Council's Pride Staff Network launch LGBTQAI+ community summer art project

Posted on Wednesday 6th July 2022

Newport City Council’s Pride Staff Network have partnered with Newport Live and PROUD to launch the LGBTQAI+ Community Summer Art Project.

The Pride Staff Network are celebrating a year in formation by working on the project, which is supporting the community Pride event ‘Pride in the Port’ which takes place in September.

The project will allow community art to be showcased in celebration of 50 years of Pride in the United Kingdom and Newport’s first ever community Pride.

As part of the project, the pride staff network is asking for submissions of artwork to be sent in to help form the special collection that will be displayed at The Riverfront.

The Art can be in any form - a painting or sculpture, physical form or digital for online use – and the subject of the artwork should be someone who’s either Welsh or has strong links with Wales, and who identifies as LGBTQAI+ openly.

Chair of the Council’s Pride Staff Network Dan Earnshaw said “This collection will be a chance to see our community creatively showcase the hard work of the Welsh people who have done amazing things and just happen to have openly shared their gender and/or sexuality publicly. Those LGBTQAI+ Welsh icons who have gained great respect in their professional field and who are proud to celebrate openly who they are. Well, this summer, we want Newport to come together and celebrate them in the best way - ART!”

To submit artwork, please send pictures of your submission via email to [email protected] and state that you consent to having the work shared online and possibly donated to the council archives.

The deadline for submissions is 19 August.

Those chosen will be contacted shortly after and instructed how and when to drop the work off and how to collect the work after the collection has finished, if not selected to be donated.

The collection will be shown at The Riverfront’s Mezzanine Gallery Space from 3 September to 11 September.

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