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Riot! in collaboration with the Pride Cultural Development Fund, opens on Friday 2nd August and takes place at SEAS – Socially Engaged Art Salon. The exhibition includes a fantasy queer fairyland, outrageous performances, explicit artworks, queer propaganda, short films and workshops. To celebrate Stonewall’s anniversary, the exhibition will place emphasis on the experience and representations of LGBTQI of colour, trans and non-binary people.

Dr Gil Mualem-Doron, SEAS’s creative director, stresses that “Riot! is one of the only exhibitions in the UK where mixing strong political and social works by local and international artists with a more celebratory and fantasy style works.  Concerning Stonewall’s anniversary and SEAS’ commitment to diversity, we have chosen artists and works that you are not likely to see in commercial or mainstream galleries. Expect to cry, laugh, be aroused and dazed”.

The exhibition will be open for a month and the work will include 30 artists from Brighton, the UK and beyond, over two floors of the BMECP Centre. The SEAS studio basement will be transformed by Vanessa Maurice-Williams into a magical fairyland; there will be a mini solo show by the Instagram sensation Queer Habibi – an anonymous Middle Eastern artist who create cheeky illustrations of  LGBTQ people’s daily life in cities across the Arab world, like Cairo, Amman, Ramallah; and a feature of mix media work of Brighton based artist Josef Cabey, depicting his experience as a black gay in Brighton.

The hub area will include a series of intimate and captivating short films about the lives of transgender persons and LGBTQ people of colour in the UK and the Commonwealth by Fox Fisher, Sussex University PhD candidate Fubara-Manuel, and Brighton Uni. Graduate Pacheanne Anderson.  Gil Mualem-Doron will exhibit his on-going participatory photography project No Man’s Land from which the exhibition’s poster was created.

The exhibition is supported by Brighton & Hove Pride Cultural Development Fund, Art Council England and the Black Minorities Ethnic Partnership (BMECP).

The full list of exhibiting artists, details of the events and  free reservation for the opening night, please click here.

Riot! Celebrating Stonewall’s Anniversary will be on from the 2nd-31st August at
SEAS – Socially Engaged Art Salon / BMECP Centre
10/A Fleet St. Brighton BN1 4ZE
Open daily from 11 am–4 pm (except on August the 3rd)
Free entry and fully accessible.

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