Dinosaurs Will Die was an exhibition in collaboration with Manchester's Marble Brewery. For Manchester Beer Week 2018, Marble's Thomas Street venue in the heart of Manchester's Northern Quarter played host to a number of Lily's abstract works and printed poems.
To celebrate the exhibition, Lily teamed up with Marble to brew a beer of the same name: a tropical Gose packed with guava and papaya. Launched on the opening night of the week-long exhibition, the beer proved incredibly popular, being sold across the country, as well as further afield.
The can's design was based on one of Lily's paintings in the exhibition, and featured a short blurb on the rear, explaining link between the beer and the exhibition, and the themes therein. Rarely before, if at all, had the words 'queer' or 'trans' featured on a beer's branding, and that visibility resonated with a number of individuals across the beer industry and beyond.
"Brewed in collaboration with artist Lily Waite, this tropical fruit gose celebrates her art exhibition Dinosaurs Will Die. The exhibition explores Lily's experiences as a queer trans woman existing in a problematic society and working in a straight, cis male-dominated beer industry - the artwork will be on display in our 57 Thomas Street bar in Manchester for the duration of Manchester Beer Week, 29th June to 8th July 2018."