School Tours: PRIDE

Education Event
2 September - 28 October 2023
A digital collage featuring layers of landscape terrain and open sky, featuring two birds and two flags.
A digital collage featuring layers of landscape terrain and open sky, featuring two birds and two flags.

Book in a school tour of Peter Waples-Crowe: PRIDE.


Adelaide Contemporary Experimental

2 September to 28 October 2023


Book in a tour and give your students the gift of experiencing the first major presentation of Ngarigo artist Peter Waples-Crowe’s work in South Australia: PRIDE.

Secondary and tertiary school groups are invited to hear an introductory talk about PRIDE and what we do at ACE before immersing themselves within the exhibition.

An unapologetic celebration, PRIDE brings Aboriginal queer visibility to the fore and highlights Peter’s dedication to community.

 “I see my Aboriginalness and queerness all wrapped in my spirit” – Peter Waples-Crowe.

Book in any time from Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 4pm. 

Please book via the RSVP link.

Feature Image: Peter Waples-Crowe, 'Ngaya (I Am)' (2022), single-channel video installation, 5 minutes. With Rhian Hinkley and composer Harry Covill. Commissioned by ACMI. Courtesy the artist © Peter Waples-Crowe and ACMI.

Lead Artist

Peter Waples-Crowe


Dominic Guerrera,
Patrice Sharkey

Mentee Artists

Alfred Lowe,
Tyberius Larking,
Jayda Wilson

About the exhibition

Working across drawing, collage, sculpture and moving image, Peter’s practice is largely based on personal experiences as influenced by his adoption and reconnection with his Ngarigo heritage, and over 25 years experience as a community health worker within Aboriginal and LGBTQIA2+ health. His work is a deep commentary on the world as a contested site for his multiple identities. Heavily used throughout his work are depictions of Dingoes, a totemic figure and an analogy of survival for queer outsiders.

Co-curated by Dominic Guerrera (Kaurna, Ngarrindjeri) and Patrice Sharkey, key works featured in PRIDE include Ngarigo queen – Cloak of queer visibility (2018), which takes the form of a possum skin cloak, a cultural belonging for some Aboriginal groups. It also represents the loss of queer Aboriginal roles and traditions, erased by colonisation (often guided by strict religious-heterosexual views). Ngaya (I Am) (2022) is an autobiographical short film that layers colonial paintings, footage from tourism campaigns and advertisements for the Snowy Mountains Hydroelectric Scheme to interrogate the way non-Indigenous people construct images of Aboriginal land and people.

Peter is an activist and community organiser, a leader for younger Aboriginal queer people to look towards and learn the path of finding oneself. A keen collaborator with other artists, Peter initiated an Aboriginal mentorship for PRIDE with three local emerging artists: Alfred Lowe (Arrernte), Tyberius Larking (Mirning) and Jayda Wilson (Gugada, Wirangu). Using language, ceramics and digital illustration, each artist has contributed works that connect thematically to the idea of what pride means to them. Like identity, there are no limits to how we celebrate ourselves and the love that emanates from within. Their works are also a bold strike back at the colony and a reclaiming of ownership of Aboriginal storytelling.

In the face of erasure and discrimination, PRIDE is a defiant statement about standing up and representing yourself and your Mob. It’s the colours of survival, the attitude of punk and a deep love of community – Blak and queer, we have always been here.

Presented as part of Tarnanthi: Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art.

This project is supported by the City of Adelaide.

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.