ARTIQ, an art consultancy and advisory company, celebrate the recent success of charity art exhibition Queer Frontiers in London, which raised over £26,000 for LGBT+ charities Albert Kennedy Trust and LGBT+ Switchboard.
Queer Frontiers was set up by ARTIQ as an expression of solidarity with the LGBT+ community globally, with a particular focus on profiling the work of LGBT+ artists and raising awareness of issues important to the community.
This year’s edition saw the consultancy join forces with specialist insurer Hiscox to extend the reach and impact of the exhibition, setting up shop in the former home of legendary Soho nightclub Madame JoJo’s on Brewer Street, London for a week-long exhibition and programme of events.
The exhibition profiled the work of 26 emerging and established LGBT+ artists and allies, selected via an international open call. The consultancy also reached out to a number of prominent figures in the art world, selecting work by artists including Sickboy, Maser, Paolo Raeli and Helen Beard.
All proceeds from the sale of artwork went to Albert Kennedy Trust and LGBT+ Switchboard with many of the artists also choosing to donate 100% of their own individual commission.
Patrick McCrae, Chief Executive of ARTIQ, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have raised this amazing sum for charity in co-ordination with our event sponsor, Hiscox.
“As a business, our whole ethos is about bridging the gap between the creative and business worlds. This event, with the support of Hiscox, is a perfect embodiment of that.”
Andrew Sellers, Group Head of Claims Vendor Management and Co-Executive Sponsor of Hiscox’s LGBT+ employee network, added: “This year we wanted to do something meaningful to celebrate Pride at Hiscox so we joined forces with ARTIQ and this resulted in our sponsorship of their Queer Frontiers pop-up art exhibition in the heart of Soho. I’m delighted that we raised £26,000 and were able to support two incredible charities.”
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