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Exhibition showcases breadth of talent, diversity in LGBTIQ+ community

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An exhibition at Newcastle Museum, which showcases the breadth of talent and diversity within the LGBTIQ+ community, has been hailed by Deputy Lord Mayor Declan Clausen.

Curated by Jasmine Fletcher, a non-binary multidisciplinary artist and founder of not-for-profit events organisation Queer and Now, Unabbreviated will feature 32 creatives from the Hunter and Central Coast, who work across a range of mediums including painting, textile, drawing, print making, mixed media works and written responses.

“City of Newcastle has demonstrated a long held and consistent advocacy for Newcastle as a diverse and inclusive city, and proud activism in support of our LGBTIQ+ community,” said Cr Clausen, who’ll officially open the show at a special event on Thursday 7 July.

“Hosting this exhibition at Newcastle Museum is another great way to help foster inclusivity and celebrate our diverse community while also highlighting the depth of creative talent in our region.”

Unabbreviated, which runs until 31 July, formed part of Jasmine’s 12-month Roost Creative Scholarship, delivered by not-for-profit creative organisation and co-working space, The Roost, with support from Newcastle Museum, The Business Centre and Imprint Newcastle.

“Newcastle lacks permanent spaces for the LGBTIQ+ community to connect.

“But, I believe this exhibition, although temporary, will help foster social connections, visibility and representation, which is invaluable to the wellbeing of people who are a part of this community,” Jasmine said.

“It showcases sexual and gender diverse people and aims to focus on the creative practice of the individual, it does not attempt to classify or address the queer experience.

“By celebrating LGBTIQ+ artists, makers and creators, Unabbreviated creates an opportunity to feature works, share their stories and start important conversations.”

Newcastle Museum director Julie Baird said the exhibition boasted strong links to the museum’s overarching 2022/23 programming theme of Fluidity and would encourage new perspectives on the diversity of identity in the community.

“A Newcastle Story provides a space for Novocastrians and visitors to discover answers to how and why we are a distinct and fascinating community, making it the ideal place to reflect on the importance of identity and inclusiveness,” she explained.

“It is necessary to acknowledge people who are not afforded the same rights for who they love, how they look or what they believe in.

“To exist outside the norm is the ultimate rebellion.

“Unabbreviated acknowledges and celebrates creatives that would not usually exhibit together in this context and is a wonderful addition to A Newcastle Story.”

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