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.

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