CULTURE: Meet the queer tattoo artist creating a safe space for the LGBTQI community

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DIVA chats to Jjmotto, a tattoo artist based in York, all about their work and their love for the arts  BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE VIA @JJMOTTOTATTOO We’re always on the lookout for new artists to celebrate, and with lockdown 3.0 having a knock on affect on the arts it’s time to shine a light on [….]

NEWS: Horse McDonald’s portrait added to Scotland’s National Art Collection

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A new portrait of the iconic singer-songwriter can be viewed at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery  BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE BY JONATHAN PHANG Today brings the news that a compelling oil painting of legendary lesbian singer-songwriter, Horse McDonald, will enter Scotland’s national collection and go on display at the heart of the Scottish National Portrait [….]

Zanele Muholi: A new Tate Modern exhibition showcasing Black queer empowerment

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This groundbreaking new exhibition explores beauty and queerness all over the world  BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS After a delayed opening at the Tate Modern due to a second UK lockdown, Zanele Muholi’s acclaimed work is now available to view until June 2021. It comes as the first major UK showing of the South African visual activist’s [….]

EVENTS: Aké Arts & Book Festival 2020 kicks off today!

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Here’s our top picks from this four day celebration of creativity in Africa BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS Now in its eighth year, Aké Arts & Book Festival has brought over 700 artists, writers, poets, musicians, dancers, filmmakers, actors, filmmakers and thinkers together to dialogue and celebrate creativity on the African continent through panel discussions, art exhibitions, [….]

Coming out to my father by Paula Varjack

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A limited edition artwork, that looks forward to when “coming out” is a non event, met with acceptance rather than “tolerance” BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS Artist, Facilitator and Producer Paula Varjack has announced a new fundraising project in aid of Dementia UK and Colours Youth Network.  The title of the project is “Coming out to my [….]

So, Lucy Liu creates lesbian art

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The actor off of Charlie’s Angels à la the year 2000 has gifted us beautiful, erotic queer art BY DANIELLE MUSTARDE. IMAGE LUCYLIU.NET That’s right, people. Actor and talent-magnet Lucy Liu (Elementary, Charlie’s Angels, Kill Bill: Vol 1 & 2, Ally McBeal et al) is also a very talented visual artist who spends her paint [….]

ART: Painter Sarah Jane Moon celebrates queer identities

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Sarah Jane Moon on her portrait of Dr Ronx, queer visibility, and the contemporary portrait genre BY FELICITAS SOPHIE VAN LAAK. LEAD IMAGE ROISIN MCVEIGH The portrait genre is changing and New Zealand-born, London-based painter Sarah Jane Moon is at the forefront of that movement. Here, DIVA catches up with SJM after she was selected [….]