Visual Arts at the Pride Centre

It’s a rare thing to have a space dedicated to LGBTIQ+ culture and it is with immense excitement and pride that we launch the visual arts program at the Pride Centre. The Pride Centre provides opportunities for visual arts and archival exhibitions and displays that focus on art by LGBTIQ+ artists and/or art that focuses on LGBTIQ+ issues.

For further information please contact us via email: contact@pridecentre.org.au

Current Exhibition at the Pride Centre

The exhibition ‘Printed Protest: Graphic Activism from the Australian Queer Archives’ opened as part of our Pride Month program, showing from June 1 to July 31! The rich variety of posters, banners and other printed materials from decades of LGBTIQ+ activism has been co-presented with the Australian Queer Archives who selected materials from their collection to create this striking and eclectic exhibition! Free entry, open until 6pm every day.

To complement the exhibition, we are also hosting two free talks! Register now to avoid missing out –> https://www.eventbrite.com.au/…/printed-protest-talks…

Printed Protest exhibition photo by Luke David

Previous Exhibitions at the Pride Centre

Country Roads to Pride (March – May 2022)

Portrait of Xin (they/them) in Bendigo photo by James Mepham

Country Roads to Pride celebrates the journeys that some trans and gender diverse people make to feel at home. Presented by Transgender Victoria and showing at the Pride Gallery until mid-May 2022.

“We live and thrive in many spaces outside the city, although that is where we may be most visible. We ask to be welcomed and affirmed wherever we grow and invite you to be part of our journey.”

Using art and visibility to combat the isolation and disconnection experienced by trans and gender diverse people who live in rural and regional areas, Country Roads to Pride is a hybrid exhibition, including a series of photographic portraits by James Mepham viewable both online and in-person at the Victorian Pride Centre.

Supported by Ballarat Community Health, the Midsumma Festival Melbourne Pride 2022 Road to Pride Regional Activations program, and the TGDiCH Trans & Gender Diverse People in Community Health consortia, the project has created peer-to-peer connection and visibility to bust the misconception that trans people only come from, or only thrive in, the big cities, and working towards a world where gender diverse people can be included and celebrated wherever they call home, wherever they come from!

Thank you to all the participants and photographer for bringing this project to life – we are proud to show this exhibition!

If you’re unable to visit the Pride Centre in person, head to tgv.org.au/country-roads/
Image: Xin (they/them) Bendigo | Dja Dja Wurrung Country

Freedom is Mine (Jan – March 2022)

Freedom is Mine photo by Peter Casamento

Freedom is Mine at the Victorian Pride Centre.

This important and timely exhibition features portraits by photographer Peter Casamento of LGBTIQ+ people seeking asylum, and is part of the 2022 Midsumma Festival program.

Exhibition dates: January 1 to March 25
Victorian Pride Centre opening hours: 9am – 6pm Mon to Sat, 10am – 6pm Sun
Ticketing/costs: Free, no booking required

Freedom is Mine has been developed as a collaborative project between photographer Peter Casamento and Many Coloured Sky, the Queer Development Agency of THREE for All Foundation.

The THREE for All Foundation is an Australian registered charity focused on community partnerships and community development initiatives that address human rights challenges for communities around the world that are especially disadvantaged by discrimination, poverty and displacement.

More about Freedom is Mine:

LGBTQI+ people from many parts of the world face persecution, violence and expulsion from their families and communities, and may be forced to flee their country. Those who come to Australia can experience prejudice, isolation, and material deprivation as they seek the freedom to be themselves.

Freedom is Mine is an intimate photographic portrait exhibition of LGBTQI+ refugees and people seeking asylum who are members of Many Coloured Sky’s Queer Refugee and Asylum Seeker Peers community. Photographer Peter Casamento gave his time to capture each participant in ways that help them to share their stories, challenges and hopes for the future.

Freedom is Mine image by Adam Thomas of photography by Peter Casamento


Queer-ways: Retracing Melbourne’s Queer Footprint (November 2021 – Feb 202

The free and interactive exhibition ‘Queer-ways: Retracing Melbourne’s Queer Footprint’, is on display in the Pride Gallery.

The exhibition is curated by Melbourne/Naarm-based artists LUCIANO and Georgia Keats and features augmented reality illustrated maps of Melbourne’s queer history. ‘Queer-ways: Retracing Melbourne’s Queer Footprint‘ is displayed on the ground floor of the building, opposite the Pride Gallery’s inaugural exhibition ‘identity, adornment, transformation’.

‘Queer-ways: Retracing Melbourne’s Queer Footprint’ showcases a re-telling of Melbourne’s queer history through the voices of local queer people in a series of five maps. After initial research supported by (resident organisation at the Pride Centre) the Australian Queer Archives (AQuA) and community consultation directly with Melbourne’s LGBTIQ+ communities, LUCIANO and Georgia Keats have charted queer experiences, locations of significance, and memories onto illustrated augmented reality maps of the city. The exhibition also includes a display of archival material from the Australian Queer Archives.

‘Queer-ways’ intends to unite Melbourne’s queer community in Australia’s first purpose-built space for LGBTIQ+ communities, celebrating the historical and contemporary queer venues, events and spaces that have shaped and continue to tell the story of Melbourne.

More information about the exhibition here. You can view images of the exhibition launch here.

Two of the maps created by LUCIANO and Georgia Keats exploring Melbourne’s queer history.

Inaugural exhibition:
identity, adornment, transformation (July 2021 – Jan 2022)

Curator Mish Eisen brings Indigenous LGBTIQ+ artists Jenna Lee, Clint Lingard, Paul McCann, Dylan Mooney and Peter Waples-Crowe together to create identity, adornment, transformation. The exhibition explores notions around discovery of identity, resonance of adornment and bearings of transformation from a LGBTIQ+ Indigenous contemporary lens.

Peter Waples-Crowe
The Sky People
2021
mixed media on paper, bound book
18 x 288 cm
(photo by Luke David)
Paul McCann
Gumnut Mask
2020
eucalyptus gumnuts, feathers, paint
(photo by Luke David)
Jenna Lee
Self: Adorned (series)
2021
Pages of ‘Aboriginal words and Place names’, Chinese knotting cord, bookbinding thread, entomology display case,
entomology display pins. Acrylic photo mount
21 x 29.3 cm
Photo by Luke David