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Artists

John Walter

John Walter has applied his maximalist aesthetic onto the subject of HIV in Alien Sex Club (2015), which addressed sexual health as a crisis of visual representation, and CAPSID (2018), which looked at the biological mechanics of the virus. HIV has informed his current interest in viruses of the mind such as the Paisley Pattern or the memes that religious cults use to recruit participants. Recent exhibitions include: Queer Algorithms (Gus Fisher Gallery, 2020); Co-Factors (Suttie Arts Space, 2020); Brexit Gothic (DKUK, 2019); Crep Suzette - A Shoe Show (with Bert McLean, 2019); The Fourth Wall (Look Again Festival Aberdeen, 2019); Booze Guitar (Matt’s Gallery, 2018); CAPSID (CGP and HOME, 2018); Somewhere in Between (Wellcome Collection, 2018);  Shonky: The Aesthetics of Awkwardness (Hayward Touring Exhibitions, 2017); Coming Out: Sexuality Gender and Identity (Walker Art Gallery, 2017). www.johnwalter.net

General Idea/AA Bronson

AA Bronson is a Canadian artist living and working in Berlin. From 1969 to 1994 he was a member of the artist group General Idea with Felix Partz and Jorge Zontal. They were well-known for their magazine FILE (1972-1989), their unrelenting production of artist’s books and low-cost multiples, and their early involvement in punk, queer theory, AIDS activism, and other manifestations of the Other.


General Idea’s AIDS logo appropriated Robert Indiana’s famous LOVE logo. It was expressed in paintings, sculpture, posters, wallpaper, stamps, billboards and even the Times Square Spectacolor Board as part of their IMAGEVIRUS project. It first appeared in 1987, and over the course of the next seven years, the logo spread like a virus in galleries, magazines, subways, trams, public spaces and city streets across the world.

Jack Hughes

Jack Hughes is an award winning, London-based illustrator whose characters live in a glamorous, colourful world that feels part fever-dream, part cosmic cocktail party. Brought to life through a subtle use of shadow and tone, negative space and vibrant colours, Jack’s work is unique and arresting.

Kai-Isaiah Jamal

Kai-Isaiah Jamal is a London-based poet, performer, model and trans visibility activist. They proudly and tenderly collaborate with institutions and brands to represent the misrepresented or unrepresented, helping to create greater visibility for trans people, particularly those who are also people of color. I-D cover star, vogue special edition writer and resident poet at the ICA alongside a catalogue of brands, platforms and magazines they passionately diversifiy the literary space with work that promotes the voices and safety of the LGBTQIA+ community. 

Joy Yamusangie

Joy Yamusangie is a visual artist, currently working in London. Specialising in illustration, Joy experiments with a range of traditional processes such as drawing, painting and collaging to produce mixed media pieces. Exploring socio-political themes from a personal perspective,Joy’s work takes the form of paperworks, clothing and paintings on cardboard. Their work explores themes of memory, intimacy, race and culture within the Congolese diaspora, from a personal perspective.


Yamusangie is also particularly interested in how archiving is incorporated into their practice. Inspiration is drawn from past conversations, places and moments, from Kinshasa shop fronts to fleeting interactions and conversations. By archiving routines and cultural practices through their pieces, Yamusangie’s work exists to preserve memories and stories. Each individual piece documents and retells moments, creating a physical permanence to past experiences from the artists’ life.

Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley

Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley is an artist working predominantly in digital media (Animation, sound and Video Games) to Archive the experiences of being a Black Trans person. Their practice focuses on recording the lives of Black Trans people, intertwining lived experience with fiction to imaginatively retell Trans stories. Throughout history, Black queer and Trans people have been erased from the archives. Because of this it is necessary not only to archive our existence, but also the many creative narratives we have used and continue to use to share our experiences.


Danielle's work has been shown in Science Gallery, MU, Barbican, Tate, Les Urbains and The Copeland Gallery.  An online component of their work can often be found at daniellebrathwaiteshirley.com

Alex Mein

Alex Mein (b.1981) is an artist and lecturer living and working in London. Through drawing he explores identity and observation. His work often concerns people in public spaces; using sketchbooks to quickly respond to passersby glimpsed on public transport, the street or local cafes. He also draws subjects, often from the LGTBQIA+ community, in their domestic spaces. These colourful, figurative portraits on paper express his empathy and admiration for his subjects and feature a use of texture and pattern informed by his background in fashion design. He has worked with brands such as Liberty London, Mulberry and Nike and currently lectures in Fashion Imaging and Illustration at London College of Fashion, UAL

Wednesday Holmes

Wednesday is a London based Illustrator, Designer, Writer and Queer community organiser with Voices 4 London and Far and Pride.


Their main art project is based on instagram, where Wednesday shares artworks, photographs and writing about and for queer people to a global audience. Wednesday’s work seeks to provide education, empathy and kindness. Their art covers a range of topics such as TGNCI advocacy, mental health, recovery and unity. Alongside this Wednesday makes pro bono artworks for queer community organisations around the world.

Linder

Linder is known for her photography, radical feminist photomontage, and confrontational performance art. Emerging from the Manchester punk and post-punk scenes in the 1970s, Linder focuses on questions of gender, commodity and display. Her highly recognisable photomontage practice combines everyday images from domestic or fashion magazines with images from pornography and other archival material. Cut and collaged by hand using a scalpel and glue, the juxtapositions recall a rich art history harking back to Hannah Hoch and the Dadaists.


For her solo shows at the Hepworth Wakefield and Tate St. Ives in 2013, Linder collaborated with choreographer Kenneth Tindall of Northern Ballet for a major performance piece, The Ultimate Form (2013), inspired by the artist’s research into the work of Barbara Hepworth. Her residency at Tate St. Ives, also in 2013, was followed by her appointment in 2017 as the inaugural artist-in-residence of Chatsworth House where Linder created four installations that explored the female voice at Chatsworth in the centenary year of the Act of Representation. In 2018, Linder was artist-in-residence for Art on the Underground, creating an 85-metre-long street-level billboard at Southwark station and a cover commission for the 29th edition of the pocket Tube map.


This year, Linder was the subject of her first UK retrospective at Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, which will tour to Hatton Gallery, Newcastle. Other recent solo exhibitions include Nottingham Contemporary and Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris and Linder’s work has been included in group exhibitions at Tate Modern, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Museum of Modern Art, Tate Britain, and Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. In 2017, Linder was awarded the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award.

Fredde Lanka

My name is Fredde Lanka. Originally from Sweden, for the last five years I have been based in London, working as an independent artist and educator. I work in a bold, colourful style across illustration, comics and ceramics. My work is humorous and strongly narrative and addresses topics ranging from queer culture, family dynamics and sex.


I have taught arts education courses at the Camden Art Centre and the Camberwell College of Arts. At Camden Arts Centre, I facilitate the Youth Collective. I am the artistic director for The Outside Project (UK’s first LGBTQIA+ Shelter and community centre) where I raise money, run workshops and facilitate the Project’s physical and digital spaces alongside the diverse group of stakeholders who use them.


Queer community is important to me. I believe that it is critical to recognise our own privilege and give back to the communities that inspire and educate my practice.

Wolfgang Tillmans

Born in 1968 in Remscheid, Germany, Wolfgang Tillmans is regarded as one of the most influential artists working within photography today. Since the early 1990s his work has epitomized a new kind of subjectivity in photography and expanded conventional ways of approaching the medium. Tillmans has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Turner Prize and the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography. He has had prominent solo exhibitions at numerous international institutions and his work is held in museum collections worldwide.

Sunil Gupta

Sunil Gupta is a Canadian citizen, (b. New Delhi 1953) MA (Royal College of Art) PhD (University of Westminster) who has been involved with independent photography as a critical practice for many years focusing on race, migration and queer issues.In the 1980s, Gupta constructed documentary images of gay men in architectural spaces in Delhi, his “Exiles” series. The images and texts describe the conditions for gay men in India at the times. Gupta’s recent series “Mr. Malhotra’s Party” updates this theme during a time in which queer identities are more open and also reside in virtual space on the internet and in private parties. His early documentary series “Christopher Street” was shot in the mid-1970s as Gupta studied under Lisette Model at the New School for Social Research and became interested in the idea of gay public space.


Gupta’s published work includes the monographs: Queer: Sunil Gupta (Prestel/Vadehra Art Gallery, 2011), Wish You Were Here: Memories of a Gay Life (Yoda Press, New Delhi, 2008), and Pictures From Here (Chris Boot Ltd., New York, 2003). He exhibited (with Charan Singh), “Dissent and Desire” (catalogue) is at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston 2018 which was accompanied by the book, Delhi: Communities of Belonging, The New Press, New York 2016. His last publication was Christopher Street, Stanley Barker 2018 and his forthcoming publications are Lovers: Ten Years On, Stanley Barker 2020 and Sunil Gupta: From Here to Eternity, Autograph 2020. His work has been seen in many important group shows including “Paris, Bombay, Delhi…” at the Pompidou Centre, Paris 2011 and “Masculinities” at Barbican, London 2020. His retrospective takes place at The Photographers’ Gallery, London (2020) and Ryerson Image Center, Toronto 2021. He is a Professorial Fellow at UCA, Farnham, Visiting Lecturer at Kingston University and Visiting Tutor at the Royal College of Art, London. He was Lead Curator for the Houston Fotofest 2018. His work is in many private and public collections including; George Eastman House (Rochester, USA), Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Royal Ontario Museum, Tate, Harvard University and the Museum of Modern Art.


His work is represented by Hales Gallery (New York, London), Stephen Bulger Gallery (Toronto) and Vadehra Art Gallery (New Delhi).

Hatty Carman

Hatty Carman is a London based musician and visual artist. Her work has been featured in Dazed Beauty, LOVE magazine, Cause & Effect, Out There and Strike magazine. In May 2018, Dazed & Confused named her as one of London’s creative breakouts, alongside ten other artists. For Pride 2019, she was photographed on the cover of Attitude magazine as one of 25 covers celebrating queers from across the scene to mark their 25th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots.


Hatty co-fronts the queer glam-rock band Thigh High, who have recently released two singles and featured on i-D and Gay Times. Thigh High’s debut album, set to be released in early 2021, seeks to put joyful queer politics front and centre stage. Hatty first encountered Positive East several years ago through her involvement in HIV Voices, an educational theatre group that aims to de-stigmatise HIV through story-telling. HIV Voices have used their events to raise money for the charity, and even performed an immersive theatre piece in the Positive East building.


Hatty has enjoyed designing for the Positive East T-shirt campaign, as she would like to lend her support to a charity providing vital services for people living with HIV today, especially under a government that has done all in its power to undermine the health system.

Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley

Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley is an artist working predominantly in digital media (Animation, sound and Video Games) to Archive the experiences of being a Black Trans person. Their practice focuses on recording the lives of Black Trans people, intertwining lived experience with fiction to imaginatively retell Trans stories. Throughout history, Black queer and Trans people have been erased from the archives. Because of this it is necessary not only to archive our existence, but also the many creative narratives we have used and continue to use to share our experiences.


Danielle's work has been shown in Science Gallery, MU, Barbican, Tate, Les Urbains and The Copeland Gallery. An online component of their work can often be found at daniellebrathwaiteshirley.com

Lubaina Himid

Born in Zanzibar in 1954, Lubaina Himid is a British painter who has dedicated her four-decades-long career to uncovering marginalised and silenced histories, figures, and cultural expressions. She studied Theatre Design at Wimbledon College of Art and went on to receive an MA in Cultural History from the Royal College of Art. Himid currently lives and works in Preston, UK, and is a professor at the University of Central Lancashire. She was the winner of the Turner Prize in 2017.


In 2021 Himid will present a major monographic exhibition at Tate Modern, London. Other current and forthcoming exhibitions include Risquons-Tout, WIELS, Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels, and Everyday Heroes, Southbank Centre, London (both 2020). Significant solo exhibitions include Spotlights, Tate Britain, London (2019); The Grab Test, Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, The Netherlands (2019); Lubaina Himid, CAPC Bordeaux, France (2019); Work From Underneath, New Museum, New York (2019); Gifts to Kings, MRAC Languedoc Roussillon Midi-Pyrénées, Sérignan (2018); Our Kisses are Petals, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (2018); The Truth Is Never Watertight, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe (2017); Navigation Charts, Spike Island, Bristol (2017); and Invisible Strategies, Modern Art Oxford (2017). Significant group exhibitions include En Plein Air, The High Line, New York (2019–2020); Sharjah Biennial 14, UAE (2019); Berlin Biennale (2018); The Place is Here, Nottingham Contemporary, UK (2017); Keywords, Tate Liverpool (2014); and Burning Down the House, Gwangju Biennale (2014). Her work is held in various museum and public collections, including Tate; British Council Collection; Arts Council Collection; UK Government Art Collection; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; National Museums Liverpool; Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and Rhode Island School of Design, Providence. A monograph, titled Lubaina Himid: Workshop Manual, was released in 2019 from Koenig Books.