Ahead of the Game EOI

Friday, 24 May 2019


What is Ahead of the Game?

Together with All The Queens Men, a dynamic, inclusive Melbourne based arts company, Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres (AGAC) are going to make a new queer sport. Or at least, that’s the invitation to the field (and the starting blocks).

We use the word ‘queer’ to describe an expanded set of ideas, values and practices that have grown from the work and creativity of LGBTIQ+ people, particularly people of colour, throughout the 20th century. We acknowledge that word has history. Together we will explore the many intersections between the identity and experiences of LGBTIQ+ peoples and the culture of sport in Australia.

The project is about exploration and investigation of ideas using a creative and collaborative approach with diverse communities. We’re not sure where this will lead us, but we’re excited for the journey. There might be some grand final/e, or we might just play the game together. We hope this project will forge new fields into the future.

Who are we looking for?

We’re looking for LGBTIQ+ artists and creatives who are:

  • based in the ACT
  • engaged with contemporary arts practice and ideas in any art form,
  • dedicated and reliable,
  • open-minded and willing to learn and be challenged,
  • willing to collaborate and are curious about collaborative work.

We particularly encourage artists and creatives who identify as mixed ability, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, or from a culturally diverse backgrounds to apply.

Please read the Expression of Interest form that outlines the project and how to apply.

Applications open Tuesday 28 May and will close Sunday 7 July. Applicants will be notified Friday 19 July. The first residency period begins on Monday 19 August 2019. 

Please email your application by 11.55pm, Sunday 7 July using the subject line ‘Ahead of the Game’ to kristi@agac.com.au. Late applications unfortunately will not be considered.

There will be an informal information session held 5pm to 7pm, Tuesday 11 June at Gorman Main Hall at Gorman Arts Centre. If you’re interested in this project and have questions or just want to hear more, we encourage you to attend. Light refreshments will be provided.

This project works in collaboration with project partners AIDS Action Council of the ACT and Agender Agenda

  • Photo: Bryony Jackson
  • Photo: Bryony Jackson
  • Photo: Bryony Jackson