Queer My Head

by Jaye Hayes

Presented by Midsumma Festival's AND/OR program and The Dax Centre.

Queer My Head recognises the power of queer art-making to clear our heads of the pervasive cis-hetero-normative expectations and biases that contribute to mental health issues for LGBTIQA+ folk. The exhibition celebrates creative ‘head queering’ as an essential cultural practice of affirmation and repair.

The Queer My Head exhibition features LGBTIQA+ artists with lived experience of mental health challenges who have utilised their creativity to resist, repair, critique, subvert, survive and queerly thrive in non-normative ways.

View the Exhibition Catalogue > www.queermyhead.com.au

The Queer My Head exhibition was inspired by the curator’s ‘queerying’ of the Cunningham Dax Collection. The collection comprises thousands of artworks by people with lived experience of mental ill health and trauma collected over multiple decades. The absence of conclusive evidence of LGBTIQA+ artists within the collection’s visual arts database prompted a queer reading of selected works. These artworks are presented as part of the Queer My Head exhibition to situate the contemporary artworks within the continuum of LGBTIQA+ history and to bring them into cross-generational dialogue with the missing queer voices of the past.

Queer My Head celebrates the creative ways in which contemporary LGBTIQA+ artists are able to express our diverse lived experiences and help us all re-imagine our queer futures.

Immerse in a space designed to rejuvenate queerly embodied minds and be inspired by a diverse collection of empowering contemporary queer art.

In recognition of the impact of successive lockdowns on LGBTIQA+ artists, Queer My Head will present the work of artists based in Victoria.

Above: Gallery walk-through video

The exhibition will be accompanied by two arts-making workshops at The Dax Centre, for LGBTIQA+ wellbeing. Workshop bookings: www.daxcentre.org/whats-on.


This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

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Event & ticketing details


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Dates & Times

WHEN 28 Jan-11 Mar | Wed-Fri 11am-3:30pm
OPENING Online, by invitation


FREE No ticket required


The Dax Centre

Kenneth Myer Building, 30 Royal Parade, Parkville

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19 to stop 10 | tram 59 to stop 9

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