A Strange Space


We could not gather here...
But now....
We will play here. We will sing and dance, share a beer, have a meal and get drunk here.
We will argue, discuss and have heated debates.
We will rub shoulders here, high five in the corridors.
Hold meetings, avoid meetings, bang and crash all night and day here.
Cry and laugh, kick and scream. Sit and stare. Create here.
We will sneak a kiss, break some hearts and hold hands here.
We will embrace HERE.
We found ourselves in a state of flux – with the creative spaces where we make and inhabit left empty, open and missing us. However, in the most challenging of times, we create.
A Strange Space: lies within Melbourne’s newest arts precinct, Collingwood Yards, a place prevailing; abound for creative gathering and expression. It also lies within the meta-space, in all creative communities that are closed but still active.
A Strange Space has awaited our return and is ready...
It connects, it affects, it accepts – it celebrates what we have. In those shared studios, galleries, workshops and hubs. As well as pubs, cafes, schools, laboratories, and everywhere in between.

Co-Curator: Jacob Tolo, 2020.

A Strange Space is an open-air exhibition and program of site-responsive projection art, performance, music, dance and online works by LGBTQIA+ artists and allies, presented within the Collingwood Yards courtyard and buildings. Co-curated by Jacob Tolo and Edwina Bartlem for the Centre for Projection Art and the 2021 Midsumma Festival, the projection artworks and performances featured in this program explore the theme of “a strange space” and the various forms, ideas and experiences that this concept evokes. Many works reflect on the strange situations that we currently find ourselves in.

Artists: Megan Beckwith, Alison Bennett, Jane Crappsley, Wesley Dowling, Jenna Eriksen, KP Finley, Susan Maco Forrester, Eric Jong, Jonathan Homsey, Susannah Langley, Drew Pettifer, Leisa Prowd, Queertech.io, Melinda Smith, Scotty So, Van Sowerwine & Isobel Knowles, Yandell Walton and Wendy Yu.

Inkind Supporters: Lupa, Collingwood Yards and Epson

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Auslan Interpreted
English No Barrier

Dates & Times

WHEN 22-25 Apr | Thu-Sun 6pm-12am
AUSLAN 22 Apr 6:30pm-7:30pm


Collingwood Yards

35 Johnston St, Collingwood

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Hurstbridge/Mernda line to Victoria Park


86 to stop 19

Event notes


New Work


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