Artist Kimi Tayler will be presenting an art work 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 Quick Q & A with Kimi:
What are you doing right now?
I’m currently working on a new series of drawings about nothing! I am preparing for several exhibitions and will be returning to art school to study for an MA.
How do you see your art or artwork?
My work is about change- in content and media. Initially I was discomfited by this flux but I now recognise the process as central to the development of my practice.
How relevant is your work or practice today to be a part of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) or queer art work?
My sexuality is a recurring theme in some of my work but not the predominant subject. I think this reflects a change in how many young gay people identify themselves.
Tell us about your reasons for presenting your work as part of GFEST 2010?
GFEST is an exciting opportunity for me to exhibit with artists much more experienced than myself whilst having the chance to engage with the queer art scene.
Do you see yourself as ‘gay or queer artist’?
I am proud to be many things, and refuse to be identified as just one. I believe in good art by great artists- irrespective of their gender, sexuality or culture.
How do you fund your practice?
I fund my work myself. I currently spend a lot of time in charity shops! Beyond finance, inspiration and support are essential resources for practice.
How do you publicise or market your work?
The internet is my main source of marketing, specifically my website (with my name). I’m proactive in applying for projects, but currently find it hard not being part of a community of artists.
How would you like yourself to be known?
I try to give something familiar and unknown that leads to questions about how you view the world. Whatever the emotion felt, I only hope you come away feeling something.
How do you see tomorrow’s ‘gay or queer art’ scene?
Art is a wonderful political tool and a hugely important queer voice. I think there is an immense need for artists to just keep making great work that shouts loudly!
A single wish?
Not really a single wish, but to always be able to make work that communicates and connects.
Thank you Kimi 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
WISE THOUGHTS is an arts charity that organises GFEST – Gaywise FESTival in venues across London. GFEST web networks: http://www.wisethoughts.org http://www.gaywisefestival.org.uk http://www.facebook.com/niranjan.kamatkar http://www.gaywisefestival.blogspot.com/ http://twitter.com/gfest https://gaywisefestival.wordpress.com/ http://www.yoursemotionally.com/ http://www.myspace.com/interviewwithapolitician http://www.flickr.com/photos/gfest/ http://www.youtube.com/user/wisethoughts http://uk.linkedin.com/in/niranjankamatkar http://www.myspace.com/gaywisefestival