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These powerful portraits by LGBTI artists will blow you away

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The Pearl Necklace (Lucretia) by Matthew Stradling | Photo: Matthew Stradling via Clifford Chance

A new art exhibit is bringing together LGBTI artists all over the world for Pride month.

Pride Art is put together by leading international law firm Clifford Chance. The exhibition is organized by Arcus, the firm’s LGBTI and allies community.

This year the firm is running events in eleven offices, the largest number of offices to participate.

It will take place in Amsterdam, Hong Kong, London, New York, Paris, Perth, Sydney, Singapore and Washington D.C. Moreover, for the very first time, Tokyo will have its own exhibit too.

Seawitch by Paul Kindersley (printed vinyl, 2014)

Art that showcases diversity in the workplace

London’s exhibit is curated by Michael Petry. He has brought together five UK-based portrait artists: David Haines, Paul Kindersley, Ope Lori, Sarah Jane Moon, and Matthew Stradling.

‘These talented artists work in many different media and on different scales but they all look long and hard at their sitters and then make art out of that contemplation,’ Clifford Chance senior partner Malcolm Sweeting tells Gay Star News.

Global Managing Partner Matthew Layton says:

‘Pride Art exhibition is the highlight of the Arcus calendar. It is one of the biggest corporate-supported exhibitions of work by LGBTI artists in the world. We are immensely proud of the work of the network and the ways in which these exhibitions help foster the diverse and inclusive workplace that we are a part of.’

Leo by Sarah Jane Moon (oil on board, 2015)

Pride Art is also online

The firm has also launched an online gallery, highlighting many of the works presented across the globe. You can take a sneak peek at the exhibition here.

Earlier this year, Clifford Chance announced it was proud to be an early adopter of the United Nations’ (UN) Standards of Conduct for Business to promote equality for lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex people in the workplace and beyond. The firm secured the 11th place in 2018’s Stonewall Workplace Equality Index in the UK.

Take a look at the other artworks below.

Boxer 6 by Matthew Stradling (oil on canvas, 2012)

Lotusland Surveyor by Paul Kindersley (printed vinyl, 2016)

She Has A Great Body by Ope Lori (from Beauty and Privilege, a series of 8 digital photographs, 2012-2013)

All the Men I Have Chatted With Between April and July 2004 by David Haines (136 pencil drawings, 2004)

Clifford Chance are sponsors of Gay Star Students.

Read more from Gay Star Students:

I wear a rainbow lanyard at work with pride – this is why you should too

Clifford Chance uses partnership to grow National Student Pride

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