Love. Respect. Pride

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


24 Feb - 26 May 2023


Level 3 Main Library


Victoria Atkinson
Gerwyn Davies
Deborah Kelly
Dylan Mooney
Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran
Jeffrey Smart


UNSW Art Collection

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

Love. Respect. Pride. highlighted 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 was a collaboration between the UNSW Art Collection and UNSW Library to champion inclusion, representation and Allyship by generating a platform for awareness and respect.


Top images:

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.]

Exhibition text

Download the Love. Respect. Pride. art labels below.

Art label text (1.7MB PDF)

Accessibility: UNSW Main Library is wheelchair accessible and the exhibition included large-text artwork labels.

Image gallery

Events from this exhibition


Opening event

Love. Respect. Pride. was launched with welcome remarks by Associate Professor Bruce Watson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Equity Diversity and Inclusion (acting), and a brief talk by exhibition co-curator, Dr Megan Fizell, Curator, Special Collections & Exhibitions, UNSW Library.

Event was held on Thursday, 2 March 2023.