Willoughby City Council & Lane Cove Council
LGBTIQA Paste-Up Portraits 2015, 2017 & 2019

The LGBTIQA Paste-up Portraits workshops were first involved in the 2015 Willoughby Visual Arts Biennial public program and exclusively engaged Chatswood Youth Centre LGBTIQA members in creative portrait taking and paste-up workshops. The project has just completed its third iteration, having been completed first in 2015, again in 2017 and most recently in 2019.

Following in the footsteps of JR’s INSIDE OUT art project participants were given the opportunity to share their portrait and transform often forgotten parts of the city into creative spaces that reflect messages of personal identity.

The first Paste-Up Portraits workshops were part of the Willoughby Visual Arts Biennial public programs lineup celebrating the vibrant artistic culture of Willoughby by inviting locals to think about how we imagine our place- past, present and future. The festival encouraged the community to consider the roles of history, progress, nature, art, architecture, multiculturalism and urban planning in the way we transform space into place.

Following the success of the 2015 Paste Up Portraits the project, through the enthusiasm and interest of Council workers and participants, saw it’s implementation in 2017 with an astonishing 30 portraits being pasted up on the Chatswood Youth Centre second floor and again in 2019.