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A Queer Design Assembly – 2020 Auckland Pride Festival

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Join us during the 2020 Auckland Pride Festival for an informal evening of drinks, nibbles and chats exploring what it means to be queer in the design industry. 

Thursday 13th February
6pm – 8pm
Strange Haven
281 Karangahape Road

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A Queer Design Assembly is a welcoming event open to everyone, with a focus on creating space for LGBTQ+ creatives to celebrate queer contributions to the creative industries and visual culture, share work, and connect with each other.

We’ll hear from multi-disciplinary designer Kaan Hiini, artist and educator Richard Orjis and interdisciplinary designer Michael McCabe. They’ll share some of their recent work, perspectives and experiences before we open things right up for a loose and fluid floor discussion, where we can debate things like:

How does your queer identity inform your work?
What is our queer aesthetic in Aotearoa?
What’s with the Rainbow?
What’s the queerest typeface?
What’s the best way to come out to your studio?
Who’s straight these days anyway?

Join us for a fun night filled with snacks and chats where we’ll get to the bottom of what being a queer designer is all about in Aotearoa.

Timeline for the evening
6.00 – 7.00pm – Arrival, Drinks, Snacks & Chats
7.00pm – Welcome and framing by Kaan
7.05pm – Kaan’s Case Study
7.10pm – Queer Pavillion Case Study
7.15pm – Panel Q & A
7.30-7.40ish – Wrap up and further chats
8.00pm – Venue close


Kaan Hiini
Kaan Hiini (Ngāpuhi, Te Arawa) is a multi-disciplinary designer based in Auckland, working to create beautiful work with positive impact at Curative, a creative agency inspiring social change.

Richard Orjis
Richard Orjis is a Pākehā artist and educator based in Tāmaki Makaurau. His work investigates queer histories and perspectives in art and ecology, through site-oriented and collaborative artworks and exhibitions. In the last ten years artist Richard Orjis has focused on creating participatory and experiential work. He has created hauora gardens with AD Schierning, enabled people to walk through the treetops in Albert Park and explored the queer ecologies of our city. He basis his current practice on bttm methodology, an approach to art-making, pedagogy and kinship driven by the tenets of connectivity, pleasure and sub-version.

Michael McCabe
Micheal Michael McCabe is an interdisciplinary designer based in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. He has worked with art galleries (Objectspace, Window Gallery, The Dowse), theatre companies (Auckland Theatre Company, Silo Theatre, Actors Program, Massive Theatre Company, PAT ) and public art organisations (Auckland Artweek, Satellites). He is currently designing an upcoming show with Massive Theatre Company alongside private interior work.


Thanks to our venue partners – Strange Haven


February 13
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Strange Haven
281 Karangahape Road
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