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Queer Eutopia explored the idea of a more inclusive future with LGBTQIA+ young people from The Lee Cooper Foundation, and staff at Northern. Over a series of workshops, Emma in collaboration with artist Leo Soph Welton experimented with collage, planting, poetry, photography, drawing/painting and placard making.

Together, these ideas and creations inspired two artworks for Prescot and Newton-le-Willows train stations. The murals designed by Emma platforms LGBTQIA+ voices from satellite towns between Liverpool and Manchester and both artworks carry a positive message about supporting each other to create safer, more welcoming places to live.

The title Queer Eutopia comes from the realistic or attainable concept of a good place; the word ‘utopia’, on the other hand, is a place that does not exist.

Commissioned by Heart of Glass. Supported by Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places programme. Supported by Homotopia. Created in collaboration with Northern, Lee Cooper Foundation and Newton Community Centre.

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