Organisers of an art competition celebrating the art work of gay
and lesbian artists has announced the finalists, who are in with a
chance of a free solo show of their work.
The Lauderdale House 'Pride in the House' exhibition grew from the
first Mardi Gras Arts Festival that showcased gay and lesbian
The exhibition, now in its tenth year, was judged by a panel of
independent judges, including DIVA editor Jane Czyzselska. The
overall winner will have a free solo show of their work at
Lauderdale House later this year.
Other judges in this year's panel are Highgate based art dealer
Gavin Rosenthal of Art & the City (www.artandthecity.co.uk),
Michael Petry curator of the Clifford Chance and Luke Till, Editor
This year there are four artists who have reached the final:
Hornsey-based Deborah Thompson (pictured) creates
textured abstracts crafted from clay, wood and metal. She worked in
horticulture, publishing, and even drove funeral cars before
formally studying art at the age of 59.
East Finchley-based ex-police community support officer Craig
Johnson contributes surreal photography of imagined scenarios that
give the illusion of reality. He focuses on his creative work, as
well as volunteering at Finchley's Arts Depot helping adults with
learning and physical difficulties to take part in art and
Familiar scenes of Hackney have been readjusted by Nicholas
Haeffner in film noir inspired post apocalyptic scenes. Haeffner is
a senior lecturer in Media Arts at London Metropolitan University.
His use of an extra infrared-sensitive camera create dramatically
darkened skies that stand in stark contrast to the white foliage in
Daniel Greaney, based in Brentford, uses adhesive vinyl on
aluminum to create playful 'paintings' of flora and fauna.
Originally from Ireland, Greaney trained at Central St Martins. His
colourful scenes have been exhibited all over the world, and he has
just completed a residency at Wimbledon College of Art and
The exhibition openins on Tuesday 21 August and the overall winner
will be announced at a private viewing on the opening night.
The exhibition will run until 2nd September.