Image collage - two artworks side by side, descriptions at end of main contents below. Title text 'LOVE.RESPECT.PRIDE.' in rainbow font.

Love. Respect. Pride.

Exhibition: 24 February to 26 May 2023, UNSW Main Library Level 3

In celebration of Sydney WorldPride, Level 3 of UNSW Main Library features a vibrant display of colourful paintings, sculptures, photographs, collages, and prints by queer-identifying (LGBTIQ+) artists from the UNSW Art Collection.

Through their respective practices, the artists in Love. Respect. Pride. explore queer perspectives, aesthetics, and narratives around identity, sexuality and queer love. The exhibition includes artworks by women artists, First Nations artists, and artists with disability - underscoring that for some, queerness can be intersectional.

Love. Respect. Pride. highlights new Library-funded acquisitions by leading Australian contemporary artists Victoria Atkinson, Gerwyn Davies and Dylan Mooney. Displayed alongside the recent acquisitions are Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran’s multicoloured ceramic sculpture, Pussy (2015), Jeffrey Smart’s 1954 painting Edward VII baths, one of the first artworks purchased by the University, and a special loan of works by Deborah Kelly.

This exhibition is a collaboration between the UNSW Art Collection and UNSW Library to champion inclusion, representation and Allyship by generating a platform for awareness and respect.


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Left: Deborah Kelly, Maid of Jutland (2017), collage, watercolour, ink and metallic pigments on paper. On loan from the artist. © Deborah Kelly
Image description: A figure with their head and lower body covered with large flowers against a dark background.

Right: Dylan Mooney, Stuck on You (2020), from the Queer, Blak and Here series (2020-21), digital illustration printed on 320gsm smooth cotton paper, 84.1 x 59.4 cm. UNSW Art Collection (PR 2022/1253). © Dylan Mooney
Image description: Two young men embracing against a night sky. One is wearing a brown jacket, the other a sweater with rainbow trim and the Aboriginal flag on the sleeve, and both have white face paint.


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Victoria Atkinson, Showman (2018), Church Rainbow (2018), and Spotty Waterfall Building (City Scene II) (2019). UNSW Art Collection. © Victoria Atkinson.
Image description: Installation view of three artworks against a white background. The artworks have vibrant colours and display abstract images of people, animals, objects, and buildings.


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