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And What? Queer. Arts. Festival. presents

Bearded Brutes by Mark Leeming

Until Friday 28 October 2016
Mezzanine Gallery

In a nutshell

And What? Queer. Arts. Festival is London’s newest festival celebrating the work of LGBTQI artsists across the city.

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Bearded Brutes is the world premier of the hyper-coloured and stylised photographic exhibition by Mark Leeming. It blurs conventional perceptions of masculinity and femininity using beards, make-up, glitter and digital manipulation. Striking and-in-your-face Bearded Brutes celebrate visibility within the LGBTQI community.

The 24 portraits not only explore the feminine in the masculine (and vice-a-versa) they also reveal a little of each models unique personality and challenge the viewer to reassess definitions of beauty.


What to expect

An exhibition of 24 portraits.

On the night of the exhibition launch there will also be a free film programme of shorts curated by Fringe! that resonate with the themes within the exhibition.

Who’s involved

Mark Leeming

Mark is a Northwest based photographer specialising in fashion, portrait and landscape photography with a slant toward LGBTQI culture.

And What?

And What? is the newest (and only) pan-London queer arts festival on the block. With over 25 events across 4 weeks in multiple venues across the north, south, east and west of the capital they bring you everything from circus to visual arts, performance to international drag superstars. 

HOME Projects

HOME Projects is an ongoing series of exhibitions in the Granada Foundation Galleries at HOME, Manchester’s international centre for contemporary visual art, theatre and independent film. It is a strand that focuses upon the support of emerging NW artists, independent curators and explores the nature of affordable art, highlighting creative practice otherwise excluded from gallery presentation, including art direction, illustration and new writing.

Why does Rich Mix matter?

'Rich Mix is an important cultural cornerstone of Tower Hamlets providing access to local communities, artists, performers and audiences through a rich and mixed programme of work, gigs and films that represent the diversity of London.'

Find out more


Twitter: @andwhatfest

Facebook: /andwhatfest

Things you should know

Join us at 6pm on 5 October for the exhibition launch. A chance to get a sneak peak at the exhibition and enjoy free films and music.

This event is wheelchair accessible.