Brighton Pride’s ICONS Exhibition

Words and Photos > Elliott Caranci-Finch

Last night we attended the private view of Brighton Pride’s first ever Arts & Film festival exhibition, Icons, where over twenty different works of art were on display, all having something to do with LGBT culture, from the artists’ own family members, to classic icons in the music industry.

Curator of the show, Hizze Fletcher, told us “I am very excited about this event as we obtained a collection of work from the pop artist Keith Haring who after he died in 1990 had donated all of his work to set up a foundation raising money and awareness of LGBT issues. We are actually auctioning off this work in the event which is just fantastic.” Asking Hizze about how she got involved with the exhibition she explained “Pride actually approached me with the idea as the theme this year for Pride is icons, so I put the collection together with the contacts I have gained over the years from doing events.”

The exhibition got license to print Haring’s images on t-shirts and bags which they will be selling at this year’s Brighton Pride with all profits going to The Rainbow Fund, a Brighton and Hove based grant-giving fund for local LGBT and HIV/AIDS organisations.

Take a look at the work below and go and see it for yourself. It’s on until 1st August at Brighton library, Jubilee Street, BN1 1GE.


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