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Damien Hirst has painted George Michael to raise money for HIV/AIDS, and it’s beautiful

In the time since he passed on that bittersweet Christmas Day last year, it has sometimes seemed as if the lives of LGBT+ people, and the world in general, are just a little greyer with him gone.

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Luckily, gorgeous George is back in glorious technicolour today, in a beautiful painting by artist Damien Hirst, which will be sold at a charity gala in Texas on Friday night, with the proceeds going to help treatment for people with HIV/AIDS.

You didn’t think George would let a little thing like death stop him from doing some good in the world, did you?

The event will be held in Texas by MTV Re:Define, a contemporary art showcase, and co-chaired by the Goss-Michael Foundation – a British art exhibition which George co-created with his ex-partner Kenny Goss.

“This year is poignant as we celebrate George. We’ve been honoured by his and Kenny’s support,” event organiser Georgia Arnold told The Sun.

“We look forward to continuing to raise awareness and support for our mission, and especially thank all the artists for their involvement and generosity.”

It has emerged that George is to be buried in Highgate Cemetery, north London, next to his late mother who he was devoted to – it was always his plan to be laid to rest next to her.

Security at the cemetery has been increased to 24 hours a day to stop any interference with the plot that has been prepared for George, next to Lesley’s.

George’s £105m fortune will now be split between his loved ones and various charities – he was famously generous with his wealth whilst he was alive, including an instance in which he tipped a barmaid five thousand pounds because she was a student nurse in debt.

He was also a trailblazer for gay rights in the music industry, famously refusing to apologise for being gay in his 1998 CNN coming out interview, saying: “I don’t feel any shame whatsoever and neither do I think I should.”

Well said George – rest easy our friend.

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HIV, H1N1 and SARS viruses recreated in glass for Sleaford exhibition

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If you’ve ever wondered what viruses and bacteria such as HIV or SARS looks like, a new exhibition at the National Centre for Craft & Design will reveal all.

The exhibition by Luke Jerram will open on Friday, February 1 and will showcase exquisite glass works relating to this very subject.

Mr Jerram’s ‘Glass Microbiology‘ is the exploration of clear glass rendering of viruses and bacteria such as HIV, H1N1 and SARS.

Made to contemplate the global impact of each disease, the artworks were created as alternative representations to the artificially coloured imagery we receive through the media. By extracting the colour from the imagery and creating jewel like beautiful sculptures in glass, a complex tension has arisen between the artworks’ beauty and what they represent.

Working alongside this section of the exhibition will be Lincoln University with their ‘pop up’ science lab giving visitors the opportunity to look down high resolution microscopes in order to see bacteria up close and in all its varied form.

Jerram’s Glass Microbiology sculptures are in museum collections around the world from The Corning Museum in New York to the Wellcome Collection in London.

In 2007 he was awarded the Institute for Medical Imaging Award’ and in 2010 the coveted “Rakow Glass Award” for his work. Jerram has recently completed a fellowship at the Museum of Glass, Washington, USA and in 2009 his sculptures were presented at The Mori Museum, Tokyo alongside work by Damien Hirst, Warhol and Leonardo da Vinci.

Check our his collection here: http://www.lukejerram.com/glass/gallery

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