Queer views: New perspectives on the collection – Ballarat Pride Month

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Experiencing art allows endless possible perspectives and narratives to be uncovered. In recent years, museums and galleries across the world have undertaken ‘queering’ projects to challenge hetero-normative narratives found in institutional spaces and to explore the multitude of ways that artworks and objects can be approached. Almost any artwork can tell a queer story, not necessarily through its provenance or creation, but through its interpretation.

Queer views is an online exhibition exploring a selection of artworks from the Gallery’s collection through a queer lens. Members from Ballarat’s LGBTQIA+ community have provided their unique and personal perspectives on a selection of figurative artworks including paintings, prints and ceramics. In doing so, they challenge hetero-normative and cisgender narratives and biases in the interpretation of the Gallery’s 140 year old collection.

Participants include writer Vanessa Bowen, performer Em Chandler and drag queen Gabriella Labucci.

Content: Art Gallery of Ballarat

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  • 1–30 Jun

10am–5pm

Art Gallery of Ballarat

40 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat Central VIC 3350

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Accessibility Information

  • Provides general access facilities and services for people with access needs.
  • Welcomes and assists people who have challenges with learning, communication, understanding and behaviour. (includes people with autism, intellectual disability, Down syndrome, acquired brain injury (ABI), dyslexia and dementia)
  • Caters for people who are deaf or have hearing loss.
  • Caters for people with sufficient mobility to climb a few steps but who would benefit from fixtures to aid balance. (This includes people using walking frames and mobility aids)
  • Caters for people who use a wheelchair.
  • Caters for people with high support needs who travel with a support person.
  • Caters for people with allergies and intolerances.

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