Our vibrant LGBT+ community arts exhibition, Loudest Whispers, open 6 February - 12 May will this year showcase the work of more than 40 artists and celebrate those working in TV, cinema and photography.
The Arts Project’s Loudest Whispers exhibition has grown in popularity since its launch in 2009 when it included work by 14 artists. It is now a firm fixture on the north London arts calendar, attracting significant interest from across the capital as one of London’s most inclusive and diverse LGBT exhibitions.
This year, it will include mixed media artworks on the theme ‘Behind the Lens’. Highlights will include a studio-created selfie booth, an installation called Memoria that acknowledges hundreds of LGBTQ artists and craftspeople and invites viewers to contribute names of their own, There will also be an illustrated lecture presentation on gender representation and an exhibition event showcasing short films, including several produced in collaboration with students at the University of Westminster.
Transgender artist Simon Croft said: “Exhibiting in Loudest Whispers has been really valuable for me creatively. An artwork comes alive when an audience sees it - that's when you find out whether it resonates with people and how they view it. The opportunity to get work seen, to hear those responses, to have conversations and get critical feedback is vital to developing my creative practice. Loudest Whispers has given me that chance for 13 years and consequently has made a great difference to my work.”
Supported by forum+, an independent charity working to promote equality for LGBTQ+ people in Camden and Islington, the exhibition aims to nurture and showcase creative LGBT+ talent in Camden and Islington. For some LGBT+ artists, it is a unique opportunity for the public to see their creative work, exploring themes including identity and life-changing experiences.
Peter Herbert, Curator and Manager of The Arts Project, said: “We’re very excited with new developments this year. This includes Facing The Public, in collaboration with the University of Westminster, that invites students to participate in gallery-based installations, a lecture, and short film-making opportunities. I am thrilled to be working with Professor Philippa Catterall on this project, supporting students with a range of creative LGBT-related opportunities.”
Loudest Whispers is hosted by Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust, with support from the Trust’s charitable foundation; sales of the artworks go to the charitable foundation, which raises money for projects that benefit staff and service users.