Event Kink: Queer Australian Art

Kink: Queer Australian Art

Website launch

04 May 2024

Join us for the launch of queer-art-history collective Kink‘s new website, the first ever free, publicly-accessible online database dedicated to showcasing the work of Australian LGBTQIA+ artists.

Starting with over 100 artists and with artworks from 1900 to now, this evolving platform seeks to represent the diversity and reach of queer Australian art in its myriad forms.

Since coming together in 2019, Kink has been researching and connecting with artists, communities, arts institutions, curators, writers, art historians, and estates from across the continent to establish what they describe as a “living archive of LGBTQIA+ arts practice”.

Hear from Kink members Amelia Barikin, Courtney Coombs, Callum McGrath, Spiros Panigirakis, and Tim Riley Walsh as they discuss the collective’s origins, their ongoing research project, and the queer histories that have been brought to light along the way.

Guest Info
  • Kink are a cross-disciplinary working group researching and formalising a history of queer Australian art. Their work is defined by interests in scholarship, publishing, advocacy, and  access. They are passionate about generating new and open resources for and about the Australian LGBTQIA+ visual arts community. They currently comprise art historian Amelia Barikin, artist and facilitator Courtney Coombs, artist and researcher Callum McGrath, artist and educator Spiros Panigirakis, and art historian and curator Tim Riley Walsh.

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