Fonds RBSC-ARC-1833 - Queer Arts Festival fonds

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Queer Arts Festival fonds

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Previously known as Pride in Art

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40 cm of textual records.

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The Queer Arts Festival (QAF) was founded by Two-Spirit artist Robbie Hong and Black artist Jeffery Gibson among other queer visual artists in 1998. Originally called Pride in Art, QAF was incorporated in 2006 as a nonprofit and the first multidisciplinary QAF occurred in 2008. In 2018, the SUM gallery was founded by Artistic Director SD Holman to serve as a permanent space to hold the QAF and host other events and artistic residencies. The SUM gallery, “is one of less than a handful of permanent queer-mandated art galleries in the world. SUM produces, presents and exhibits with a curatorial vision favouring cutting-edge, thought-provoking multidisciplinary work that pushes boundaries and initiates dialogue,” ( The QAF and SUM gallery’s goals are to bring diverse queer communities together to support risk-taking art and artists, collaborate and experiment with other creators, and to celebrate the vivid history and heritage of queer art and artists. The QAF has been hosted annually since 2006 at the Roundhouse at the SUM gallery in Vancouver, and has presented over 2,000 artists in more than 450 events to over 100,000 patrons of the arts.

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This fonds consists of records relating to the Queer Arts Festival hosted by SUM Gallery. The records are separated by festival year, as follows:
• 2006: Joy Along the Continuum
• 2007/2008: Gender Twist
• 2009: Faerie Tales
• 2010: Queertopia
• 2011: Games People Play
• 2012: Random Acts of Queerness
• 2013: Transgression Now
• 2014: ReGenerations
• 2015: Trigger: Drawing the Line
• 2016: Stonewall was a Riot
• 2017: UnSettled
• 2018: DECADEnce
• 2019: rEvolution
• 2020: Wicked
• 2021: DISPERSED: it’s not easy being green

Records consists of newspaper articles; QAF programs, brochures, booklets, and other promotional materials; Pride booklets and promotional materials; legal documents like licenses and permits; music scores; scripts – opera libretto; press reviews and patron comments; artist statements; and internal staff documents like checklists, prep notes, price lists, job duties, conferences, board meetings, stages and staging notes.

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Each festival year’s program is available online with additional information about other events that occurred in the same year at

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Fonds arranged and described by Allison Gale in February 2022.

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