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Paul Harfleet is currently exhibiting at the School of the Art Institute Chicago in Earthly Observatory – August 31–December 3 – at 33 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602, United States. Featuring: Xavier Cortada, Rena Detrixhe, Paul Dickinson, Mark Dion, Jeannette Ehlers, Terry Evans, Assaf Evron, The Field Museum Center for Meteoritics and Polar Studies, more details here.

The latest visit to Bristol part of Vanguard Street Art and TOward2030, curated by Charlotte Pyatt.
New Pansies planted in Bristol as part of Vanguard | Bristol Street Art: The evolution of a global movement and Toward 2030. HERE

Paul Harfleet plants pansies at sites of homophobic and transphobic abuse; he finds the nearest source of soil to where the incident occurred and generally without civic permission plants one unmarked pansy. The flower is then documented in its location, the image is entitled after the abuse, the project reveals a frequent reality of LGBTQ+ experience, which often goes unreported to authorities. This simple action operates as a gesture of quiet resistance; some pansies flourish, others wilt in urban hedgerows.
More about Birds Can Fly

Birds Can Fly is a queer exploration and celebration of ornithology that was born in the Lockdown of 2020. This ongoing project is a manifestation of Paul’s life-long love of birds and reflects a cultural appreciation of the natural world emphasised by the global climate emergency. The artist ‘gently references’ the birds he’s drawn, using his own wardrobe and make-up skills to echo the plumage and character of the birds he adores. This body of work has evolved into a small business, supplying eco-friendly prints, posters and an organic clothing range that has been embraced by ornithologists and naturalists including Chris Packham and the RSPB.

On The Pansy Project Map below, all the pansies that have been planted over the last fifteen years at sites of homophobia and transphobia have been added with images and titles.