VISUAL ARTS at SHOUT Festival of Queer Arts and Culture.
SHOUT Festival is delighted to present our biggest programme of FREE visual arts to date. Starting on the 4th November 2016 with the exhibition launch of Simon Bayliss’s ‘Frantic Romantic’ at East Side Projects’ Main Gallery.
Since coming out as a landscape painter last year, Simon Bayliss has been pursuing outdoor painting as a mode of artistic enquiry. Bayliss lives in St Ives, Cornwall and works with the theme of queering anything deemed rural. His exhibition at Eastside Projects will feature recent paintings, ceramic ‘pasties’ and poetry.
Launching on Friday 11th November from 6pm-8pm is Mathew Parkin’s stunning new exhibition 'Slope-tend-big' at Grand Union. The gallery will be transformed into a queer social space, with a changing installation of artworks and a public programme of events. Mathew Parkin explores social issues of digital space, queerness, intimacy, language, privacy, bodily care and the position given to the artist. He will present his own work, alongside that of invited artists and writers, to form a wider conversation about queer artistic practice including an Artist's talk on Saturday 12th November and an evening of Queer Film Shorts on 17th November.
The gallery space will be shifting throughout the week, hosting a mixture of film, residencies, discussions and discos. Queerzone3000, a non-profit organisation committed to the furthering of arts, education and technology within the global LGBTQIA community, will be inhabiting Parkin’s installation developing a film titled Do You Really Want to Hurst Me, exploring the social histories of Birmingham’s Hurst Street and it’s surrounding communities. They invite the public to inhabit the space with them, sharing their stories and participating in the project.
Queerzone3000 will also be giving a free lecture (booking required) at Birmingham School of Art at 6pm on Tuesday 15th November, discussing their influences, projects, and work.
To close the project we will screen Derek Jarman’s Will You Dance With Me?, an archive of unedited footage from Benjy’s, a gay nightclub in East London, filmed in 1984. Jarman’s video highlights social rituals, mating rituals, as his camera swoops across the packed dancefloor. It is a safe space, reminding us that night clubs and meeting places had a social efficacy in their time, and continue to do so. The film will be followed by a discussion with Parkin, Aaron Wright and Dr Luis-Manuel Garcia around community building and utopia through the dance floor, followed by a disco into the night.
Running throughout the festival will be a series of short-films, animations and photography celebrating identity, otherness, acceptance and belonging including new shorts by UK filmmakers and photography by local residents at Millennium Point. Open 7 days a week from 7am-11pm, be sure to visit between the 10th-20th November.
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