Platform 6, a non-profit arts organisation, opens the doors to its first collective exhibition with a showcase of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) artwork featuring emerging and established creatives.
The participants range from Platform 6 founder James Tailor to singer Boy George. Alongside the exhibit a special auction will take place where bespoke adidas Stan Smith trainers designed by the artists and Platform 6 patrons will be on offer in aid of gay equality charity Stonewall.
The idea came about because Tailor, who is also the curator, was frustrated by how LGBT art is represented today and wantted to highlight the diversity of work being produced by such artists.
This debut exhibition from Platform 6 connects talent from backgrounds as diverse as fine art, performance, sport, music and fashion.
As for the auction to benefit Stonewall, Platform 6 has joined forces with global sportswear brand Adidas, creating 20 pairs of limited edition trainers transformed into one-off pieces of art by those exhibiting in this year’s show, and Platform 6 patrons including Elton, Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Kylie Minogue, and Neneh Cherry, who have been chosen for their support of the LGB community.
Spanning five floors of the Bargehouse, an unconventional venue which challenges the notion of the ‘white cube’ on London’s iconic South Bank, the Platform Six show takes place from the 7th to the 14th of September and is open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
A silent auction of the 20 customised trainers will kick off online at midday on September 4.
The address of London's Bargehouse is:
Oxo Tower Wharf, SE1 9HP.