Luciano and Georgia Keats, supported by the Australian Queer Archive, present Queer-ways: Retracing Melbourne’s Queer Footprint.
Queer-ways maps the queer cartography of Melbourne, combining the queer stories and voices of Melbourne past and present into a permanent, interactive record of being queer in Melbourne. Our project is currently seeking community submissions of locations and stories significant to your queer experience.
To record your story on our map of queer history, fill out the form below.
Add your footprint
Queer-ways: Retracing Melbourne’s Queer Footprint is a collaborative community art project by LUCIANO and Georgia Keats, supported by the Australian Queer Archive (AQuA).
Working with AQuA, we will map sites significant to Melbourne's queer history. This initial data will be enriched with stories directly from our queer community, creating a snap shot of queer life in Melbourne up until the year 2021.
Tell us your story, whatever it is. Did you have a queer awakening? Or maybe a significant experience that made you the queer you are today? Where did it happen? All stories are welcome, big or small, from the past or present.
All personal information collected remains secure and is used to help us confirm that our map represents the experiences of all of Melbourne's LGBTQIA+ community. If you have any issues with supplying personal details, please leave these sections unanswered. Locations added to the map will be anonymous and will not include any personal details.
Our map has been made with Google My Maps and has the same interface.
To browse our map, click the symbol in the top left corner to pull out a menu that lists all locations. Here you will be able to filter between community stories and stories collected from the archive.
Alternatively, click on the symbols in the map to read more about the significance of each location to Melbourne's Queer History.
If you would like to explore the map in full screen, press the symbol on the top right corner. This will direct you to our Google My Map site.
If you would like to add your story to our map, please fill out the form above.
Please allow two business days from submission for you story to appear on the map. Although we intend to represent all peoples and stories, some submissions may not be fit for our project and will not be listed.
The collection of data on our digital map is the initial research stage of our project, not its final outcome.
From the collection of history and stories collected in our digital map, we will develop an illustrated map of Queer Melbourne supported with Augmented Reality, bringing our history to life.
For the first time, the queer history of Melbourne will be told simultaneously through audio, visuals and writing. Ensuring the queer history of Melbourne is accessible to diverse audiences.
We hope to exhibit the completed maps in late 2021. Sign up to our newsletter to follow the progress of our project.
Queer-ways was established on the unceded traditional lands of the Wurundjeri nation in the Kulin alliance.
This project is focused on the geographical location referred to as “Melbourne", known as Naarm (or Narrm) by the Woiwurrung language group. The map we have utilised is based off of previous settler-colonial cartography and may not accurately reflect the Aboriginal cultural landscape.
In the future, we hope to find and develop the technology to integrate Indigenous nations into the Queer-ways map.If you are not aware of the rightful custodians of the land on which you are located, you can learn more at www.aiatsis.gov.au.
Queer-ways acknowledges Australia’s First Nations Peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of this land and gives respect to the Elders, past and present, and through them to all Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We encourage you to take steps towards learning more about how you can support Indigenous communities in the fight for sovereignty.
You can hear us talking about out project on the Hairy Original Community Podcast
Queer-ways has been recorded in Testing Grounds Project Archive.
Our posters have also been archived in the Riley Ephemera Collection and our website will also be archived through Trove as part of the State Library of Victoria's collection.
Queer-ways is supported by the Australian Queer Archive (AQuA)
This project is supported by the City of Melbourne Arts Grants.
Creative development supported by Testing Grounds Creative Development Program
Luciano is a Melbourne based arts educator and multidisciplinary artist.
Inspired by domesticity, traditions of storytelling and the interwoven relationship between society and fibre, his artistic practice explores aspects of human nature, the shared and differing experience of communities and the relationship between people and textile crafts.
Georgia Keats is a Melbourne based arts educator and multidisciplinary artist.
Her artistic practice explores the accessibility of visual language, combining symbols and everyday objects that represent queer experience. Georgia continues to expand her practice through experiential storytelling, pulling from themes of uncomfortability and contradiction in her life.