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Lgbtq+ gallery takeover week by Asten Holmes-Elliott

Solent Showcase

24 th March 2018 11:00

Solent Showcase Gallery is excited to welcome our 4th gallery takeover - Asten Holmes-Elliott ‘LGBTQ+ takeover week’ in the run up to International Transgender Day of Visibility.

Artist and award winning filmmaker, Asten Holmes-Elliott will be curating a series of events in the gallery’s co-creation space for the LGBTQ+ community and their allies from the 24th – 29th March, during Kev Munday’s exhibition ‘STAND TOGETHER’.

Asten’s work examines ideas of identity, otherness and belonging using a variety of mediums including illustration, painting, photography and filmmaking. They were in the Top 20 people to watch out for on Scotland's digital scene for their work with BBC The Social, creating the BBC’s first trans and non-binary character web series: “THEY” and vlog series “Asten’s ADHD Survival Guide”. Asten is also the co-founder of magazine, film collective and club night “Lock Up Your Daughters” which encourages and showcases queer artists, musicians, photographers and filmmakers, and a proud committee member for the Scottish Queer International Film Festival (SQIFF), now in its fourth year.

Saturday 24th March
Monday 26th – Thursday 29th March:
In 2017, an awesome project came out to promote the work of Hampshire Constabulary's Gay and Lesbian Liaison Officers (LAGLOs), a police fleet car decorated by none other than our artist in residence Kev Munday. The vehicle was adorned with illustrations of the county's landmarks and taken round the many Pride festivals for people to colour in.

Still fully operational and working on the frontline across the county, the police car will be in Guildhall Square on Saturday 24th March for you to see the results!

One of our gallery invigilators will be there to tell you more about Kev’s work with a LAGLO officer to hear more about their efforts and community events to raise awareness of how to report homophobic and transphobic hate crime incidents and other issues affecting LGB&T communities.

The car will then be stationed outside the Solent Showcase Gallery on Above Bar Street opposite the Art House Café on Monday 26th – 29th March during gallery opening hours during the LGBTQ+ takeover week.

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LAGLO: @HantsPoliceLGBT

Tuesday 27th March 6pm – 8pm

Calling all your friendly queers!

On Tuesday Solent Showcase Gallery is extending an open invitation to LGBTQ+ groups, individuals, and allies to come and use the gallery participatory space as an open forum during Kev Munday’s exhibition ‘STAND TOGETHER’.
Chaired by co-creator of Scottish queer magazine and club night ‘Lock Up Your Daughters’ Sophie Holmes-Elliott, we invite you to discuss any LGBTQ+ activity in the city, network and discover any overlap and possible support for one another.

While there is no prescribed theme or agenda for the session, it will provide a space and time for different strands of the LGBTQ+ community to come together and make connections.

Following an introduction from Asten Holmes-Elliott, the floor will be opened up to local groups and individuals giving us all a chance to get to know one another and find out about other LGBTQ+ organisations in Southampton and Hampshire.

Make your own queer fanzine? Part of an established group? Just want to find out more about what’s going on in the LGBTQ+ community in Southampton? Everyone is welcome.

No need to book, but if you would like to get in touch beforehand so we can share information about your group, event, venture, enterprise or project or please do so on:

All are welcome.

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Wednesday 28th March 11am – 6pm

What you say matters.
It might even save someone’s life.
In this soft launch of the new #LIFEsavingAllies campaign from social enterprise Reconnecting Rainbows, come contribute your thoughts and help co-create their brand new campaign to help people become better allies to their trans and non-binary friends, relatives and colleagues.

Come and join Ash Jay Brockwell, the awesome Vivi L'Amour and Asten Holmes-Elliott at Solent Showcase Gallery on Wednesday 28th March.
Being trans or non-binary can be tough and supportive allies can make all the difference. But people who would really like to be allies often keep quiet because they don't know what to say to make it better.

If you're trans and/or non-binary, please come and tell us what you need people to know, do, or understand. And if not, please come and give us feedback on our ideas, and tell us how we can make the campaign bigger and better! Let's use the arts to save lives and celebrate Trans Day of Visibility together!

Drop in at any time after 11am, and stay for 5 minutes, 5 hours or anything in between! Vivi and Ash are planning to be there until 3pm, but the exhibition will be open and curated until 6pm. We will have a Rainbow Tent with a mini-exhibition of 'Happiness, The Four Keys' - four strategies for improving your mental wellbeing - and some of Vivi L'Amour's Spacecat paintings!

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Reconnecting Rainbows:

Thursday 29th March 6pm – 8pm
Southampton is GETTING Owl & Fox Fisher for the night!
To close the Solent Showcase Gallery’s LGBTQ+ takeover week and set you up for your TDoV bank holiday right, Fox Fisher will be programming and screening a series of their short films, with added curation from Asten Holmes-Elliott’s shorts programme ‘Are We Queer Yet?’ touring from Glasgow’s SQIFF (Scottish Queer International Film Festival). Followed by a Q&A with Fox chaired by Asten, with a chance to network and hang out after.

Artist and filmmakers Owl & Fox, as well as working tirelessly for trans activism, have an epic amount of wins under their belts.
Co-creators of award winning My Genderation, a series of ongoing short documentaries of trans community members, and making Trans Pride Brighton the amazingness it is today to name a few, they work hard to create work that celebrates trans lives and trans experiences.
Oh and they screen printed live onto nude subjects at the V&A. So cool.

Please come help us celebrate International Transgender Day of Visibility early at this great event at the Solent Showcase Gallery LGBTQ+ takeover week during Kev Munday’s exhibition ‘STAND TOGETHER’. All welcome! Come for the wow, stay for the lolz.

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Fox Fisher:
Asten Holmes-Elliott:

The Solent Showcase Gallery takeover series is part of the current ongoing exhibition 'Stand Together' by artist Kev Munday. During this evolving show, Munday will be creating work directly onto the walls of the gallery and responding to input from the public, schools and groups from the area. As a highly interactive exhibition, the gallery takeover series gives a chance to connect with others and experience what our community can be when we Stand Together.

Exhibition continues until 14th April 2018
Solent Showcase Gallery opening times:
Tuesday - Friday: 11am – 6pm
Saturday: 11am - 4:30pm
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