Unbuttoned schedule pt 2.5



UNBUTTONED is an electrifying four day program of performance, visual art, film, and party (with some extra stuff to boot!)

With affordable prices and promised surprises, book tickets to a show, or just turn up to see what’s on and wind your way through Metro’s six-storey heritage building. Improve your technique in the Wank Bank Masterclass; see through the eyes of your friends and neighbours in the Gender Gaze exhibition; or sing your heart out to your favourite hits at Femioke.

Starting on Thursday and playing ‘til Sunday, with drinks, discussions, and films old and new. UNBUTTONED will be an inclusive and exciting event – a space where every type of body is welcome.



Brisbane Festival’s annual photographic exhibition displays photography responding to one of the great themes of our time: gender. High school students and the general public were invited to submit original works that best captured their thoughts on this crucial topic. Curated by Henri van Noordenburg, this captivating exhibition will unwrap some of what gender means to us.
FREE EVENT // continues until Saturday 24 September, 2016

STILL I RISE // Hannah Brontë
This new video work shows a world where the government is comprised of strong women from diverse ethnicities, demographics and ages. The Prime Minister is an Indigenous female; proud and fluent in her traditional language, leader of the new world. Through politically charged, fierce feminist rap the new government shall address the people.
FREE EVENT // continues until Saturday 1 October, 2016

Title Optional, as a group exhibition, critiques prevailing representations of gender variance in wider culture. With commonalities such as self-imaging and humour, the works release gendered identity from archetypal narratives, and reframe the queer body as an instrument of experience, agency, exploration, and of living.
FREE EVENT // continues until Saturday 1 October, 2016

Anastasia Booth considers the history of fetishism and its relationship to subversive female dialogues through connotations with myth and esoteric discourse. She explores the sensuality of materials, the potential for dysfunctioning objects to speak to the problematics of female desire and how humour and the performance of absurd sexual gestures can broaden the depictions of female sexuality.
FREE EVENT // continues until Saturday 24 September, 2016

OPEN STUDIO // Courtney Coombs & Tyza Stewart
Two of Metro Arts’ Artists in Residence open their studios to share recent bodies of work; reflecting on queer, feminist and transgender Australian experiences.



THE TALK // Mish Grigor
Mish Grigor’s The Talk is a terribly undomesticated evening. It’s one account of what happens when you start talking about sex with your family, what ‘the talk’ is, and what it shouldn’t be.
TICKETED EVENT // $15* per ticket – bookings required

WANK BANK MASTERCLASS // Rural Ranga (Adam Seymour)
A rollicking workshop; an Australian happy ending masseur from New York City brings you an informatiove and playful master class of original techniques to perfect the art of handling your partner’s member (or even your own).
TICKETED EVENT // $15* per ticket – bookings required

Grotesque and gorgeous surreal showgirl and world-famous performer Betty Grumble arrives in Brisbane with her one woman show GRUMBLE: Sex Clown Saves The World. Experience the queen of the obscene in an odyssey of deep disco dissent. Witness her rage, her desire and her internal organs in a shamanic striptease that is ‘part theatre, part comedy, part dance, part sordid burlesque and a whole lot of social commentary’ (GreatScott.media). Are you Betty to Grumble? Winner: Underbelly Award 2016. Commendation for Best Cabaret, Adelaide Fringe 2016.
Warning: Grumble: Sex Clown saves the World contains full nudity and is restricted to 18+
TICKETED EVENT // $15* per ticket – bookings required

WHAT IF I CURL MY VEIL // Cigdem Aydemir
A durational performance that explores the power of dynamics of contemporary culture and has a particular interest in representations of Islam and the image of the veiled woman, through a specially-conceived beauty routine that is at once absurd, glamorous and provocative.



Take the shackles off your feet so you can dance because Oops!…we did it again, and FEMIOKE is back!
Are you going to tell us what you want, what you really, really want? Is it R-E-S-P-E-C-T and no scrubs? The event is proposed as a safe space to celebrate by both singing favourite feminist anthems and taking back misogynist songs.
TICKETED EVENT // $5 per ticket – tickets only available at the door

FEMPRE$$ // Hannah Brontë (off site event)
Fempre$$ places women on the mic, the decks and the dance floor in a one-off hip hop event that is as fierce as it is deep.
TICKETED EVENT // $13 per ticket – tickets only available at the door

ON THE COUCH // Tristan Meecham
Tristan leads the conversation around all things gender, sex and cider.

ARTIST TALK // Jamie Lewis
Over 2016 and 2017, Jamie Lewis is travelling to regional Queensland as part of Metro Arts’ New ERA program. As a relatively new Australian female artist, Jamie is interested in an intercultural, intergenerational exchanges with women, women artists, and their practices in Australia’s regional communities. A Singaporean-Eurasian migrant and a city born kid, she is curious about the roles and relationships between women in regional places – she is curious about her own place in the world that she now lives in.

Seeking to build relationships that will enable and foster collaboration with regional women and women artists, Jamie is excited to have her practice challenged, influenced and reshaped through the encounters in the New ERA travel experience.

In this artist talk, Jamie shares her reflections having just returned from her initial scoping trip and will share her thoughts on arts practice, exchange, collaboration and reciprocity.

CONVERSING ABOUT THE OTHER // Courtney Coombs with Athena Thebus
Other. Otherness. The Other. Words that are used so often that they seem to no longer really hold meaning. During her time as Artist in Residence, Courtney Coombs is working to better understand these terms, why she has always identified with them, and whether, while they are so often understood as negative, can they be embraced as positive? This discussion will be led by artist Athena Thebus.


REFLECTIONS IN A GOLDEN EYE // directed by John Huston
Bizarre tale of sex, betrayal, and perversion at a military post.
watch the trailer
TICKETED EVENT // $13* per ticket – bookings required

52 TUESDAYS WITH ARTIST TALK // directed by Sophie Hyde
Sixteen-year-old Billie’s reluctant path to independence is accelerated when her mother reveals plans for gender transition and their time together becomes limited to Tuesday afternoons. Filmed over the course of a year, once a week, every week (only on Tuesdays) these unique filmmaking rules bring a rare authenticity to this emotionally charged story of desire, responsibility and transformation.
Before the film will be an artist talk with M’ck McKeague.
watch the trailer
TICKETED EVENT // $13* per ticket – bookings required

SPEAR // directed by Stephen Page
Using gesture and dance, with minimal dialogue, SPEAR follows a young Aboriginal man named Djali (Hunter Page-Lochard) from the outback to the streets of Sydney on his quest to understand what it means to be a man with ancient traditions in a modern world.
watch the trailer
TICKETED EVENT // $13* per ticket – bookings required

ALL ABOUT EVE // directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz
An ingenue insinuates herself in to the company of an established but aging stage actress and her circle of theatre friends.
watch the trailer
TICKETED EVENT // $13* per ticket – bookings required

HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH // directed by John Cameron Mitchell
After a botched sex-change operation, East German glam rocker Hansel (John Cameron Mitchell) becomes Hedwig and travels across the United States with a stage show, following her ex-boyfriend (and former band mate) and telling her life story. Hedwig’s offbeat show slays audiences — but in diners, not clubs.
watch the trailer
TICKETED EVENT // $13* per ticket – bookings required

*A $2.20 booking fee applies to each ticket.

Image: Blow by Gerwin Davies, courtesy of Spiro Grace Art Rooms

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Unbuttoned // A Festival of Gender, Art and You is presented with Brisbane Festival.

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