Please note: These events are for ages 18+
Life drawing and conversations led by artist Miles Coote. Three sessions focusing on three different themes with different sitters; Horticulture, the environment and queer cooperatives, Queer identities surrounding sex and sexual health, and a focus on the art of Angelo Madsen Minax and Miles Coote.
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25 March | 4.30 – 6pm
A focus on the art of Angelo Madsen Minax and Miles Coote
Miles Coote will lead the session in the Learning Space, with artist Angelo Madsen Minax joining on zoom. This is a queer intervention of the format of Angelo’s current exhibition at the De La Warr Pavilion, which will aim to intimately explore both artists’ practices through queer life drawing and conversations.
29 April | 4.30 – 6pm
Queer identities surrounding sex and sexual health and the Bareback Museum
In 2020 PrEP (Pre-exposure prophylaxis antiviral) was made available for free by the NHS to prevent the infection of HIV. This session will focus on conversations about sexual health scripts within the LGBTQIA+ community since the introduction of PrEP and will invite Anthony Gifford ( PhD candidate and retired dancer) to model for this session and to discuss his research on the psychosocial influences on the decision to take PrEP. We hope to broaden the conversation towards the queering identities of unprotected sex and queer methods interacting in social science on embodiment theory and the nude interview as a qualitative research practice.
13 May | 4.30 – 6pm
Horticulture, the environment and queer cooperatives
The final session will explore environmental activism in relation to queer bodies, exploring a conversation about embodiment as a methodology for environmental change: drawing on histories of queer organising, queer cooperatives and connections with the environment and horticulture. We are thrilled to have Councillor Claire Carr of the Green Party to model for this session.
Miles’ paintings are auto ethnographic studies of queer experiences and imaginings, drawing from his collaborative art projects with local communities and embodied research about the environment and queer bodies.
He is a leading artist in the field of queer life drawing and explores it as an embodied method of practice, working with public audiences, lgbtqia+ communities and organisations. He has formed the queer life drawing projects: the Bareback Museum, which investigates sexual health and queer identities of unprotected sex; QueerLDC (Queer Life Drawing Conversation) a weekly online event about Queer Bod(ies), intimacy and nudity on the internet, formed during the pandemic; Queer Art Boot Fair, which encourages the consumption and archival practice of queer objects from the home using the process of queer life drawing; and recent projects on the nude interview as a qualitative research and autoethnographic method. His artistic collaborations extend beyond community and studio painting practice into film and performance artforms – includes performing in works by Oreet Ashery “Party for Freedom”, Dr Owen Parry and The Dalston Ballet Company. Miles recently featured in the feature film Biopic, Rocketman as a synchronized swimmer.
At Chelsea University of the Arts London, Miles completed a Masters Degree in Fine Art in 2015 and a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art Painting from Camberwell University of the Arts London. His collaborative art projects and workshops have been curated at Queer fringe festivals at Tate Britain and the Barbican Centre, educational institutions and charities. He continues to work with and educate audiences on the transdisciplinary practice of queer life drawing.
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