As we take a well earned break before the New Year starts, we couldn’t go without having a little look through our first year of the project!

2023 was a real ride for us at PiNC Arts, after setting up the project it feels like the year has absolutely flew in with all the creative bits and bobs we’ve been busying ourselves with this year.

We kicked off with our project with a trip to Manchester, which was such a fun, art-filled, very rainy but exciting trip that really brought our gang together. You can read about the trip in a blog post we wrote here, but it really was such a great opportunity to see examples of other queer artists putting themselves out there, and we came away feeling so inspired.

Katie, Molly & Eli in Afflecks

We also had a great summer of creating artwork outside in the sunshine. From trips to the park to making a mess in our backyard at PiNC, we really took advantage of those light nights and sunny days! This gave us a great opportunity to invite local street art duo, Beardy Synergy round for a night of protest signs and spray paint, which was loads of fun. (You can read more about that here).

There was plenty of other workshops throughout the year (I told you we’ve been busy!) including lantern making with Katie Lock, 3D Sculptures with Mike Borgia, Robot Building with Ruben, Watercolours with Loki and many many more!

And finally, we couldn’t do a round up without including our very first exhibition in August. It really was such a fantastic achievement for every artist involved in the show. Having seen the (UN)Defining Queer exhibition on our Manchester trip at the start of the project, it felt so good to be able to show off our creations in our own right, and that we did! Thank you to everyone who came and supported this show, and keep your eyes peeled for the next one in the New Year…

Cj & Mac just finished with the install

What a year!! We’d just like to say a massive thank you to our funders, Heritage Lottery Fund and the Ragdoll Foundation, we really couldn’t be doing this ambitious project without your support. And thanks to everyone who has worked with us in 2023, it’s been an absolute joy to work with so many talented and inspiring artists, keep up the good work and keep amplifying young queer voices.

Roll on 2024!

Love, PiNC Arts xxxxxx

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