A GLAMorous look at Midsumma 2020

The Midsumma program has been released which means it’s time for my apparently annual round up of GLAMorous, mostly introvert friendly events… It was also an opportunity for me to use my first 2020 related vision pun… I’m sure there will be more!

Amazine adventures in remaking history

Prahran Mechanic’s Institute Library and ALGA

You can probably tell who helped come up with this idea, particularly the title! I had just returned from Berlin when a request for someone from ALGA to give a talk on queer history in Victoria arrived and was feeling a little experimental so thought I would propose some more participatory alternatives and the result is zine making!

When: Thu 30 Jan 7pm

Where: Prahran Mechanics’ Institute Victorian History Library

39 St Edmonds Rd, Prahran

Find out more: https://www.midsumma.org.au/whats-on/events/ama-zine-adventures-in-remaking-history/

Can’t make it or feeling super keen and want more queer zines? there’s another queer zine event on the other side pf the river organised by my friend Ed at my favourite queer bookstore, Hares and Hyenas.

Creating Community in Melbourne’s West

Exhibition presented by Hobsons Bay Libraries and ALGA

Having grown up with queer communities in Melbourne’s west since my dad came out and spent hours in Williamstown library growing up too, this exhibition is pretty close to my heart.

If you would like to contribute stories and/or other material, get in touch!

When: 8 Jan-24 Feb | Sun 2-5pm | Mon-Thu 9:30am-8pm | Fri 9:30am-6pm | Sat 10am-1pm

Where: Williamstown Library

104 Ferguson St, Williamstown

Find out more: https://www.midsumma.org.au/whats-on/events/creating-community-in-melbourne-s-west/

Living out loud: A personal account of LGBTIQA+ history

Presented by Hobsons Bay Libraries

Come along and hear some stories from ALGA’s Graham Willett!

When: Wed 5 Feb 6:30pm

Where: Williamstown Library

104 Ferguson St, Williamstown

Find out more: https://www.midsumma.org.au/whats-on/events/living-out-loud/

STATEMENT and (an) archive of yearning

Melbourne’s Living Museum of the West

Speaking of Melbourne’s west, I remember enjoying exploring this museum as a kid, and am very keen to check out this exhibition especially as it features work from Susan Long, librarian/archivist by day and visual artist by night who wrote this piece on Speculating upon the archive: woman+pants=key search for a previous Midsumma event at the State Library of Victoria.

When:  8-9 Feb | Sat, Sun 12-5pm


Melbourne’s Living Museum of the West

Visitor Centre, Pipemakers Park, Van Ness Avenue, Maribyrnong

Find out  more: https://www.midsumma.org.au/whats-on/events/statement-and-an-archive-of-yearning/

What remains by Laura Rouhan

Sunshine Art Spaces Gallery

Another cool and nerdy event in Melbourne’s west!  This one is connected to exploring spaces which is something I’ve been thinking about a lot.

When: 19 Jan-9 Feb | Mon-Sun 9am-5pm

Where: Sunshine Art Spaces Gallery

2 City Pl, Sunshine

Find out more: https://www.midsumma.org.au/whats-on/events/what-remains/

Culture x Gender

Presented by Teddy Darling in partnership with Yarra Libraries and Minus18

I’ve been to a few events hosted by Teddy Darling this year and they’ve been great, and I’m sure this conversation with Margot Fink, Kira Djnalie, Dr Muhammed Taha, Raina Peterson, and Milo Milton-Moon will be too.

When: Tue 4 Feb 6:30pm

Where: Bargoonga Nganjin, North Fitzroy Library

182/186 St George’s Rd, North Fitzroy

Find out more: https://www.midsumma.org.au/whats-on/events/culture-x-gender

Trans and gender diverse: Questions and Answers

Presented by Library at the Dock

A discussion in a library with some of my favourite trans writers Nevo Zisin and Oliver Reeson as well as Michelle McNamara and Karyn Walker!

When: Thu 23 Jan 6pm

Where: Library at The Dock

107 Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands

Find out more: https://www.midsumma.org.au/whats-on/events/trans-and-gender-diverse-questions-and-answers/

Dark Sepia by Tama Sharman

Incinerator Gallery

My local Rainbow Valley Incinerator Gallery has been pretty great at supporting Midsumma and LGBTIQ+ artists (and pretty much leading the way at council) over the last few years, so I’ll definitely be checking out this exhibition of drawing, recycling and printmaking (a few of my favourite things).

When: 21 Jan – 22 Mar | closed 26 Jan | Tue-Sun 11am-4pm

Where: Incinerator Gallery

180 Holmes Rd, Aberfeldie

Find out more: https://www.midsumma.org.au/whats-on/events/dark-sepia/

Let’s Eat Cake by Maylei Hunt

Presented by Melton City Library

When: 14 Dec-21 Feb, 23 Feb | Sat 10am-4pm | Sun 1-4pm | Mon-Thu 8:30am-8pm | Fri 8:30am-4:30pm

Melton Library and Learning Hub

31 McKenzie St, Melton

Find out more: https://www.midsumma.org.au/whats-on/events/let-s-eat-cake/

Out is Out: Elders, olders and young queer mob in dialogue about freedom, self and expression

Wyndham Art Gallery

Inter-generational LGBTIQ First Nations knowledge sharing and art and history making!

When: 6 Feb-8 Mar | Mon-Fri 9am-5pm | Sat, Sun 11am-4pm

Where: Wyndham Art Gallery

177 Watton St, Werribee

Find out more: https://www.midsumma.org.au/whats-on/events/out-is-out/

The Campaign and The Campaign in Progress

Presented by Gavin Roach at Gasworks Arts Park

I absolutely love the idea of a play about queer law reform history and an visual exhibition to complement this display! Hope to see more of this kind of thing and help facilitate it. Something tells me Mama Alto and Sue Mckemmish would approve too.

The Campaign (play) https://www.midsumma.org.au/whats-on/events/the-campaign/

The Campaign in Progress exhibition: https://www.midsumma.org.au/whats-on/events/the-campaign-in-process/

Boys Night Out: Work in Progress Showing

Abbotsford Convent

Exploring class, gender, sexuality , race and different narrative  styles in Australian history at Abbotsford Convent- a site of complex social history! This looks great.

When: 30 Jan-1 Feb | Thu-Sat 8pm


Abbotsford Convent – Dorm One

1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford

Find out more: https://www.midsumma.org.au/whats-on/events/boys-night-out-work-in-progress-showing/

Nevo Zisin: Desert Island Reads

Presented by Whitehorse Manningham Libraries

I love Nevo Zisin’s work and love that they have made quite a few appearances at libraries around  Victoria and beyond in recent times. I’m sure this will be a great session, particularly if it’s anything like the reading list at the end of their memoir. I’m sad it clashes with the PMI Library event.

When: Thu 30 Jan 7pm

Doncaster Library

687 Doncaster Rd, Doncaster

Find out more: https://www.midsumma.org.au/whats-on/events/nevo-zisin-desert-island-reads/

Documentary screening: Becoming Colleen

Presented by Darebin Libraries

When: Thu 23 Jan 7pm

Where: Preston Library

266 Gower St, Preston

Find out more: https://www.midsumma.org.au/whats-on/events/documentary-screening-becoming-colleen/

Pacific Essence: Tales of a Migrant Plantation

Presented by Midsumma Festival and Immigration Museum

with Samoan fa’afafine/trans advocate Amao Leota Lu and friends.

The Immigration Museum have been doing some great work in recent years and I’ve seen and heard Amao Leota Lu quite a bit, so am looking forward to this event.

When: Thu 23 Jan 6-8:30pm


Immigration Museum

400 Flinders St, Melbourne CBD

Find out more: https://www.midsumma.org.au/whats-on/events/pacific-essence-tales-of-a-migrant-plantation/

Rainbow Effect with Rainbow Chan

Presented by Midsumma Festival and Immigration Museum

A queer museum event after dark? I’m keen!


Fri 31 Jan 6 – 10pm

Find out more: https://www.midsumma.org.au/whats-on/events/rainbow-effect/

Nocturnal x Midsumma: Lunar New Year Disco

Presented by Midsumma and Melbourne Museum

Another queer museum event after dark with costumes? I’m in!

When: Fri 7 Feb 7-11pm


Melbourne Museum

11 Nicholson St, Carlton

Find out more: https://www.midsumma.org.au/whats-on/events/nocturnal-x-midsumma-lunar-new-year-disco/

Kira Puru at Heidi

Heidi Museum of Modern Art

I’m so glad Heidi have started hosting Midsumma events. There’s lots of (admittedly messy) queer history potential there – featuring apparently controversial and enigmatic bisexual librarian, Barrett Reid! 2019’s event was pretty quiet and wholesome and I will be curious to see if this one is a bit more daring, but also kind of love a good wholesome queer party, so won’t be devastated if it isn’t daring…

When: Sun 9 Feb 6pm

Where: Heide Museum of Modern Art

7 Templestowe Rd, Bulleen

Find out more:

Fabulous Fitzroy on foot

ALGA’s queer history walk is going to Fitzroy this year! Come and join us.

When: Sat 25 Jan 11am

Where: Starting at the Royal Exhibition Building Kangaroo Statue, 58 Nicholson St, Fitzroy

Find out more: https://www.midsumma.org.au/whats-on/events/fabulous-fitzroy-on-foot/

Feral Queer Camp

This appears to be very GLAM adjacent and very much aligned to my interests in facilitating access to queer knowledge, theories and research to the masses in creative ways and emerging interests in supporting (and eventually doing) practice-led research and in archiving creative works and creative processes. You can register your interest here https://www.midsumma.org.au/whats-on/events/feral-queer-camp/

Future histories at Hatch Contemporary Arts Space looks similarly excellent and GLAM adjacent too.

There is some good intersectional LGBTIQ+ representation so this may count as my contribution to GLAM blog club this month.



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