Calling LGBTIQA+ artists for Rainbow Exhibition 2024

Published on 29 May 2023

A circle filled with the progress flag appears on a black background with the words Rainbow Exhibition 2024 in white

Council is excited to announce that applications are now open for our Rainbow Exhibition 2024 opportunity as part of the Midsumma Festival next summer.

The application round was announced online to coincide with IDAHOBIT Day (International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersex discrimination & Transphobia).

Council is inviting LGBTIQA+ artists and curators to apply for a solo or group exhibition at the Eltham Library Community Gallery.

The selected exhibition will be put forward for Midsumma Festival, Australia’s premier queer arts and cultural festival.

The festival program promotes the lived experiences of the LGBTIQA+ community, the expression of queer history and the celebration of new ideas.

Nillumbik’s LGBTIQA+ exhibition will run next year from 25 January to 3 March and celebrates queer art and culture.

Artists will receive a project fee, curatorial and marketing support, an opening celebration, and be registered as a Midsumma Event.

The fee breakdown is as follows:

  • individual artists will receive a $2,500 project fee
  • group submissions of two to five artists will receive $1,200 each
  • a group of six to 10 artists will receive $690 each.

Nillumbik Mayor Ben Ramcharan said he was thrilled to announce this opportunity for LGBTIQA+ artists and curators.

“We are excited to get behind our LGBTIQA+ artists and curators and can’t wait to see their art brighten Eltham Library Community Gallery as part of Midsumma Festival,” he said.

“Given the Shire’s special connection with the creative arts, we hope this opportunity helps celebrate, embrace and promote our diverse community.

“We hope this exhibition helps to reduce barriers faced by LGBTIQA+ artists, and we encourage you to apply and take up this wonderful opportunity promoting equality and inclusivity.”

Artists and curators who do not live locally are welcome to apply, however special consideration will be given to those who live, work, study, play or have a relationship to Nillumbik.

Applications close at 1pm on Wednesday 28 June 2023.

Applicants will be notified by mid-August 2023.

For more information, and to apply, visit: