Doug Lucas (centre) and the cast of Pokeys in costume, Prince of Wales Hotel, St Kilda, c.1980s, courtesy of the Australian Queer Archives.

An exciting new exhibition is landing at Carlisle Street Art Space on Friday 2 February.

The exhibition explores Port Phillip’s rich queer history through the lens of its most iconic venues and events.

Take a trip through the decades and uncover new stories from some of your favourite local enterprises including the St Kilda Sea Baths, Prince of Wales Hotel and Midsumma Pride March. 

Discover the people, places and moments that helped shape and cultivate contemporary queer culture and the trailblazers, experimentation and glamour that exemplify the pride of Port Phillip's LGBTIQA+ community.

This exhibition is presented in collaboration with the Australian Queer Archives (AQuA) and Queer-ways and it is set to land at the Carlisle Street Art Space just in time for Midsumma Festival. Make sure to add this one to your list of festival ‘must sees’.

And the fun doesn’t stop there, we have some great activities planned as part of the program too.

Exhibition activities

More information will be added to the Carlisle Street Art Space webpage in the coming weeks. So, make sure to keep checking in there so that you don’t miss any important updates.

You can also find more information about the exhibition at 

Content warning: The Queer Connections exhibition and programmed activities may include images or other depictions of nudity. Parental discretion is advised. 

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