Aliens invade Carlisle

In the heart of Carlisle, Aliens landed.

“Aliens” had a blast in its market run, and explored the theme of alienation experienced by the young LGBT community.

The exhibit featured a spectrum of creativity, highlighted by sculptures portraying alien heads with whimsical character names such as Sarah the Girlboss, Dozy Dave, King Jeremy Chadwick IV, and the popular Greg.

Beneath the visually striking exterior lies a poignant message addressing the pervasive sense of alienation felt by many within the young queer community in Carlisle.

The presence of the art show in the town centre was embraced as a celebration of queer identity, sparking meaningful conversations about the challenges faced by queer individuals in the city.

The artwork prompted reflections on the impact of community and the emotions associated with alienation within one’s environment.

The exhibition serves not only as a platform for local artists but also as a bridge to the broader community.

Engaging with straight, cisgender individuals proved to be a valuable means of conveying the profound emotions depicted by the young artists.

Visitors unfamiliar with PiNC Arts expressed joy at the initiative, recognizing it as a positive and enriching addition to the city’s cultural landscape.

Among the contributors to the exhibit was Merrick from Workington, presenting character art for the first time.

The event also incorporated a playful photoshoot area, providing both children and adults with the opportunity to dress up as aliens, enhancing the overall enjoyment of the experience.

Filmmaker Sophie Broadgate was on hand to capture the essence of the event, documenting the artists’ progress for an ongoing two-year documentary project focused on the charity and its people.

Beyond being a showcase for artistic expression, the “Aliens” art show facilitated meaningful conversations about the challenges encountered by the young LGBT community in Carlisle.

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