identities if we lose capacity and independence.
How would you describe your own practice?
Drawn from my own experiences and concerns as a transman, but often abstracted to achieve a wider relevance.
How relevant is your work or practice today to be a part of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) or queer art work?
It explores and expresses what it means to live long-term as a transman and aims to engage with issues beyond ‘practical’ transition.
Tell us more about the process?
Method or process and materials are usually central. I see them as having parallels with the processes of transition and personal development.
Do you see yourself as ‘queer artist’?
I would describe myself as a trans artist and my work as trans art. It’s (currently) core to my motivation and practice as an artist.
How do you resource your practice?
I make my art at home and it’s virtually all self funded by me or my wife. I work in the voluntary sector for my main income.
Do you think that you publicise or market your work well?
Poorly! The amount of time I spend working to fund my art leaves me limited time to publicise it.
How would you like your work to be known?
As valuing the trans experience – both on an individual and a cultural level, and revealing it as similar to many human experiences.
How do you see tomorrow’s ‘gay or queer art’ scene?
Vibrant, vital, challenging; engaged with the community and relevant to real lives, whilst increasingly high quality and well-regarded.
A single wish?
A dedicated studio space; more time to make work; a permanent LGBT arts venue; a major trans art exhibition – take your pick!
Thank you Simon and best wishes from GFEST.
Now in its fourth year, GFEST is supported by the Mayor of London, dignitaries, Ministers and MPs from all the leading parties, various London boroughs and Arts Council England.
GFEST 2010 images on http://www.flickr.com/photos/GFEST
GFEST 2010 Visual Art : http://www.flickr.com/photos/gfest/sets/72157624870998137/
LONDON: GAY ART FESTIVAL : GFEST 2010 showreel on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwJ9UWJX1fg
More info on GFEST – Gaywise FESTival (GFEST in short) web: http://www.gaywisefestival.org.ukGFEST Artistic Director: Niranjan Kamatkar
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