‘Textures of HARD2022. Photo by Sean Fennessy’
Past Event


Presented by Calum Hurley


Thu 18 May 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Fri 19 May 11:00am - 5:00pm
Fri 19 May 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Opening Event -- Booked Out
Sat 20 May 11:00am - 5:00pm
Sun 21 May 11:00am - 5:00pm


Free, no booking required


Wood Street Gallery by Christopher Boots
8 Wood Street, Fitzroy VIC, Australia


All gender bathroom Seating available

In its second year, HARD invites exhibitors to incorporate found materials into new works, using their surroundings as inspiration.

The event showcases queer creatives from across Australia and celebrates queer sexuality and identity in tandem with the Australian ritual of sneaking out after dark to scour the streets for hard, hard rubbish.

The unspoken acceptance of these covert kerbside movements mirrors the queer experience of growing up in Australia. Both involve a search for identity and a desire to create something from nothing.


Hard give thanks to the generous support of Darling Distillery, Bodriggy, Drip and that the exhibition is made possible by Christopher Boots.


Andy TT, he/him

Since graduating from his bachelor’s degree in Int. Architecture in 2015, Andy TT has worked within architectural practices and as a freelance designer within boutique design studios. Andy’s sculptural practice and interests lie within mixed media design, with a focus on story telling through materiality. His work has an emphasis on the symbiotic relationship with materials, tools and processes.

Andy’s obsession with using water and ocean biophilia within his work derives from his cultural upbringing. In 2022, Andy contributed to Melbourne Design Week’s HARD exhibition, which was an experimentation of slow-processed kelp and maceration. Andy’s organic elements jarred alongside man-made elements are signature to his practice. When Andy is not exploring new uses of materiality, he is making homemade kimchi and pasta from scratch – enjoying the process of slow and honest making. Andy lives and works on Kaurna Yerta land, Adelaide.

Alison Smiles, she/her

Alison Smiles works predominantly with clay sculpture on Kaurna Country. In 2018, Alison completed an honours research study at ACSA, exploring heteronormative approaches in the medical field and the echoing impact of traumatic memory on the queer body through lived experience. Recently, Alison has been focused on the malleable qualities of clay and its ability to reflect the haptic processes used in the development of sculptural work, married with the galvanising qualities of fire and heat. Alison is employed as a Ceramics and Sculpture Lecturer at Adelaide College of the Arts, as well as an adjunct Lecturer for Flinders University.


Baaqiy Ghazali, she/her

Baaqiy Ghazali is an emerging fashion designer with a background in architecture and fine art, specialising in sculptural garments. Baaqiy sees her practice as a tool to investigate fashions effect on the human psyche asking: Why do we wear what we wear? And can avant-garde design be desirable? Baaqiy was given the opportunity to preview her graduate collection ‘Love Is Calling For Wonderland’ on the Melbourne Fashion Week runway, designing a custom garment for St.Ali and becoming a member of the Melbourne Fashion Hub 2022/2023. Baaqiy won the MYER Fashions On The Field – Emerging Designer Award 2022, with her winning design and interview was featured in Vogue Australia February 2023 issue.

Billie Civello, they/them with Steph Schafer + Elizabeth Peiyi

Billie Civello is an emerging designer-maker based on the lands of the Kulin Nation. Their practice sits on the nexus between art and design, focusing on interactions between how objects exist in space and the built environments that inform them. Billie has mainly worked with metal though they have used a range of materials to create objects that take on a brutalist yet modern aesthetic, drawing heavily from architecture and urban environments.

Elliott Papazahariakis, he/him

Elliott Papazahariakis is a writer and researcher from Adelaide on Kaurna Country. He is currently based in Brussels, where he is completing a Master of Urban Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the Université Libre du Bruxelles. He has published essays with KAJET Journal and Desired Landscapes and is interested in the relationship between built environments and feelings, queer urbanisms, and migration.

Harrison Lambooy, he/him

Harrison Lambooy is an artist based in Melbourne (Naarm/Birrarung-ga). Training in printmaking at COFA, he now works in drawing, illustration, and ceramics. Inspired by the processes of archeologists, his work excavates and catalogs moments, memories, and objects from both his own history and the history of the world.

Indra Liusuari, they/them

Indra Liusuari is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice includes audio-visual media, documented performance, installation, and publication. Conceptually, Liusuari is focused on critical discourses around the presence of white supremacy in the gay subculture and the gentrification of ethnic enclaves, which manifest via absurdist exaggeration and satirical self-exotification.

Brutalist architecture and industrial design, audio-visual remnants of the 1980s and 1990s, and the underground rave scene have become paramount influences in their practice. Liusuari has been awarded the Cultural Visions Grant from RMIT Culture, the Liquid Architecture’s Graduate Prize, and a First Class Honours for their research on problematising [gay] Asian men’s fetish for white homosexuals using Brutalism and Eurodance. Liusuari has presented works with Immigration Museum, Blindside, RMIT Culture, VICE Media x Pink Dot Singapore, and has an upcoming screening at Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien in Berlin, Germany.

Jonathon Oxlade, he/him and Jacobus (Jack) Oudyn, he/him

Jonathon Oxlade is a multi-award winning Australian live performance and screen designer. He studied illustration and sculpture at the Queensland College of Art and continues his visual art practice alongside his work for stage and screen. Jonathon has designed set and costumes for Queensland Theatre, Bell Shakespeare, State Theatre of South Australia, Malthouse Theatre, Chunky Move, Sydney Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company, Sandpit, Belvoir St Theatre, Windmill Theatre Co, and ABC TV among others. Jonathon received APDG awards for both Best Production Design and Best Costume Design for the film ‘Girl Asleep’ and received an ACCTA award for best Costume for ‘Girl Asleep’. He was also awarded a Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship in 2016.

Born in 1944 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Jonathan has been living and working in Brisbane, Queensland, since 1954. He holds a BEd and Diploma in Fine Arts from Griffith University, Brisbane. Over the past 30 years, Oudyn has explored his artistic concerns through various themes and media as a visual artist. His exhibitions, awards, residences, and community projects have made him a recognized regional visual artist and educator. Although artist books have been a constant part of his art practice, they have become the major focus since 2000. They have been exhibited in Australia and internationally in UK, USA, Middle East and North Africa. His works are included in the collections of State Library of Queensland, Redlands Art Gallery, Artspace Manly, NSW as well as in private collections in Australia, Netherlands, USA and UK.

J Davies, they/them

J Davies is multidisciplinary takataapui artist living and working on the stolen lands of the Kulin Nation. Through ongoing archiving of contemporary queer existence, J cultivates connection to community and culture whilst considering themes of identity, intimacy and neurodiversity.

J graduated with a bachelor’s degree of Fine Art from Melbourne University, The Victorian College of The Arts in 2017 and has been experimenting with photography since the mid 2000’s. Their work has been exhibited at The Centre for Contemporary Photography, Sol Gallery, James Makin Gallery, Incinerator Gallery, Blak Dot Gallery, C3 Artspace and soon to be showing at The National Gallery of Victoria.

Julian Leigh May, they/them

Julian Leigh May (they/them) is an experimental designer based in Melbourne (Naarm/Birrarung-ga) embracing a spectrum of disciplines and mediums. Their work transcends barriers between art and design, and spans furniture, lighting and object design. Central to their practice is an interest in redefining everyday objects through new narratives, material experimentations, and forms.

Julian holds an associate degree in Furniture Design from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Their work has been shown nationally and internationally, including Melbourne Design Week, Oigall Projects, Craft Contemporary, and the Taiwan Design Expo in 2022.

Julian is also a contributing designer for the ‘history making exhibition’ Melbourne Now 2023.

Leo Greenfield, he/him

Living and working on Gadigal Country, Leo Greenfield uses drawing to document daily life, creating intimate portraits of people and places. Since graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2009, Leo has collaborated with the Sydney Jewish Museum, the Powerhouse Museum, and the Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas. Greenfield has illustrated titles including Proud (Little Tiger Press) and Style Forever (Hardie Grant) and worked for Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Architectural Digest. His artwork has been commissioned by Chanel, Gucci and Tiffany & Co. From 2015 to 2020 he wrote a monthly column, ‘Drawn to the City’, for the Adelaide Review, where he chronicled the lives of people living in South Australia. Today Greenfield continues to use drawing as a tool for storytelling across platforms, from printmaking to social media.

Locki Humphrey, they/them

Locki Humphrey is a Melbourne-based furniture designer and 3D artist whose work spans both physical and digital mediums. Growing up in Sydney, they developed a love for furniture working as an upholsterer before studying industrial design at Design Centre Enmore. Locki’s work re-interprets traditional forms and methods for a modern audience. Using few visible fixtures in their furniture construction, they are able to achieve clean silhouettes which are dramatic and playful in proportion. With a particular focus on minimal intervention and sustainable design practices, Locki believes that good design should intentionally and carefully walk the line between beauty and function.

Milk Paste, she/her
Milkpaste is a DJ previously based in Adelaide and now residing in Sydney, Australia. She started collecting records & began Djing in 2013, supporting friends’ art exhibitions that quickly evolved into numerous weekly residences at the notorious cocktail bar Lotus Lounge and late-night destination Sugar Night Club, with a vast record collection that varies from ambient, classical, jazz, house, disco, techno and everything else in-between.

She’s played regular interstate queer-focused parties, Honcho Disko & Poof Doof and has supported an impressive lineup of international acts under the club night Inside Out – Dance Club. Milkpaste has supported world-class acts from Boris, Fred P, Soichi Terada, Lil Louis, Omar S, Tom Trago, Mike Huckaby and Jayda G. 

Milkpaste’s sound is very much a nod to the music played at historical queer clubs Paradise Garage (NYC), The Music Box (Chicago) and Front (Hamburg). Imagine a dark, sweaty queer club in 1988 with blaring proto-house is precisely the sound you can expect during a club set.

Miriam Sims, she/they

Miriam Sims is an artist and student of architecture practicing in Adelaide (Tarntanya). Their practice is concerned with slippages in language, form, transitional public sites and other ‘in-between’ spaces. Working across sculpture, drawing and performance she hopes to see these thresholds as critical sites for improvisation. These thresholds are expanded through glass work highlighting its transparency, optical and material qualities to contextualise the tensions of permeability in the built environment. Her design practice oscillates between the everyday and the mystical, safety and danger, truth and obscurity, structure and entropy.

Reyne Lawson, he/him

Reyne Lawson is a digital artist based in Perth (Boorloo) producing surreal, provocative and retrofuturistic compositions exploring themes of social culture, gay culture and sexuality. Layering both tactile and digital mediums, Reyne has a distinct textural style that combines elements of fashion, design, urban culture, religion and sexual fantasy. Sparking a sense of playfulness, Reyne montages vintage gay pornography and other media. He uses pleasure as a vehicle to provoke, not only satisfaction, but as an escape from reality

Richard Greenacre, he/him

Richard industrial designer based in Melbourne (Naarm-Birrarung-ga) whose work encompasses furniture, lighting and object design. His design approach is grounded in material experimentation and research, and places emphasis on hands-on experience and the act of designing through making. Over the last decade Richard has been increasingly focused on exploring the material possibilities of clay, creating work that dwells in the liminal space between industrial design and craft.

Raphy Karanikos, he/him

Raphy Karanikos is a queer emerging artist working out of Clifton Hill in Melbourne (Naarm/Birrarung-ga). Working across different mediums but primarily utilising clay, Raphy sculpts colourful surrealist forms and vessels that reference popular culture, heritage and humour.

Tom Summers, he/him

Tom Summers is a queer ceramic artist and product designer currently practicing out of JamFactory in Adelaide, South Australia.  Working with ceramics since 2018, his distinctive ceramic vessels are one of a kind, each being handbuilt using slabs of clay that have been infused with pigments prior to working with it. His work contemplates the everyday built environment and warps his experience of place to reflect the vibrant inner world that exists in each of us.  His pieces are an invitation to slow down, contemplate and appreciate the beauty of life.  The work is also as much a colour exploration as it is an exploration of form, trying to create a harmonious balance in proportion and scale to create a private, secret inner feeling.

Yuchen Gao + Yiling Shen

Yuchen Gao and Yiling Shen are architectural designers who recently completed their Master of Architecture at RMIT University. They are interested in bridging the gap between architectural and public discourse on our city and urban fabric, creating more playful and accessible ways for people to engage with architecture. For Melbourne Design Week 2022, they created F*** Marry Kill (Melbourne Buildings Edition), a ‘dating app’ for buildings, which allowed people to rate and comment on the buildings of the Melbourne CBD. Although they both work in architecture, their interests are multi-disciplinary and they are fascinated by the stories that arise through the way people move through the city.

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