Gay Times have teamed up with British furniture design company and LGBTQ ally, dwell, in a partnership focused on supporting the queer art community.
Three LGBTQ artists – Jack Hughes, Achraf Amiri and Wednesday H. – have been commissioned to create limited edition pieces of bespoke art based on their personal queer experiences and can be purchased at the dwell store on Tottenham Court Road or at dwell.co.uk/lgbtq-art.
A limited edition run of numbered pieces will be available to purchase on the dwell website and come with a certificate of authentication. For each purchase a donation will be made to the Albert Kennedy Trust – an organisation who are working towards ending homelessness in the youth LGBTQ community.
Gay Times and dwell held a private viewing in the Tottenham Court Road flagship store for members of the LGBTQ community, where the commissioned artwork was on display and the three featured artists were there in person to give an exclusive insight into the inspiration and story behind their original pieces.
London based illustrator Jack Hughes graduated in 2011 and has since dedicated his time to conjuring up works for clients seeking a touch of class for their publications, campaigns and products.
“It was an honour to work on this project with Gay Times and dwell for the Albert Kennedy Trust,” he said. “I jumped at the opportunity to work on this and produce something that resonated not only with me but with the LGBTQ community to some degree. After helping a newly established charity last year with a handful of illustrations, I’d been looking for new opportunities to use my work for good. I’m hoping this is the beginning of many collaborations with charities.”
Achraf Amiri is the Belgian illustrator and creative director & founder of ILLUSTRASHION magazine. Inspired by the world around him, Achraf always interprets his works with self-refection and a critical eye. From the macabre to straight front, his ‘illusTRASHions’ are more than simple drawings – they endeavour pure passion.
“It was a honour to create a bespoke artwork for such a great cause which is the Albert Kennedy Trust, in participation with Gay Times magazine and dwell, and alongside two wonderful creative minds,” he said. “The LGBTQ community is truly an example of how society should team-up and function with one another.”
Wednesday is a 25 year old, Bristol-born, non-binary queer illustrator. They mainly draw inspiration from queer experience, mindfulness, mental health and socio-political discourse. Their main aims are to spread positivity throughout painting and to provide art for LGBTQ people.
“Being asked to participate in this project was an absolute thrill. Having the opportunity to show my positively centred queer art in a lovely location, surrounded by my community was very emotional for me,” they said. “I can’t thank Gay Times enough for championing my art and dwell for offering a kind hand of support. I especially look forward to supporting Albert Kennedy Trust and their very important work in the future.”
To purchase any of these limited edition art piece visit the Tottenham Court Road store or dwell.co.uk/lgbtq-art