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Homotopia’s Gary Everett moves up in the Independent’s Pink List

Homotopia’s Gary Everett moves up in the Independent’s Pink List

Congratulations to Homotopia’s festival director Gary Everett who has moved up from 89 to 53 in the Independent’s prestigious Pink List. “53. (89) Gary Everett @HomotopiaFest Artistic director of the Homotopia festival The tenth annual Homotopia festival in Liverpool began in September and runs until late November, featuring David Hockney, Boy George, April Ashley and Sandi Toksvig among others. Everett said that Liverpool had “embraced the lesbian, gay and trans experience” to the extent that festival venues included places like the Philharmonic Hall.”

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Le Gateau Chocolat: Black

Le Gateau Chocolat: Black

    WORLD PREMIERE   “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you” Maya Angelou Le Gateau Chocolat has a story to tell.   Black is Le Gateau Chocolat’s new show: a world premiere for Homotopia: this new solo piece explores Le Gateau’s life, loves and fears. This is an intimate portrait of the Nigerian born singer and his own personal battles.   Previously, Le Gateau Chocolat has sung internationally on major stages including Sydney Opera House, Menier Chocolate Factory, Royal Opera House, and Glyndebourne Opera as well as performing all over the world with hit…

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David Hockney: Early reflections – UNCUT

David Hockney: Early reflections – UNCUT

  David Hockney: Early reflections – Uncut from Homotopia on Vimeo. We caught up with Ann Bukantas head of fine art Walker Art Gallery and curator of David Hockney : Early Reflections. This is the full uncut interview.

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David Hockney: Early reflections

David Hockney: Early reflections

    In partnership with National Museums Liverpool ‘Early Reflections’ is an illuminating new exhibition of the early work of David Hockney. Bringing together a unique selection of paintings and prints by the artist it will chart the development of Hockney’s style and subject matter during the swinging 1960s and into the following decade. Paintings from his time at the Royal College of Art include evolving references to his own homosexuality. Later on in the decade, after a transformative move to sunny Los Angeles, his work becomes more openly homoerotic and celebrates his bohemian lifestyle. Through other recurring obsessions, such…

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David Hockney ‘Early Reflections’

David Hockney ‘Early Reflections’

We had a sneak preview behind the scenes at Walker Art Gallery who are preparing a major exhibition of works by the iconic British artist David Hockney. In partnership with National Museums Liverpool ‘Early Reflections’ is an illuminating new exhibition of the early work of David Hockney. Bringing together a unique selection of paintings and prints by the artist it will chart the development of Hockney’s style and subject matter during the swinging 1960s and into the following decade. Paintings from his time at the Royal College of Art include evolving references to his own homosexuality. Later on in the…

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Rupert Smith – Beefcake and Dripping

Rupert Smith – Beefcake and Dripping

  Join us for a weekend of events which contextualize Hockney’s early works considering aspects of gay life in the 1950s and 1960s. In partnership with National Museums Liverpool Pre-booking essential. Book at the Walker welcome desk or call 0151 478 4199. Put on your Sunday best for an illuminating talk on male physique photography. British gay culture went deep underground after the Second World War. A secretive network grew up around the boom in bodybuilding and physique magazines, which became a covert gay press, supplying British men with erotic images, contacts and a sense of belonging at a time…

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Homotopia Pop Up Gallery Announced

Homotopia Pop Up Gallery Announced

  England’s Erotic Dream & Germ Free Adolescents 30th Oct – 25th November Tues – Sat, 11am – 5pm closed Monday & Sunday Free admission In collaboration with Liverpool John Moores Special Collections & Archives Homotopia will be presenting 2 major exhibitions at a specially created pop up. Public transport routes into the city – including Lime Street, Moorfields, and Liverpool Central railway stations as well as Paradise Street and Queen Square bus stations – are all just a short stroll away…. metquarter.com/contact   Event Sponsor Dr Martens

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April Ashley, Portrait of a lady launch

April Ashley, Portrait of a lady launch

The Lord Mayor Cllr Gary Millar & his consort Mr Steve McFarlane hosted a civic reception at Liverpool Town Hall with guest of honour Lord Prescott. It was a special occasion as April Ashley and Lord Prescott were reunited after 60 years. They worked together in 1953 at a hotel in St. Asaph. The event was followed by a special ‘In Conversation With April’ event with BBC Radio Merseyside’s Roger Phillips followed by the private view of the exhibition at Museum of Liverpool Photo credit Steven Connolly & Museum of Liverpool

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The launch of ‘April Ashley; portrait of a lady’

The launch of ‘April Ashley; portrait of a lady’

      The 26th September saw the official opening of the April Ashley: portrait of a lady exhibition at the Museum of Liverpool.

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The Making of ‘April Ashley, Portrait of a lady’ #4

The Making of ‘April Ashley, Portrait of a lady’ #4

  On the day of the exhibition launch, Bev Ayre and Lou Muddle talk about how the exhibition will share April’s story along with experiences of transgender people and how April’s life has influenced the social, political and legal aspects of transgender people’s histories.

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