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An artist-led not-for-profit initiative creating and supporting collaborative socially engaged projects with LGBTQ+ people and marginalised communities.


Based in Brighton and Hove, we celebrate diversity through art across Sussex and the wider South East, building connections and sparking creative collaborations. We're not just about location; we're about weaving stories and forging bonds that transcend boundaries, embracing communities both near and far. Together, we aim to craft a tapestry of inclusivity that paints a brighter, more connected world through free exhibitions, workshops, and cultural events.

Proud Studios was founded by award-winning portrait, documentary and commercial photographer Chris Jepson, a creative with 25+ years experience working for a diverse range of publications, magazines and LGBTQ+ community campaigns.


Proud Studios is dedicated to fostering creativity and inclusivity through socially engaged practices. We passionately collaborate on creative projects with LGBTQ+ individuals and marginalised communities, aiming to amplify diverse voices and celebrate the richness of unique perspectives. Our mission is to create projects where artistic expression become a powerful tool for social change, breaking barriers and fostering a more inclusive and empathetic world.


Proud Studios CIC and Trans Pride Brighton launch a new collaboration celebrating the inaugural Trans+ History Week, 6-12 May 2024, capturing authentic joy, empowering the trans community by promoting social cohesion, community spirit, and visibility. >> Read more here.

The Identity Project

IDENTITY is a project by ​award-winning British photographer Chris Jepson, exploring what it means to identify as a member of the LGBTQ+ community today.

Gay Liberation

Gay Liberation

To mark 50 years since the first ‘Brighton Gay Pride march’ in July 1973, ‘Gay Liberation’ presents new portraits of veterans of the London GLF and the Sussex GLF, each a poignant testament to the personal narratives of the veterans, reflecting the trials they encountered while navigating the path to acceptance and liberation.

10 Years Of Trans Joy

10 Years Of Trans Joy

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of Trans Pride Brighton, last year (2023) Sharon Kilgannon held a short exhibition of her project ’10 Years Of Trans Joy’. We thought the work deserved a wider audience and a more permanent home, so are delighted to present these amazing images.

Adventures in Clubland

For more than 2 decades, from the mid 1990s to the mid 2010s, award-winning photographer Chris Jepson was the go-to guy trusted by numerous promoters and publications to capture the spirit of queer clubbing.
Adventures in Clubland is the best of his extensive collection of over 1 million images – coming soon as a book and exhibition.

Adventures in Clubland

Chris Jepson Archive

The director and founder of Proud Studios CIC, Chris Jepson, has worked on the LGBTQ+ scene for more than 30 years. We are delighted that we are the official home of his extensive archive and gradually collections will be added as they are catalogued, curated and digitised.

Chris Jepson Archive


February 10, 2024

John Lewis Partnership and top Photographer launch LGBT+ History Month exhibition

The Identity Project, JLP edition, comes to life in a travelling exhibition on display at various John Lewis locations from…
January 17, 2024

New Project With The John Lewis Partnership

Proud Studios CIC and award-winning photographer Chris Jepson are delighted to be working in conjunction with the Pride in the Partnership network at the John Lewis…
January 1, 2024

New Project: Adventures In Clubland

Book Project Adventures In Clubland For more than 2 decades, from the mid 1990s to the mid 2010s, award-winning photographer…

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