Portraits of Gay Times honours winners on display at Walker Gallery

Following successful ceremony at in Liverpool the venue for the event, the Walker Art Gallery, will display 13 portraits, including one of Liverpool teenager Michael Causer who died following a homophobic attack

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Portrait of One Direction star Harry Styles, one of the Gay Times Awards winners


Paintings of One Direction star Harry Styles, actor Sir Ian McKellen and musician MNEK will be on display at Liverpool’s Walker Art Gallery for the next two weeks as part of a special exhibition following the Gay Times Honours. 

The exhibition also includes a portrait of Liverpool teenager Michael Causer who died following a homophobic attack in 2008. 

A ceremony held by Gay Times magazine at the art gallery last week saw the paintings unveiled to a crowd of famous faces and high profile LGBTQ figures who were recognised for their work to advance gay rights. 

A total of 13 paintings are on display all showcasing those who were highlighted by Gay Times for being LGBTQ role models or for advocacy on behalf of LGBTQ communities. 

Gay Times owner James Frost said: “These paintings represent LGBTQ visibility in Britain and around the world and it is fantastic that they’re on display at the Walker Art Gallery who were wonderful event partners for the Gay Times Honours.

“The unique paintings show people such as Sir Ian McKellen who has used his platform to campaign for LGBTQ equality for over 30 years. He is joined by a new generation of activists like  MNEK and allies such as Harry Styles. It is particularly moving to also be remembering Michael Causer in this way.”

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The Gay Times Awards 2018 which took place in Liverpools Walker Art Gallery


Charlotte Keenan, Curator of British Art at National Museums Liverpool, added: “The representation and contribution LGBTQ+ people have made to society over a long period of time has been largely misinterpreted or omitted.

“The Walker is committed to correcting this, through projects in close collaboration with LGBTQ+ audiences and groups, including Pride and Prejudice, retrospectively researching LGBTQ+ history in our collections making new acquisitions for the collection by LGBTQ+ artists.”

Businesses including Arup, Investec, Barclays and Signature Living sponsored the Gay Times Honours. 

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