February  saw the annual celebration and commemoration of LGBTQIA+ History Month.  LGBTQIA+ History Month is an annual month-long observance of LGBTQIA+  history and related civil rights movements both past and present. This  year also saw the celebration of 50 years since the first Pride march in the UK!

As  a way to mark the month, Kingston and Winchester Hub started an open call for creative submissions for students to submit artworks surrounding LGBTQIA+ experiences, themes and topics. This was aimed at giving a platform to LGBTQIA+ voices, celebrating queer creativity and voice, and showcasing the amazing skills of our students!

Thank you once again for everyone who submitted.

For any follow up questions or thoughts please feel free to email either the Kingston Hub manager at [email protected] or the Winchester Hub manager at [email protected].

You may also be interested in our paid blog opportunity with Student Hubs.

Below are our submissions — please give it a read and follow the creators on their platforms!

Instagram Handle: @_wei.wu_

Instagram Handle: @guiiiii114

Description: A digital illustration of Saint Sebastian, a Christian figure who's legacy has grown into being somewhat of a queer icon. The illustration is inspired by multiple historical paintings of Sebastian, many of which have been viewed as being homoerotic in nature.

Instagram Handle: @angelyka_celeste

Description: These pieces were created during covid crisis where my uni art practice has incorporated queer life drawings via zoom as well as use of distorted and skewed typographies to illustrate the challenge an Asian queer individual faces being sedentary complying with orthodox household rules. The composition of distorted figures and self-portraits depicts a notion of ambiguity and loss in one’s identity.

Instagram Handle: @susanime_art

If you would like to learn more about LGBTQIA+ History Month please follow the below resources:

LGBT History Month UK

Stonewall’s LGBT History Month 2022

The Proud Trust LGBT History Month 2022 resources

For support around LGBTQIA+ topics you can always contact:

LGBT Switchboard

Mind Out

Mermaids UK (trans/gender non conforming specific support)