Celebrating LGBTQIA+ stories

Local trio The Femmes perform at last year’s event.

Queerthentic will showcase the authentic stories of rural and regional LGBTQIA+ Victorians from January 25 at The Old Auction House in Kyneton. 

Presented by Macedon Ranges Accessible Arts Inc. as part of Victoria’s Pride, a collaboration with Midsumma and the Victorian Government, Queerthentic is a unique opportunity to immerse in the diverse narratives of LGBTQIA+ individuals in regional Victoria.

Queerthentic highlights the lived experiences of rural LGBTQIA+ communities, addressing themes of isolation, intolerance, and the joy of finding community. The exhibition features a diverse group of artists, ranging from established creatives to emerging talents, including a secondary school artist. Sponsors like Collective Possibilities and Bendigo Bank’s Trentham branch contribute to making this celebration of creativity and resilience possible. 

Founded in April 2022, MRAAI focuses on increasing arts accessibility for marginalised communities, including the LGBTQIA+ community. Following the success of That’s So Gay in 2023, MRAAI has rebranded as Queerthentic for 2024, emphasising the authenticity of artists’ stories.

Queerthentic opens on January 25, displaying the work of artists from across Victoria. 

The exhibition follows the success of inaugural first prize winner Christos Linou’s recent showcase, F*ck and Flee

This year’s winner will not only receive a cash prize but also an opportunity for a solo exhibition in 2025 at The Old Auction House. Submissions for this year’s prizes draw inspiration from various experiences, identities and LGBTQIA+ icons. 

Artist August Wolff will present Radical Geometry, exploring the tension of living outside societal norms. Works include textiles, ceramics, relief prints, and I love her by Aramis Julian Jenkin.

Join MRAAI and the exhibited artists on February 3 at 1pm for a celebration, with awards announced at 2pm. The catered event will feature performances by local trio The Femmes and The Rainbow Voices Community Choir.