The link above will take you to the Wikipedia page for Pride House, while the following link takes you to the website for Pride House Glasgow 2014, as run by Leap Sports.
Back in May, Lucy Holmes-Elliot, one of the founders of the fantastic Lock Up Your Daughters and recipient of the 2013 LGBT History Month Cultural Commission, in which she completed a project called ‘Queer Window’, was contacted by Leap Sports to deliver an arts project as part of the Culture strand of the Commonwealth Games.
As this year’s recipient of a commission, I was also contacted, and we discussed the possibility of Lucy re-showing her ‘Queer Window’ work, and me showing work-in-progress of ‘In My Day’, the then-tentative-title of my commission.
We decided instead to step out of both our comfort zones, but to bolster each other by working together. We proposed a residency called ‘Gameface’ – a live art project in which we would talk to and photograph visitors to Pride House, before digitally sketching them and painting portraits directly onto the wall.
Both of us were used to working in a quite detailed and controlled way, so we instead decided to paint quick, temporary Fauvist style portraits that we would paint directly over. Going against our natural tendencies was terrifying but in the end incredibly liberating. We got to talk to many wonderful people, and painted around six portraits that formed a backdrop to the main stage area. And we met a host of politicians, including the First Minister Alex Salmond, Deputy PM Nick Clegg and Labour’s Margaret Curran, who all seemed genuinely interested in the work Pride House was doing and Lucy and I’s residency.
Pride House 2014 was a fantastic venue and project, and it’s a testament to Leap Sports’ work, along with that of the staff and volunteers, that it has sparked renewed interested in an LGBT Centre in Glasgow as a space where people can relax, take part in activities, get information and be part of the community. I’m really grateful to have been part of it!
Scroll down to see more of our work – click to embiggen!