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GFEST - Gaywise FESTival 2014 Wise Thoughts

  • Menier Gallery 51 Southwark St London, SE1 1RU United Kingdom (map)
From  Dark Paradise series by  Jennifer Welton

From Dark Paradise series by Jennifer Welton

London's annual gay cross-arts festival GFEST 2014 visual art programme is LIVE on - an eclectic line up featuring newly commissioned works presented along with curated LGBTQI art.

This year's GFEST – Gaywise FESTival 2014 visual arts programme has been announced on the GFEST website . The eclectic cross art annual event in London every November is organised by art charity Wise Thoughts and has been recognised by high profile MPs, ministers and Mayors of London in the past. GFEST 2014's films, performances and other events programme will be announced soon.

For the first time, the GFEST visual art exhibition includes newly commissioned art works. The exhibition will be open from Monday the 10th to Saturday the 22nd November at Menier Gallery on Southwark Street.

Breathtaking works that explore this year’s festival theme 'Myths & Mythology’ include thought provoking paintings, video installation and photographic image works.

Artistic director Niranjan Kamatkar said, “GFEST 2014 programme spells out an ongoing challenge to attain social equality in the realms of the art world for LGBTQI artists. Working with the commissioned artists to showcase their work at this year's GFEST, has been truly inspirational. Artists have interpreted the theme of myths not only in classical and contemporary context, but also, I hope, the artworks pose as mythical creations for the future generations.”

Headliners include:

Challenging art works from established artists like Sadie Lee and Matthew Stradling will lead the showcase. Joao Trindade’s will present promising new digital images. Enzo Marra will show his Francis Bacon series along with art works of Berlin and London based artist Mathias Vef. The exhibition will also include ‘mythical’ interpretations from younger artists like Gökhan Tanriöver and Jenny Welton.

A panel discussion is planned on Friday the 21st November to discuss LGBT ‘Myths and Mythology’ looking at some past, present and future practices and involves GFEST 2014 artists, art critic and writer Anna McNay and renowned academic Prof Johnny Golding.