Rainbow Exhibition 2024

Midsumma Exhibition

Celebrating LGBTIQA+ arts and culture

LGBTIQA+ artists and curators are invited 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, bringing together a diverse mix of LGBTIQA+ artists, performers, communities and audiences. The program shares the lived experiences of those voices at the margins, the expression of queer history and the celebration of new ideas.

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

Individual artists will receive a $2,500 project fee.
Group submissions of 2-5 artists will receive $1,200 each.
A group of 6-10 artists will receive $690 each.


Read the 2024 Eltham Library Community Gallery Exhibition Terms & Conditions(PDF, 267KB)

Applications open: Tuesday 16 May 2023
Applications close: 1pm Wednesday 28 June 2023
Exhibition dates: 25 January - 3 March 2024
Location:  Eltham Library Community Gallery, Panther Place, Eltham

We will notify all applicants by mid-August 2023.

Criteria for determining successful proposals:

  • Quality of exhibition
  • Eligible for Midsumma Festival
  • Suitability to exhibit (exhibition considers the unique gallery space, and is suitable for all audiences, the gallery is located in a public space at the entrance of the Eltham Library)
  • Local or connection to the Shire

We strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people living with a disability, culturally or linguistically diverse people, LGBTIQA+ people and emerging artists and curators.

Contact us about your access requirements by emailing artsinfo@nillumbik.vic.gov.au or call 9433 3359.

Artists and curators can apply who do not live locally. Artists who live, work, study, play or have a relationship to Nillumbik will receive extra scores when applications are assessed.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to visit the Eltham Library Community Gallery before applying. The Eltham Library Community Gallery will close from 31 May and re-open Monday 3 July 2023 due to minor refurbishment works at the Eltham Library. To arrange a time to view the exhibition space during the closure dates, contact the Exhibitions Support Officer via artsinfo@nillumbik.vic.gov.au or 9433 3359.

More information

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For more information about Eltham Library Community Gallery, contact:

Exhibitions Support Officer 
Email: artsinfo@nillumbik.vic.gov.au
Phone: 03 9433 3111

Images of the gallery space

Works depicted are not indicative of requirements for this project. We strongly encourage creative and contemporary use of the space.

Install photo of ceramic works on plinths with a fabric work depicting trees hanging from the ceiling in front of the fireplace at the gallery.

Image: Install photo Solitude by Deb Garrett and Kate Belvedere, Eltham Library Community Gallery, 2022, Photo by Jamie Robertson.

Photo of framed black and white works on paper, installed on the gallery ramp wall.

Image: Body of Landscape by Randal Pound, Eltham Library Community Gallery, 2023, Photo by Pia Johnson.

Photo of Art and Agency exhibition by Araluen, depicting ceramics works on plinths and 2D works on wall on ramp of gallery.

Image: Art and Agency by Araluen, Eltham Library Community Gallery, 2022, Photo by Jamie Robertson