A Q&A session regarding exhibitior expressions-of-interest (EOI’s) for exhibiting at the Pride Gallery will be held at the Victorian Pride Centre at 6pm on Wednesday 17 May. No RSVP necessary. Click here to view a recording of the Q&A session.
The Pride Centre Gallery
The Victorian Pride Centre is home to Victoria’s LGBTIQ+ communities and a range of key community-focused organisations.
Central to this are the Pride Centre’s publicly open spaces – the expansive ground floor foyer and the rooms publicly available to hire.
These spaces form the “Pride Gallery”, enabling the Centre to operate as an important and safe LGBTIQ+ cultural space and as an exciting space for visual artists to exhibit their work.
Our Vision & Purpose
The Pride Centre’s vision is a world where every LGBTIQ+ person has a place where they are welcomed, valued, respected, and celebrated.
Our purpose is to connect, support and amplify LGBTIQ+ voices, resources, services, and groups so that our communities are cohesive, resilient and thrive.
We support and enable LGBTIQ+ artists and curators and their Allies to exhibit at the Victorian Pride Centre to acknowledge, amplify, and celebrate Queer creativity and Queer history.
The Pride Gallery exhibits contemporary artworks and archival material, in any medium, by LGBTIQ+ artists, artist collectives, curators, and their Allies.
Exhibiting artists may be emerging, mid-career or established.
The selection panel work with an awareness of balancing the program so that it reflects the diversity of the LGBTIQ+ community. We encourage applications from Victorian-based First Peoples, Trans, Gender Diverse, creatives living with disability, and regional and remote creatives.
We invite artists and curators to propose exhibitions of new work and/or new interpretations of archival materials, and to engage actively with the Pride Gallery.
We ask artists/curators and artworks to align with the Victorian Pride Centre’s values of Pride, Support, Celebration, and Belonging and to acknowledge in their proposals that the Pride Centre is an accessible, open, multi-purpose public space. Not all content will be suitable for an open space such as the VPC.
We also partner with other organisations, institutions and key festivals in the design and delivery of special visual arts projects.
To exhibit at the Pride Gallery, all artists and curators need to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to the Visual Arts Selection Panel.
Expressions of Interest (EOI’s) for exhibitions at the Pride Centre are assessed by the Visual Arts Selection Panel based on the following:
1. ALIGNMENT: How the artwork/exhibition aligns with the values and purpose of the Victorian Pride Centre as described above.
2. DIVERSITY: How the artwork/exhibition adds to the diversity of the representation of LGBTIQ+ communities at the Pride Centre.
3. ARTISTIC MERIT: Uniqueness of the artwork/exhibition.
4. FEASIBILITY: Logistics of the artwork/exhibition being displayed at the Pride Centre. This includes the durability of the artwork and any potential risk that the artwork may pose to visitors and tenants of the Victorian Pride Centre. Applicants should take into consideration that artwork will be displayed in a public, unsupervised space.
5. YOU MUST BE OVER THE AGE OF 18 TO APPLY: However, this does not exclude artists who are under the age of 18 being part of a group exhibition. You will need a current Working with Children Check if you involve any people under the age of 18.
As the Victorian Pride Centre does not receive operational funding, the Pride Gallery is currently unable to provide artist fees. It is our intention to apply for funding to enable us to pay fees to successful artists at industry rates in the future.
Exhibiting artists are provided with curatorial advice and support; installation and deinstallation of exhibition; launch; marketing and promotion of shows; and capacity to sell works via QR Code (managed by artist).
If you wish to discuss the suitability of your proposal or if you are having difficulty completing the application process, please contact email@example.com or for more information about Visual Arts at the Pride Centre click here.
Expressions of interest are open until June 9 2023.