|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 email@example.com
· 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.