Artiq, the international art agency, has opened the fourth annual charity art exhibition, Queer Frontiers, which takes place until July 10 as part of the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of Pride in London…
Queer Frontiers was founded by Artiq in 2018 to champion LGBTQ+ creatives and allies and has raised more than £40,000 for LGBTQ+ and ally charitable causes. Queer Frontiers 2022 opened last week with the aim to celebrate inclusivity, diversity, and creativity, as well as support the work of vital LGBTQ+ charities. All artworks displayed in the exhibition at 7-9 Walker’s Court in London’s Soho will be for sale, with at least half of the proceeds donated to the Albert Kennedy Trust and Outside In.
Creating a more sustainable and inclusive arts economy is at the heart of Artiq’s ethos, and Queer Frontiers will feature a selection of emerging and established artists. The artists on display this year include Chris Hawkes, Emil Lomardo, Zeena Wright, Kevin Anaafi-Brown, Nan Carreira, Natalia Lewandowska, Trinity Tristan, Sebastian Sochan and Curtis Holder.
This year’s exhibition sees Artiq partner for the first time with Link, along with Soho Estates and headline sponsor, specialist insurer and arts supporter, Hiscox. Several other leading industry firms are also supporting this year’s exhibition, including Talent Solutions Provider Sheffield Haworth, CFC Underwriting and Markel International. The space, 7 – 9 Walkers Court, hosted by Soho Estates, is located within Soho, the LGBTIQA+ centre of London. This partnership is a result of ARTIQ and Soho Estates working closely together over the years to provide inclusive spaces for creativity.
“I founded Artiq with a mission to improve inclusivity and diversity within the art world, and the whole team are excited to make this year’s Queer Frontiers the biggest, best and most daring Pride exhibition we have ever delivered,” said Patrick McCrae, CEO of Artiq and founder of Queer Frontiers. “I also want to thank our principal partner, Link, and their supporters who have come on board for this year’s Queer Frontiers. Our ethos is to bridge the divide between the corporate and cultural words, and our partnership with Link perfectly encapsulates that.”
Maurice Rose, Co-Chair of Link, added: “This is a fantastic initiative to bring the insurance industry together, to do something creative and to celebrate a monumental milestone in LGBTQ+ history, with 2022 marking the 50th anniversary of Pride. The programme will support the insurance industry’s aspiration to innovate and whilst promoting the sectors support for diversity and inclusion. I’m incredibly proud to be supporting two great charities, the Albert Kennedy Trust and OutSide In, whose vital work is helping to shape a more inclusive society.”
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Main image artist credits (from top left – right): Kevin Anafi-Brown; Chris Hawkes; Trinity Tristan; Natalia Lewandowska; Sebastian Sochan and Emil Lombardo.