Celebrating 10 years of the Loudest Whispers Art Exhibition
Date and location: Friday 1 February, 5.00pm to 8.30pm at St Pancras Hospital Conference Centre, 4 St. Pancras Way, London, NW1 0PE
Camden and Islington’s vibrant LGBT+ community were out in force for the 10th anniversary celebration of one of the UK’s most colourful art exhibitions.
The theme of this year’s milestone ‘Loudest Whispers’ art exhibition, hosted by C&I at St Pancras Hospital, is ‘Let Art be the Food of Love’.
Camden and Islington’s Mayors were VIP guests at the event, which is part of the nationwide LGBT+ History Month. This year the month focuses on the theme 'Peace, Activism and Reconciliation'.
Run by the charity The Arts Project, the Loudest Whispers exhibition has exploded in popularity since its launch a decade ago, and is now a firm fixture on the north London arts calendar, attracting huge crowds from across the capital.
VIP opening and cabaret
It was a chance for LGBT+ artists – both established and amateur - to showcase their work, exploring themes such as identity and life-changing experiences. The Mayor of Camden, Jenny Headlam-Wells, will officially open the event at 7pm before a cabaret performance in the main conference centre.
The ten year anniversary is testament to the Trust’s firmly-embedded support for the C&I LGBT+ Forum and the wider LGBT+ community.
Peter Herbert, Curator Manager of The Arts Project, said: “We’re very excited to be marking 10 years of Loudest Whispers. Since our launch in 2009, we have represented 326 artists who have had the chance to tell various stories through their art.
“Our artists range from those in their teens to people aged 80+, with the multi-ethnic cultural diversity of our LGBT+ community reflected in the exhibition.”
All were welcome including friends and family
Peter added: “The launch night on Friday 1 February was a fantastic opportunity to celebrate how much Loudest Whispers has achieved over the past decade and everyone is welcome.”
This year, the exhibition will showcase work from 47 artists, one of whom is Caroline Halliday, whose profound and revealing work is linked to transgender and lesbian feminism.
Caroline said: “For me, Loudest Whispers is a wonderful opportunity to experiment and present ideas from my radical lesbian-feminist politics and identity, which might be too uncomfortable for other mainstream settings.”