True Colours | Join a Youth Arts Project

Young people from PiNC tell us more about a new queer art project open now!

When some think of Pride and LGBTQIA+, it is often faced with scrutiny of being one-dimensional and dubbed uncreative or repetitive, which the young people at Pride in North Cumbria (PiNC) challenge on a day to day basis by showing our truest selves. Over the past few months we have faced a journey of self discovery and expression through ongoing arts projects funded by The Heritage Lottery Fund and The Ragdoll Foundation. A trip to Caldbeck inspired our young photographers with its serene atmosphere and scenery, while others found themselves thriving within the LGBT centre as they explored spray painting, life drawing and many other art forms from week to week. In August the work was proudly shown throughout various pieces of art displayed in a pop up gallery space in the Lanes Shopping Centre, Carlisle. This exhibition was about queer young people showing what they are capable of doing and what they enjoy. This was ‘Show Your True Colours’.

This exhibition was part of a two year project providing support for young queer creatives. There are many more exhibitions to come and we welcome you to come along, find a community of creative friends and show your own true colours.

We have asked some young people for feedback about how the art project has made them feel and here is what they had to say: One quote came from one of our young people, “I was lonely and traveling a lot this year, then I came here (to Pride in North Cumbria) and there is a lot to do, and it gets me out the house. It gives me a sense of community that makes me function.” And another simply put: “F*ck describing our art to straight people.

Words Faye Graham & Eli Richardson

Images Eli Richardson & Emily Ford