Queer-ways mural, The Mae West Club, image by Tilly Parsons

Queer-ways: From Archive to Artwork Past Event


Fri 24 May 6:00pm - 7:00pm


Booking Required


Victorian Archives Centre
Victorian Archives Centre, Shiel Street, North Melbourne VIC, Australia


Accessible bathroom, All gender bathroom, Assistance animals welcome, Live stream available, Seating available, Wheelchair accessible

‘Queer-ways: Retracing Queer Footprints’ is a community arts initiative that shares the queer history of Australia, combining stories from the past and present into permanent, interactive records. Fusing archive materials with community consultation and immersive experiences, the Queer-ways initiative generates accessible ways of presenting tangible and intangible heritage to illuminate and contest mainstream narratives. Queer-ways has retraced the queer footprints of Melbourne in Augmented Reality maps, St Kilda in an interactive mural and the City of Yarra through a series of self-led audio walking tours. They have also charted the queer history of Mildura, Wodonga, Shepparton, Ballarat, Geelong and Daylesford to represent the often untold stories of regional Victoria’s rainbow communities.

Public Record Office Victoria hosts Queer-ways co-creator LUCIANO in conversation with Gayathri Wijesekera, founder of design and marketing agency Rik and Ralph, to explore how they unite design, history and community to bring to life archive materials.



LUCIANO is a queer multidisciplinary artist that works with diverse communities to record and share their stories in accessible ways. His art practice focuses on undoing the ongoing silencing of marginalised communities and utilising the privileges he experiences to amplify the voices of others through education, creation and storytelling. LUCIANO co-founded Queer-ways: Retracing Queer Footprints with George Keats supported by the Australian Queer Archives alongside other community arts projects that also engage audiences with multi-modal experiences.

Gayathri Wijesekera

Gayathri Wijesekera is the founder of Rik and Ralph, an independent design and marketing agency based in Melbourne. Rik and Ralph specialise in modernising how local and global brands go to market, in branding, website development and growth marketing. With over 16 years of experience working for premium brands, she is passionate about leveraging technology to play a pivotal role in controlling end-to-end brand strategy to build a strong and cohesive customer experience.