Say hello to our new Artistic Director 👋
🥁 Drum roll please - we have some news… 🥁
stoggaf.co started because we wanted to support the work of amazing queer artists, but also make it more accessible to all. To enjoy and to celebrate. Which is why we are announcing our first pop-up exhibition, on November the 19th in Brixton! Stay tuned for more updates or check our website from tomorrow.
It doesn’t stop there though, as we’re super excited to introduce our amazing new Artistic Director, Kieran Mason who will be curating, supporting and sharing what we do! Find out a bit more about him below:
Tell us a bit about your background with the arts
In 2020 I graduated from the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) with a degree in Acting and in my final year I created 'Sodomite', a small arts company showcasing and representing LGBTQ+ creatives. To date, I have organised several events from cabarets to my self-written and produced show 'Killer Queen', funded by Arts Council England. I have various experiences, predominantly working within theatre, events and collaborating with others on multiple projects - which is something I want to continue and expand on.
Sodomite sounds like a cool interesting project, what was the catalyst that got that started?
I was seeing little to no Queer Theatre at the time, especially in my studies, and wanted to give myself and others the opportunity to be involved in something. I was fortunate enough to be in an environment that nurtured creative endeavors, surrounded by friends and other creatives willing and wanting to participate in this; which has since grown, from Liverpool to Manchester and building an online presence. I think 'Sodomite', a lot like 'Stoggaf', offers an alternative approach to art, showcasing unrepresented creatives, small businesses and developing accessible events which would be too expensive or elitist elsewhere.
Are there any other cool projects you’re involved in we should know about?
I will be devising and performing in a fetish inspired performance for a well known event as part of Manchester Warehouse Project in November - to be announced soon. I'm currently planning a 2023 tour of 'Killer Queen', funding dependent, and in 2023 I will also be acting alongside Stuart Crowther at Unity Theatre in Liverpool, in their wonderfully written play 'Algebra'.
Last but not least, how excited are you for the Stoggaf pop up shop in London on November the 19th?
Very! I think what 'Stoggaf' represents is great, unique and exciting. I look forward to the company growing and for others to come and be a part of it with us.