Emerald Winter Pride Art Awards



The House of St Barnabas
Friday 26 January
7pm – late

The Winter Pride Art Awards, sponsored by Emerald Life, invites you to The House of St Barnabas on Friday 26 January (7pm – late) for a Private View of the 17 Finalists from this year’s competition.

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 have been 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.”

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.

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.

Please RSVP if you would like to attend the Emerald Winter Pride Art Awards Private View at The House of St Barnabas on 26 January.
For further information contact:

Simon Tarrant




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
Basak (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


Jason Carr
Oil on canvas 70 x 70 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


Sam Wingate Grindr Quilt
Quilted cotton 180 x 150 cm



Stephen Doyle
Isolation in Identity
Charcoal on paper 60 x 80 cm


Karl Stedman  All One
Handrolled paper, canvas
43 x 43 cm


b-Side  Into Dust
Video art  4.30 mins



26 January – 6 June 2018
Emerald Winter Pride Art Awards Exhibition – The House of St Barnabas
1 Greek Street, London W1D 4NQ
FREE (also for non-Members)
To visit please book on to their monthly art tour: http://bitly.com/HoSBTickets

24 February 2018
Winter Pride Music Festival – Scala King’s Cross
275 Pentonville Road, Kings Cross, London N1 9NL

9 June – 30 July 2018
Emerald Winter Pride Art Awards – Isle of Wight Exhibition
Quay Arts, Sea St, Newport PO30 5BW

21 July 2018
Isle of Wight Pride hosts UK Pride
Ryde Beach, Esplanade, Ryde, Isle Of Wight, PO33 1JA

June – July 2018
Isle of Wight Pride Open House
Venues to be announced
Isle of Wight


NOTES TO EDITORS·  Winter Pride in partnership with Emerald Life, The House of St Barnabas and Isle of Wight Pride, celebrates the 51st anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act that decriminalised homosexuality, with its latest art competition Beyond the Binaries.

·  Offering £1,000 Prize Money to the overall winner, and a £500 Lady Petchey Art Award to the most highly commended runner-up, the Art Awards is open to all artists regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

·  Beyond the Binaries encourages artists to think of art as a tool for activism and the promotion of social equality. It invites art that looks past the black and white; that explores the spaces, the identities, the world that exists beyond and in-between these poles. The world and its inhabitants exist as a vast spectrum and Beyond the Binaries looks to celebrate this palette.

·  Stephen Fry said, “All who value truth, freedom and human variety will be as delighted as I am to support the Emerald Winter Pride Art Awards, which have become recognised as a cradle for new artistic talent. Promoting cutting-edge art and emerging artists, the Art Awards is a true forum for discussion and communication about a wide range of LGBTQI+ subjects and issues.”

·  Selection Panel – A short list of 17 Art Awards Finalists were selected by a panel of art professionals and artists. The panel included: Simon Tarrant Director Winter Pride Art Awards; Brenda Emmanus BBC Arts Correspondent; Frances Segelman (Lady Petchey) International sculptor; Suzanne van Rossenberg researcher, artist and activist; Ki Yoong Art Manager  at The House of St Barnabas.

·  Emerald Life is once again proud to sponsor the Emerald Winter Pride Art Awards and will give £1,000 prize money to the overall winner. Emerald Life is an insurance provider focused on the needs of under-represented groups particularly women, LGBT, non-traditional families and single people across the financial services sector. Emerald, awarded Ethical Financial Services Provider of the Year in 2016, supports community based projects by providing resources and partnering with leading organisations shaping equality, and recently has advised trade bodies including the Association of British Insurers on BAME issues within insurance.

·  The House of St Barnabas will host the Art Awards exhibition as part of their not-for-profit art programme, The Collective, which encapsulates the essence of the charity in its ethos of collaboration and its commitment to nurturing talent. The private view, and a series of artists’ talks and art events, will be held in their Georgian townhouse in the heart of Soho. 25% commission from the sale of all artworks will be donated to The House of St Barnabas charity. The House of St Barnabas is a charity pledging to break the cycle of homelessness and social exclusion in London. They run a social enterprise, a not-for-profit members’ club, to help the people they support back into lasting paid work. Their Employment Academy offers accredited qualifications, on-site work experience, real job opportunities and mentoring.

·  Cass Art, the UK’s leading art supplies retailer, is proud to support monthly, tutored, life drawing classes with art materials supplied from the local Soho store. Classes cost £10 and will be held in the Drawing Room at The House of St Barnabas and can be booked by emailing art@hosb.org.uk

·  Isle of Wight Pride will co-host a touring exhibition of the Winter Pride Art Awards from 9 June to 30 July 2018 at Quay Arts in Newport, in conjunction with a series of Isle of Wight Pride Open House Shows featuring local artists.












Please join us for the 2018 Emerald Winter Pride Art Awards Ceremony on Tuesday 23 January (6.45pm – 9pm) at The House of St Barnabas, 1 Greek St, Soho, London W1D 4NQ.


There will be a short Ceremony in The House of St Barnabas Chapel, followed by drinks in the Bazalgette Room where the exhibition is taking place.


I would be grateful if you could let me know if you would like to attend and the name of your guest if you are bringing someone.


All the best,



Simon Tarrant



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