Queer in Brighton
Published on 26 January 2014
Celebrating and promoting the rich cultural life of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) community in Brighton & Hove, Queer in Brighton is a heritage learning project delivered by Photoworks, New Writing South, and Pink Fringe.
Through the themes of place, family, politics and language, this intergenerational project uses oral histories, photography, performance and creative writing as tools to explore, uncover and share the untold real life stories and experiences of LGBT people in Brighton & Hove, past and present.
The project has resulted in
• a city-wide poster exhibition of photography showing throughout Brighton & Hove in February 2014 as part of LGBT History Month
• a free newspaper, accompanying the exhibition, to be distributed around the city during February 2014
• The Queer in Brighton anthology, a soft-back book available from New Writing South
• The Queer in Brighton website, preserving and sharing Brighton & Hove’s unique LGBT history and diversity
Commissioned by Queer in Brighton, artist Anthony Luvera has collaborated with city residents to create photographs expressing personal perspectives on being queer in Brighton & Hove. In response to an open call, eleven participants took part in workshops and individual meetings with Anthony.
not going shopping takes its name from the LGBT protestors’ chant “We’re here, we’re queer and we’re not going shopping!”
The collaborative working process and participants’ work are charted on the not going shopping blog and in the freely distributed newspaper.
Portraits made collaboratively with Anthony form the poster exhibition showing across the city during LGBT History Month February 2014 and also feature in the Queer in Brighton anthology edited by Anthony Luvera and Maria Jastrzebska.
Anthony Luvera is an Australian artist, writer and educator. His photographic work has been exhibited widely in galleries, public spaces and festivals including the British Museum, London Underground’s Art on the Underground, National Portrait Gallery London, Belfast Exposed Photography, Australian Centre for Photography, and Les Rencontres D’Arles Photographie. His writing regularly appears in a variety of publications including Photoworks, Photographies and Source. Anthony lectures at institutions including Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London College of Communication, and University for the Creative Arts Farnham. He also facilitates workshops and gives lectures for the public education programmes of organizations including the National Portrait Gallery, Barbican Art Gallery, and The Photographers’ Gallery.
Queer in Brighton is a Heritage Lottery funded project
See below for images of an event celebrating the project, at Jubilee Library Brighton February 26 2014
Photos by Rosie Powell for Queer in Brighton