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Friends of Dorothy x Refuge

Our new art installation is launching in June to kick off Pride celebrations ahead of our Come As You Are weekender in August.

We are pleased to announce a brand-new free art exhibition – a celebration of the power and beauty of queer artistry in partnership with queer art collective Friends of Dorothy, opening this June in line with Pride month.

Under the guidance of Rob Devlin, Friends of Dorothy is an innovative art project focused on inclusivity and artistic expression, dedicated to amplifying the voices of queer artists and fostering connections within the LGBTQ+ community. From its humble beginnings as a lockdown-inspired project in 2021, Friends of Dorothy has evolved into a dynamic force, showcasing the vibrant tapestry of queer artistry within the vibrant cities of Manchester and Los Angeles.

A proud partner of the queer community and supporter of Northern talent, The Refuge will host an art collection by 16 of Friends of Dorothy’s Manchester-based artists, a diverse mix of established and new and emerging talent.

Open from 7pm on Thursday 6 June, the exhibition will show a diverse range of artworks created by multi-platform artists all linked by queer art and talent, plus there will be music from Abigail Ward and Kath McDermott.

Named in loving memory of Rob’s late mother, Dorothy Devlin, and playfully nodding to the bonds of the LGBTQ+ community, Friends of Dorothy stands as a testament to resilience, creativity and unity.

The Friends of Dorothy exhibition will be free and open to the public on the walls of The Refuge from 7pm on 6 June until 1 September.

Friends of Dorothy exhibition



Beth Garrigan

David Hoyle

Freya Wynice

James Unsworth

Jen Orpin

Jez Dolan

Jordan Taylor

Karol Kochanowski

Lee Baxter

Lyle Hoang

Rachael Field

Rebekah Beasley

Dr. Sarah-Joy Ford

Smart Barnett

Will Belshah