8. John Down
John is a passionate advocate of LGBT+ visibility in creative and social spaces, as COO/CFO of The Dots and a founding member of the UK’s first LGBT+ entrepreneurs’ network, Series Q. The Dots’ mission is to use its platform to let traditionally underrepresented groups in the creative industries tell their stories, particularly women, BAME and LGBT+ creatives. John gave us a beautiful summary of each of his exciting nominations:
Oli Epp “Newcomer Oli creates paintings with a humorous flair in oil, acrylics and spray paint that instantly capture attention. His deliberately prosaic subjects (including sunbedding and McDonalds drive-thrus) observe - among other things - body image, materialism and their confluence with LGBT+ identity. In 'Pride', Epp deals with simultaneous feelings of pride and shame by offsetting a balaclava with a celebratory rainbow flag and sparkler.” Hop on here for updates on Oli Epp’s endeavours.
Harriet Horton “Ethical taxidermist Harriet uses neon, dyes and texture to create emotive and haunting works. Not following a pre-existing heteronormative path presented obstacles to Harriet, which forced her to think differently and creatively in what has traditionally been a macabre, male-dominated medium.” Be in the know with Harriet Horton here.
Rose Pilkington "This individual's designs are defined by one overriding theme; colour. Rose produces textural and colourful 2D & 3-D visuals within an entirely digital space, to create an emotional response via the psychology of colour. Subtly or boldly, her work disrupts our perceptions. Her soothing work ‘Auratone’ is a striking play on colour and (we think anyway) a rainbow flag for the digital age.” Read more on Rose and how she works on WeTransfer and its editorial platform This Works. Dive into Rose Pilkington’s colourful world.
Check out and connect with all the amazing LGBT+ leaders on creator network The Dots and WeTransfer’s editorial platform This Works and don’t forget to keep your gazed fixed on this diverse army of dreamers, doers, makers and thinkers, shifting up creative space for future generations.
Imagery: All can be found via The Dots profiles of those acredited within the text.
Source of Promsudon's image: here & Hunter's image: here (photographer: Jillian Clark)
Special acknowledgement to Rose Pilkington for the project visuals.
Words: Robyn Sian Cusworth