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Artists Ladypat and Boogaloo Stu are collaborating on a year-long project, titled Queer Hearts. The project will encompass a joint exhibition of new artworks, workshop events, concluding in May 2023 with a cultural exchange between the artists’ home locations of the Isle of Wight and Brighton

Ladypat and Boogaloo Stu have worked together on many creative projects over the past 20 years, with Ladypat creating many pop videos and live show visuals for Stu’s musical endeavours. Both artists share a love of unbridled psychedelic and surreal pop art, filtered through a queer and humourous sensibility, across evolving and surprising media forms. 

Stu’s hand-made dioramas are a transgressive playground of unearthly delights; while Ladypat deconstructs his own vector art into hand-made fuzzy-felt pieces. With a symbiotic connection linking both artists’ work through aesthetics and digital techniques, the Queer Hearts exhibition is a logical progression for the duo; together, they have coined the entirely appropriate description fabestry (fabulous tapestry) to describe their style.  

Partnering with local charity organisations (youth opportunity charity Brave Island on the Isle of Wight, and LGBTQ+ mental health charity MindOut in Brighton), the Queer Hearts Awards workshops will offer an opportunity to charity service users and others, to create an artwork with a message dedicated to a queer person who made a positive impact on their lives. These artworks will be displayed in the galleries and then digitally archived afterwards.

To close the project, in May 2023, a group of queer islanders will have the opportunity to visit Brighton Fringe, to educate, inspire and forge friendships among queer people and further open up a cultural dialogue between the two locations.Β 

Visit the Queer Hearts Instagram here