Copies of (almost) every job from Beige’s large body of work for the gay/lesbian/queer community and businesses were delivered to the Australian Lesbian & Gay Archives on 20 December 2011. The collection comprised of dozens of posters, heaps (and heaps) of flyers and cards, and miscellaneous objects ranging from water bottles to never worn t-shirts. Clients include The Market Hotel, ALSO Foundation dance parties, Midsumma, Melbourne Queer Film Festival, Rawhide Entertainment, Razor Promotions, Girl Bar and many more. The earliest item was our Chicks With Dicks flyer; the latest is the MQFF’s Movies Under the Stars 2012.
The collection represents 16 years of social history of Melbourne’s gay and lesbian clubs, bars and festivals. Evident are changes in how we represent ourselves and promoters’ language and levels of risqueness, as well as changes in printing, design and computer technology.
Nick at ALGA was thrilled with the collection, and said hopefully one day it can all be compiled into an exhibition! But for now it’s great to know it’s going to be properly recorded and looked after by the lovely professional people at ALGA.