AOH Venue 29 raises awareness of AIDS and HIV

When walking past the New Steine Gardens in Kemptown, you can see a cast bronze sculpture that depicts two intertwined figures, one male and one genderless, that soar up towards the sky. Many have seen it, but how many know the deeper meaning behind it?

The sculpture is in fact an AIDS Memorial Sculpture by Romany Mark Bruce. The sculpture forms a shadow in the shape of the red ribbon which is the international symbol for HIV/AIDS awareness. When it was unveiled in 2009, Romany hoped that the sculpture would become a focal point for reflection and remembrance.

Brighton born and bred freelance photographer, Nick Ford, wanted to raise awareness of the existence sculpture, and the World AIDS Day which has been held on the 1st December since 1988. The day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. After gaining permission, Nick lit the sculpture with red lights to emphasis its link to the red ribbon. The photograph can be seen at the moment at AOH venue 29 on Oxford Street.

On Thursday the 1st of December there is a candlelit vigil at New Steine Gardens from 4-7pm. The Sussex Beacon is inviting everyone to go and join them in remembrance of people who have lost their lives and stand in solidarity with those living with HIV. Following the vigil there is a Brighton & Hove’s World AIDS Day Concert 2016 in St. Mary’s Church in Kemptown. The concert will feature performances by Actually Gay Men’s Chorus, Brighton Belles, Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus, Rainbow Chorus, Rebelles, Resound Male Voices and Qukulele.

Words & image: Heidi Kuisma & Nick Ford Photography