Seed funding 2: art celebrating trans bodies

by Mister.Samo in Southsea, England, United Kingdom

£1,057

raised of £5,000 target

42

supporters
21% 23 days left
Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 16th October 2020 at 5:01pm

Trans bodies are beautiful. This project will generate funding to enable a unique and positive exploration of the trans community.

by Mister.Samo in Southsea, England, United Kingdom

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I run a studio and gallery in Portsmouth which has, of course, closed it’s doors in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. I’m a trans rights activist and professional artist and all too aware of the potential plight of my community during this time. Ordered to Shelter in Place within potentially unsafe environments & the trauma of being isolated away from support networks, my community needs a voice and I’m speaking up.

I intend to deliver a unique world class, global arts project, celebrating trans bodies, making visible the often vilified or misunderstood. This is a huge responsibility. I didn’t necessarily choose to become an activist, but society demanded I become one.

I began my transition almost 4 years ago and channelled my experience into creating artworks as a form of non-verbal communication: Emotive and powerful documentation of my own changing body and mental health. As a queer artist, my focus is on interpreting the human condition and expressing perspective to connect in a powerfully revealing manner. My message is clear and consistent: Embrace your true self, create positive awareness and feed the cycle of gratitude and giving back, to ultimately strengthen and build the networks of community.

As a proud visible activist I’ve worked on a Vice documentary to campaign for the laws to be changed around the Gender Recognition Act and liaise regularly with Local government representatives to drive policy change in favour of LGBTQ equality. I founded the Portsmouth Safe Space movement to drive trans awareness, education and a united community.

I’ve sacrificed my own privacy, and often safety, by publicly documenting my transition through social media and regularly interviewing in key publications across various platforms including radio and TV. My dedicated mission of visibility and education is key in uniting society across the globe and engendering allies to align the social consciousness for acceptance and equality.

As a key figure in the street art and paint jam scene, I had the honour of being a sponsored artist at World Pride in New York. My future is dedicated to spreading the gospel of acceptance through powerful visual communication and acts of love and kindness.

I've put together an amazing team who have worked with some of the biggest names in art (Martin Parr, Luke Jerram, Banksy) who will unite to realise this essential project. 

The money raised by this crowdfunder will pay the upfront costs of project, team and promotion. We’re looking at £20k for full delivery and it is essential that this project has the prestige and tone for broad appeal, not limited to the trans community.

If you select an item that needs shipping please also select the relevant postage (UK or International).

The project will be delivered in spring 2021, please follow Samo.arts on instagram to keep up to date with the project progress.

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

Roll of Honour

Your name will be added to the roll of honour which will be published within the book in tribute to your support.

£5 or more

Ally supporter

You’ve contributed to the realisation of this important project, thank you- you’re a rockstar!

£7 or more

£7 UK postage and packing

Cost of sending any of the rewards within the UK - to include protective packaging and postage

£12 or more

12 of 25 claimed

Tote bag

A Protect Trans Kids canvas tote bag featuring Samo's awesome artwork. A fantastic way to support the project, look cool, and cut down on your plastic usage.

£13 or more

£13 International postage and packaging

Cost of sending any of the rewards outside the UK - to include protective packaging and postage

£30 or more

8 of 19 claimed

A signed print by Samo

A signed piece of art depicting the Protect Trans Kids image, add it to your collection and home gallery for ultimate warm & fuzzies.

£125 or more

1 of 5 claimed

A Samo Original A3 artwork

A beautiful original artwork, created just for you. Samo will be dedicating significant amounts of time to creating content for the main project, so there may be an extended timeline for receiving your art, but it’s guaranteed to arrive pre Christmas ’20...likely a lot sooner!

£300 or more

0 of 2 claimed

A Samo Mural on your wall

A personal mural on an internal or external wall of your choice- what an incredible opportunity! Cost includes materials but not travel. Samo will agree a date with you to paint the mural dependent on weather, Covid-19 restrictions and project deadlines.

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Small unisex t-shirt

Wear your allegiance with pride! United we are stronger & equality means education; sporting your rad protect trans kids streetwear shows the world you care.

Let's make 'Seed funding 2: art celebrating trans bodies' happen

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