The Electric Fence is a solo show of works by UK contemporary queer artist, Annabel McCourt. McCourt's well-known installation 'Electric Fence', initially conceived for UK City of Culture will form part of an exhibition for Midsumma 2022.

'Electric Fence' is a large-scale sculptural re-creation of an electric fence, inspired by occurrences of homophobic hate speech and utilising innovative audio technology to create an immersive and haunting experience. Starting now, McCourt will work over a year,  to design a new site-specific presentation of the 'Electric Fence' for Midsumma 2022.


Working closely with Midsumma and UK partners, McCourt will invite the people of Melbourne to contribute their own stories of overcoming personal barriers, of hate and of hope.

These stories can then be uploaded via this portal for integration into the artwork.

The original Electric Fence website can be found here.

Essential Information

All contributors will be required to:

  1. Agree to the integration of their submitted audio into an artwork by Annabel McCourt, to be exhibited during Midsumma Festival 2022 (and/or future festivals) and future exhibitions.

  2. Consent to Annabel McCourt & Midsumma Festival and associated programme partners, publishing/broadcasting the final artwork (including edited content) to publicise the artist in connection with Midsumma Festival or for the purposes of promoting LGBTQIA+ inclusion.

  3. Consent to featuring work being exhibited in an online virtual tour of the exhibition.


  1. You warrant that the audio:

    1. is your original work;

    2. does not, to the best of your knowledge, infringe the copyright or moral rights of any third party; and

    3. is your unique story and you only contribute what you feel comfortable in sharing

  2. You are happy to share your audio for the integration into the 'Electric Fence' artwork by Annabel McCourt

  3. You understand that your contribution might not be included and if it is; it might be used in its entirety or edited down

  4. You grant Annabel McCourt and partners a perpetual, non-exclusive, royalty free, worldwide licence of the copyright of the audio contribution for the exclusive purpose of  integrating it into the 'Electric Fence' artwork, and all media for non-commercial purposes including but not limited to:

    1. the maintenance, promotion and marketing of 'Electric Fence'; and

    2. promoting and marketing Annabel McCourt, Midsumma and partners generally including in financial and annual reports, multimedia presentations, website, and advertising materials; and

    3. potential inclusion in publications, website, social media, exhibitions and other materials related to promotion of Annabel McCourt, Midsumma Program and other related events; and

    4. archival purposes, and we agree not to reproduce or use your audio contribution except for the above purposes

  5. Your individual contribution will remain anonymous within the wider context of the artwork.

  6. You indemnify us against all losses, liabilities, costs and expenses (including reasonable legal expenses as between solicitor and client) arising out of or in relation to any breach of your above warranties and terms.

  7.  By uploading your audio and clicking 'submit' you agree to all of the above warranties and terms.

Format of submission

The audio can be .wav, mp3 or mp4 with a maximum file size of 15MB.



What is the selection process?

Annabel McCourt will listen carefully to all audio submitted and access its merit within the wider context of the artwork.

  • Please Note
    The creation of this audio should not compromise the safety of you or those around you. Please follow the restrictions outlined by the government in your area, and practice safe social distancing.


This is really up to you! Please understand that Annabel McCourt, Midsumma and partners will not be able to exhibit works of inappropriate content and reserve the right to refuse content deemed inappropriate.

  • The audio portal will remain open throughout 2021

By uploading your audio and clicking 'submit' you agree to all of the above warranties and terms.

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Max File Size 15MB


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