LGBTQ+ History Month 2019: Creatives to look out for

In celebration of LGBTQ+ History Month, we’ve curated a list of incredible LGBTQIA creative individuals and groups who we have had the pleasure of working with here at ONCA.

Image Credit: Alia Romagnoli

Subira Wahogo

Subira Wahogo is a defiantly queer, unapologetically Black spoken word poet and activist based in Brighton. Their work weaves together the personal and political, through experiences and imaginations, spoken with rage, softness, and laughter. Subira is also the winner of ONCA’s 2018 Green Curtain Award and our Poet in Residence this March for our International Women’s day exhibition: Desire & Resistance.

Devil’s Dyke Network

Devil’s Dyke Network is an inclusive platform for poets, performers, and artists dedicated to building community and generating positive cultural and political energies. The network aims to showcase a mixture of older and newer talents among feminist women, gender non-binary, lesbian and queer people of different origins and identities. Since it’s emergence, the group has hosted a series of poetry and performance nights to ONCA and other Brighton venues such as The Rose Hill and Fabrica Gallery.

Imani Robinson

Imani Robinson is a writer, curator, facilitator, and a trustee at ONCA. Since 2015 she has been a member of sorryyoufeeluncomfortable, a London-based arts collective that creates intentional spaces for deep study, conversation, and multi-disciplinary art-making. Imani curated our Lost Species Day 2018 exhibition and programme: Some of Us Did Not Die.

Matice Moore

Matice Moore is a black, queer, U.S. born painter and printmaker from Arizona, who currently resides in Flintstone, Maryland. Using linoleum and acrylic, Matice employs abstract methods to explore themes of Blackness, grief, spirituality, and social change. Matice took part in our Lost Species Day 2018 Residency and exhibition: Some of Us Did Not Die.

Umber Ghauri

Umber Ghauri is a makeup artist, writer, model, and public speaker with a passion for celebrating marginalised identities, especially POC and queer communities. Ghauri’s clientele includes Mykki Blanco, Alok Vaid Menon, Travis Alabanza, Katy Jalili, Kuchenga Shenje and Shon Faye. After hosting a weekend of makeup workshops last summer entitled Decolonising Beauty Standards at ONCA, Umber is returning at the end of this February to host The Colour of Drag makeup artistry class.

Gal Pals

Gal Pals is a queer dance party, hailing from Brighton and East London, playing music exclusively by women, for women. Founded in 2015 by the dynamic DJing duo Jumeau and Scarlett Shaney, the night aims to centre women and non-binary folks, but open to all LGBTQ+ people, and their (gal) pals. They run regular club nights at Komedia in Brighton and Birthdays in Dalston, London. Last year Gal Pals DJ’d at our ONCA Barge opening party and the Susanna Sews Make & Do Party fundraiser for Rise UK at the gallery.

Jacob V Joyce

Jacob V Joyce is a non-binary interdisciplinary artist that disrupts commercial and community spaces with queer and decolonial, creative interventions. Jacob creates comic books and zines addressing personal and global instances of systemic oppression. Jacob is also a member of the sorryyoufeeluncomfortable collective and the front person for the band Screaming Toenail. Last year Jacob held their first solo exhibition at ONCA entitled A Bridge of Fire.