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Peckham Queer Art Boot Fair

Peckham Queer Art Boot Fair
Bellenden Road and Choumert Market
Sunday
August 29, 2021
12 – 3 PM
 

MOCA London and The Queer Life Drawing Conversation (Miles Coote) would like to invite you to join us for the first ever Peckham Queer Art Boot Fair. Over 50 artists from the LGBTQ+ community and their allies will be showing works of art on Bellenden and Choumert Roads in the heart of Peckham.

The event is free for all to come along and look, join in the free life drawing events and purchase wonderful works (such as prints, drawings, sculptures, photos, ceramics and clothing design) from amazing contemporary artists. Wander down Bellenden Road and pop into the many shops who are participating, many hosting an artist, and then attend the main area of the boot fair in the traditional Southwark market street – Choumert Road.

The fair will open to the public at 12 noon for 3 hours so it is not a long day. Many of the local shops participating are also planning wonderful surprises too!

We will have friendly volunteers in MOCA branded rainbow shirts to guide you.

Lockdown and arts funding cuts have made us aware that many Queer archives may be lost, so the event is another way of sharing Queer Art/objects in the public space, where they may be seen, archived and discussed with local communities. The Queer LDC and Drawing People Together (Lucie Russell) will run a pop up drawing event on Choumert Road and we would love people to bring along any Queer objects they would like to share or have drawn on the day.

The event will also feature artists from the Peckham Levels studios.

Local Partners: Frost furnitureECAD GalleryStuart Ross hair studiosReview Book storeMiss Tapas restaurantBoff’s BagelsThe Odds Cafe

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Queer Disability

This sessions was comprised of drawing a life model in Canada, who spoke about their chronic pain disability and Bionic implants. Thanks Taylor for such an incredible session.

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Yard Sale

QueerLDC was invited to be part of a yard sale at Filet gallery in December 2020. This gave attendees from the online events a chance to meet IRL for the first time and to sell their artworks.

We can’t have an office christmas party this year, but we can have an art/cheese/book/mulled wine yard sale.


Please join us for the Filet Art Yard Sale with 4cose, crttxt, Sarah Staton, Hi-Noon, Miles Coote, Body Odor Studio, Everyday Press, Phillipa Horan, Pierre’s Pickles, Adrian Lee, and Fecund World.

Saturday 12 December, 12 noon to 4pm.

At Filet, 103 Murray Grove, Hoxton, London N1 7QP
Inside and out, weather permitting.

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Visual AIDS

Day With(out) Art 2020: TRANSMISSIONS

Queer Life Drawing is proud to partner with Visual AIDS for Day With(out) Art 2020 by presenting TRANSMISSIONS, a program of six new videos considering the impact of HIV and AIDS beyond the United States. The video program brings together artists working across the world: Jorge Bordello (Mexico), Gevi Dimitrakopoulou (Greece), Las Indetectables (Chile), George Stanley Nsamba (Uganda), Lucía Egaña Rojas (Chile/Spain), and Charan Singh (India/UK).

The program does not intend to give a comprehensive account of the global AIDS epidemic, but provides a platform for a diversity of voices from beyond the United States, offering insight into the divergent and overlapping experiences of people living with HIV around the world today. The six commissioned videos cover a broad range of subjects, such as the erasure of women living with HIV in South America, ineffective Western public health campaigns in India, and the realities of stigma and disclosure for young people in Uganda. 

As the world continues to adapt to living with a new virus, COVID-19, these videos offer an opportunity to reflect on the resonances and differences between the two epidemics and their uneven distribution across geography, race, and gender.

Queer Life Drawing will present a screening of TRANSMISSIONS at 7pm on the 2nd of December. After the screening a conversation will be facilitated, followed by queer life drawing. If you would like to attend the premiere screening event and Q&A with the artists involved please follow the information below:

TRANSMISSIONS will premiere on November 30 at 6pm EST as part of a special online screening event hosted by Visual AIDS and supported by [institution name]. A live Q&A with the commissioned artists will follow the screening. Please RSVP here to receive updates about this event. 

Beginning December 1, the video program will be available to view online at visualaids.org/transmissions.

Visual AIDS is a New York-based non-profit that utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists, and preserving a legacy, because AIDS is not over.

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A Life Model Academic

Calo Giametta joined us to model, discussing his work on queer refugee migrants and sex workers.

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KAM

Artist Kam David Wan posed in his queer festival gear and spoke about his experience of the European club scene in Brussels, Berlin and Glastonbury.

This image was made during a life drawing interview with him in August.

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Nude Cycling

This session featured nude cycling poses to act as a tribute for the naked bicycle ride which was cancelled due to Covid19 in June 2020.

The conversations developed around nudity in the public space and targeting of naked women in the event, with problems occurring about photography and the public.

One male nude cyclist described their experience at a previous event, bringing attention to the fact that when the cyclists stopped at points during the cycle journey, that nude women were photographed more frequently and were therefore encircled by male nude bodies to ‘hide’ them from the camera.

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A discussion about safe spaces for sexual encounters

@nejenk model invited to the event offered up this image of themselves relaxing at a gay sauna for the event poster. They posed for three 15 minute poses and conversations responded to safe sexual spaces of meeting, with reflection on encounters with sexual partners through geolocation dating apps like Grindr and gay saunas.

Although saunas in London are often stigmatised and seen as a taboo, they are important for keeping the community safe. In 2016, four men were murdered by a serial killer in North London at home premises during what they believed would be a sexual encounter. Gay saunas were discussed in a way that protected gay men.

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Artists invited to pose and discuss their work

Developing on the themes of conversations and queer interviews, artists have been invited to pose and discuss their artwork.

Rafael Escardó Espejo, an emerging artist and graduate from Goldsmiths University, posed with body sculptures made for their final BA exhibition, presented as a performance..

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It’s Raining Men

The weather is a feature of the events. After the NHS clap in May – June 2020, a nude weather report was presented, often to Jerry Halliwell’s song, ‘It’s Raining Men!’