This guided tour of the art exhibition makes space for local LGBTQIA+ voices from all walks of life to share how they feel - what they would like the people of Queensland to know about what it’s like being part of the LGBTQIA+ community in Queensland. The project is centred at the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), extending out into the community state-wide. The University of Southern Queensland joins as a satellite venue, making space for LGBTQIA+ voices in the area to be heard. The 45-minute guided tour is followed by a 15-minute Q&A session.
The It’s ok to be me… Exhibition, is curated by Shannon Novak, featured artist in the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) 10th Asia Pacific Triennial, in collaboration with Gwen Walker, a USQ PhD student and Chris Mills-Kelly, a USQ alumni, and features a number of prominent artists of the Darling Downs region including Sandy Pottinger, Susan Lostroh, and Georgina Breeden. The exhibition also showcases a number of works inspired by research within the chemsex and trans incarceration space by a number of USQ academics and professional staff from the School of Psychology and Wellbeing (A/Prof Amy Mullens), School of Creative Arts (A/Prof Beata Batorowicz), USQ Arts & Exhibitions (Curator Brodie Taylor), and School of Education (Dr Annette Brömdal).
Parallel to the art exhibition, the guided tour will also provide patrons to contribute to the large community project – Dear Toowoomba … - which is a sibling installation work to the digital Dear Queensland … project currently being run by QAGOMA. The Dear Toowoomba community project involves a wall installation that will allow members of the public to write, draw, inscribe or mark a message to Toowoomba about what it is like being part of the LGBTQIA+ communities in Toowoomba and we invite those attending to contribute to the wall installation, in person or via electronic contributions.
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