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It’s been quite busy at The Ledward Centre this autumn. While we are still finalising the lease – the relaxation of the lockdown restrictions has meant that we have been able to host a few more events. So we thought we’d give you an update of what we’ve been up to.
FLASH, BANG, WOLLOP!
Perhaps the most talked about event has been the latest exhibition by our gallery partner – The Socially Engaged Art Salon (SEAS) www.seasbrighton.org/ Called QUEER PHOTOGRAPHY – A NON-DEFINITIVE SURVEY it is a large group exhibition of lens-based artists and photographers with works that include an examination of queer identities, documentation of pride and other LGBTQ+ events, exploration of “queer spaces”, participatory work with marginalised communities, narrative based projects and works that defy definitions.
Launched on October 29th as part of Brighton Digital Festival and (continuing until January 15th 2022) all works will be shown on digital screens and projected on the Centre’s windows at night until it is reinstalled downstairs at the end of November 2021.
Over 100 people attended the private view on Friday 29/10/2021, which was hosted by Dr Gil Mualem-Doron and drag performer @pityuxka welcoming guests on the door.
The exhibition is supported by Art Council England and Sussex Communities Trust and features works by Jenny Nash, Francesca Alaimo, Keith Race, Eva Marschan-Hayes, Simon Pepper, Ben Sharp
Gay Brighton Past
Also downstairs currently are the incredible photos of Brighton’s first ever Pride march in 1973. Recently rediscovered in the Argus archive – they were never published at the time, so this is a fascinating insight into the past when a small group of activists marched from Western Road down to the seafront. The look of horror and bemusement on the faces of onlookers is worth a visit to the Centre itself. Thanks to Alf and Tina from Brighton Gay Past – www.facebook.com/groups/352753429482052 – Argus Photographic Archive, Andy Garth from Brighton and Hove Stuff and Brighton Rainbow Fund.
But it’s not all been about photography. We were thrilled to be able to provide space for acclaimed dancer Stuart Waters to run a workshop with people living with HIV for a new performance that will be staged at the Centre in December.
And last, but certainly not least, we were also able to invite volunteers into the Centre for a getting-to-know-you session over tea and cake. And thanks to the generous donations from local businesses and benefactors – they all had something to sit on, too!