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.

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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

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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.

 

 

@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)

Urban Tales Include Telling Gay Stories


Written by Helton Vilar

The second day of GFEST – Gaywise FESTival 2014 film events on 16 November presents two stories telling how diverse and dynamic gay stories might be found around the world. In the first film, the audience will be delighted by Brace, a short film about Adam, a guy who just broke with his girlfriend and end up meeting Rocky, an attractive man who holds a mysterious story that is slowly unveiled with lots of suspense. A mix of tale and realistic dilemmas, Brace is a fine production, with kind moments, displaying the worldly recognisable landscape of London.

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A still from Fagbug Nation

The second and hyper adventurous production is a sort of queer road movie. Imagine a beetle painted with the rainbow colours crossing the USA from coast to coast, reaching the Hawaii and Alaska. This is the main script of feature length documentary Fagbug Nation, a fascinating journey filmed across the States, promoting the GLBT cause. But beyond this, the film aims to deliver a message of equality and human rights defence. The two productions are as entertaining as relevant to show how different projects can gather interesting points around sexual diversity.

After the screening, all spectators are invited for a Q&A session with writer and actor Jake Graf, who stars Brace. The screening happens on Sunday, 16/11 at 12 noon at Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA

 

Two Unique Films About Being Gay In Russia


Written by: Helton Vilar

The first of the GFEST 2014 film screenings will be about being gay in Russia. The opening piece features the Le Zbor Choir, a group of lesbian singers from Zagreb, Croatia. This is a beautiful performance of the traditional Russian song Katjusha, paying homage to the fight for the GLBT rights in that country. The idea is to raise awareness to the recent threats against human rights, such as the anti-gay legislation, approved shortly before the Sochi Winter Olympics. Directed by Tomislav Fiket, the idea of this short film is to engage people by showing sympathy to the situation in Russia and around the world.

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The second production is a feature drama based on the same context. After witnessing a homophobic murder in the streets of Moscow, Anton (Renat Shuteev), along with his boyfriend Vlad (Andrey Kurganov) start a thrilling investigation, which will put at risk his own safety in order to prove the truth. Stand is a feature film, and brings two emerging stars, Shuteev and Kurganov, who have appeared in productions in Russia and France. The production had a world premiere in San Francisco, USA, and now has its debut at London GFEST – Gaywise FESTival 2014

A Q&A session with actor Andrey Kurganov will happen just after the film screening. The screening happens on Saturday, 15/11 at 12 noon at Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA