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Low Brows, High Hopes: Midsumma 2021

16 March 2021

For this year’s Midsumma Festival, community members are invited to experience a new visual art and creative writing project, created by young members of two local LGBTQIA+ groups, in collaboration with artist Willow Franklin and poet Zoe Kingsley.

Kingston Mayor Steve Staikos said the teams have worked together to create a visual experience which can be accessed via an online zine and projection festival, from 21 April to 29 May, for Midsumma 2021.

“Young members of Queer in Kingston and Connect worked with Willow and Zoe over a series of workshops to create a visual feast, as Kingston’s local contribution as part of this year’s Midsumma Festival,” said Cr Staikos.

“They have explored, dissected and shared their ideas of what they consider ‘lowbrow art’ to be, inspired by key social and pop-cultural movements in visual arts and literature.”

“The outcome is an online zine and projection artwork which questions cultural norms and stereotypes,” said Cr Staikos.

The online zine will be available to download through the Kingston Arts website, in addition to an outdoor projection screening after dark.

Low Brows, High Hopes

Kingston’s contribution to the Midsumma Festival 2021

Creators: Artist Willow Franklin and poet Zoe Kingsley in conjunction with young members of Queer in Kingston and Connect.

When: 21 April – 29 May 2021

Cost: Free

Access the zine: download from

Experience the projections: After dark at the Bridge Projection Space, 985 Nepean Highway, Moorabbin.


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