London,
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September
2016
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Gay photographers focus on 'Money and Power' at City of London's art gallery

Members of the Gay Photographers’ Network will exhibit new work on the theme of ‘Money and Power’ at Guildhall Art Gallery next month.

Money and Power, which runs from 21 October to 4 December, will present 23 images from 16 photographers, including Tudor Prince by Steve Power (pictured). 

The London-based group was invited to present the exhibition at the art gallery, as part of its stated commitment to support a diverse range of artists, present new works alongside its historic collection, and reach out to new audiences.

Katty Pearce, curator for the City of London Corporation, said: 

“My colleagues and I at Guildhall Art Gallery were very pleased with the breadth and creativity of the photographers’ responses to their brief. Money and power are associated closely with the Square Mile and we want to engage artistically with those subjects. The images that we have selected are provocative, playful, and striking, and we hope that people will enjoy them.”

David Cook, founder of the Gay Photographers’ Network, said:

“As the originator of the GPN, I’m so pleased that Guildhall Art Gallery has offered us such a great opportunity. Photography is obviously a huge passion for the group, and sharing our work in such a prestigious space is both exciting and a little bit scary. I really hope that the audience finds the images on the theme ‘Money and Power’ visually interesting and thought-provoking.”

Money and Power will be presented in the Temple Room, situated between the Undercroft Room and the City of London Heritage Gallery, which displays treasures from the City of London Corporation’s archives. The photographers’ work will be available to purchase.

The City of London Corporation, which owns and manages Guildhall Art Gallery, invests £80m every year in heritage and cultural activities of all kinds. It is the UK’s largest funder of culture after the government, the BBC, and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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NOTES FOR EDITORS:

Money and Power runs from Friday 21 October to Sunday 4 December 2016 in the Temple Room at Guildhall Art Gallery, EC2. FREE admission.

Katty Pearce, curator of the City of London Corporation’s Guildhall Art Gallery, and Dr Georgios Zampas, exhibiting photographer and spokesperson for the Gay Photographers’ Network, are available for media interviews. Please call Andrew Buckingham (see below) for further details.

High resolution images of Tudor Prince by Steve Power; Wealthy Youth by Alec Lermon; and Disability Benefits Officer Phoned In Sick by Scott A Hamilton are available on request and can be reproduced free-of-charge for publicity purposes only and with the relevant photo credits.

PRESS ENQUIRIES:

For media interviews and high resolution images, please contact:

Andrew Buckingham, Media Officer, City of London Corporation

Tel: 020 7332 1452 / Mobile: 07795 333 060

Email andrew.buckingham@cityoflondon.gov.uk

ABOUT THE CITY OF LONDON CORPORATION:

The City of London Corporation is a uniquely diverse organisation. It supports and promotes the City as the world leader in international finance and business services and provides local services and policing for those working in, living in and visiting the Square Mile. It also provides valued services to London and the nation. These include the Barbican Centre and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama; the Guildhall Library and Art Gallery and London Metropolitan Archives; a range of education provision (including three City Academies); five Thames bridges (including Tower Bridge and the Millennium Bridge); the Central Criminal Court at Old Bailey; over 10,000 acres of open spaces (including Hampstead Heath and Epping Forest), and three wholesale food markets. It is also London’s Port Health Authority and runs the Animal Reception Centre at Heathrow. It works in partnership with neighbouring boroughs on the regeneration of surrounding areas and the City Bridge Trust, which it oversees, donates more than £15m to charity annually. www.cityoflondon.gov.uk

ABOUT GUILDHALL ART GALLERY:

Guildhall Art Gallery was established in 1886 as 'a Collection of Art Treasures worthy of the capital city'. See works dating from 1670 to the present, including seventeenth century portraits, Pre-Raphaelite masterpieces and a fascinating range of paintings documenting London's dramatic history. General admission to Guildhall Art Gallery is FREE; however, an entrance fee may be charged for some exhibitions, with concessionary rates for senior citizens, registered unemployed and registered disabled.

Monday - Saturday, 10am - 5pmSunday, 12pm - 4pm

Call 020 7332 3700 / textphone 020 7332 3803 for a daily recorded message or for more information. Email guildhall.artgallery@cityoflondon.gov.uk and follow @GuildhallArt

ABOUT THE GAY PHOTOGRAPHERS’ NETWORK:

The Gay Photographers’ Network is a London-based organisation for gay men and women, and their friends, who are interested in photography and image-making. The aim of the group is to create a supportive network of individuals and a space where lovers of photography can share their work, discuss ideas, and exchange knowledge. Beginners, enthusiasts and professionals united by a shared passion for photography are all welcome. Over 90 people belong to the London branch. Money and Power will be the group’s fifth exhibition since it was founded in 2007.

www.gayphotographersnetwork.co.uk 

@GPNLondon

https://www.facebook.com/groups/LdnGPN/ (Facebook for London group)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/gayphotographersnetwork/ (Facebook for worldwide group)