It’s no secret that east London is home to a plethora of queer creatives. One of them being curator Davy Pittoors. With a background in visual merchandising and education, Pittoors' passion for visual storytelling has led to him working with some of the biggest names in art and design like Louis Vuitton and the Tom of Finland Foundation with his work featured in publications including Wallpaper*. Now, the curator is using his expertise to give LGBTQ+ creators and businesses a space to share and sell their work with the art and makers fair Queeriosities.
This weekend, east London’s Museum of the Home will be the site of more than 40 stalls offering a selection of ceramics, paintings, mixed media, sculpture, textiles, homewares and more. Open to the public, the event curated by Pittoors is bringing the best LGBTQ+ creatives from London and beyond together to not only sell their works but to share stories, promote the visibility of queer artists, and serve as a creative hub for the city's queer community.
‘The selection happened quite organically, starting with a network of artists and makers that were already on my radar and then building it out from there,’ Pittoors tells me on his curation of the fair. ‘All participants will bring work that explores identity and home but there will be different mediums, price points and styles as I think that makes for a more engaging experience.’
About more than just purchasing an original artwork for your flat, Queeriostites will also be hosting a panel discussion on Sunday moderated by Pittoors. Centred around themes of queer domesticity Pittoors will be joined by Professor Matt Cook, author of Queer Domesticities, artist and architect Martha Summers, and writer, director and cultural producer Andrei Nikolai Pamintuan. The experts hope to explore and unpack narratives that have long been ignored.
‘Queer perspectives are still not included in museums and institutions as often as they should be, so I'm always looking for ways to change that', Pittoors explains. 'Museum of the Home is genuinely interested in hearing about LGBTQ+ voices and that was particularly important to me, that it felt sincere and that the institution was really behind it. I love giving people a bigger platform to promote (and sell) their work, and the more visibility we can create as a community the better.’
Queeriosities takes place at Museum of the Home from 20-21 May. Head to the Museum of the Home website for all the info.