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England’s Erotic Dream & Germ Free Adolescents

England’s Erotic Dream & Germ Free Adolescents

  England’s Erotic Dream Featuring photographs from LJMU’s Special Collections and Archives including England’s Dreaming: the Jon Savage Archive, this exhibition focuses a queer gaze on London’s early punk scene. A transgressive and defiant attitude to gender and sexuality is flaunted and celebrated in these images of Siouxsie Sioux, Billy Idol, the Bromley Contingent, The Clash and many more.   Germ Free Adolescents Combining rare and original artefacts donated to LJMU Special Collections and Archives by former X-Ray Spex manager Falcon Stuart this exhibition documents the life and music of the iconic Poly Styrene (Marion Elliot Said). A revolutionary musical…

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Earthfall: Chelsea Hotel

Earthfall: Chelsea Hotel

    Take a journey to New York’s iconic Chelsea Hotel with award-winning Earthfall. A voyeuristic exploration of its inhabitants lives, loves and longings. From Andy Warhol to Jack Kerouac and Dylan Thomas to Patti Smith, stories both true and false combine through radical dance, live music and film capturing significant moments in the history of this rebel artist mecca.  Check in to Chelsea Hotel where every room tells a story.

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Homotopia wins at the Attitude Awards

Homotopia wins at the Attitude Awards

Homotopia won the culture award in recognition of its ten years unrivalled presentation of gay culture and education, last year’s winner was singer and actor Will Young. Other award winners with a Liverpool link were Paul O’Grady (himself part of Homotopia in 2011) who won the Icon Award for outstanding Achievement and Lime Pictures’ Hollyoaks that won the Media Award. Gary Everett, Homotopia’s director, was himself in the national press earlier this week when he leapt 36 places up The Independent on Sunday’s Pink List from 89 to 53. The Pink List recognises people whose work ‘makes a difference’ in…

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The Making of ‘April Ashley, Portrait of a lady’ #5

The Making of ‘April Ashley, Portrait of a lady’ #5

    Designer, Olivia du Monceau takes a tour of the space and talks about some of the design considerations that have gone into the making of the exhibition.

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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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