(Above) Iris Robinson; “There can be no viler act, apart from homosexuality and sodomy, than sexually abusing innocent children.” BBC Belfast.
Due to some recent computer problems I've been unable to update the blog! So here's to updating you with all the news that's been occurring at The Pansy Project HQ! I've been very busy on Twitter of late, managing to gain some 'holy grail' moments there. George Michael of Wham fame, kindly Tweeted about The Pansy Project which created a massive explosion of followers. It's really quite amazing, the power of celebrity, other big Twitter @mentions are just moments away I'm sure!!
I've also embarked on a rather ambitious quest to raise £10,000 to fund a period of research and development and the eventual creation of The Pansy Project Publication through what is known as crowd-sourcing on Crowd Funder UK, It's a large amount of money to raise but with all the rewards promised for your investment I needed to be realistic about what I can achieve! My mission is to create a beautiful book that presents all the photographs of the pansies I've planted over the last six years, I want to create a place for discussion and exploration about the nature of homophobia and the way I have made work throughout the last few years including the Gold Medal winning Pansy Project Garden I created last year with my brother Tom Harfleet at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2010. I want to explore the forthcoming collaboration with Tatty Devine. I want to position this ongoing project within a wider discourse including psychology, politics, artistic practice, activism, guerrilla gardening and urban art. I of course need your help dear reader to spread this post through all your social media networks to help raise these funds! I'm optimistic I can get there, with your help. For more details on the pitch and how to donate click here, any amount will help, any amount will guarantee your inclusion in the publication!!..
I'm also currently working on the initial drawings for the Tatty Devine collaboration more details to follow on that soon!...and planning a forthcoming show in Manchester! More details to follow soon!!...
As ever my research continues!