Queer Out West: free art & music takeover
Gianna Rizzo, Bluestone Sessions
Clifford Prince King Untitled 2017. Courtesy artist Gordon Robichaux NY and STARS LA
Salote Tawale, YOU, ME, ME, YOU still, 2022. Courtesy the artist, Ikon, Birmingham and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.
Queer Out West: free art & music takeover
Saturday 3 February 2024, 2–8pm
Rhythm returns to Footscray in February, in a (queer AF) art and music site takeover. Get ready for an incredible night showcasing a lineup of First Nations artists, including: Djanaba, Soju Gang, Naycab, and Aqueerius in the gallery.
While the exhibition openings for PHOTO2024: Exquisite Corpse and Queer PHOTO are SOLD OUT, we welcome walk-ins to our live music event kicking off from 4pm.
Free queer art exhibitions, screenings and live music, including the much-anticipated openings of Queer PHOTO and PHOTO2024 exhibitions presenting local and international artists.
Kick-off with the official exhibition openings with artist talks, followed by the screening of Marungka Tjalatjunu. Then join the evening’s festivities at the amphitheater, complete with a pop-up bar and stunning views of the Maribyrnong River and city skyline at sunset!
The line-up for Saturday 3 February, 2—8pm
- [SOLD OUT] Launch Queer PHOTO & PHOTO 2024 exhibitions: 2pm – 4pm
- Featuring live music from Aqueerius 2 – 3pm
- [SOLD OUT] Marungka Tjalatjunu (Dipped In Black) screening and Q&A: 4pm – 5pm
- Live music with Djanaba, Soju Gang, naycab and Aqueerius: 4pm – 8pm
- Aqueerius in Roslyn Smorgon Gallery: 4 – 5pm
- Djanaba, Soju Gang and naycab in the amphitheatre: 5 – 8pm
[SOLD OUT] Queer PHOTO & PHOTO 2024: Exquisite Corpse — Exhibition Launches
Salote Tawale’s Exquisite Corpse delves into her Australian-Fijian heritage and Indigenous knowledge, celebrating reinvented artistry and cultural intersections. In the Queer PHOTO exhibitions, Clifford Prince King, Derik Lynch, Matthew Thorne, Daniel Jack Lyons, Jake Elwes, Lilah Benetti, FAFSWAG showcase intimate queer and trans narratives, as well as bla(c)k identity, exploring spirituality and Indigenous culture. Experience these exhibitions indoors and out.
[SOLD OUT] Marungka Tjalatjunu (Dipped In Black) Screening — Derik Lynch and Matthew Thorne (AUS)
Follow Yankunytjatjara man Derik Lynch’s trip back to Country for spiritual healing – a journey from oppressive white city life in Adelaide, back home to his remote Anangu Community (Aputula) to perform on sacred Inma ground. Learn more about this here.
Date & Times
Saturday 3 February, 2:00 pm-8:00 pm
Access ramp available.
Queer PHOTO & PHOTO 2024: Exquisite Corpse — Exhibition Launch event is Auslan interpreted.
All internal venues are wheelchair accessible. If you have any access needs, we have a range of audio assistance available. Please call or email us if we can help plan your journey.
Parking will be limited due to construction works across the street, we encourage all attending that are able to please get public transport to the event. Please consider the pedestrian crossing at the intersection of Winfield St and Moreland St when walking to Footscray Community Arts from Footscray Station.
Meet the Artists
Award-winning NIMA Triple J artist and mesmerising performer, Djanaba, is a true luminary in the music realm. Renowned for their captivating artistry, they’ve worked with distinguished acts like PNAU, Friendless, and Sonny Grin, solidifying their status as a sought-after collaborator.From the dazzling lights of Groovin the Moo and the electric atmosphere of SummerCamp, Djanaba has orchestrated breathtaking performances that seamlessly blend their Indigenous Bundjalung heritage with their unapologetic queer identity. This fusion fuels their music with unmatched depth, as they deliver unforgettably authentic experiences that resonate deeply with fans.With over 1 million streams for the chart-topping “Big Titties,” Djanaba wields an exceptional ability to connect with audiences, transcending genre boundaries. Their captivating electronic pop anthems illuminate stages and hearts alike, making them a must-see act.November 2023 marks an eagerly anticipated milestone, as Djanaba takes the stage at Spilt Milk to further cement their reputation as a powerhouse performer, songwriter, and plus-sized trailblazer.Beyond the beats and melodies, Djanaba is known for their unapologetic authenticity. Their music reflects the depth of their experiences, while their unfiltered lyricism brings stories to life. A creator of vibrant Electronic pop tunes, Djanaba unites the euphoria of the dance floor with the honesty of human emotion.As a “big bitch that likes to write bobs,” Djanaba embraces their uniqueness with pride, embodying the spirit of self-acceptance and creative exploration. Their journey is a testament to the transformative power of music and its ability to inspire, uplift, and empower.
Aqueerius is a DJ, contemporary arts producer and curator who captivates on the DJ decks with a dauntlessly creative energy. Aqueerius has honed a signature style infused with the unbridled energy of Naarm’s vibrant dance music community and brought it to some of the Country’s most iconic dance floors and festivals.
His dedication to the craft and versatile musicality has quickly landed him on the bills of Pitch Music and Arts, Dark Mofo, St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival, Midsumma, Gaytimes, Melbourne Fringe, Barba and more.
Aqueerius’ eclectic sound weaves together a sonic constellation of club music from around the globe and spicy nods to his heritage, all while conjuring up elevating and other-worldly journeys.