Artiq celebrates its 5th edition of Queer Frontiers

Founded by Artiq in 2018, Queer Frontiers is an exhibition that brings together extraordinary artistic talent and rising stars to raise funds for charities with causes close to the LGBTQ+ community. The exhibition returns for its 5th edition in the iconic Walker’s Court in London’s Soho…

print by Mazahir Hussain of venus fpr Artiq queer frontiers exhibition

This year’s exhibition by Artiq is titled Queer Myths, Queer Futures and will feature new work by more than 20 LGBTQ+ and ally artists alongside a series of limited-edition prints produced exclusively for the show. Queer Myths, Queer Futures brings together artists whose practices are inspired by classical mythology or folklore, who draw on contemporary myth-making or politics, or who explores an artistic vision of what queer could mean in the future. Exhibiting artists will include Elio Mercer, Mazahir Hussain, Kevin Aanafi-Brown and Olivia Mansfield, with more to be announced.

line drawing in black and white of men dancing in a circle referencing matisse

Image credit: Artiq / Adam Wilson Holmes

All artworks are for sale, with proceeds being split between Rainbow Railroad, a global not-for-profit organisation and the artists. Rainbow Railroad was founded in 2006, with the aim of helping at-risk LGBTQI+ around the world get to safety. The organisation’s core Emergency Travel Support program provides vital support to LGBTQI+ people facing an immediate threat to their lives and helps to identify a pathway out of their current location to a new country where they can safely resettle and live openly without fear. In addition, Rainbow Railroad provides information and resources, coordinates referrals to local refugee and LGBTQI organisations and provides short term financial assistance.

painting of three nude women in shades of blue and green by artist Olivia Mansfield

Image credit: Artiq / Olivia Mansfield

This year, the specialist insurance firm and dedicated art supporter, Hiscox, return as a sponsor. Hiscox is a firm that has built a market-leading reputation over the years through its commitment to its clients and superior services that promise expertise, efficiency, empathy and fairness.  With 3,000 staff across 14 countries and 35 offices, art is an integral part of the culture at Hiscox. In addition to collecting art by living artists that hang on the walls of their offices for the viewing pleasure of their employees, Hiscox also sponsors public exhibitions and college prices, including Artiq’s Graduate Art Prize and Queer Frontiers, extending its impact and support to new generations of emerging artists.

The exhibition is also supported by Soho Estates, a family-owned property company with holdings across large parts of Soho that have supported Artiq’s presence in Soho since its inception. This partnership is a result of Artiq and Soho Estates working closely together over the years to provide inclusive spaces for creativity. Soho Estates tenants reflect the vibrant mix found in London’s creative heart, including restaurants, bars and clubs, hotels, cinemas and theatres, independent retailers, residential flats and offices. Their objective is to enhance and add value to existing stock through careful restoration and redevelopment in keeping with the area.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a programme of events, including performances and a panel talk on July 4. It will be a captivating discussion on the intersection of queer identities, mythology, and contemporary art. Our speakers, including Sacha Coward, Dominic Lauren, Mazahir Hussain, Shane Sutherland and Olivia Mansfield, will share their insights and artistic practices. The event is free to attend, but you’ll need to RSVP.

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Main image credit: Artiq / Mazahir Hussain