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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

@GFEST – Gaywise FESTival 2014 Brochure


GFEST – Gaywise FESTival from 10 to 22 November venues : films & cabaret at Rich Mix (15 to 18 Nov), Dance at RADA Studio (20 Nov), Art exhibition at Menier Gallery (10 to 22 Nov), Bar Titania (a new event: Authors book reading ‘L is for..’ free entry – turn up on 13 Nov at 6 pm ) & debate at Roehampton University (19 Nov)

Download : GFEST2014Ebrochure  & See full event list (10 to 22 Nov)

The male body, more than a gay obsession at GFEST 2014


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Three London artists who will show their work at GFEST – Gaywise FESTival this year, offer their opinions on why the male nude figure is so present in art today, claiming other meanings beyond stereotype.

The male body inspires multiple art works and this is no news. It has historically received many portraits at painting, photography, and other supports. Some might even argue about a certain contemporary obsession, especially from gay artists. Recent works from three London artists are examples that this continuous search does not necessarily follow a sexual nature; instead, artists are looking for new ways to explore it, depict it, and absorb it through art. Their compositions are not entirely dedicated to the male nude figure, which is only seen in some moments, but this part is interesting to confront how new readings exist beyond cliché.

_D3_9440  Gokhan Tanriover was born in Turkey, grew up in the UK, and quit his career as a doctor to dedicate himself to photography. His pieces are created in well-elaborated techniques of production and printing, such as liquid light and cyanotype. These images mix abstract, religious, and queer culture elements. Tanriover says that he is “fascinated by the motion and distortion that water causes on subjects behind the lens”, which gives, in fact, an often disturbing, but beautifully constructed appearance to his pictures. The male gaze is not only non-conventional, but a second layer of his focus.

 

+MS 2Working with more figurative and accessible views, Matthew Stradling looks for the classical and undeniable sensuality of the male nude. His paintings have lively, full-contrast colours, depicting bodies in raw, organic, explicit behaviours. “The paintings often seduce the viewer with a dream-like flow of imagery, a careful attention to detail and an intense use of colours”, he asserts. Stradling is pretty honest on the reasons of portraying the male: “As a gay man I can only express myself through a gay man’s eyes”, but which connects with “people of all sexualities”.

+JoaoTrinidadeGiving a more geometrical, anatomical angle, Portuguese artist João Trindade dedicates himself to the male figure, but connecting it more with the space, particularly the contemporary cities space. Trindade acknowledges this collective passion: “The contemporary perception of the male human form is a fascination for me, I see it as a natural wonder”. But rather than the easy interpretation of this, we find an enthralling and laborious exercise of displaying the flesh in a sort of dramatic drawing, moving away from an obvious sexy take.

These three artists are reluctant to accept the label of gay or queer to their work, rather situating it into a broader context, one of human relations. “I hope to show my reflections and states of soul as a whole, as a human, as a sexual being” is the conception of Trindade in favour of a more open conception, which is somehow reflected at Tanriover words as well: “I am just a photographer that happens to be gay and my sexuality does not affect my images at conscious level but naturally it may feed itself into my work”. Both connect with Straddling, who speaks of “liberation of the LGBT audience”. In fact, there is a need for a less stereotyped perception of the male nude, and of those artists who produce it in all possible nuances. Notwithstanding the public opinion, it’s a common sense that the male image (nude or not) will remain as a recurrent paradigm for art in the near future, what is possibly missing is more people to admit it.

The artists will be exhibiting the works at Urban Myths, part of GFEST – Gaywise FESTival 2014, which will feature many other artists. It happens from 10 to 22 November 2014, 11 am to 6 pm (Sunday closed) – Location: Menier Gallery, 51 Southwark Street London SE1 1RU Cost: FREE/ check for further information

 

Gay Films Can Also Be Romantic


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In the middle of the night, a piano music is the background for the meeting of two lovers. They do not need to say anything, but a message becomes very clear. June is a silent short film directed by Canadian Aaron Chan. The beautiful photography is a highlight for this production at the last evening of GFEST – Gaywise FESTival 2014 film screenings.

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a Still from feature drama The Secret Path
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A Still from short film June

The same environment of lyric and sweet romance gives the tone for The Secret Path, a historical drama. In the year 1810, Frank and Theo are two British navy soldiers in love, planning to escape an unbearable journey in a ship. An unexpected development happens when they both realise that escaping away is just the beginning of another struggle.

Both movies are interesting productions and show how the GLBT stories also may produce romantic, sensitive dramas focused on relationship, different of the stereotype of the sex-related productions.

In the last evening of the film sessions, the audience will have the chance to join a Q&A session with The Secret Path director Richard Mansfield. The screening of both movies happens on Tuesday, 18/11 at 8.15 pm at Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA

Life Choices For Gay People


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The third film screening at the 2014 GFEST – Gaywise FESTival exhibits different approaches for the different and complex periods of life. A gay man reviewing his own trajectory sets the tone of The Last Farewell (2013), a short film written and directed by Swedish director Casper Andreas. Although not a frequent subject in GLBT productions, this delicate story is a profound reflection on the different stages of our life and the moment when some choices have a limited time to be made. This award-winner drama has been seen in many festivals around the world. +A LAST FAREWELL (INTERNATIONAL POSTER -jpeg) Leonardo and Gabriel 2 On the other edge, The Way He Looks is a story about young people and how their choices can also be complex. Blind teenager Leonardo is best friend with Giovana, when a boy arrives to change their relationship forever. Will Daniel’s disability influence his preferences? This new Brazilian feature production will debut with exclusivity at GFEST and has a great soundtrack, including Scottish band Belle and Sebastian. The screening of both movies happens on Monday, 17/11 at 6 pm at Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA

Arts Charity Wise Thoughts presents art and dance classes as part of ‘Creative Cultural Hub’ at Wood Green Library


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The second round of exciting arts and creative classes will be run by arts charity Wise Thoughts as a part of its Creative Cultural Hub – CCH initiative in Wood Green Central Library in Haringey. The workshops and classes are led by experienced and enthusiastic workshop facilitators.

Accomplished performer Subodh Rathod  will run ‘introduction to South Asian dance form of Kathak, entitled ‘Ang’ –  using rhythm as a base to choreograph a gamut of movements and narratives.  These classes will take place from Monday 20 January 2014 to Thursday 6 February 2014.

Professional artist Jason C Woodson will present  ‘Identity’ – visual art workshops using the ‘Exquisite corpse’ (digital collage) as a guiding concept. Participants will create their own personal exquisite corpse using elements that they choose to represent themselves into a cohesive piece.  The classes will run from Friday 24 January 2014 to Sunday 16 February 2014.

Established artist  Matthew W Stradling will run workshops entitled ‘Room to Grow’ in which he will explore ideas of identity and gender through some playful and exciting creative exercises.  He will facilitate the sessions from Tuesday 21 January to Wednesday 5 February.

The above artists will run artists lab sessions specifically targeted at local artists in order to form a creative network and develop showcase activities in North London.

Niranjan Kamatkar, artistic director of Wise Thoughts said, “This is a fantastic opportunity for diverse members of the public in North London, artists and Haringey residents to gain skills and be part of sharing or showcase in February 2014, LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) History Month.”

The workshops are suitable for people aged 12 and above.

For further information, including how to book, visit: http://wisethoughts.org/events/?p=223

Wise Thoughts recently organised and delivered London LGBTQI cross-art festival, GFEST 2013 in November.