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ILLUSTRATIONS COURTESY OF JUSTIN KEMP
OUR 2023 WINNER WITH LAST YEAR'S TOP TWO
FROM LEFT / SADIE FROST / OLIVER FREESTON / PAUL HARFLEET
Queer Britain has partnered with wine brand Madame F for our second year of the The Madame F Queer Britain Art Award. The theme was Queer Creativity, inspired by illustrator Justin Kemp, who designed the Susy the Frog image featured on the Madame F wine label.Entries were illustrations, paintings, drawings and photographs that all celebrated the theme. The winning artworks will also help support Queer Britain, the national LGBTQ+ museum for all, by featuring on merchandise. Entries closed on 1 January 2023 and prizes of £1500, £1000 and £500 were awarded on 3 May during a special reception at the museum in Granary Square.
£500 PRIZE WINNER
'This painting aims to encapsulate the unassuming confidence and integrity of the subject, Juno Roche. Juno is an internationally recognised trans writer and campaigner, who is well known for her books, Queer Sex, Trans Power and Gender Explorers. I have so much admiration for Juno and know they inspire so many to live authentically as their unique and multifaceted selves.'
£1,000 PRIZE WINNER
'This is a painting of Max (they/them) pouring wine into a cracked teacup. I paint my friends in oil on linen because I love looking at them. I’m Queer. My friends are Queer. I paint us so that people know we were here.'
£1,500 PRIZE WINNER
'Inspired by Virgin X, a London-based queer performer, my goal was to combine classic renaissance style and tacky camp. After painting the portrait in oils, I embellished it with over 5,000 faux pearls and crystals, finishing with an ornate frame. I was blown away by the concept of this queer performer being a religious icon, taking the narrative of an institution known for excluding the LGBTQI community and twisting it to promote that same community through art.'
Andi / Holly Revell / Jason Kattenhorn / Julia Sue Dotson / Lukasz Izdebski / Paul Chisholm
Artist and previous Award winner
“I am proud to be on this jury. It’s a great opportunity to celebrate LGBTQ+ people, of all ages, and our artistic endeavours. Queer Britain is working very hard to set up a national LGBTQ+ museum, and this award shows that queer creativity is at its very heart.”
Cartoonist, Artist and Award Judge
Head of Design and Special Projects, Queer Britain
Editorial Director of
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