Painting by Tyza Hart
Tyza Hart, "Institute for Maggot Art #6", 2016, oil on board, image 60 x 185 cm. Collection of the University of Queensland, purchased 2016. Reproduced courtesy of the artist.

Explore Queer stories from The University of Queensland Art Collection with Nikia Tester (UQ student and UQ Art Museum Mediator) and Dr Katie McConnel (Curator, Old Government House, QUT).

Nikia will reflect on Queer expression found in The University of Queensland Art Collection. While Katie will unravel the captivating tale of historical power couple, Dr Lilian Cooper (Queensland’s first doctor) and Josephine Bedford (Founder of the Creche and Kindergarten ("C&K") Association) and their fascinating connections to The University of Queensland Art Collection.

About the speakers

Nikia Tester (she/her) is a museum professional with academic interests in the Humanities, and Queer and Gender Studies. She holds a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies and has been involved in several curatorial and learning projects at QAGOMA and UQ Art Museum. Nikia was a member of the first team of Mediators at UQ Art Museum and continues to practice in this space, in addition to her role as a Museum Officer with Moreton Bay Regional Council.

Katie McConnel is a museum professional and historian who has worked in both the university and museum sectors for the last 15 years, establishing a strong reputation and research background in local heritage and regional history. I'm a passionate advocate for the history and heritage sectors and endeavour to make history engaging for the community. 

About Wear it Purple Day at UQ Art Museum

Celebrate Wear it Purple Day at UQ Art Museum! We're celebrating all day with activities on the Art Museum lawn and inside the UQ Art Museum from 10am-4pm.  

We'll be hosting talks, artwork displays, creative activities and stalls that celebrate the stories and contributions of the LGBTQIA+ community. 

Wear it Purple was founded in 2010 following global stories of real teenagers, real heartache and their very real responses. The day strives to foster supportive, safe, empowering and inclusive environments for rainbow young people.

Thank you to UniSuper for their support of our Wear it Purple Day program.

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