The Art of Being Queer Exhibition - Elwina Robinson

We are excited to have Elwina Robinson featuring in The Art of Being Queer Exhibition!

Artist statement:

I'm a queer artist specialising it dotwork. I first became fascinated with dotwork because of the process and how one individual dot could become a part of something so much more when combined with other dots. I think this becomes a really powerful message when we apply the same principles to the world we live in. As in an individual, you can often feel powerless to inspire change. It's been a particularly sad time for humanity recently and I feel it could be so easy to lose faith in mankind. But whilst there may be individuals and events that cause despair, there are also those that inspire hope. There are so many people in the world who stand for love and kindness. My work reminds me that so much can be achieved together and by making positive changes as individuals, no matter how small, we can make a difference.

The Art of Being Queer Exhibition explores and celebrates queer artists and their work from around the globe. It provides an identity experience through which we assimilate the ongoing fight for queer representation not only in the art industry, but in mainstream media as a whole. This exhibition is curated by The Art of Being Queer, a growing organisation and podcast that highlights the censorship queer artists of all mediums face every day, and provides a platform on which these artists can showcase their work that is otherwise underrepresented, rejected, or hidden altogether.

The exhibition features multiple artists, all of whom have had different societal experiences and individual sets of struggles linked to their identity. Through art of many types, these brave artists demonstrate that identity, in its purest form, is not defined by biology or culture, but by what is felt within.

The exhibition takes place at Pineapple Black Gallery on the 27th, 28th and 29th of September during Middlesbrough Art Weekender. We would love for you to join us for our launch event on Friday 27th September, 5pm-8pm.

Middlesbrough Pop Up Pride is also taking place the same weekend. Throughout the afternoon, the Outdoor stage will be packed full of live performances. The line-up will be announced on the event page linked above! Alongside the performances, expect street theatre, arts and crafts, workshops and all the stalls and bars of Orange Pip Market. There will also be excellent nightlife events by Sapphires and Tiny through to the early hours.