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.”

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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.

Wise Thoughts what’s on events:

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

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GFEST – Gaywise FESTival 2014 Show Reel Video Released on You Tube


London LGBTQI cross art festival GFEST – Gaywise FESTival video showreel is released on its YouTube Channel.

The annual November eclectic event in London’s cultural calendar, GFEST will take place this year from 10 to 22 November 2014.

More info: http://www.gaywisefestival.org.uk/

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GFEST – Gaywise FESTival 2014 ‘spectacular’ film programme is now published on gaywisefestival.org.uk


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Not-to-be-missed screenings in November: GFEST 2014 feature films and shorts at Rich Mix in Shoreditch.
Organised by art charity Wise Thoughts each year, London’s eclectic cross-art festival ‘GFEST 2014’ film screenings will include this autumn’s best selection of LGBTQI flicks. The film programme is billed as ‘Modern Myths’ under this year’s festival theme ‘Myths & Mythology’. The screenings will take place from 15th to 18th November 2014 and include thought provoking as well as entertaining movies. GFEST 2014 film programme is now live on:  http://gaywisefestival.org.uk/film-screenings/
GFEST 2014 films include a number of UK and London premiere titles:
The critically acclaimed ‘STAND’ – a Russian feature film directed by Jonathan Taieb will open the screenings. British filmmakers Jake Graf and Richard Mansfield will present ‘Brace’ a queer short film, and the feature ‘The Secret Path’ respectively.  Brazilian director Daniel Ribeiro’s gay teen drama ‘The Way He Looks’ along with Erin Davies’ ‘Fagbug Nation’, a popular follow up to the original ‘Fagbug’, are to be screened. Filmmakers Casper Andreas and David Färdmar, whose films have been a part of previous GFESTs screenings, will together premiere a short film ‘A Last Farewell’.
Festival director Niranjan Kamatkar said, “GFEST 2014 films dispel stereotypes that occasionally surround the LGBTQI cultures. These remarkable celluloid dramas and documentaries also engage with both gay and straight audiences alike, while spinning a few ‘Modern Myths’ for the future generations. The films mirror the current pressing issues and offer a united loud voice to LGBTQI identities in contemporary London.”
GFEST 2014 filmmakers and the stars are expected to participate in the Q&A sessions, after each film screening.
GFEST 2014 visual arts exhibition line-up is announced earlier this month and details of GFEST 2014 performance, debates events etc., also to go live shortly on the festival website: http://gaywisefestival.org.uk

For further information, images and interview, please contact: info @ wisethoughts . org / 0208889955

London annual gay cross-arts festival GFEST 2014 visual art programme is LIVE on gaywisefestival.org.uk


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An eclectic line up featuring newly commissioned works presented along with curated LGBTQI art.
This year’s GFEST – Gaywise FESTival 2014 visual arts programme is now announced on GFEST website http://gaywisefestival.org.uk . The eclectic cross art annual event in London’s November calendar is organised by art charity Wise Thoughts and is recognised by high profile MPs, ministers and Mayors of London in the past.  GFEST 2014 films, performances and other events programme will be announced soon.
For the first time, GFEST visual art exhibition includes newly commissioned art works.  The exhibition will be open from Monday the 10th to Saturday the 22nd November at Menier Gallery on Southwark Street.
Breathtaking works that explore this year’s festival theme ‘Myths & Mythology’ include thought provoking paintings, video installation and photographic image works.

Artistic director Niranjan Kamatkar said, “GFEST 2014 programme spells out an ongoing challenge to attain social equality in the realms of the art world for LGBTQI artists. Working with the commissioned artists to showcase their work at this year’s GFEST, has been truly inspirational. Artists have interpreted the theme of myths not only in classical and contemporary context, but also, I hope, the artworks pose as mythical creations for the future generations.”

Headliners include:
Challenging art works from established artists like Sadie Lee and Matthew Stradling will lead the showcase. Joao Trindade’s will present promising new digital images. Enzo Marra will show his Francis Bacon series along with art works of Berlin and London based artist Mathias Vef. The exhibition will also include ‘mythical’ interpretations from younger artists like Gökhan Tanriöver and Jenny Welton.
A panel discussion is planned on Friday the 21st November to discuss LGBT ‘Myths and Mythology’ looking at some past, present and future practices and involves GFEST 2014 artists, art critic and writer Anna McNay and renowned academic Prof Johnny Golding.

For further information, images and interview, please contact: info @ wisethoughts . org / 0208889955

With a theme of ‘Myths & Mythology’, GFEST 2014 promises to be a dynamic experience for ALL arts lovers


Organisers are keen to work with LGBTQI networks to attract corporate investment this year.

An eclectic cross-arts event for London’s autumn cultural calendar, GFEST – Gaywise FESTival 2014 will showcase new visual and performance art works and films, in November 2014.
GFEST2014cover1GFEST 2014 theme is ‘Myths and Mythology’ and the programme will incorporate contemporary as well as classical interpretations by the artists.
The festival will take place in venues across London during 10 – 22 November and there will an exciting array of events, London/ UK premiere of films and showcasing the work from established as well as up and coming talent – offering something for everyone to engage in.
Niranjan Kamatkar, artistic director of GFEST, said, “I am hugely optimistic about this year’s showcase where, as each year, we will be presenting excellent work from a number of artists and filmmakers. For the first time we will be working with few artists to present new work specially commissioned for GFEST 2014.” Niranjan hopes to further build upon the festival’s international reputation as ‘a major queer arts event in London’, a city that is now seen by many as cultural capital of the world.
Since 2007 GFEST has been widely recognised as a key London platform for LGBTQI arts. It has been presenting arts works that highlight the rich, cultural and artistic heritage that exists within the community. GFEST events have been proven to be a key mechanism for encouraging a dialogue between straight people and LGBTQI communities. The festival aims to challenge homophobic, bi-phobic and transphobic attitudes and prejudices through the use of arts.
North London based  arts charity Wise Thoughts, organizer of the festival, is keen to work with various community, media partners and sponsors to present the festival that is known as London’s LGBTQI cross-art event for all.
The festival organisers are in discussions with a few corporate sponsors and some key London venues and arts organisations. Niranjan said the developments are encouraging, and he is confident to present ‘a much larger scale event’ this year provided all potential sponsors and corporate LGBT networks help support emerging artists and the excellence in the arts.

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For more information/ interview or image requests please contact: info@wisethoughts.org / 02088899555