VERS: On Pleasures, Embodiment, Kinships, Fugitivity and Re/Organising

Special Event
June 17 2022 - June 18 2022
Black-and-white vertical illustration with curved, wavy and zigzag lines suggesting human features, surrounded by four bold black block letters spelling VERS.
Black-and-white vertical illustration with curved, wavy and zigzag lines suggesting human features, surrounded by four bold black block letters spelling VERS.

A two-day, live event that privileges queer ways of doing and being, and centres creative practice and conversation.


June 17 2022 to June 18 2022


VERS: On Pleasures, Embodiment, Kinships, Fugitivity and Re/Organising is a two-day, live event that privileges queer ways of doing and being, and centres creative practice and conversation. 

Initiated by MUMA, the event takes place on Kaurna Yarta in Tarntanya/Adelaide across two venues—Samstag Museum of Art and ACE—and involves performances, readings and a rolling discussion held over the course of an afternoon.

Short for ‘versatility’, VERS asks: is ‘vers’ a demand placed on us, an exhausting mode required for meeting expectations of productivity? Or is it a modality that opens towards new capacities for surviving and growing pleasure in our work? 

A group of ‘attendants’, including arts workers, artists and curators from across Australia, have been invited to come together to reflect on these questions and the title themes of pleasures, embodiment, kinships, fugitivity and re/organising. Audiences are invited to listen, contribute and come-and-go during the event, as attendants explore how their own practices touch, expand or refute the proposition.

VERS was developed by a curatorial panel consisting of Frances Barrett, Archie Barry, Maddee Clark, Léuli Eshrāghi, Jeff Khan and Melissa Ratliff, and emerges as a response to their collective discussions and deliberation on queer artistic and curatorial practices. 

VERS will be audio recorded and made into a podcast after the event.

Feature Image: VERS identity by Hana Shimada.


Angela Bailey, Virginia Barratt, Troy-Anthony Baylis, Tyson Campbell, Simona Castricum, Debris Facility, Brian Fuata, Kyra Kum-Sing, Neika Lehman, Liz Martin, Jazz Money, Bhenji Ra, Nikki Sullivan, Verónica Tello and Emma Webb.

Curatorial Panel

Frances Barrett (artist and lecturer, UniSA), Archie Barry (interdisciplinary artist), Maddee Clark (Yugambeh writer, editor and curator), Dr Léuli Eshrāghi (artist, curator and researcher), Jeff Kahn (curator and director of Performance Space, Sydney) and Melissa Ratliff (Curator Research, MUMA)

Friday 17 June

Samstag (Gallery 1)     

6pm – V Barratt, Brian Fuata and Daniel Jaber in conversation
with Frances Barrett          

7pm – Welcome drinks      

Saturday 18 June – 1 to 5pm

Samstag (Gallery 1) 

Welcome to Country

Introduction by Curatorial Advisory Panel

Reading by Dominic Guerrera

Conversation on the themes of Pleasures, Embodiment,
Kinships, Fugitivity and Re/Organising with attendants:

  • Troy-Anthony Baylis

  • Angela Bailey

  • V Barratt

  • Simona Castricum

  • Debris Facility Pty Ltd

  • Brian Fuata

  • Kyra Kum-Sing

  • Neika Lehman

  • Liz Martin

  • Jazz Money

  • Bhenji Ra

  • Nikki Sullivan

  • Verónica Tello

  • Emma Webb

The attendants will participate in a responsive conversation
that addresses the themes of the day. Each attendant has the discretion to contribute as much or little to each theme as they wish and has been invited to consider a set of questions in relation to their practice or a specific project.


Conversation resumes

Saturday 18 June – 5pm

ACE (Foyer)

Performances by:

  • Archie Barry

  • Sione Teumohenga

  • Harriet Fraser-Barbour

Closing drinks      

Saturday’s program is being audio recorded and will be available as a podcast after the event.

Download the program ↗


Samstag Museum of Art 
55 North Terrace, Adelaide
University of South Australia City West campus
Corner of Fenn Place and North Terrace
Entry ground floor Hawke Building
Galleries over 2 floors, lift and stair access
Venue access information ↗

Lion Arts Centre, North Terrace, Adelaide
Entry from either North Terrace or Morphett Street
Access ramp in front of neighbouring JamFactory
Venue on one level
Venue access information ↗

Arrive by

Free city trams (exit at the City West stop, 100m from Samstag, 70m from ACE Open)

Adelaide Railway Station (10 minute walk or 600m from Samstag and ACE)

Bus (the closest bus stop is X1 North Terrace; various Grenfell Street bus stops nearby)

Bike (bicycle parking on Morphett Street at the Lion Arts Centre precinct entrance, in front of JamFactory and Mercury Cinema)

Car (Samstag has 4 access car spots directly out the front; ACE has an access spot located at the Lion Arts Centre’s Morphett Street entrance; limited amount of ticketed on-street parking; Wilson Parking located one block away on the corner of Hindley Street and Clarendon Street; other commercial car parks located on Hindley Street) 

Commissioned by Monash University Museum of Art, Narrm/Melbourne, and presented onsite and in association with Samstag Museum of Art and ACE, Kaurna Yarta/Adelaide.

VERS identity: Hana Shimada.

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.