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Queer Art: From Canvas to Club, and the Spaces Between

Thursday 13 June, 6-8pm
Book launch & In Conversation with Manchester queer artists

Queer Art: From Canvas to Club, and the Spaces Between
Book launch & In Conversation

As part of Gemma Rolls-Bentley's northern leg of her book tour, we will be hosting the North-West launch night of Queer Art: From Canvas to Club, and the Spaces Between.

Thursday 13 June, 6pm-8pm
Free, please book, see details below
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Join us for an evening of great queer art conversation between Gemma Rolls-Bentley and queer sapphic Mancunian artist Sarah-Joy Ford as they discuss the book and all things queer art.

With nearly 200 artworks selected by leading LGBTQIA+ curator Gemma Rolls-Bentley, this book mixes the high-brow with the low, gallery stalwarts with Instagram stars, and the racy with the fabulous. This is a unique celebration of queer life – a must-have for the LGBTQIA+ community, art lovers and anyone interested in the culture surrounding queer identity.

Gemma Rolls-Bentley has been at the forefront of contemporary art for almost two decades, working passionately to amplify the work of queer artists and provide a platform for art that explores LGBTQIA+ identity. Gemma curates exhibitions, builds art collections, and leads projects internationally. Most recently she curated the group exhibition Dreaming of Home at Leslie Lohman Museum of Art in NYC and the Tom of Finland Art & Culture Festival in London. She curated the ‘Brighton Beacon Collection’, the largest permanent display of queer art in the UK. Gemma is a visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art and she has sat on the boards of numerous organisations and charities that support diversity in the arts.

Sarah-Joy Ford is an artist and independent scholar working with textiles to explore the complexities and pleasures of queer communities, histories and archives. Her practice sits at intersection of digital and traditional: using strategies of quilting, digital embroidery, digital print, applique and hand embellishment. Sarah-Joy’s deep material investment in surface pattern design, and embellishment is part of her femme-ethical methodology that prioritises softness, emotionality, and aesthetic preoccupation. She was the recipient of an NWDTCP award for her PhD research examining quilting as an affective methodology for re-visioning British lesbian archive, at Manchester School of Art.

Copies of the book will be available to purchase on the night.

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Image: Queer Art: From Canvas to Club, and the Spaces Between, book cover design. Courtesy of the author.