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Adam Carver

Adam Carver (they/them) is a Birmingham based performance artist, producer & community organiser also known as their drag persona Fatt Butcher.

They are the founder and Director of Fatt Projects, a community centred non-profit that uses queer performance as a strategy to advance queer joy and create change for LGBTQ+ communities.

Recent projects have included creating a pioneering development model supporting the creation of queer positive performance work for children and family audiences in PALAVER; touring interactive public space interventions to get communities dancing with Disco Tea Party, Big Fatt Dance Party & Big Gay Disco Bike; and MOBILISE a year-long project creating accessible, sober queer dance parties for communities in Birmingham, culminating in a large-scale participatory protest performance leading the 2022 Birmingham Pride Parade.

Alongside their project based work, Adam performs as Fatt Butcher. They are the 2022 winner of Drag Idol UK, and recently appeared on The Voice UK.

They are interested in what it is to celebrate queerness in a world without shame, where shame itself does not (and has not) existed. They are interested in what queerness has to offer the world, and actively creating a new way of viewing and navigating the world (rather than moving away from an old one). To do this they play many roles; producer, community organiser, curator, artist, provocateur, drag queen, consultant, developer, creator, vocalist, and sweaty mess.

Adam’s work has been commissioned by the Birmingham Commonwealth Games, Birmingham Hippodrome, Cambridge Junction, DanceXchange, Marlborough Productions, Home Live Art, Without Walls and supported the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Jerwood Arts, and Arts Council England amongst others.

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