This is your chance to become part of the artwork and make your LGBTQIA+ stories heard.

Please send your stories of hate and hope.

You can upload your audio files at the bottom of this page.

The 'Electric Fence' is an artwork by UK contemporary queer artist, Annabel McCourt.

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


Hate crime is an ominous, prevailing presence in contemporary society. Borders, barriers and warning signs have come to be a part of our everyday life. Still, are we being kept out, or is something being kept in?

Electric Fence is a thought-provoking and confrontational piece. It encourages viewers to examine the perceptions, challenges and preconceptions that impact us all in modern life, and compels us to turn to face them. Inspired by homophobic hate speech, Electric Fence is grim yet unforgettable, and provides a macabre and powerful reminder of our own wicked potential.

Originally commissioned for Hull City of Culture in 2017 and subsequently exhibited at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, the Biennale of Contemporary African Art, ‘Dak’Art’, in Dakar, Senegal, Scarborough Gallery and the Usher Gallery. The work has specific interest and connection to Midsumma Festival as it’s the 40th Anniversary of the decriminalisation of Homosexuality in Victoria and Annabel really wants to grow the idea of an international queer artistic community united and emboldened via contemporary art.

Have a listen to some examples

It's About People
00:00 / 01:28
Respectful Communication
00:00 / 02:24
Shot At!
00:00 / 02:57

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.

  4. For full terms and conditions please click here.

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