Public Program Curator Tour: Yucky

Gallery Tour
13 April 2024
This is a close-up photo of me (Sam) releasing urine from my catheter into a yellow water balloon. I’m wearing blue pants faded to purple, a grey plaid shirt and brown leather sandals. My Dystonic hand is visible from the top left corner, pushing urine out of my catheter bag.
This is a close-up photo of me (Sam) releasing urine from my catheter into a yellow water balloon. I’m wearing blue pants faded to purple, a grey plaid shirt and brown leather sandals. My Dystonic hand is visible from the top left corner, pushing urine out of my catheter bag.

Join us for a guided tour of Yucky on Auslan Day led by public program curators William Maggs and Hen Vaughan.


Adelaide Contemporary Experimental

13 April 2024

12:00pm to 1:00pm


Yucky Public Program Curators, William Maggs and Hen Vaughan will share learnings and reflections they have gained from liaising with the exhibition artists. 

Gain insight into the works and learn some Auslan art-related terminology along the way!

William Maggs is visual artist based in Adelaide, South Australia who uses various mediums including painting, digital art, and drawing. As a Deaf artist, William is particularly passionate about capturing the joys and struggles of being Deaf in his art. From a young age, William discovered his love for painting, which provided him with a powerful creative outlet to express his thoughts and feelings in a way that words couldn't.

William presented his first solo exhibition in 2021, and has exhibited as part of Flow Festival (2018, 2023). William curated the inaugural Deaf Gain group exhibition at Kerry Packer Civic Gallery, Adelaide (2023); a celebration of the local and national Deaf community platforming 9 diverse artists works from South Australia and Victoria.

In 2023, William was awarded Deaf Volunteer of the Year by Deaf Australia recognising Maggs’ ongoing advocacy for the Deaf community nationally; including William’s involvement with Deaf Rainbow NSW during World Pride 2023, and attendance at the 2023 Parliamentary Breakfast where William represented South Australia. 

Hen Vaughan is a writer and artist living on unceded Kaurna Yarta. With a particular focus on walking arts, site-specific poetics, and critical ideas around health and illness, Hen’s practice has involved working on performances, workshops, walking tours, exhibitions, publications, radio programs and artist camps. Their writing has been published in Runway Journal, fineprint, and Artshub. Hen was an inaugural recipient of the National Gallery of Australia’s Digital Writers Mentorship in 2022. 

ACCESS – This is a walking tour through the gallery with stools or seats with backrests available. This tour will be shared between William Maggs (deaf) and Hen Vaughan (hearing).

Feature Image: Sam Petersen, 'Wee', 2020, digital photograph. Courtesy of the artist.

Lead Artist

Sam Petersen


Rayleen Forester,
Grace Marlow,
Patrice Sharkey

Public Program Curators

Hen Vaughan

Mentee Artists

William Maggs


Josh Campton,
Sophie Cassar,
Makeda Duong,
Lorcan Hopper,
Elizabeth Reed,
Finnegan Shannon

About 'Yucky'

  • 'Drool Fountain' by Sam Petersen.
  • 'Scattered Comets Inbetween the Lines (Multiverse)' by Josh Campton and Lorcan Hopper.
  • 'Clinic of the Gaze' by Sophie Cassar.
  • 'The Real Thing' by Makeda Duong.
  • 'Peer Viewed Body Parts of a Work' by Elizabeth Reed
  • 'Do you want us here or not (ACE)' by Finnegan Shannon and Sam Peterson
'Drool Fountain' by Sam Petersen.

People seeing me and yet pretending not to see. 

The fear is palpable sometimes. 
They fear me because I’m yucky. 
Yeah, drooling and weeing all over the place. 
Like you ables don’t.

— excerpt from Fear by Sam Petersen 

Yucky is a group exhibition that explores the personal and political complexities that exist as part of disabled experience. The exhibition’s premise and title has been led by artist Sam Petersen in conversation with ACE.

Featuring new and recent work by a mix of pivotal Australian and international contemporary artists, the exhibition centres the perspectives and experiences of those who are disabled, chronically ill and neurodivergent. 

Yucky has been developed by Sam Petersen, facilitated by Rayleen Forester, Grace Marlow and Patrice Sharkey, in conversation with public program curators William Maggs and Hen Vaughan. 

Sam Petersen has been supported by Creative Australia.
The Yucky Public Program Curators are supported by the Government of South Australia through the Richard Llewellyn Deaf and Disability Arts program.
This project is presented and supported by Adelaide Festival.
The Yucky Reading Room is supported by the City of Adelaide.
The Culture Brothers are supported by Tutti Arts.

ACE tampinthi, ngadlu Kaurna yartangka panpapanpalyarninthi (inparrinthi). Kaurna miyurna yaitya mathanya Wama Tarntanyaku. Parnaku yailtya, parnaku tapa purruna, parnaku yarta ngadlu tampnthi. Yalaka Kaurna miyurna itu yailtya, tapa purruna, yarta kuma puru martinthi, puru warri-apinthi, puru tangka martulayinthi.

ACE respectfully acknowledges the traditional Country of the Kaurna people of the Adelaide Plains and pays respect to Elders past and present. We recognise and respect their cultural heritage, beliefs and relationship with the land. We acknowledge that they are of continuing importance to the Kaurna people living today.