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

17–18 June 2022 (Friday evening & Saturday afternoon and evening)

Samstag Museum of Art and ACE, Kaurna Yarta/Adelaide

Free; bookings for Saturday preferred

Angela Bailey, Virginia Barratt, Troy-Anthony Baylis, 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), Arlie Alizzi (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)

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, Arlie Alizzi, 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.


Friday 17 June
Samstag (Gallery 1)
      V Barratt, Brian Fuata and Daniel Jaber in conversation,
moderated by Frances Barrett
Saturday 18 June
*Samstag, ACE
Samstag (Gallery 1)

Welcome to Country by Kaurna/Ngarrindjeri man Robert Taylor
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 as 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.

Performance by Archie Barry
Conversation resumes

ACE (Foyer)
Performances by

    Sione Teumohenga
    Harriet Fraser-Barbour
Closing drinks

Saturday’s program is being audio recorded and will be available as a podcast after the event.
*Coinciding with VERS, Daniel Jaber’s living installation Rot takes place over 73 hours between 18–20 June at Samstag (Gallery 2).


This is an Auslan interpreted event. Samstag Museum of Art and ACE are located in the west of the city within 400m of each other and are accessible by wheelchair and pram. Both venues have accessible toilets.

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)
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)

VERS identity: Hana Shimada

Download Program PDF


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. This project has been supported by the City of Adelaide.

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