LGBTIQ youth showcase art in exhibition at Open Doors Youth Service

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The young people from Fortitude Valley-based Open Doors Youth Service are hosting an art exhibition to celebrate Pride Month in Brisbane.

The organisation’s Odyssey Art Exhibition and Fundraiser will be held at Betty’s Espresso and Bar in South Brisbane on Thursday (September 20) to raise money for Open Doors’ PRIDE Art Therapy Program.

The PRIDE Art therapy program is the first of its kind in Australia, and seeks to improve the mental health and well being of LGBTIQ+ young people aged 12 to 24 through the implementation of creative arts.

With funding for this 12-month pilot program due to cease, Open Doors said the event aims to raise both funds and awareness to hopefully continue.

The exhibition on Thursday will showcase creative works from Brisbane’s LGBTI+ young people, with framed artworks for sale.

As well as a special guest appearance from local LGBTI+ singer/songwriter Nikolaine Martin, the evening will include live performances from the young people, and interactive art for those that want to join in the creativity.

Odyssey Art Exhibition & Fundraiser is an all-ages event beginning at 6pm, with tickets available through Eventbrite. For under 18’s, entry is a gold coin donation at the door.

Raffles will be drawn throughout the event, as well as a silent auction of items and vouchers donated by supportive local businesses.

Two months ago, artist Mikarla Teague, one of the co-facilitators of the Art Therapy program, unveiled a new mural she created covering one wall of iconic Brisbane gay venue Sportsman Hotel.

On Sunday, Open Doors announced they were working with researchers from UQ on a new social media campaign aiming to educate young people about HIV prevention.

To find out more about Open Doors Youth Service, visit the website here.

This month is Pride Month in Brisbane, and the Brisbane Pride Festival’s rally, march and fair day will be held on Brunswick Street and at New Farm Park on Saturday, September 22. For details, visit the Facebook page.

Jordan Hirst
Jordan Hirst

Jordan Hirst is an experienced journalist and content creator with a career spanning over a decade at QNews. Since 2012, the Brisbane local has covered an enormous range of topics and subjects in-depth affecting the LGBTIQA+ community, both in Australia and overseas. Today, the Brisbane-based journalist covers everything from current affairs, politics and health to sport and entertainment.

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