Sat 19 Mar
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm


National Gallery of Victoria, Saint Kilda Road, Melbourne VIC, Australia


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Queer: Stories from the NGV Collection launch party Past Event

Presented by The National Gallery of Victoria

In celebration of Queer: Stories from the NGV Collection, NGV are throwing a party! This publication is more than an exhibition catalogue, it expands on the themes in the Queer exhibition to document the queer past, present and future. Hear from key contributors to the publication, including a special performance from Mama Alto, by the beautiful pink pond[er] of the NGV Architecture Commission.

About the book
Queer: Stories from the NGV Collection is more than an exhibition catalogue. This 628-page publication expands on the themes explored in the NGV’s Queer exhibition to document the queer past, present and future of the NGV collection. More than 60 essays from authors with comprehensive knowledge of the historical and contemporary subjects encompassed by the NGV’s Queer project are presented alongside stunning reproductions of more than 200 works from the NGV collection, either by queer artists or engaging with queer issues. The essays in Queer: Stories from the NGV Collection explore the history of LGBTQ+ activism; the creation of queer spaces and communities; queerness as an artistic strategy; the expression of love, desire and sensuality; queer aesthetics; and the concepts of camp and the fantastic.


Dennis Altman Speaker

Dennis Altman is the son of Jewish refugees, and a writer and academic who first came to attention with the publication of his book Homosexual: Oppression & Liberation in 1972. Since then Altman has written 14 books, most recently Unrequited Love: Diary of an Accidental Activist (2019) and God Save the Queen: The Strange Persistence of Monarchies (2021). Currently he is a LaTrobe University Vice Chancellor’s Fellow. He was President of the AIDS Society of Asia and the Pacific (2001–05), a member of the Governing Council of the International AIDS Society, and a Board member of Oxfam Australia. He was listed by The Bulletin as one of the 100 most influential Australians ever, and was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in June 2008. He is a Patron of the Australian Queer Archives and the Pride Fund of Australia.

Nayuka Gorrie Speaker

Nayuka Gorrie is a Gunai/Kurnai, Gunditjmara, Wiradjuri and Yorta Yorta freelance and comedy television writer. Their writing centres on black, feminist and queer politics. They co-wrote and performed in the third and fourth seasons of Black Comedy and provided additional writing on the second season of Get Krack!n. More recently, Nayuka was a writer for the Matchbox series, The Heights (season 2) and the NITV children’s series Thalu. Nayuka’s writing can be found in The Guardian, The Saturday Paper, Vice, Junkee, Archer Magazine, The Lifted Brow and NITV among others. Nayuka contributed to the anthologies Growing Up Queer in Australia and Animals Make Us Humans.

Mama Alto Speaker

Mama Alto is a jazz singer, cabaret artiste and gender transcendent diva. She is a transgender and queer person of colour who works with the radical potential of storytelling, strength in softness and power in vulnerability. Best known for her velvet vocals, triumphant cabaret performances and illuminating writing, she is also the co-creator of the highly acclaimed variety cabaret Gender Euphoria. She has worked with luminaries such as burlesque production house Finucane & Smith, playwright Declan Greene, visual artist Brook Andrew, and performance artist Taylor Mac. Mama is the 2021 recipient of the Australia Council for the Arts Kirk Robson Award for Community Arts and Cultural Development, and currently works in community with Switchboard Victoria and Transgender Victoria.

Nic Holas Speaker

Nic Holas is a writer, activist and co-founder of The Institute of Many (TIM), Australia’s largest grassroots movement for people living with HIV. His essays and stories have been published in literary anthologies The Best of The Lifted Brow: Volume Two, Growing Up Queer in Australia, and Queerstories. His other writing on HIV, human rights, queer politics and popular culture has appeared in The Saturday Paper, The Guardian, Sydney Morning Herald, the ABC, Archer Magazine, Hello Mr., and Junkee, as well as the local and international queer media.