The Winner of the Beyond the Binaries themed 2018 Emerald Winter Pride Art Awards, was announced last at a packed ceremony in the Victorian Chapel of The House of St Barnabas in Soho.

Headline sponsor, Emerald Life’s Chairman Steve Wardlaw, announced artist Sam Wingate as the overall Winner for Grindr Quilt, and awarded Sam a Winter Pride Art Awards trophy and £1,000 prize money.

International sculptor, Frances Segelman (Lady Petchey), gave a £500 Lady Petchey Art Award to Jason Carr for his painting Fluorescent.

Held in conjunction with The House of St Barnabas’ not-for-profit visual arts programme The Collective, proceeds from the sales of all artwork goes towards The House of St Barnabas’ Employment Academy, supporting people affected by homelessness into lasting paid work.

Simon Tarrant, Director of the Emerald Winter Pride Art Awards said, “Winter Pride’s latest art competition was inspired by the 50th anniversary celebrations of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act that decriminalised homosexuality. Responding to our theme, Beyond the Binaries, we received over 700 entries from around the world and 17 Finalists were selected. Artists have really risen to the challenge to create work that stimulates dialogue about modern day issues – not just of gender, identity and sexuality – but of race, religion and politics. The resulting exhibition is both profound and thought provoking, a show not to be missed.”

Steve Wardlaw, Emerald Chairman said, “The expression of ideas in art is such a fundamental part of our culture and community. Defining and recording who we are and how we see the world, especially reflecting diversity and a lack of boundaries, is an essential part of the Emerald Winter Pride Art Awards, which we are very proud to support for a second year. Simon and the selection panel excel at choosing challenging, exposing and sometimes intimidating pieces that reflect the breadth of talent that enters for the Awards. We look forward to seeing all the Finalists at The House of St Barnabas.”

The exhibition runs from 26 January – 6 June at The House of St Barnabas. To visit please book on to their monthly art tour:

A touring exhibition of the 2018 Winter Pride Art Awards will take place from 9 June to 30 July at Quay Arts, Newport, Isle of Wight in partnership with Isle of Wight Pride, who recently won the bid to host UK Pride 2018.


2018 Emerald Winter Pride Art Awards


Sam Wingate Grindr Quilt
Quilted cotton 180 x 150 cm


2018 Emerald Winter Pride Art Awards

Jason Carr
Oil on canvas 70 x 70 cm
Photo credit: Emory Ruegg
Ela Xora
Beyond The Binary
(Non Binary Western History)

Aural performance and video art

Ryan Driscoll  Venus
Oil on board 90 x 75 cm
Tugba Tirpan  Eye
Photograph 34 x 76 cm
Teo Robinson  Disjointed
Photograph 50 x 70 cm
Lana Yanovska
Selam (from “Polarity” series)
Print on paper 51.5 x 82 cm
Gavin Maughfling
Oil on canvas 111 x 137 cm

Habib Hajallie
Like a Monkey
Pen drawing 91 x 61 cm

Loving Hands
Giclée print 99 cm x 126 cm
Sophie Akehurst
Homage to Assata
Acrylic painting 40 x 30 cm
Karl Stedman  All One
Handrolled paper, canvas
43 x 43 cm

Romily Alice Walden
Always Turned On
Neon artwork 66 x 60 x 10 cm

Janec van Veen
Light Bearer (Athene prometheus)
Taxidermy and mixed media
60 x 25 x 25 cm
Vanja Karas
The Man Who Fell To Earth Vanitas
Mixed media 100 x 80 cm

Stephen Doyle
Isolation in Identity
Charcoal on paper 60 x 80 cm
b-Side  Into Dust
Video art  4.30 mins