“fellow travellers” is group show of work by fifteen LGBT artists curated by James Lawler (UK). At the moment it features works of art by lesbian artists: Sadie Lee (UK), Asa Johannesson (Sweden), Claire Madden (UK), Laurie Lipton (UK), Sarah Plescia and Mandy McCartin (UK).
“fellow travellers” brought in over 20,000 visitors during its run at Salford Museum and Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK, spring 2007. The exhibition has attracted interest from museums and galleries in Iceland, Germany, Slovenia and Denmark, and has already been shown in Reykjavik as a part of the celebrations for Icelands Gay Pride now in its 10th year, and 30 years of Icelandic gay rights ‘Samtokin78’, 2008.
The exhibition is a continuously evolving art project, which will include work by selected queer artists from each of its host cities arriving back in UK as a completely new exhibition.
The introduction of the catalogue reads:
“Fellow Travellers is a group exhibition bringing together the work of 15 artists who identify as LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered). However, the concept behind this exhibition is to concentrate on the quality and diversity of the work displayed, rather than the sexuality of the artists involved. Although many of the artists have held numerous solo exhibitions or participated in other group shows, the very nature of being a practicing artist often means the creative process takes place in isolation. Despite this, many recurrent themes run through the work on display here. The artists have created their own narrative worlds: glamorous, fantastic, escapist – their own urban utopias.”
See a video by Homotopia.tv with curator James Lawler talking about the concept of the “fellow travellers” exhibition, and the Tom of Finland exhibition in Liverpool, automn 2008.