Poet and artist, Vince Laws, is bringing his happening I Am A Poem to Brighton in celebration of Lesbian Gay Bisexual & Trans History Month next February.
There will be an official launch in Brighton Town Hall, followed by an Artistic Launch in the Jubilee Library, both on Friday February 1. The launches will feature performance poetry, community groups, and song.
The OUT140 project, which tells coming out stories in 140 characters or less, i.e. a tweet on Twitter, will be on display in the Jubilee Library foyer, alongside some of Vince’s smaller visual poems. He is also creating a piece of text art to hang in the main library window.
“I’m hoping creative people all over the city will join in the celebration.
“I’m working with the Hankie Quilt and artist Mandy Webb on an installation for Brighton Town Hall.
“Bear Patrol are going to help me raise funds for the Sussex Beacon with Adopt-A-Pansy.
“Enzo Marra is curating a contemporary queer art show. Rose Collis is offering Queer Brighton Tours. There will be films, performances, a Human Library, Treat the Artist, love poetry on Valentine’s, The L Word, and I’d like to have a Ball – please help!”
Vince held his first solo gallery show at Georges House Gallery, Folkestone, in February this year to wide acclaim,
Gallery Director, Brigitte Orasinski, said:
“The exhibition was more than just a collection of artworks, it was a happening that involved and deeply engaged many people. Vince’s work has important things to say, but he has a deftness of touch that means he can attract attention and interest without bludgeoning people over the head with his message. His energy and attention to detail made the exhibition unique, memorable and joyful.”
It is hoped that this years event will blossom into a much broader month long annual LGBT Arts Festival called Rainbow Arts.
If you want to stage an event during February as part of a wider arts festival contact Vince on:
If your an artist why not stage an Open House during the festival. Discussions are progressing for the choirs to perform concerts and poets, artists and entertainers are all eager to present their own events.
Events will be publicised through a special printed programme of events in Gscene magazine in January and February.
“Brighton is a centre of glorious LGBT talent. Lets take this opportunity to profile it to the wider community at large and in the process raise money for our LGBT and HIV organisations.”
Vince has received an Arts Council grant to bring his happening: I Am A Poem to Brighton.