The Pansy Project - OUTing the past

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two men at a flower bed, one in police uniform Paul Harfleet planting pansies in St John’s Gardens, Liverpool with a representative of Merseyside Police © Paul Harfleet Our sixth blog post in the run up to our exciting OUTing the Past: The 4th National Festival of LGBT History conference, 3 February, is from Paul Harfleet. Paul is an artist who plants pansies at the sites of homophobia, including here in Liverpool, as part of The Pansy Project. He tells us more -
"I began The Pansy Project 13 years ago in Manchester, since then I have travelled the world planting pansies at the sites of homophobia; from London, Liverpool, Paris, Istanbul and New York. Each pansy is documented in its location and then added to my website. This anecdotal geography of homophobia creates a fascinating narrative through the experience of homophobia. In this presentation I will tell the story of the project and the ongoing creative journey, including a Gold Medal winning RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show garden in 2010 and my new children’s picture book, ‘Pansy Boy’: a semi-autobiographical book that I wrote and illustrated that tells the story of a boy who is bullied at school and uses pansies to raise awareness."
purple flower A pansy 'for Michael Causer', Huyton, Liverpool © Paul Harfleet The full programme for the day at the Museum of Liverpool can be seen on the event page. Paul Harfleet © Paul Harfleet