Queercircle, Ashley Joiner

We meet Ashley Joiner, Founder & Director of QUEERCIRCLE a new public gallery space, library and home for LGBTQ+ Arts, Culture and Social Change.


QUEERCIRCLE seeks to develop an ecology of artists, curators, writers, thinkers, community organisers, grassroots organisations and charities who collectively work together to strengthen links between culture, health and wellbeing.


Set in the pioneering Design District in North Greenwich, their new gallery, library and project spaces enable us to action our ground-breaking community focused programme of exhibition commissions, collaborative artists residencies and year-long learning and participation opportunities. With the support of Greater London Authority, Outset's Studiomakers Initiative, and the generous contributions of private patrons, Queercircle is within a new site designed by award-winning David Kohn Architects.


Since 2016, QUEERCIRCLE has hosted exploratory workshops and events with artists, curators, writers and community organisers to develop a programme that is befitting to the needs and aspirations of the LGBTQ+ community. Their new home first opened its door in June 2022, providing a holistic environment which celebrates queer identity, champions arts and culture, and supports the wellbeing of our community.


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Visit https://Queercircle.org/


Current show: MICHAELA YEARWOOD-DAN’S “LET ME HOLD YOU” 

Queercircle's INAUGURAL EXHIBITION runs from JUNE 8 - SEPTEMBER 8 2022

 

Michaela Yearwood-Dan’s “Let Me Hold You” sets the tone for our new home as we move forward - a safe space for the LGBTQ+ community. A sweeping curved mural embraces visitors, creating a sanctuary for visitors to confront their own true selves in a safe and holistic environment. Ceramic sculptures and furniture encourage visitors to rest, contemplate, and connect with others. We interviewed Michaela on Season 12 of Talk Art, so do check out her episode also!!!


Utilising flora and fauna motifs, Yearwood-Dan refutes the concept that LGBTQ+ people are “unnatural”. Instead she visualises the interconnectedness of the human and non-human experience, all the while expanding our understanding of what it means to be queer and to love. 


“The moment we choose to love we begin to move against domination, against oppression. The moment we choose to love we begin to move toward freedom, to act in ways that liberate ourselves and others. That action is the testimony of love as the practice of freedom.” - bell hooks


As nature and marginalised communities continue to be exploited around the world - compounded by the effects of climate change disproportionately impacting marginalised communities - Michaela Yearwood-Dan provides a vital tonic; encouraging us to adopt love as an action against societal and ecological injustice.


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