Director Danny Boyle and artists back Tower Hamlets HIV charity with World Aids Day events

A Tower Hamlets HIV charity has got star-backing from the arts world including film director Danny Boyle for a series of events to mark World Aids Day.

Positive East, which has its main office in Mile End Road, is putting on its fundraising programme to coincide with the global event on Thursday.

On Thursday evening they are launching an eye-catching art show called The Optimist at the East Gallery in Brick Lane.

It features works in mediums from graffiti to sculpture designed by 30 international artists to raise awareness of how people live with HIV.

Artists from MAC Cosmetics will be reproducing three pieces of art as body paint on live models during the opening night reception.

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And on Sunday, Mile End resident Boyle adds his support by screening his film Millions at Stratford Picturehouse.

He will also take part in a question-and-answer session with BBC radio DJ Simon Mayo.

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Charity director Mark Santos said: “As well as helping us to address some of the stigma around HIV, it’s also a message to our clients and people who are HIV positive that we value you, you’re part of our community too.”

Artists exhibiting in the show which runs until next Tuesday include Zoobs, Copyright and Bruce Denny. Limited editions of the pieces will be on sale to support the charity, which provides testing and support services in Tower Hamlets and throughout east London.

The gallery opening times are from midday to 7pm and for more details on visiting call David Garrard on 0207 791 9384.

Tickets for the Millions screening are available at

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