YOU BELONG HERE
Breakout Youth & Asten Holmes-Elliott, YOU BELONG HERE neon sign, 4ft x 4ft, (2017-2018). Commissioned and supported by John Hansard Gallery and ARTIST ROOMS.
The YOU BELONG HERE neon sign is a beacon, reminding each person that they are welcome and belong in this space.
Taking inspiration from John Hansard Gallery exhibitions A Good Neighbour (2017) and ARTIST ROOMS: Gerhard Richter (2018), participants from Breakout Youth explored themes of identity, community, and belonging with a specific focus on how it feels to experience the future as a young LGBTQI+ person.
YOU BELONG HERE neon sign is the result of a collaborative participatory art endeavour, in collaboration with Breakout Youth LGBT Support Charity, artist Asten Holmes-Elliott and John Hansard Gallery. Breakout Youth was set up in Southampton in 1993 in response to the dangers faced by LGBT youth at that time, and is now housed by No Limits, a Hampshire based charity.
The beacon was officially opened on 15th August 2018. This event marked the evolution of the YOU BELONG HERE PROJECT into its next phase – the launch of LGBT FUTURE MONTH.YOU BELONG HERE