Bending the Bars: 40 years since decriminalisation
Gay Pride Picnic 1973, Rennie Ellis
An exhibition commemorating a historic reform
Curated by Andrew Gaynor.
Bending the Bars commemorates the 40th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Victoria. The gay and lesbian community in Victoria found common cause in their fight against unjust laws. The exhibition reveals a fascinating and life affirming history using an engaging combination of text, images, and art.
Bending the Bars shares the stories and processes that led to the passing of a historic law reform, through the words and experiences of key participants.
It celebrates the significant and vital changes which the LGBTIQ+ community fought hard to achieve in health, arts and legal reform. It also explores the darker episodes in the continuing struggle for equality.
The City Watch House is both a venue and object for this exhibition. It was a place of detention for those charged within Melbourne’s CBD under discriminatory laws based on sexuality.
Please note: This exhibition requires a General Admission ticket to Old Melbourne Gaol.
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Dates & Times
|WHEN||5 Feb-16 May | Wed-Sun 10am-6pm|
|CHILD||$17.00 - 5-15 years|
|FAMILY||$70.00 - 1 adult + 2 children|
|FAMILY||$50.00 - 1 adult + 2 children|
|CHILD+||$7.00 - extra child on family ticket|
|MEMBER||Free for National Trust members|
Old Melbourne Gaol City Watch House
377 Russell Street, Melbourne CBDGet directions
Tram30, 35 to stop 7 | any Swanston St tram to stop 8
Reference to sexual violence, Suicide references