Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Brixton Queer Pulse: Celebrating Gay and Lesbian artists from Brixton Artists Collective

Would you like to meet and photograph gay and lesbian artists who were part of Brixton Artist Collective and learn about the rich history of Gay and Lesbian Lambeth?

This workshop will give you a unique chance to meet artists, take photographs, visit black and gay archives and have your images exhibited by 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning at 198@45 the gallery’s space in the Brixton Village market arcade aka Granville Arcade.

Brixton Queer Pulse is part of Brixton Calling! A project that connects contemporary Brixton to its past - through exploring the history of the Brixton Art Gallery & Artists Collective during the 1980s. The gallery staged the first ever national exhibitions of lesbian & gay artists work during a period when many artists largely played down their sexuality and society encouraged them to stay firmly in the closet. Brixton, though largely unacknowledged, can claim to have pioneered the work of queer artists through these and other shows at galleries in the area.

Brixton Queer Pulse will be led by Ajamu, (pictured above) an internationally exhibited fine art photographer who is known for his provocative, cool and DEFINITELY out of the closet work. He exhibited at Brixton Art Gallery and is the co-founder of Rukus! Black LGBT Archive.

The workshop and archive visits will take place during the week of 18 July – 22 July, Time 11:00- 4:00 @ 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning, 198 Railton Road, London SE24 0JT

For further information or to book your place on this workshop, please contact Barby Asante

 Brixton Calling! 50 Reasons to Celebrate: Brixton Art Gallery, a collaborative, participatory project and an exhibition that connects contemporary Brixton to its past – through exploring the history of Brixton Art Gallery & Artists Collective during the 1980s.

 The Gallery was an integral part of the London art scene from its establishment in railway arches below Brixton Station in June 1983. As a collective, it showed more than a thousand artists, tackled issues and promoted media that others would not. In an extraordinary climate of cultural and political change it made a significant and unique contribution to the arts in London.

For more information about Brixton Calling!

BACA is constituted of 5 individual members of the Brixton Artists Collective: Teri Bullen, Guy Burch, Françoise Dupré, Rita Keegan, Stefan Szczelkun. They were part of a significant group of artists: The Brixton Artists Collective and were instrumental in the foundation, development and running of the Brixton Art Gallery 1983-86.

Brixton Calling! is funded by Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund and is developed in partnership with 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning, Lambeth Archives, Tate Archive, Women's Art Library, (Goldsmiths); Institute for Modern and Contemporary Culture , (University of Westminster).

Contemporary Arts and Learning
198 Railton Road
tel: +44(0)207 978 8309
fax: +44(0)207 737 5315

Reg. Charity No. 801614

Event listing by: Lady Phyll Opoku - UK Black Pride