Throughout 2017, Camden Council have been running a programme of cultural events to mark the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act (1967), which saw the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in the UK. To celebrate, we’ve teamed up with Camden Council and asked four brilliant LGBTQ creatives to join us for 50 Years On: one night at Central St Martins, Granary Square on Wednesday 1 November to speak about their work across art, design, fashion and film through the lens of their personal experiences, asking what it means to identify as LGBTQ in the creative industry in the UK – and wider world – 50 years on.
Samuel Douek is a trained architect turned filmmaker. His Masters at the RCA has Sam turning a caravan into a pop-up queer performance space CAMPerVAN. Samuel will be talking about the importance of queer art spaces and his recent Europe-wide CAMPerVAN tour.
Tom Rassumen is Cause and Effect magazine’s co-founder and editor alongside editor-in-chief Amnah H Knight. The duo place marginalised identities at the publication’s core, addressing topics of race, sexuality and gender with pure intention, becoming a hub for fashion that “doesn’t require moral and intellectual compromise.” Tom and Amnah will talk to us about why they started the magazine, and about their approach to inclusive commissioning.
Director Stephen Isaac-Wilson has made films for i-D, Tate, Channel 4’s Random Acts and worked with music artists including Mykki Blanco, Klein and Jay Boogie. Stephen’s work looks at race, youth culture and sexuality. For the Tate Britain’s Queer British Art 1861-1967 exhibition, he was commissioned as a queer director of colour to respond to the brief and produce an intimate film portrait aiming to depict the diversity of LGBTQ experiences in Britain today. Stephen will be talking about this, and the music video he made with Jay boogie Body Principles.
Rose Pilkington is a digital artist, motion designer and former CSM grad who is no stranger to avid It’s Nice that readers. Her rainbow kaleidoscope of computer-generated images for clients such as Hunter, MTV, Adidas, H&M, The xx, Ladybeard, Twin, is hard to forget. She’ll be talking through a selection of recent projects.
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