Call for Entries Emerald Winter Pride Art Awards 2017/2018: Beyond the Binaries

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act, Winter Pride in partnership with Emerald Life and The House of St Barnabas,  launches its latest art competition Beyond the Binaries.

Calling all Artists!
Entry deadline 5 January 2018£1,000 Prize Money for overall winner of Art Awards
£500 Lady Petchey Art Award for highly commended runner-up
6-month exhibition at The House of St Barnabas from January 2018
Open to all artists regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, Beyond the Binaries encourages artists to think of art as a tool for activism and the promotion of social equality.

Stephen Fry said “All who value truth, freedom and human variety will be as delighted as I am to support the Emerald Winter Pride Art Awards, which have become recognised as a cradle for new artistic talent. Promoting cutting-edge art and emerging artists, the Art Awards is a true forum for discussion and communication about a wide range of LGBTQI+ subjects and issues.”

Beyond the Binaries invites art that looks past the black and white; that explores the spaces, the identities, the world that exists beyond and in-between these poles. The world and its inhabitants exist as a vast spectrum and Beyond the Binaries looks to celebrate this palette.

Winter Pride Art Awards selection panellist Brenda Emmanus said: “Artists are invited to create work that stimulates dialogue about the representation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and straight identities.”

Emerald Life is once again proud to sponsor the Emerald Winter Pride Art Awards and will give £1,000 prize money to the overall winner.

Heidi McCormack, Emerald Life CEO said, “The Winter Pride Arts Awards brings further momentum to what has been an epic year with the likes of Queer British Art at the Tate and British Museum’s exploring LGBTQ histories. We can’t wait to see the entries for this year’s theme, Beyond the Binaries, and celebrate creativity and diversity – two things near and dear to Emerald’s heart. It is important to make sure that Pride events embrace arts and the Emerald Winter Pride Arts Awards does just that.”

The House of St Barnabas will host the 6-month exhibition as part of their not-for-profit art programme, The Collective, which encapsulates the essence of the charity in its ethos of collaboration and its commitment to nurturing talent. The awards ceremony, private view and a series of artists’ talks will be held in their Georgian townhouse in the heart of Soho. 25% commission from the sale of all artworks will be donated to The House of St Barnabas charity. The House of St Barnabas is a charity pledging to break the cycle of homelessness and social exclusion in London. They run a social enterprise, a not-for-profit members’ club, to help the people they support back into lasting paid work. Their Employment Academy offers accredited qualifications, on-site work experience, real job opportunities and mentoring.

A short list of Art Awards finalists will be selected by a panel of art professionals and artists to exhibit at The House of St Barnabas, the panel includes:

Simon Tarrant – Director Winter Pride Art Awards
Brenda Emmanus – BBC Arts Correspondent
Lady Petchey, Frances Segelman – International sculptor
Suzanne van Rossenberg – Researcher, artist and activist
Ki Yoong – Art Manager The House of St Barnabas
Frances Segelman will give a Lady Petchey Art Award of £500 to the most highly commended runner-up.

The Women’s Art Library, Goldsmiths University of London, will host a free interdisciplinary study day on 21 October 2017 for students, researchers, practitioners and activists, featuring guest speaker Kapil Gupta, Programme Associate for LGBTI Rights at the Sigrid Rausing Trust. The event is organised by Kerri Jefferis and Suzanne van Rossenberg. For more information and registration go HERE

As part of the UK’s first ever Pink Oktoberfest, being organised by the creators of Winter Pride, a press launch for the Emerald Winter Pride Art Awards will take place at 2pm on Sunday 15 October at Greenwich Peninsula.

For further information contact:

Simon Tarrant



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