Gary Lee<br/>
<em>Billiamook as Icon</em> 2020 <!-- (frame recto) --><br />

pencil, pen and pastel<br />
(25.5 x 18.5 cm) (image)<br />
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne<br />
Purchased, Victorian Foundation for Living Australian Artists, 2021<br />
2021.789<br />
© Gary Lee

Queer Discussions: Decolonising Queer Language


Take a journey into queer culture and community through a series of discussions exploring how and why the language used by and in reference to queer and LGBTQ+ communities has developed over time. This five-part series will explore the importance of language within queer communities, through the lenses of art, literature, history, culture and community building.


Join NGV curator Myles Russell-Cook in discussion with Peter Waples-Crowe and Claire G. Coleman as they consider the many ways in which First Nations and queer artists use, decolonise and adopt language through contemporary art.

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Myles Russell-Cook is Senior Curator of Indigenous Art at the National Gallery of Victoria.

Peter Waples-Crowe is a queer Ngarigo person living in Naarm. Peter is a contemporary artist and community health worker. His art practice explores the intersection of being queer and Ngarigu. He currently workspart time for Thorne Harbour Health as a health educator in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island project.

Claire G. Coleman is a Noongar writer, born in Western Australia, and now based in Naarm. Her family have been from the area around Ravensthorpe and Hopetoun on the south coast of WA since before time started being recorded. She wrote her black&write! Fellowship-winning book Terra Nullius while travelling around Australia in a caravan. The Old Lie [2019] was her second novel and in 2021 her acclaimed non-fiction book, Lies Damned Lies was published by Ultimo press. Enclave is her third novel.