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LGBT artists wanted

gfestTwo upcoming gay arts events – GFest and ACT ART – are now seeking submissions from artists working in all types of media. The annual GFest – Gaywise Festival will be returning to London in November 2010, and organizers are looking for submissions in three major categories; short films, performances and visual art. GFest, which is supported by the Mayor Of London’s office and Arts Council England, is widely recognised as London's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) and queer cross-art festival for all.

Artistic director of GFest, Niranjan Kamatkar (pictured), said, “Judging from many enquires after GFest 09, we are expecting a number of very high quality submissions this year. I am pleased to say that due to ever expanding interest and wider support from the artistic and gay community, we can organise a better GFest 2010.”

The deadline for GFest 2010 submissions is 2 July 2010. A panel of eminent selectors will choose the entries in mid July. For full details, check the website at www.gaywisefestival.org.uk

Before then, the annual ACT ART event is due to take place on Friday 9 July at the Islington Metal Works (formerly Elektrowerkz, behind Angel tube). Curated and produced by Oliver Frost and Marc Massive and now in its 8th year, ACT ART is an underground event that merges art, fashion, pop and club culture. It aims to offer a platform for experimental, radical, challenging, non-mainstream work “that’s sometimes difficult to watch, and those attending can expect to be confronted with emerging and established artists that are willing to take risks”. The theme for this year’s event is ‘Censorship’, and the duo are hoping to showcase around 100 artists in the venue’s five different rooms (which includes a seated cinema and plenty of space for live performances).

Artists are invited to submit proposals for work based on or connected to ‘Censorship’ for the 8th ACT ART event, as well as work that’s unrelated. Visit www.actart.co.uk for more information and to make a proposal. The deadline for submissions is Saturday 24 April 2010.

Posted: 24 March 2010

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