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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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April Ashley: Portrait of a lady, OFFICIAL TRAILER (2013)

April Ashley: Portrait of a lady, OFFICIAL TRAILER (2013)

  The Official trailer for the new APRIL ASHLEY exhibition. Museum of Liverpool to open exhibition about transgender icon. The Museum of Liverpool is to host a new major exhibition this September looking at the history of transgender people in Britain over the past 70 years, focusing on the experiences of one exceptional individual. Opening 27 September 2013 — 21 September 2014, April Ashley: Portrait of a lady will — for the first time — explore the story of April Ashley MBE, one of the first people in the world to undergo pioneering gender reassignment surgery. Find out more at…

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Neil McKenna – Fanny & Stella

Neil McKenna – Fanny & Stella

    An extraordinary true tale of cross-dressing and gay sub-culture in 19th-century London is revealed in Neil McKenna’s new book, Fanny & Stella. His dazzling account of the arrest and sensational trial of Fanny Park and Stella Boulton — scandalously revealed to be two young men — is a meticulous evocation of the underbelly of Victorian society with a cast of peers, politicians and prostitutes, drag queens, doctors and detectives. Neil McKenna takes us into this fascinating secret world as he talks about his latest work, which returns to the period he mined so brilliantly in his acclaimed The…

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The Making of ‘April Ashley, Portrait of a lady’ #3

The Making of ‘April Ashley, Portrait of a lady’ #3

  Kay Jones, Curator of Community History, tours the space in the Museum of Liverpool where the April Ashley exhibition is being constructed.

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The Making of ‘April Ashley, Portrait of a lady’ #2

The Making of ‘April Ashley, Portrait of a lady’ #2

  Here’s a stop motion animation of the main sign from the exhibition being installed in the Museum of Liverpool. Find out more about the project at www.aprilashley.org.uk

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The Making of ‘April Ashley, Portrait of a lady’ #1

The Making of ‘April Ashley, Portrait of a lady’ #1

  With the build up to the opening our new exhibition on April Ashley opening at the Museum of Liverpool this month, here’s the first part of our ‘making of’ features. Find out more at www.aprilashley.org.uk This year also marks our 10th birthday so we’ll be doing lots more videos towards the festival launch.    

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