A dialogue with Robert Lake, Craig Judd and Tim Hilton
Saturday 28 February 2004
Robert Lake is curator of IT ALL STARTED AT PATCHS, one in a series of exhibitions by Lake reflecting on queer art history. The artists in this exhibition of drawings at Patchs nightclub at 33 Lower Oxford Street were variously DJs, lighting designers and performers. Lake's Gay Art Archive project began over three years ago with the show Ante at Imperial Slacks. He followed with Dead Gay Artists at Sydney University’s Tin Sheds in 2002, ‘Pristine Latrine’ (a happening in Taylor Square toilets) and, a year later, Hung Drawn and Quartered, a huge survey of three generations of queer artists, also at the Sheds.
Nightclubs were one of the first gay scenes to bridge underground and mainstream cultures. Patchs, opening in April 1976 and the first club to have a lit disco dance floor, was fabulous, seedy and egalitarian and about music and performance.
Tim Hilton is one of the curatorial forces behind an innovative series of Mardi Gras shows at Phatspace on Oxford Street. His work was featured in the recent Condom Art.
Craig Judd is public programs curator at the Biennale of Sydney. He has researched and written widely on queer in Australian (contemporary and historical) art.