Curator Jon SHarples Selects Bay Backner for NFT Liverpool

Bay Backner is delighted to have been selected for NFT Liverpool by curator Jon Sharples. Her work ‘Els Amàvem‘ will be shown during the week of 14 – 19 June.

NFT Liverpool is focused on NFTs and creating ‘a new definition for curators in digital art’. Its curators, each with strong presence in the art scene ‘are not only selecting works but creating a portfolio of artists they wish to support’. Bay’s work was selected from 5937 submissions from 4310 artists.

Els Amávem (2022) mp4

The exhibition is hosted by Amir Soleymani, owner of Adelia Art Gallery. The whole show can be seen from 26 April – 28 August 2022, with Bay’s work on display in Jon Sharples’s selection, 14-19 June.

Els Amávem is part of Bay’s ongoing project ‘Els Amants / The Lovers‘. Bay is painting one hundred portraits of AI-generated women, her digital ‘muses’, in oil on canvas. She then makes and films ‘hyper-physical’ interventions into the portraits with water, fire, thread and oil. The resulting films, or ‘fragments’ as Bay terms them, are published as NFTs across the Polygon and Tezos blockchains.

When taken together, these hundred fragments reinterpret the poem ‘Els Amants’ by Vicent Andrés Estellés. This poem was first written in 1971 in the Valencian language, and expresses the savagery of enduring love.

Els Amants is a project about love, our concept of ‘the artist’s muse’ and AI.

Bay Backner to Speak at Financial Times Summit

Bay Backner has been invited by The Financial Times Live to speak at this month’s Crypto & Digital Asset Summit. Bay will contribute to the panel discussion “Non-fungible tokens – balancing risk and reward” chaired by Siddharth Venkataramakrishnan, Banking and Fintech Correspondent for the Financial Times

Other event speakers include Changpeng Zhao (CZ) Founder & CEO, Binance and Charles Hoskinson, Founder, Ethereum.

More about ‘Non-fungible Tokens – Balancing Risk & Reward’

“Digital tokens and pay-for collectables are nothing new to gamers and the younger generation. NFTs are now a fast growing part of the crypto world and wider digital ‘metaverse’, and corporates are getting involved. What are the risks and opportunities for getting into this market? Is this a case of ‘late stage capitalism’ at its finest, or a serious asset class for the long-term?” – FT Live

This virtual panel will be held at
8.55am – 9.45am ET//1.55pm – 2.45pm UK on Wednesday 27 April. 


Bay Backner, Head of Growth & Curation, Orica
Irina Karagyaur, Head of Metaverse Growth, Unique Network
Sarojini McKenna, Co-Founder & CEO,  Dacoco; Co-Founder, Alien Worlds
Michael Gord, Co-Founder & CEO, GDA Capital

Read the panelists’ biographies here

Bay Backner Interviewed By Dublin Radio on creativity & NFTs

Bay was invited onto the Dublin City FM show ‘Making a Difference‘ to talk creativity, NFTs and how artists are using technology to fundraise for Ukraine.

Many thanks to presenter Jillian Godsill for the invitation and interview.

For those of you interested in supporting Ukraine artists, this aggregator of Ukraine artists on the Tezos blockchain is a great place to start. You can buy their works directly on platforms like or give to The Giving Block’s Ukraine Emergency Response Fund.

Bay Backner Curates Orica’s Launch NFT Exhibition for Uganda NGO

Bay Backner has joined Orica, the ethical NFT platform as Head of Growth & Curation. Her first role was to curate the launch exhibition ‘A Fairer World’, sales from which were used to fund a school in the Ssese Islands, Uganda.

Bay selected Mellowmann, an emerging digital artist from East Germany to create fifteen new works for the show. These were both exhibited online and live in the AI & Blockchain Summit, Malta.

The ‘A Fairer World’ collection sold out, with 50% of sales to the artist and 50% to Ugandan NGO Bbanga Project for the build of the much-needed new school.

For more information, see Cointelegraph’s article on the initiative, or Orica’s piece ‘Bbanga Project x Mellowmann: ‘A Fairer World’ NFTs build a Uganda school’.

Bay Backner Launches Thursday Society with Founder Members

Today Bay, together with eight founder-members, launched Thursday Society – the first open, inclusive and global artists’ collective. The aim of the society is to make creative community, support and education freely available to all.

Thursday Society was founded on the belief that supportive communities are essential for creativity. That more of us can be creative if we widen access to communities that encourage self-belief and give structure.

The eventual intention is to organise the society as a DAO, a Decentralized autonomous organisation. This will allow us to fund member projects and international collaborations using blockchain smart contracts and community voting.

With sincere thanks to the founder-members of Thursday Society for your ideas, experience and enthusiasm.

Anda Pleniceanu
Theorist, author of hybrid texts, art enthusiast and experimental visual artist.

Dr. Louise Atkinson
Multi-disciplinary visual artist and researcher, based in Leeds, UK.

Zoe Marie Bullingham
Novelist, poet and screenwriter. Stories cultivate dreams, which cultivate stories: it’s an infinite symbiosis and why I write.

Caroline Wood-Robertson
Interior Designer based in Yorkshire, UK and mum of four.

Sandi Goodwin
Self-taught abstract artist. My work is very versatile and I love exploring texture and colour.

Margaret Flaws
Activist, collaborator and writer.

Tina McCallan
Artist, writer and curator commited to inclusivity in the arts through her collective painting “ReCreations”. She also paints under the name of Marie Julou.

Josie McCoy
British artist who paints realist portraits of fictional characters from the world of film, television and music.

For more information visit the Thursday Society site.

Photos from the Opening Night of dirty Pink Art Exhibition, russafa

‘Dirty Pink’, a new exhibition curated by Tina McCallan, opened last night in Russafa. Bay is excited to be showing her paintings ‘Allegory’ and ‘Confession’ alongside work by twelve international women artists.

The exhibition will be open at Sporting Club Russafa every weekend until 31st July 2021.

With sincere thanks to photographer Rosie Mayell for the photographs of the opening inauguration below.

Bay Backner, pictured in front of her paintings Allegory and Confession, before the opening of the exhibition. Photo: Rosie Mayell
Curator Tina McCallan and friend, pictured in front of an installation by Emma Shapiro.
Installation view of the entry gallery.
All photos: Rosie Mayell

Bay Backner Exhibiting In ‘Dirty Pink’, Sporting Club Russafa, Valencia

Bay is delighted to be exhibiting in this summer’s collective show ‘Dirty Pink’ in Sporting Club Russafa, Valencia. The exhibition, curated by Tina McCallan is an exhibition of thirteen international women artists responding to the controversial colour pink. 

The exhibition opens on Friday 2nd July at 18.00 until 22.00 and will run until 31st July.

Themes of the Russafa art exhibition

Tina intends to pose important questions through the exhibition, including whether gender is a performance and the reality of a “feminine or feminist aesthetic”. As she explains,

“Over the centuries, society’s perception of the colour has changed, at times being considered feminine, erotic, kitsch, sophisticated or transgressive. 

According to Valerie Steele the author of Pink: the history of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Colour, The 150-year-old notion of pink as synonymous with fragile femininity is being challenged. We’ve seen the rise of millennial pink as an ‘It’ hue, but also its appropriation by feminists around the world as a powerful, socio-political mark.”

Dirty Pink exhibition poster, July 2021

Participating Valencia and International Artists

The participating artists will address this ambiguity alongside their own individual styles and concerns:

  •  Perfection and imperfection, be it the mathematical perfection in the abstract works of Katrina Blannin who in, “Maximillian # 101 and 102”, bases her abstract works on the mathematical formulas of the Old Masters or the colour perfection of Caroline List, for example in, “Chromascape Scarlet Green” uses complimentary colour gradients to refer to Modernist abstraction and representational languages. Illusory perfection can be seen in the iridescent skin of Raimunda IV” by Josie McCoy whose uncannily realistic portraits of female celebrities give the viewer a sense of the “unheimlich”
  • The surface perfection of the blank canvas is physically attacked in the works by Marie Julou with glitter-sprinkled, scratched and pencil doodled oil paint. In “Glitter Circle” and “Sgraffiti Doodle 1” she mixes both “low” and “high” art materials on amateur canvases and, with tongue firmly in cheek, she seeks to challenge the modernist patriarchal hegemony while in Sandi Goodwin’s “Splash of Pink”, the energetic gestural strokes of colour almost burst out of the frame.
  • In Celia Kettle’sShot through the Heart” the circle operates as a metaphor for the individual with watery spheres breaking out of their boundaries and spilling out onto the white canvas like blood stains.
  •  Partly inspired by Magritte’s “The Lovers” as well as the judgement around women breastfeeding in public, Motherhood is tackled in Alex Baker’s graphically beautiful photos entitled, “This is Motherhood” of women breast feeding while Francesca Ricci’s subtly layered paintings entitled “In Utero are dotted with esoteric signs and symbols referring to the experience of maternity as an almost alchemical process.
  • Beauty, self-image, and identity are tackled in the work of Bay Backner with alien-like flesh-coloured floral forms in “Allegory”, threatening to obliterate the figure. Painted “Alla prima”, (wet into wet) these portraits are based on photos of the artist, the surfaces of which are then decorated with embroidered patterns.
Allegory painting by artist Bay Backner, oil paint and embroidery
Allegory by Bay Backner – exhibiting in Dirty Pink in Russafa this month.
  •  The fragmented and politicised female body is dealt with in Emma Shapiro’s “”Cuerpas”, video series.  Using old life modelling photos of herself, she cuts them up and reassembles them mixing heads, torsos, and legs then films them in an animated dance which resembles scientific flicker tests. In her “Nipple Wall”, visitors will be able to take a selfie in front of wallpaper printed with the nipples of hundreds of women, challenging the censorship around this part of the body.
  •  In Lauren Moffatt’s film loop entitled “Rose, coloured” in a futile attempt at control, the artist has painted in oil directly onto her image on the frames of a super 8 film with the effect that the acid in the paint dissolves and ultimately destroys the film.   K.L. Brown shows us, in “Sophie’s choice”, a photographic work of a discarded dolls house which aims to question the social structures around us and their effect on our psychological state while Ashley Davies’s painting hovers between abstraction and figuration in a liminal space influenced by her visual impairment questioning the certainty of perception.

Exhibition Times and Dates

Dirty Pink will inaugurate on Friday 2nd July at 18.00 until 22.00, and then be open to visitors on the dates below:

Saturday 3rd /10th/17th/24th/ July 11am -2pm

Bay Backner to read her new book on creativity at Jan Royce Gallery

Join Bay for her book reading and discussion on creativity, this Sunday 30th May. You’ll hear Bay read from her new book The 21 Day Creative, a practical guide to creative fulfillment for busy lives. The book is planned for an October release.

You can then take part in an inclusive open-floor discussion on some of the book’s themes – creativity, creative myths, creator-loneliness, permission, muses and creating with fragmented time.

The event is free and open to all, but places are limited to 12. To reserve yours, RSVP at the Art Nights Out Meetup or email Cornelis Moon, Director of The Jan Royce Gallery.

With the kind support of The Jan Royce Gallery

Sunday 30th May, 12.00 – 12.45pm

The 21 Day Creative – Book reading by Bay Backner