LGBT+ History - Politics In Art

2022 sees the 50th anniversary of the very first Pride March in the UK in 1972. A popular slogan of the early Gay Rights Movement of the time was “the personal is political”, and art is probably the most individual of pastimes. 

Schools Out UK is celebrating over 45 years of campaigning for LGBT+ inclusion and provides resources for schools, businesses and individuals.

They looked for five artists (one each to represent the L,G,B,T and ‘+’ of the community) who had used their talents for “political” ends, or expressed their orientation through their work and decided on our Five Faces for 2022. Keith Haring’s dancing figures are a perfect example as they were used to draw attention to the growing AIDS crisis of the early 1980s. Doris Brabham Hatt and Fiore de Henriquez both fought against fascism in the 1930s. Jean’ Michel Basquiat began as a graffiti artist and Mark Aguhar was a fine artist known for multidisciplinary work about gender, beauty and existing as a racial minority.