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An Introduction to Bijou Stories

Using oral history, found footage and queer ephemera we aim to paint a new picture of the LGBTQ+ community based on their lived experiences, memories and histories. We will be capturing and documenting these stories and inviting participants to work with LGBTQ+ artists to re-imagine them and create new artworks for an exhibition and live […]

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The Pansy Project

Our first Bijou Story is from Paul Harfleet, who discusses The Pansy Project, which he began as a response to homophobic abuse by planting a pansy at the site of the abuse. The photographic documentation of the plantings has led to an organically growing artwork that juxtaposes the violence of homophobic language with the fragility […]

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Bijou Stories

Bijou Stories will focus on the experiences, memories and histories of the LGBTQ+ communities in London. We will be capturing and documenting these stories through a variety of media and inviting participants to re-imagine them to create a living archive, exhibition and a celebratory performance that will the stories to life in 2021. Performance The […]

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Walk of Shame

Mertle Merman and Cardinal Paul descended on Tate Britain to ‘do the arts’ and do them they did! The Walk of Shame explored the concept of shame in art, from the hidden shame of some of the artists to the collective shame of nations. Along the way Mertle channeled Victorian actress and eternal muse, Lady […]

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Walk of Shame

Walk of Shame Treading through the galleries of Tate Britain; Mertle and Cardinal Paul are back           Mertle Merman (performance artist Caroline Smith) and Cardinal Paul Green invite you to join them as they uncover and examine feelings of shame in Tate Britain’s BP Walk through British Art, moving between the comic, serious […]

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