Flying the Flag

Image by Annabel McCourt

Contemporary British artist Annabel McCourt is ‘Flying the Flag’ for queer history.

An exhibition of flags created from Annabel's own unique perspective. This is the first time McCourt has exhibited in Australia and this exhibition forms part of the British Council – UK/Australia Season 2021-22. The season has the theme 'Who Are We Now?'

The flag series begins with a downward-pointing triangle (a badge of shame originating in Nazi Concentration Camps, re-appropriated as a symbol of resistance and used since by larger LGBTQI+ community as a symbol of pride). Taking this forward chronologically, the series brings to attention relevant elements from the Lincolnshire’s (artist’s home county) history and major moments within further LGBTQIA+ histories.

The series combines seemingly naïve but powerful white-on-black designs, echoing the use of body inking and gang symbols by dangerous white supremacist groups, with bright flags with colours taken from a deconstructed 'Rainbow Flag'. The flags are also intended to question colonialism, representation, rule and identity.

Accompanying the flags will be films highlighting McCourt’s celebrated queer work, Electric Fence. Hate crime is an ominous, prevailing presence in contemporary society. Borders, barriers and warning signs have come to be a part of our everyday life. Still, are we being kept out, or is something being kept in? Electric Fence is a thought-provoking and confrontational piece. It encourages viewers to examine the perceptions, challenges and preconceptions that impact us all in modern life, and compels us to turn to face them. Inspired by homophobic hate speech Electric Fence is grim yet unforgettable, and provides a macabre and powerful reminder of our own wicked potential.

You can be from rural Lincolnshire in the UK or the cultural capital of Australia; hate crime lurks and we can all ask ourselves, ‘Who are we now?’

Image by Hollie and Patrick Mateer Photography

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Event & ticketing details


Wheelchair Access

Dates & Times

WHEN 25 Jan-26 Feb | Tue-Sat 9am-5pm


FREE No ticket required


Abbotsford Convent - St Heliers Street Gallery

1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford

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Hurstbridge/Mernda line to Victoria Park


200, 207 to Clarke/Johnston St

Event notes


Australian Premiere


Non seated event or long periods of standing, Mention of historic violence and hate crimes. Not suitable for young audiences.

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