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A huge and heartfelt welcome to the thousands of you that have visited my little site since Cheddar Gorgeous so graciously mentioned The Pansy Project on Thursday November 10th on Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK. It has been a huge privilege to have my work shared on such an international stage. As a result I have received a lot of correspondence that I will get to as soon as I’m able. Thank you to everyone that has followed me on social media and to all of you that have spoken about my work so kindly on your many podcasts and videos, I really do appreciate it.

If you’d like to get in touch with me directly, please email me here, (or the contact form above) as many of the comments on various posts are buried in long chains. Do explore this site where the last 17 years of work is archived, including the more than 300 pansy plantings and all of the other work I have made inspired by The Pansy Project.

Many thanks, sincerely Paul Harfleet x

A short film made by Paul Harfleet in 2017.
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.