Not Going Shopping

Not Going Shopping

Project team

Anthony Luvera


  • Arts Council England
  • Brighton and Hove City Council
  • Bristol Pride Festival
  • Division of Labour
  • Fotogalleri Vasli Souza
  • Genesis Imaging
  • Heritage Lottery Fund
  • Malmö Stad
  • New Writing South
  • Photomonitor
  • Photoworks
  • Pink Fringe
  • Sussex Community Foundation
  • Queer in Brighton


  • London Art Fair
  • Brighton Museum and Gallery
  • Malmö Fotobiennal
  • IC Visual Lab, Bristol
  • Photoworks, Brighton

Duration of project

2014 - present

Project overview

Not Going Shopping is a practice-led research project that explores the potential of socially engaged photography to investigate the notion of queerness and represent the lived experience of people who identify as LGBTQ+. It was created by Anthony Luvera in collaboration with eleven queer people in Brighton and Hove through process-driven co-creation activities resulting in a body of work exhibited internationally in the public realm in Brighton, Bristol, Malmö and Copenhagen, and at the London Art Fair.

Project objectives

Not Going Shopping aims to challenge societal perceptions of LGBTQ+ people by:

  1. Enabling individuals of the LGBTQ+ communities to engage with, learn about, celebrate and make visible their cultural heritage, and reveal untold stories;
  2. Creating a series of participatory activities for a diverse range of young and older participants to together research, investigate, and co-create responses exploring queerness;
  3. Using the arts and technology as a creative learning tool;
  4. Enabling the widest possible audiences to learn about, engage with and better understand the cultural heritage of Brighton and Hove’s LGBTQ+ communities through a range of dissemination platforms (polyvocal blog, exhibitions, and publications).
  • Exhibitions:

    • 2021 - Queering Spaces – Socially Engaged Art Salon, Brighton, UK
    • 2017 - Gravitas: Photo50 – London Art Fair, curated by Christiane Monarchi, London, UK
    • 2016 - ongoing Not Going Shopping – Brighton Museum and Gallery, permanent display. Brighton, UK
    • 2015 - Not Going Shopping – Malmo Photobiennal, Malmo, Sweden
    • 2015 - Never Apologise – IC Visual Lab, Bristol, UK
    • 2014 - Not Going Shopping – Photoworks, Brighton, UK

 Queen’s Award for Enterprise Logo
University of the year shortlisted
QS Five Star Rating 2023