A diverse exhibition hosted by Scottish Borders LGBT Equality, featuring LGBT artists from the Scottish Borders. Be Here! Be Queer!
With artists: Lucinda Ferguson, Chris Kent, Hayley McAfee Reid and Taz McDougall.
There will also be a workshop led by artist Christopher Kent on Sun 26 May.
Fundamentally we are social animals. We all need connection. Isolation and loneliness set the conditions for despair and depression. Feeling connected allows us to feel a sense of belonging, wanted and cherished. For people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, connections can often be poor or non existent simply because of their identity. For people living in rural areas this is even more so due to a variety of reasons, lack of services, poor public transport, finance, low lgbt visibility or awareness. This can lead to a dip in a person's mental health.
Half of LGBT people (49%) have experienced depression in the last year, including 7 in 10 trans people (72%), Stonewall Scotland report.
Queer Connections: A Diverse Art Exhibition features 4 local artists who identify as LGBT and who recognise how art in a variety of mediums can help improve mental health levels both through the physical process of creating art and the connections made along the way.
About Christopher Kent
Christopher is an artist, illustrator and woodworker based in Scotland. Chris’s work deals with gender identity – genderfluid and non-binary genders. Their work also deals with ideas of beauty, mysticism and loss. Chris has been working with wood for over 20 years and shares this knowledge and experience running workshops and courses around Scotland.