Long Table | ‘I want a future that lives up to my past’: local queer stories

Long Table | ‘I want a future that lives up to my past’: local queer stories

The Long Table discussion – an open, welcoming and inclusive space – presented as part of the public program associated with the ‘I want a future that lives up to my past’: David McDiarmid and local queer stories display at AGWA.

Focusing on epidemics, hardships, community, strength and survival of the local queer community, the invited panellists will discuss the context of 1980s and 1990s Perth and what we can take with us into today.

Invited speakers include Esther Montgomery Historian, author, advocate and LGBTQ+ social justice campaigner; Barbara Helena Hostalek Emerging playwright and spoken word poet Tim Brown, Manager, Connections Nightclub; Janet Carter, Artist and activist; Jo Darbyshire, Artist; Maxine Drake, Former WA AIDS Council; Brian Greig Former councillor and Democrats Senator and campaigner for LGBTIQA+ issues; Noemie Huttner-Koros, Artist; Gavin McGuren, Founding Member of Westside Observer; Mark Reid, Former WA AIDS Council, former People Living with AIDS (PLWA) board member and others, and Dunja Rmandić Acting AGWA Curator International Art.

What is the Long Table?
The Long Table discussion format borrows from the idea of a dinner table as a way of generating public conversation. Conceived in 2003 by Lois Weaver in response to the divided nature of conventional panel discussions, the Long Table allows voices to be heard equally and invites members of the public to join in.

Come listen, contribute, and celebrate the strength of the LGBTIQA+ community.

Related Information

AGWA Concourse


On Saturday 27 August, the Gallery is open 10am-3pm only as we prepare for the AGWA Foundation Gala supporting women in the arts. Some exhibition access will be disrupted with two Tracks We Share ground floor galleries closed. AGWA Rooftop bar will be closed, reopening at 2pm Sunday. Details