Pride is power — an expression of living boldly and loving fiercely. Show your colours and turn up for the queer community in Europe this summer.

Jawadat Bashorun by Joel Rodriguez

Love loudly

art’otel is thrilled to announce Pride Through the Lens: a travelling photography exhibition in London, Berlin, Cologne, Amsterdam and Zagreb, recognising the diverse and powerful identities within the LGBTQ+ community. Expect opening parties, artist talks and other events, and watch this space + @artotel on social for an ongoing series spotlighting artists to follow, queer-friendly travel recs and more.

Reflect, Explore and Celebrate

Pride Through the Lens: A Celebration of LGBTQ+ Identity and Love” offers an intimate look into the lives and experiences of individuals and groups within the LGBTQ+ community, brought to life through the eyes of five talented photographers from their own unique perspectives within the community. 

This project is underpinned by a desire to give creatives within the community a platform through art, and support chosen causes across European destinations through artwork sales by select artists, where art’otel contributes its share of proceeds to these causes. Guests will also be encouraged to donate to such causes in hotel and via websites.

Exhibition Dates

Celebrating Joy in Resistance by Joel Rodriguez: Hoxton 20/06 – 02/07 | Battersea 03/07-17/07 | Cologne 19/07 – 29/07

Exploration of Identity by Arjan Spannenburg: Battersea 20/06-02/07 | Hoxton 03/07-17/07  | Berlin 19/07 – 29/07

A look through by Ernst Coppejans: Zagreb 19/07 – 29/07

A Celebration of LGBTQ+ Identity and Love by Arjan Spannenburg, Joel Rodriguez, Ernst Coppejans: Amsterdam 23/07 – 23/08

Queer Nightlife by Aimee McGhee: Hoxton 01/08 – 06/08

We Both Laughed in Pleasure by Grace Pickering: Hoxton 07/08 – 26/08

Event Highlights

Friday 21 June — Newly opened art’otel London Hoxton marks the start of the travelling exhibition with our opening event in the art gallery and auditorium, with artist talk by Joel Rodriguez. 

Monday 15 July — Arjan Spannenburg travels from the Netherlands for an artist panel talk with Joel Rodriguez at art’otel London Battersea Power Station. 

Thursday 19 July — Exploration of identity by Arjan Spannenburg, Celebrating Joy in Resistance by Joel Rodriguez, and A look through by Ernst Coppejans open at art’otel Berlin, Cologne and Zagreb respectively.

Tuesday 23 July — To mark the opening of the series’ largest show with 30 works by three artists Joel Rodriguez, Arjan Spannenburg & Ernst Coppejans, art’otel Amsterdam holds its opening party in the art’otel Gallery with the artists, drinks, DJ and more.

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Tap your card, splash the cash, and make it rain. Here’s our definite guide on how you can support London’s queer-owned businesses with your wallet.

From FLINTA-owned cocktail bars in Hackney to the UK’s oldest LGBTQ+ book shop, you’re spoilt for choice with a selection of historic venues, safe spaces, and loud, proud proprietors.

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