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: http://bitly.com/HoSBTickets
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.