Visitors enjoy the artwork. Pictures: Gary Anthony
Visitors enjoy the artwork. Pictures: Gary Anthony

An Inverness bakehouse and coffee shop has decided to get creative to celebrate Highland Pride month.

XOKO Bakehouse are exhibiting art pieces from Nairn based artist, Sarah-Jane Cumberford who goes under the pseudonym Arty Sparkly Illustrations, in celebration of Pride 2022.

Art exhibition by Arty Sparkly at XOKO bakehouse. Pictures: Gary Anthony
Art exhibition by Arty Sparkly at XOKO bakehouse. Pictures: Gary Anthony

Tristan Aitchison, co-owner at XOKO Bakehouse said: “We create monthly exhibitions at XOKO and we try to have a wide range of artists or photographers that exhibit to increase representation.

“I knew Arty was a customer and so when I saw her work I thought oh wow maybe we could build around a theme and the obvious thing with Pride coming up was to have a Pride wall.”

Owners Tristan Aitchison and Fernando Basaldua Bazaldua Pictures: Gary Anthony
Owners Tristan Aitchison and Fernando Basaldua Bazaldua Pictures: Gary Anthony

Sarah-Jane created the exhibit in two and a half weeks, where she designed the illustrations specifically for XOKO for PRIDE 2022.

“She was given free reign and what she came up with was amazing,” explained Mr Aitchison who owns the bakery alongside partner Fernando Basaldua Bazaldua.

“The pictures start with the fashion houses and they are all in the pride colours.

“They then move onto illustrations’ of LGBTIQ heroes from history and today.”

'Breakfast at XOKOs'. Pictures: Gary Anthony
‘Breakfast at XOKOs’. Pictures: Gary Anthony

Sarah-Jane has also created a fitting ‘Breakfast at XOKO’S’ illustration which features Audrey Hepburn with one of the bakehouse’s coffee cups and a croissant.

The illustrations are up for sale and the Freddy Mercury piece will be going up for bids at a silent auction in aid of the artist’s choice of charity.

'Freddie Mercury' by Arty Sparkly Illustrations. Pictures: Gary Anthony
‘Freddie Mercury’ by Arty Sparkly Illustrations. Pictures: Gary Anthony

Mr Aitchison added: “It’s a nice way to honour Pride month and the fight and struggle of people who have gone before us, so that we can have a safe and inclusive space.”

Ms Cumberford has over eighty-thousand Instagram followers and her customised wedding illustrations are known worldwide.

'Alexander McQueen' by Arty Sparkly Illustrations. Pictures: Gary Anthony
‘Alexander McQueen’ by Arty Sparkly Illustrations. Pictures: Gary Anthony

XOKO Bakehouse and coffee shop show exhibitions each month from a range of artists and photographers.

Anyone interested in showcasing their work should contact Tristan at [email protected]

Visitors enjoy the exhibition. Pictures: Gary Anthony
Visitors enjoy the exhibition. Pictures: Gary Anthony
Art exhibition by Arty Sparkly at XOKO bakehouse. Pictures: Gary Anthony
Art exhibition by Arty Sparkly at XOKO bakehouse. Pictures: Gary Anthony

The Exhibition is available to view in XOKO Bakehouse until June 30th.


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