Celebrate Wear it Purple Day at UQ Art Museum!
Free event. Everyone welcome.
Space is limited so registration is essential.
Join us for a free panel discussion to explore how Queer expression in the arts can validate Queer experiences and provide a sense of belonging for upcoming generations. The multi-generational panel brings together LGBTQIA+ artists, writers and creative leaders to share their stories and reflect on what has inspired them – and how we can work together to inspire future generations of LGBTQIA+ youth.
After the discussion, join us in the Foyer to continue the celebration over food and drinks. Don’t forget to wear your best purple outfit to celebrate LGBTQIA+ youth!
About Wear it Purple Day
Wear it Purple Day strives to foster supportive, safe, empowering and inclusive environments for rainbow young people.
1.30pm - 2.30pm: Panel discussion | Paving the way for Queer expression
2.30pm - 3.30pm: WiPD-themed afternoon tea
About the panellists
Professor Heather Zwicker (she/her) has been the Executive Dean of UQ’s Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences since 2018. Her research brings postcolonial and feminist theories to bear on problems such as stereotypes, universities, classrooms, and cities and seeks to understand concepts that explain the world we inhabit. Professor Zwicker holds a PhD from Stanford University and is the winner of several awards, including the 3M National Teaching Fellowship.
Dr Karin Sellberg is a Lecturer in the Advanced Humanities (Honours) Program, School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry. She specialises in feminist and queer historiography, contemporary fiction and theories of gender, sexuality, embodiment and time. Karin is currently working on evolutionary tropes, and ideas of transcendence/progress in new materialist feminist philosophy and the fiction of Jeanette Winterson, Angela Carter and Gore Vidal.
Jarad Bruinstroop is a writer who lives in Meanjin. As the 2022 University of Queensland Fryer Library Creative Writing Fellow, he is developing a novella cycle that draws on Brisbane’s Queer history and the Fryer Library special collections. Jarad’s work has appeared in Best of Australian Poetry, Meanjin, Overland, HEAT, Island, Westerly, TEXT, Cordite, Australian Poetry Journal, Rabbit and elsewhere. He holds a PhD in Creative Writing from QUT where he also teaches.
Darby Jones (he/him) is a Meanjin-based writer, editor, and critic. During his time at UQ, he has been the recipient of the inaugural HASS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarship, the Peter Hoj and Mandy Thomas Scholarship, and the Kingshott Cassidy Poetry Award. In addition to this, he has recently been awarded a Varuna First Nations Writing Fellowship to develop his manuscript, “Unintelligible Bodies”.
Visitor information
Everyone is welcome at this event (including non-UQ staff and students).
Accessibility information (including how to get to UQ Art Museum) can be found on our website.
Image: Thea Proctor, “The rose”, 1927, hand-coloured woodcut on paper, edition unknown, 22.1 x 20.9 cm. Collection of The University of Queensland, purchased 1998. © Art Gallery of New South Wales.

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