Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Review of Winter Pride UK Art Awards at CHART Gallery

Winter Pride UK Art Awards
CHART Gallery
62 Old Church Street
3-5 February 2014
Tobacco Dock
Wapping Lane
8 February 2014

Winter Pride UK: The Next Level
2 Clove Crescent
East India Dock
E14 2BE
13 February - 13 March 2014

This Saturday (8 February) sees the first ever Winter Pride UK, a night of awards, celebrations and an enormous DJed party, held in East London’s Tobacco Dock. Conceived by Rebecca Paisis and Nicola Chubb, AKA L-Wired, whose joint CV includes such hits as London Pride’s 2013 Big Gay Bash, MINT, Code and One Love, the event is bound to be a resounding success. Sponsors Smirnoff wanted there to be a broader cultural aspect to the event, however, and thus the idea of an Art Award was born. A call was put out, in the form of a poem, in art colleges, art publications, gay publications, the lot, and word clearly got around. Of the 137 artists who responded to the call, 21 finalists have been selected by the panel of judges, and their works are being shown firstly in the pre-awards exhibition, from 3-5 February, at CHART Gallery in Chelsea, and then upstairs at Tobacco Dock on the night itself.

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