Queer Joy at Stanley Arts 2023

Following its first edition at the Stanley Arts Social Cafe (Living Room) in June 2022, QUEER JOY returned to Croydon as part of This is Croydon, The Mayor of London’s London Borough of Culture 2023 to celebrate and honour Croydon Pride 2023!

Exhibitors, with images and accessible descriptions

Luciano Rocha

Luciano Rocha

Brazilian-born artist who studied architecture but found that it is in visual arts that his passion truly lies.

During the 2020 lockdown out of boredom he started experimenting with collage and has never stopped since.

Ruby Ingleheart

Ruby Ingleheart

Ruby Ingleheart is a UK based visual artist using photography, sound, video, animation and other experimental mediums. A recurring emphasis throughout her work has been on humans relationship with place and the impact we have on the natural environment.

Emilia Nurmukhamet

Emilia Nurmukhamet

Emilia Tatar multidisciplinary artist and creative facilitator working in documentary style performance and visual media production with a focus on reconceptualisation of queer and migrant stories. Emilia’s practice is rooted in encouraging play, authenticity and mess.

Dear Annie

Dear Annie

I am a queer, trans artist and performer who uses dance, music and spoken word to weave binary melting stories with autobiographical beginnings. As Charlie, as Annie, I am autobiographically feeling through trans-ness and what it is to be a binary-melting body. For me, this often narratively involves my Christian upbringing – a puzzle I can’t solve but can observe – stepping from the church into the wild and finding my feet.

Tay Martin

Tay Martin

Tay Martin is a South London multi-disciplinary Artist. Using drawing, sculpting, painting, and animating to undertake projects for a bright, layered effect in finished pieces.

Maddie Mellon

Maddie Mellon

These two pieces depict the two most significant relationships in my life – at least among those that could be defined as romantic. One introduced me to the profound power of love, and the other to its many forms, its complexity, and its ability to shift and grow.

Eli Delbaere

Eli Delbaere

A fine artist with an expressionist edge inspired by the haunting, deviant vision of artists such as Egon Schiele and Francis Bacon, Eli Delbaere seeks to deconstruct the tradition of the nude by portraying genderless, animalistic bodies, open to personal readings.

Amber Hahn

Amber Hahn

Amber Hahn (she/they) works with people through different methods of dialogue, collaboration and workshops. Their interdisciplinary practice encompasses glass-blowing, olfactory, sound, choreography and writing.

Unfinished Quirks

Unfinished Quirks

Unfinished.Quirks is an Angolan queer woman, raised in the United Kingdom. Exploring arts using the Black woman as her main inspiration and hair which is part of Black women’s identity.

Spunk Rock

Spunk Rock

er0tic art with a ❤️ / female titan.
Spunk rock is erotic art with a heart six years old and with its roots in South London. The artist’s MO is to make art that is at once funny, touching, colourful and out of the ordinary, using a style that is both naive and confident. She is inspired by anime, her own fantasies, and a love and appreciation of homoerotic symbolism.

Toni Murphy

Toni Murphy

Toni Murphy is a freelance storyteller telling stories through poetry, short works of fiction, personal essays, and online content creation. Her work centres on the experiences of BIPOC with the focus on alternative lifestyles and a spelling cultural taboos

Purrsia Kitt

Purrsia Kitt

Purrsia Kitt is the Kinky Feline Goddess of Burlesque celebrating queer black femme neurodivergent magic.

Venus Raven

Venus Raven

Venus Raven is a multi disciplinary artist working in photography, performance art as well as in theatre and film – her lens is focussed on themes of kink, fetish and BDSM

Anaïs Lalange

Anaïs Lalange

I am a mask maker. I used to – and still do on occasions – perform. I like to express myself through different mediums, but it often comes down to creating images or visions to share with others. I accidentally started making masks during my years training and performing as a professional wrestler, Lucha Libre style .I now make masks independently from wrestling and enjoy staging photographs with them; they have become a way to react to the world around me – a location, a person, a mood. By masking someone a certain way, I feel like I get to reveal something I would not otherwise get; reach a layer of intimacy or strange or even silly surreally sensual. I invite you into my visions of a world that does not always have to make sense.

Lee Milton

Lee Milton

@miltographic Self-taught queer artist focusing on portraiture and exploration of people. Heavily influenced by queer and popular culture capturing and showcasing people and characters who share themselves and their stories proudly and joyfully.

Tainted Saint

Tainted Saint

Tainted Saint is a multidisciplinary artist based in London. She studied at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and has since gone on to develop a career spanning many branches of the theatre industry. Amy has worked with venues such as Opera Holland Park, the Park Theatre and most recently, the Royal Vauxhall Tavern.  Amy founded Bold Mellon out of a desire to create a safe, supportive and creatively free and empowering environment for queer womxn and non-binary people to thrive and experiment, and ‘project those magnificent voices’.

Daisy Blower

Daisy Blower

Daisy is a queer artist who makes miniature sculptures that reject the heteronormative dollhouses of our childhood and explore queerness in spaces – real and the imagined. They are drawn to the stories you can find amongst clutter and she really plays with this idea in their work leaving clues and questions in with the gunk.

Rachel Sampley

Rachel Sampley

Rachel is a London-based lighting and video designer and creative captions designer. She is driven by a love of visual storytelling, and this is at the heart of her design process. She frequently collaborates with accessible companies including the DH Ensemble, Hot Coals, and Zoo Co.

Artist Named Nobody

Artist Named Nobody

Artist Named Nobody’s work evokes feelings of inspiration, joy and comfort when you see the diversity of faces, identities, disabilities and physical features in their work that remind the viewer of the uniqueness of the human form.

Pear Nuallak

Pear Nuallak

Pear Nuallak’s hand-knitted and embroidered textile works offer a challenge to the question, ‘Where are you really from?’ by antagonizing both Orientalism and landownership in this ‘green and pleasant land.’

Aaran Sian

Aaran Sian

Aaran is an artist, designer and spatial practitioner working at the intersection of queerness, race, urban equity + the built environment, identity and community engagement.

Corinne

Corinne

I’m a queer disabled self-portrait artist. My photographic depictions are created within the same 2 by 1.5 metre space; my bed. This year marks my fifth year of spending almost every day confined here.