The Winner of the 2016 Emerald Winter Pride Art Awards, themed Line of Beauty – exploring sexuality, gender and identity, was announced on 15 April 2016 at a packed and buzzing Open View launched by human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell.

Peter Tatchell said “The Emerald Winter Pride Art Awards is an example of how art can help shape people’s attitudes towards the LGBT+ community. Don’t accept the world as it is. Dream about what the world could be – then help make it happen.”

Headline sponsor, Emerald’s CEO Heidi McCormack announced Sicilian artist Rosso as the overall Winner for her painting Madame Moustache and awarded Rosso a trophy and £1,000 Prize Money.

Heidi McCormack said “As Chief Executive of Emerald, I am proud we are supporting this event and am thrilled to announce Rosso as the Winner of the 2016 Emerald Winter Pride Art Awards. Art is such a fundamental part of culture and community, of defining and recording who we are and how we see the world. It is a delight that by supporting the Emerald Winter Pride Art Awards, I am able to combine passion for the arts with passion for equality, both areas are so very important to me.

Simon Tarrant, Emerald Winter Pride Art Awards Director said “The standard for this year’s competition was exceptionally high but the selection panel unanimously chose Rosso’s outstanding painting as the Winner. Inspired by Manet’s Olympia – a “real” woman who, back in 1865, shocked the wider conservative audience with her defying attitude, breaking with a tradition of goddess-like female representations – ‘Madame Moustache’ explores a contemporary idea of beauty that departs from traditional gender classifications”.

The evening included a spell-binding live performance by acclaimed classical trio the Korros Ensemble, who performed music by Argentinian Tango composer Piazzolla, accompanied by Taste of Tango dancers from Debbie Moore’s legendary Pineapple Dance Studios.

Stephen Fry said, “The Emerald Winter Pride Art Awards is a unique opportunity for up-and-coming artists to showcase their creativity at a key LGBT+ artistic and cultural event – creative ventures of this kind are all-important for both the arts and LGBT+ communities.”

The 2016 Emerald Winter Pride Art Awards showcased the work of 30 Exhibitors and 5 Featured Artists at a free public exhibition from 15 – 29 April at the Islington Arts Factory 2 Parkhurst Road, London N7 0SF.


Rosso, Madame Moustache Oil and human hair on canvas 110 x 130 cm


Aleksandra Karpowicz, Let’s Talk About Sex Lightbox 120 x 180 cm
Emily Tull, Fragility #2 Thread Painting – hand stitched 97 x 67 cm
Matthew Stradling, Darren 1 Oil on canvas 152 x 152 cm
Nicolas Laborie, St Sebastian Original Wet Plate collodion Tintype 40 x 24 cm


André AzevedoVersos 3 Sewing on canvas 30 x 42 cm
Antonio De Paquale, The gender issue n2 Mixed Media on canvas 60 x 30 cm
Azara Meghie, I Am Woman Performance Artist
Becky Boston, Sonne Photography (C type Metallic print) 50 x 50 cm
Charan Singh, Kothis, Hijras, Giriya & Others Archival Inkjet Print 120 x 90 cm
Conor Collins, Caitlyn Acrylic paint on Canvas 60 x 80 cm
Conor Collins, Tom Daley Acrylic paint on Canvas 60 x 40 cm
Dee Stanford, The line of beauty Sculpture 28 x 25 x 8 cm
Dew Kim, I’m Your Baby Tonight Digital printed on cotton, Mattress, iPhone 200 x 200 cm
Grammo Suspect, Embrace Diversity Performance Artist
Heather Carol, Journey of a May Femme Egg tempera on traditional gesso panel 49 x 49 cm
Holly Brodie, Performance in a floral dress Oil on linen 43 x 53 cm
Ignacio Miranda, Summertime (The ponds) Hand pulled screen print & watercolour 35 x 50 cm
Iluá Hauck da Silva, Medusa Crystal and glass plinth 156 x 35 x 31 cm
INK, Tutti Fruiti Acrylic on canvas 130 x 160 cm
Louisa Holecz, Obsolescence Fired clay, plaster, dried Rosemary & gold thread 60 x 30 x 25 cm
Nic HumphriesBut we’re all out and happy now… Charcoal and Chalk on toned paper 53 x 74 cm
Nicolas Laborie, Nuda Veritas I Original Wet Plate collodion Tintype 21.5 x 27.5 cm
Red Pig Flower, A piece of lost wonderland East + West Acrylic 2 x 50 x 70 cm
Roxana Halls, Walking Oil on linen 157 x 147 cm
Sadie Lee, Jean Kemp Oil on canvas 102 x 76 cm
Sadie Lee, Stav B Oil on canvas 102 x 76 cm
Simon Croft, TransAction Man Collaged photograph 43 x 33 cm
The DnA Factory, Tyranny of Sex Archival German Etch 310GSM (Giclee) Edition: 25 84 x 59 cm
Thion, The Thinker Black ink on Fabriano paper 82 x 61 cm


Emerald Life, the UK’s first full-service insurance provider designed and tailored for the gay and lesbian community, was the headline sponsor for the 2016 Emerald Winter Pride Art Awards and awarded £1,000 to the Winner, Rosso for her painting Madame Moustache.

Barefoot Wine sponsored the wine for the Art Awards.


The Emerald Winter Pride Art Awards promotes and supports artists regardless of their sexuality. The selection panel is made up of arts industry professionals, comprising Royal sculptor Frances Segleman, artist and arts promoter Simon Tarrant, Islington Arts Factory Director of Visual Art Eleanor Pearce, freelance art writer and editor Anna McNay and philosopher and writer Daniel Barnes.

LGBT Poet Laureate Trudy Howson gave a poetry recital at the opening of the Exhibition, which also included the work of Featured Artists:

  • Bronac McNeill – View From The Bus photo collage taken from an open top bus promoting charity Cancer is a drag at the 2015 Pride in London Parade.
  • Jane Moore – Intricate drawings that evoke an inquisitive response from the viewer and allow us to see beauty in perhaps the most unlikely of forms.
  • Layers – portrait exhibition celebrating the stages of a woman’s life, which is running concurrently at the Southbank Centre and Women’s Equality Party.
  • Stephanie Griffiths – animation questioning how we define beauty and ugliness and who is defining it? Transgenderism is a terminology, which has so many variations.


For the first time the Emerald Winter Pride Art Awards introduced a series of works developed by students from Middlesex School of Art and Design who have participated in workshops on gender identity and sexuality politics.

CASS Art Islington sponsored an LGBT+ life drawing drop-in workshop exploring the concept of beauty, sexuality, gender and identity at the Islington Arts Factory on 17 April, tutored by Sketch a Day artist Jane Moore.


Earlier this year Winter Pride presented the sell out Smirnoff Winter Pride Music Festival at the Coronet in Elephant and Castle and gave a donation to Pride In London in return for promoting and supporting Winter Pride.

The Emerald Winter Pride Art Awards has also started working with the charity Camden LGBT Forum to promote equality and diversity by the elimination of discrimination in relation to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people for the benefit of the public.

Another LGBT+ partnership has been formed with Olly Pike, writer and illustrator of LGBT+ children’s books, which are currently being used in schools and by charities to teach about equality.


15 – 29 April 2016 (10am – 5pm)
Emerald Winter Pride Art Awards – Exhibition
Islington Arts Factory
2 Parkhurst Road, London N7 0SF Google map


24 April 2016 (3 – 4pm)
Azara Meghie Live Performance of I Am Woman
Islington Arts Factory
2 Parkhurst Road, London N7 0SF Google map
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Islington Arts Factory is a converted church building, opposite the entrance to Holloway Prison and on the Parkhurst Road / Camden Road one-way system.

Tube: Holloway Road or Caledonian Road

Buses: 4, 17, 29, 43, 91, 153, 253, 259, 271, 279, 359

Islington arts factory map


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