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    Joel Devereux

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    Bear Baxter (Formerly Aly Lorén)


Creating Queer Art

MELT Talks

Presented by Brisbane Powerhouse

Art makers from the LGBTIQ+ community have always been creating work. But how do you represent your voice in queer work, how do you stay true to yourself and what responsibilities come with doing this?

Come and hear from three young queer art makers, Bear Baxter (Aly Lorén), Artemis Green and Joel Devereux talk about their craft, what drives them and how they see their place now and in the future in the cultural landscape.

Bear Baxter is an ex-Brisbane now Melbourne based queer-non-binary-femme-tomboy-dreamboat that uses their work to explore consequences of sharing true emotional vulnerability.

Artemis Green is a queer artist, radio host and content creator who founded Magnetic North Theatre Company in 2014 as a response to the disappointing lack of trans, queer and intersectional voices in mainstream media.

Joel Devereux is a creative photographer specialising in portraiture, a producer of burlesque and drag performances and has an interest in alternative make-up.

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BEAR BAXTER is a Melbourne based queer-non-binary-femme-tomboy-dreamboat who was sent to earth to make it gayer and more romantic. They are a playwright, multi-disciplined performer, poet, composer and cowboy, creating and sharing stories on the land of the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung peoples. They made their theatre debut for Melbourne Fringe Festival in 2017 with their one-babe-show Share My Blankets, and, revamped as a cabaret, brought it to MELT in 2018 under the name Aly Lorén. Their new project, stage name and regular life name is a mission in trans-ing up blues and pub tunes through original and adapted music. They have a focus on and passion for creating space for trans and gender diverse people within the music and theatre worlds.

Artemis Green is a queer artist, radio host and content creator who founded Magnetic North Theatre Company in 2014 as a response to the disappointing lack of trans, queer and intersectional voices in mainstream media. Their aim is to turn marginalisation into art, and offer creative ownership to people whose stories are often overlooked. Artemis enjoys long-form devising processes and getting caught in the rain.

Specialising in creative portraiture, Joel is a Brisbane-based photographer, burlesque & drag producer with an interest in alternative makeup. A painter from a young age until he found his main passion in photography. He attained his Bachelor of Creative Industries, with a major in Entertainment Industries and a minor in Visual Art, at QUT Kelvin Grove in 2013. Joel's work has been exhibited across Australia.

Joel has photographed a number of personalities and celebrities, including; Paris Hilton, Mel B, Rhonda Burchmore, Olympian Matthew Mitcham, Ryan Greasley, Brendan Maclean, DJ Havana Brown, The Veronicas, The Naked Magicians, Josh Wade, stars from RuPaul's Drag Race, Duo-RAW, and many more. In early 2015, Joel his first solo exhibition and book, HYDRA, at the Brisbane Powerhouse. Inspired by a dark alternative vision of isolated masculinity, HYDRA was on display from the 3rd to the 22nd of February 2015 as part of the first MELT Festival of Queer Arts and Culture. His extended series ‘#FOODP*RN' launched as a book and exhibition as part of the third annual MELT Festival of Queer Arts and Culture at Brisbane Powerhouse in January 2017. In January 2017 Joel launched his open-ended series DVRX, a weekly digital ebook focussing on the human form and modern notions of masculinity. Joel also holds the role of Creative Designer with Oscar Production Company and the Boy&Girl shows. In 2018, he launched RUMBLE, an underground game show like no other, pitching two performance artists against each other over 3 rounds of acts and improvisation.

Joel is currently freelancing as a photographer and producer full time in Brisbane, Australia.


About the Venue

Common Questions

How do I get to Brisbane Powerhouse?
See our Getting Here page.

Is parking available?
There is limited free-of-charge, all-day, on-site car parking at Brisbane Powerhouse. If you are travelling by car, please arrive early to secure a park. Additional free parking is available in New Farm Park accessible via our link road, which is opened after 5pm on performance days.

What time should I arrive?
It's best to arrive at least 30-40 minutes before the show start time to find a car park, pick up your tickets at box office and make your way to the venue. The doors of the venue will open approximately 10-15 minutes prior to show time.

Where do I pick up my tickets?
Tickets will be available for pick up from Box Office 60 minutes prior to show time.

Is there food and drink available

Brisbane Powerhouse has two on-site restaurants. More information can be found on our Eat + Drink page.

See more common questions and learn everything you need to know about your visit to Brisbane Powerhouse on our FAQ page.

Get the most out of your visit

See an exhibition
See the world for free with awe-inspiring visual art from just about everywhere. Make sure you don’t miss anything – explore all of the foyers on the main and bottom floors. See what's on.

Explore New Farm Park
Brisbane Powerhouse is located next to the beautiful New Farm Park, one of Brisbane’s most popular and much loved recreational facilities. Pack a picnic, smell the roses in the garden, play a game of tennis, let the kids loose in the playground, enjoy a coffee, or just sit back and take in the sunshine.

Brisbane Powerhouse recommends The JohnsonTryp Hotel, and The Fantauzzo.