Artwork Celebrates LBGTIQ Community at New Farm Neighbourhood Centre

Posted on Aug 26, 2014

Karl de Waal, Clare Lindop, Fiona Hunt, Phil Browne 1t


The project team who delivered the artwork, (left to right) – Artist Karl de Waal, Clare Lindop,  Fiona Hunt (New Farm Neighbourhood Centre), and LGBTIQ community advocate (and Queen’s Ball Activist Award winner) Phil Browne

Saturday 13 September, at 1 pm, will see the official launch and unveiling of a new permanent artwork at New Farm Neighbourhood Centre. The artwork commemorates the local Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) community, and aims to enhance the visibility and social inclusion of the Queer community.

This sculpture has been made possible through the generous support of the Brisbane City Council via a Community Development project grant and the in kind support of local businesses.  The design of the artwork was created out of a series of 3 workshops held in April/May, where community members gathered to discuss the history, culture and identity of the Queer community in the Inner City. From these workshop discussions, artist Karl de Waal, created an outstanding and unique piece of art that represents and celebrates our Queer community.

Once unveiled, the design of the artwork will encourage people to engage with it, thereby providing a further educational aspect. Another feature is the inbuilt lighting system, specifically designed to complement and accentuate the form and meaning of the artwork. It will provide the artwork with a shimmering presence, particularly as night falls. The artwork launch has been listed as an official event in the month-long Brisbane Pride Festival.

In addition to speeches and the usual formalities, the artwork launch event will also include:

  • Participants will observe as the giant rainbow flag, belonging to the Brisbane Pride Festival, is removed to officially unveil the artwork.
  • The showing of display panels from the 2010 Prejudice and Pride exhibition at the Museum of Brisbane, commemorating the past LGBT history of Brisbane. Attendees will be able to read these informative panels which will be distributed around the artwork in the Neighbourhood Centre front yard.
  • Members of Hotmale choir will perform the song “Equality”.
  • Attendees will draw a large chalk rainbow crossing beside the new artwork and leading up to the Neighbourhood Centre entrance.
  • Refreshments will be served to participants.


Karl de Waal, the artist who worked with the community to develop the artwork, comments that he “Thoroughly enjoyed the processes and challenges this unique opportunity presented and I hope the resulting sculpture encapsulates and celebrates the spirit and diversity of the LGBTIQ community.”


Workshop participant, Barbara Wilson, described the opportunity to provide input as “an inclusive and affirming process where we reflected on what’s important to the LGBTIQ community.”Ms Wilson was pleased with how the community“worked with the artist to mirror issues important to LGBTIQ people, and to show these meanings to both our own and the wider community.” 


Fellow participant, Patrick Kay states “I learnt so much about the local history of the queer community during the workshops.”Mr Kay adds “I’m looking forward to seeing those stories shine through in the sculpture. It means a lot to have something so visible and permanent outside the centre.”


Artwork project team member and LGBTIQ community advocate, Phil Browne, says:

The artwork will be a powerful symbol of respect, validation and pride to many LGBTIQ people who may be living with prejudice and discrimination. Additionally, it will serve as a beacon of awareness and recognition to the broader community.”


All members of the Queer community and broader community are welcome to attend the launch.Please RSVP to for catering purposes.


The project team who developed the artwork, wish to thank the following companies for generously donating materials used in constructing the artwork.

  • Groove Tiles and Stone, Fortitude Valley.
  • Trend Australasia
  • Empyrean Lighting, Sippy Downs.
  • Inlite Lighting, Fortitude Valley.
  • Multitech Solutions, Coorparoo.

A Facebook event for the launch is available here