The Penthouse Present HIVideo by Balaclava.Q

Date: 1 Dec 2017 – World Aids Day

Time: 7-10.30pm (2 part event back to back with Visual Aids- see below). 


The Penthouse at Paradise Works

Paradise Works (2nd floor)

East Phillip Street


M3 7LE

Donation entry:  £2 to George House Trust. (entry to both screenings).

Tickets: Free from Eventbrite (booking essential) 

This event is included in Manchester’s first Day With(out) Art programme from Superbia.

HIVideo is A Global Exhibition of Video Art for World Aids Day. HIVideo is the moving image strand of Balaclava.Q- an international Queer Art Project and collective, better known as TACTIC 2. HIVideo seeks to promote contemporary dialogue(s) on World Aids Day via video art from both a local and global perspective. HIVideo complements current discourse and the de- stigmatization / -criminalization movement by creating dialogue about HIV/AIDS via art – and the attendant aesthetics and politics.

The 2016 programme is available to view on a newly launched Balaclava.Q YouTube channel here.

In 2016 HIVideo was screened at Manchester’s LGBT Foundation and worldwide across Toronto (Canada), Paris (France), South Africa, Puerto Rico, New Mexico and Oakland (California, US) in galleries, safe spaces and sexual health centres. In 2017 The Penthouse present HIVideo at their home Paradise Works on the Manchester > Salford border. HIVideo brings together international artists and venues across 5 continents to showcase art films which look at HIV/AIDS with the intention of a more direct action approach with a specific theme for artists. Films will be screened on World AIDS Day in Rome, (Italy), Manchester (UK), London (UK), Berlin (Germany), New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Colombia and various other locations across the UK, USA and Europe.

In 2017 Balaclava.Q is working in partnership with RAMP: Recycled Medicine Campaign, LGBT Consortium UK and the global movement Prevention Access Campaign.

The artist films create awareness and promote discourse specifically about the Prevention Access Campaign, a global movement which seeks to educate communities on current findings and statistics which state unequivocally that Undetectable = Untransmissable or U=U as it has been branded by At the very core of this year’s screening is a message about intimacy without fear of transmission. 

This screening is programmed back to back with Visual Aids-  a program of newly commissioned videos by Mykki Blanco, Cheryl Dunye & Ellen Spiro, Reina Gossett, Thomas Allen Harris, Kia Labeija, Tiona Nekkia McClodden and Brontez Purnell titled ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS is the 28th annual iteration of Visual AIDS’ longstanding Day With(out) Art project. Curated by Erin Christovale and Vivian Crockett. This event is part of  Manchester’s first Day With(out) Art programme from Superbia. 

This year’s Greater Manchester serving of HIVideo 2017 is presented by The Penthouse .

The Penthouse is an artist led Dyke|Queer contemporary art project and space based in Manchester founded and ran by artists Rosanne Robertson and Debbie Sharp. Curatorial and research projects are focused on Queer art, radical practices, Queer feminism, experimental and raw art- we consider the power at the margins.

The Penthouse is currently based at Paradise Works in a luxurious corner suite-  a fitting home on the border of Salford and Manchester. Paradise Works is a new artist run initiative providing studios & project space to a community of proactive, intergenerational, contemporary artists established 2017.

HIVideo is produced by Balaclava.Q : An international Queer Art Project and collective. Connecting, promoting and Creating Platforms for Queer artists.

Founded in June 2016 by Stiofan O’Ceallaigh as a reaction to the Orlando, Florida massacre, Balaclava.Q is a not-for-profit and relies solely on the passion, motivation and influence of its volunteers, artists and advocates; an international queer visual art project and collective that asks artists to look at tactics that disrupt, activate, instigate and explore contemporary queer concerns. Currently showcasing works by over 200 international queer artists, this project acts as a platform and connector for artists and audiences.

This project is supported by a grant from Superbia. Superbia Grants provide financial support for LGBT events as part of Manchester Pride’s commitment to the quality and diversity of cultural events taking place throughout the year in Greater Manchester.


Further reading:

Balaclava.Q website                Balaclava Q Twitter

The Penthouse website          The Penthouse Twitter

RAMP:    LGBT Consortium UK:

Prevention Access Campaign:

Further info/ Press enquiries:

Rosanne Robertson (The Penthouse- Founder and Director)

Stiofan O’Ceallaigh (Balaclava.Q – Founder and Director), 2017 - / +7541 23 66 35

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