Call for applications – LGBTIQA+ photography exhibition

Call for applications – LGBTIQA+ photography exhibition


JOY has been working for a few months on a brilliant project in partnership with Monash Art Gallery, Monash Council to elevate the voices and experiences of LGBTIQA+ youth through photography and audio art.

“Being a voice” is a public call for LGBTIQA+ youth aged 15-25 who live, study, play or work in Monass to share their experience of being part of the rainbow community.

The caption will result in an explosion of photographs across Monash Art Gallery The walls of the Atrium Gallery will be lined with audio recordings exploring the lived experiences of Monash residents, providing a cultural testament to being part of the LGBTIQA+ community.

Photographic and audio submissions for “Being a voice” open on 14and of February and close on the 21st of March before the official launch of the exhibition on Friday 13and of May. Interested participants may submit their work to to consider for exposure.

As Australia’s largest LGBTIQA+ community radio station and media organization, JOY uses our expert audio production team and community connection to bring this project to life. JOY will help record and edit the Rainbow Youth audio submissions to create an inspiring immersive audio experience for all at the gallery and online.

This project is in collaboration with JOY Media, Monash Gallery of Art (MGA) and Monash Council.

Monash Council created an LGBTIQA+ advisory committee in 2021 and is currently working on Rainbow Tick accreditation. As part of this dedicated effort, this photography project aims to amplify voices and provide leadership opportunities for our young LGBTIQA+ community.

Mayor Stuart James of Monash Council/Town of Monash says that “The Council is proud to have supported the LGBTIQA+ community for many years, but we know there is still work to be done in this space to ensure that our services, programs and networks include and represent all members of our community.

be a voice will allow our young LGBTIQA+ community to share their stories with us through a creative forum and we are excited to work with Monash Gallery of Art and JOY to bring these stories to life.

With the sole aim of building a more inclusive Australia, JOY is delighted to work with young members of the Rainbow Community, to help them give voice to their lived experiences. We are proud to work alongside the City of Monash and the Monash Gallery of Art to bring this important exhibition to life.

The director of Monash Anouska Phizacklea Art Gallery shared this, “To be a voffice is an open call for young LGBTQIA+ artists who work, live, study or play at Monash to share their lived experiences through the most powerful and democratic medium: photography – and to have their story heard in their own words. It is not a unified voice but an individual voice. There are millions of stories and we want to see every one of them. As the exhibit explodes into the MGA’s Atrium space, audiences will experience the diversity of voices and the richness and complexity of each story. »

If you want to submit or find out more, go to

Tracey L. Sweeney