Queerways celebrate World Pride with Retracing Queer Melbourne exhibition

Tuesday 28 February 2023

Queerways Retracing Queer Melbourne
Image: Queerways Melbourne and Yarra maps displayed on the windows of Industry Lanes in Richmond. Image supplied by @queerways.au
In celebration of Sydney World Pride, Melbourne/Naarm-based artists, LUCIANO and George Keats present Queer-ways: Retracing Melbourne’s Queer Footprints at Industry Lanes, an exhibition of their augmented reality illustrated maps of the city’s queer history. 

Queer-ways: Retracing Melbourne’s Queer Footprints 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 the Australian Queer Archive (AQuA) and community consultation directly with Melbourne's LGBTIQ+ community, LUCIANO and George Keats have charted queer experiences, locations of significance, and memories onto illustrated Augmented Reality maps of the city.

Broken down into sections, similar to pages in the Melway, the illustrated maps come to life through Augmented reality, becoming an interactive experience for viewers.  Viewers will explore Melbourne’s most iconic, and familiar, queer landmarks guided by local queer voices, such as Sally Goldner AM and Cerulean - Miss First Nation 2021.

The location of Industry Lanes is important to the presentation of the Queer-ways: Retracing Melbourne’s Queer Footprints series. Richmond and the City of Yarra are significant to Melbourne’s queer history, acting as a meeting place between the north and south side queer cultures. Through this immersive exhibition, you can explore the queer history of both sides of the river and if interested in learning more about the City of Yarra's queer history can complete the self-led Retracing Queer Footprints audio tours on the Queer-ways website.  

This Queer-ways project is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.
This Queer-ways project is supported by the City of Melbourne Arts Grants.
Visit the Queerways Mural on the corner of Little Smith and Gertrude Street to start your Retracing Queer Yarra adventure. 


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