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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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Ronald Wright

Ronald Wright

  Explore the world of Ronald Wright, spiritualist writer, gay magazine illustrator, celebrity portrait artist, author, artist’s model and psychic medium. Wright contributed to the burgeoning ‘Physique’ and ‘Men’s Interest’ magazine industry. His artwork featured in many of the internationally renowned publications including Fizeek, Adonis, Sir Gay, Male Classics, Modern Man and Body Beautiful. Imprisoned for being gay in 1959, he was released a year later and began a successful career as artist model, most notably posing as ‘the body’ of Rudolf Nureyev for a Madam Tussaud’s waxwork.   16th November, 2pm at The Walker Art Gallery   Book at…

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A date at The Admiralty

A date at The Admiralty

  Trans pioneer April Ashley MBE met veteran human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell & Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg MP at the Admiralty House Equal Marriage Reception in London on September 11th 2013 Gary Everett Artistic Director Homotopia & curator of the forthcoming April Ashley, Portrait of a lady accompanied April to the event which was attended by Hugh Grant, Stephen Fry and the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg MP

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Making ‘The Liverpool Dream’

Making ‘The Liverpool Dream’

Shooting our 2013 campaign ‘The Liverpool Dream’ on Crosby Beach near Liverpool. It was a wonderfully creative day with a big blue sky, a great team and a welcome River Mersey low tide! We worked with local photographer Matt Ford, stylist Kyle Mathew Gibbons, Armani from Warren Farm Stables, Raphael at Pulse Models & Steven Connolly to create the iconic lead image for this year. Our inspiration was Liverpool, the Powell & Pressburger film ‘A Matter Of Life & Death’ and William Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Nights Dream’….

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