Worcester Arts Workshop is celebrating LGBT+ History Month during February with a number of events, including a visual arts exhibition Reflections, by Worcester based artist Phoenix Nova from Monday 3 February.

Phoenix Nova began working with WAW as part of the WCC Inclusive Growth Grant Scheme. The scheme supports emerging artists, encouraging them to pursue paid commissions, work and training within a creative environment. 

Phoenix Nova is a Worcester based Visual Artist. Their work revolves around identity – particularly that of themselves. They identify as Trans Non-Binary, and use They/Them pronouns. 

Phoenix Nova said, “Over the past 12 months Worcester Arts Workshop has given me many opportunities to explore myself, and my work in a positive way and has provided a safe environment in which to do so. I am thankful for their involvement and the support they have given me.”

Phoenix Nova achieved a BA (HONS) in Art & Design and an MA in Creative Media both at the University of Worcester, the latter being completed in 2018 and their current area of interest is self portraiture and reflection on their past. 

They are also involved in research around Tattoos, Tattooing and the part this plays in the identity of both individuals and groups. They work with Drawing, Painting & Photography usually within a mixed media approach. They are influenced by various ideas and artists, including Frida Kahlo, Chuck Close, Automatic Drawing and making works in response to music.

Hannah Phillips, Director of Transformation at Worcester Arts Workshop said; “We are so pleased to have the opportunity to exhibit Phoenix's work again. Their work is innovative, fresh and exciting. It is really important to us at WAW to give talented artists who may feel they face barriers within the industry, opportunities to platform their work.”

Phoenix Nova’s Exhibition, Reflections, runs at WAW from Monday 3 February to Sunday 1 March during WAW opening hours. Entry to the Exhibition is free and the works on display are available to purchase.