Pride Art and Poster Designs
Collected works with an LGBT+ Pride theme, including those produced specifically
for Sligo Pride Festival.
Sligo Pride Protest March
Promotional poster design for Sligo Pride Festival's upcoming 2022 Pride March, to be held in Sligo on Saturday the 6th of August.
This year's March will have more of a 'protest' feel rather than purely celebratory, so I took some inspiration from photos of Pride Marches during the 1980's-1990's in the UK and US, which had a perhaps similar atmosphere.
Rainbow Ball 2022
The official poster design for Sligo Pride's first-ever Rainbow Ball event, held in April 2022.
I was inspired by the designs of old Art Noveau-style theatre and advertisement posters for this piece, and wanted to make something similarly richly illustrated, decorative and eye-catching for this event, with an added touch of vintage elegance.
The flower motifs in the uppermost corners of the design were chosen specifically not only to be reminiscient of springtime (when the Ball will be held) but also because of their historical and symbolic significance to the LGBT+ community; violets for Sapphism—like the violets described in the poet Sappho's writings—green carnations, like those suggested by Oscar Wilde to be worn as a marker of self-identification for gay and bisexual men, and lavender, for 'lavender marriages', the so-called 'lavender menace', and all the many 'twilight' shades of LGBT+ identities in between.
This poster was also displayed on a board and carried during Sligo Pride's participation in Sligo's St. Patrick's Day Parade, during March 2022.
A small banner design for Sligo Pride's Eventbrite page, from which the digital tickets for the event were sold online.
This design was also adapted for use in printing on pin badges, which were sold during the Rainbow Ball event.
A square design for use on social media, to announce the three drag artists that were performing on the night of the event, as well as the live D.J.
Seagulls of Santa Barbara
Winner of the 18+ category of LGBT+ organisation OutWest's 2022 'Outing The Past' art competition, held in conjunction with The National Musem of Ireland.
This piece was inspired by scientists Molly and George Hunt's discovery of homosexuality in female Western Gulls on Santa Barbara Island, California, in 1972. Looming in the clouds above the gulls are collected text clippings from newspapers and scientific papers reporting the discovery, representing the judgement and controversy surrounding the seagulls' behaviour in the human world; while the birds themselves preen one another beneath a gleaming rainbow, happily oblivious.
Lion of Pride
An original poster illustration with two colour versions, based on the rainbow LGBT+ flag and the transgender flag.
The rainbow version was also displayed as part of Wexford Pride's Pride Art Show, held in the Presentation Arts Centre in Enniscorthy, which opened on the 11th June 2022.