PRESS RELEASE – For immediate release 11 September 2016
Book launch & exhibition – LGBT photographic portrait project #Outcome
Book launch (invite only) – Monday 10 October 6pm till 9pm
(National Coming Out Day following day, October 11th)
The Heritage Gallery
University of Greenwich, Queen Anne Court,
Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London SE10 9LS
Exhibition Monday 10 October until 15 October, 10am-5pm (4pm Monday 10th)
The Outcome project so far. Photographer Tom Dingley started his #Outcome project in 2014, to photograph LGBT people with the attributes of their everyday life – their work or their interests; and holding a picture of themselves as a child – showing that it does get better, by providing young LGBT people with role models for life beyond adolescent angst, uncertainty and bullying. The message is: No matter how hard it is growing up and coming to terms with your sexuality or identity; you can be who you are, living a successful & happy life, out of the closet. The aim is also to help breakdown stereotypes of what a LGBT person looks like, or can be – because there is no absolute definition; as the project shows.
Tom has exhibited the ongoing project at London Pride, Brighton Pride, Student Pride, Digital Pride and as part of LGBT History Month celebrations. Adding more portraits to Outcome over time; the collection now includes Lord Chris Smith, Elly Barnes MBE, Britain’s Got Talent’s La Voix, Bake Off’s John Whaite, The Apprentice’s Sanjay Sood-Smith and Emmerdale’s Alicya Eyo and many other people. The project is a celebration of all LGBT people, known and unknown.
The Launch Exhibition:
The University of Greenwich will host the launch and first exhibition as Tom is a Greenwich Alumnus and many of the portraits were taken locally. While exhibiting at the university, he plans to have as many of the 112 portraits on display as possible. Tom will have pop-up studio days for LGBT people who would like to be photographed for Outcome at the above address on Tuesday 11th & Thursday 13th October – drop in or arrange beforehand. The university is organising a number of events linked to the exhibition, including a public Q&A panel on Wednesday 12th 1-2pm.
Sarah Cretch, Head of Alumni & Development at the university says: “We are so proud that Tom is an alumnus and fully support his work. Tom and the whole Outcome project are a great inspiration for all our students and staff.”
The Outcome book published by Arachne Press contains 80 full-page portraits, with accompanying text from each of the subjects.
ISBN: 978-1-909208-26-1 Format: 234 x 156 mm
Extent:168 pages (170gm2) Price: £25 Review copies available from publisher
Launching on October 10th for National Coming Out Day on 11th.
Beyond the book. We plan to expand the launch exhibition into a travelling exhibition to visit colleges, schools, libraries and community centres around the UK, setting up a studio day at each location to add to the project. There is even a possibility of taking it to Europe. We also plan to create a downloadable slideshow version of the book which we hope schools will use for Sociology and Citizenship courses.
Photographer: firstname.lastname@example.org – @OutcomeLGBT – @TomDingleyPhoto
Publisher: email@example.com – @ArachnePress
University of Greenwich PR Team: Tel: 020 8331 8937 – firstname.lastname@example.org