YES – it’s a potent, positive word as well as an empowering annual art exhibition! Bringing together a diverse group of 15 talented artists from the LGBTQ+ community, it celebrates the fourth anniversary of Australia voting ‘yes’ to equal marriage rights.
Held at aMBUSH Gallery Sydney in 2021, YES will guide audiences through themes including the representation of the queer community in mainstream media and advertising; our modern-day consumerist society; the history of motifs and images; body representation; love, and the multiple intersections that exist with subjects such as race, neurodiversity and chronic illness.
With the historical lack of opportunity afforded to LGBTQ+ artists for their works to be displayed and sold, YES was created to exhibit this art that can sit as proudly in a gallery as it can in a living room.
YES is a colourful, validating multidisciplinary exhibition providing a window into the unique experiences of the LGBTQ+ community, whose experiences cannot be confined to a standardised box.
Produced and presented by aMBUSH Gallery, this year sees the largest lineup of artists yet, showcasing Adam Doughty (textile collage), Ailie Banks (mixed media), Amy Blue (pencil drawings), Antony Makhlouf (mixed media), Bowen Halkett (photography), Claudia Chinyere Akole (POSCA illustration), Erin Sutherland (ink and graphite illustration), Joshua Cameron (poetry), Kazuki Komatsu (gel ink illustration), Maya Mulvey-Santana (watercolour and pencil portraits), Oliver Vincent (digital illustration), Risako Katsumata (videography and photography), Rowan Yeomans (embroidery), Samuel Luke (digital illustration), and Wade Goring (mixed media/digital painting).
Join us at aMBUSH Gallery Sydney (4a James Street, Waterloo) on Thursday 18 November from 6-9pm for opening night, including drinks supplied by Capital Brewing Co. YES will then be on show daily, 12noon until 4pm, from Friday 19 November until Sunday 21 November, with all works for sale.
aMBUSH Gallery is a Covid-safe venue operating according to current government rules and regulations and the event is subject to social gathering restrictions.
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Adam Doughty, Ailie Banks, Amy Blue, Antony Makhlouf, Bowen Halkett, Claudia Chinyere Akole, Erin Sutherland, Joshua Cameron, Kazuki Komatsu, Maya Mulvey-Santana, Oliver Vincent, Risako Katsumata, Rowan Yeomans, Samuel Luke, and Wade Goring.