Author: Leo Welton

Holly Johnson Exhibition

Exploring the life and art of Holly Johnson and the heritage of LGBTQIA+ communities in Liverpool.

We are made up to announce this brand-new project with @duovision_arts which will archive and exhibit the life and art of pioneering LGBTQIA+ musician, songwriter and artist Holly Johnson (Frankie Goes To Hollywood).

A big thank you to @heritagefunduk for supporting us to make this exhibition possible. We’re so grateful!

“The opportunity to mount this exhibition is actually like winning the National Lottery for me. As a teenager Music and Art were my passion, reading Jean Genet, William Burroughs and listening to the music of The Beatles, Marc Bolan, David Bowie and The Velvet Underground; seeing the films of Derek Jarman and Andy Warhol along with his supercharged colour paintings. Pondering over Peter Blake’s Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band artwork as a child lead me ultimately to Hollywood and back again. Everything I was ever drawn to, through a lens of Queerness and controversy I brought with me into the future we live in now.”
@mrhollyjohnson

 

Photograph by Trevor Leighton

Homotopia Festival is taking a break in 2024

Having delivered 20 years of our amazing Festival, alongside our programmes of artist development, Queer art around the city, exhibitions and not to mention one hell of a Eurovision 2023 all day all out cabaret! We decided for 2024, the Festival needs to take a break.

We’re still here delivering Queer art and artists development. As a team, and with our new Director, we’re looking forward to another amazing year ahead, with a huge focus on our upcoming exhibition showcasing the life, legacy and art of Holly Johnson. Opening this September alongside some wrap around activity, fabulous launch parties and working with the community.

Homotopia Festival will be back in 2025! Bigger, Bolder and of course, Queerer than ever!  

If you are an artist and you wanted to be involved this year, we’ll be in touch! And we’ll keep your details so you’re the first to hear about the open call for Homotopia Festival 2025.

Any other questions contact: topher@homotopia.net

New Homotopia CEO

Afro Queer artist and filmmaker, Topher Campbell, has joined us here at Homotopia as our new CEO.

The former Artistic Director of The Red Room Film and Theatre Company, and the co-founder of ruckus!, a ground-breaking cultural archive of Black, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans creatives, artists, venues and organisations, Topher comes with a powerful reputation in curating and commissioning work that is urgent and relevant.

As an award-winning artist he has collaborated with the Mercury Music Prize Winners Young Fathers on FETISH, an art film shot on the streets of New York, which premiered at the Barbican Centre in London, and was Official Selection for the 2018 Aesthetica Short Film Festival and 2018 Scottish Queer International Film Festival and 2021 Sheffield DocFEST.

As a performer, Topher has appeared in Campbell X’s Stud Life, Ian Poitiers debut feature Oh Happy Day and Isaac Julien’s Trussed. He co-directed Una Marson, Our Last Caribbean Voice (currently available on BBC iPlayer). His latest film, the documentary Moments that Shaped Queer Black Britain, explores the UK’s Black Queer history and culture for B.E.T Paramount and is streaming on the UK.

Topher Campbell says,
“I am thrilled to be joining the team at Homotopia. Homotopia is the UK’s premier and longest running Queer Arts Festival and has a crucial role to play in supporting and elevating the work of LGBTQIA+ artists nationally and internationally and I am very excited to have the opportunity to play a part in this mission. In a time where LGBTQIA+ people are increasingly facing a more hostile environment, providing spaces that offer community, dialogue, joy, and creativity for us and by us are essential.

Liverpool, with its rich heritage of music, culture and Black History, is a global city and the perfect environment for championing LGBTQIA+ culture. Homotopia is a jewel in the city’s crown and as such I hope to elevate and build on its national and international reputation for showcasing the best Queer music, film, theatre, performance, visual art and fashion with fabulousness and bite.”

A message from our board:

We’re thrilled to welcome Topher Campbell to Liverpool, as the new CEO at Homotopia. Topher’s vision will ignite a new era for the organisation, with fresh programming, ambitious development with scope for new partnerships and opportunities for local artists. Topher brings with him extensive accolades and experience as an artistic leader.

We are excited to work with Topher, and to support the wider team in ensuring Homotopia continues to platform and develop the very best in queer arts and activism for artists and audiences across Liverpool city region and beyond.

For images, interviews and further information please contact Laura Marie Brown
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07739321279