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Exhibition: SHELTER/The First Hug
SHELTER! is a solo exhibition of textile and multimedia installations by Verity Byth, exploring notions and emotions of shelter in a climate-ravaged world. SHELTER! is joined by THE FIRST HUG. Choreographer, Annette Carmichael has created an immersive installation about our needs for intimacy and emotional shelter.
Date & Time 23rd February 2024 - 4th March 2024
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SHELTER! by Verity Byth with THE FIRST HUG by Annette Carmichael

SHELTER! is a solo exhibition of textile and multimedia installations by Verity Byth, exploring notions and emotions of shelter in a climate-ravaged world. Grounded in core expressions of shelter – houses, tents, boats, life preservers – each of the installations in the exhibition asks community members to respond to the facts of, as well as the emotions arising from, government decisions that perpetuate inequality and delay just access to shelter. They also invite the imagining and articulating of women-centred approaches, in which the patriarchal fabric of society can be re-woven from nurturing, equitable, environmentally sustainable, and inclusive materials. Using remnant and recycled fabrics, some immersed for months in the ocean, each piece is embellished with simple, imperfect stitches that make visible the mark of a single human hand, repeating an SOS signal in morse code, tracing the shared experience of witness and distress, repeating a mantra of love and justice.

Some of the work was shown in Mandurah this year, with a focus on homelessness. For the VAC exhibition in 2024, a new room of work will be presented, focusing on the species, skills and social conventions under threat from climate catastrophe. 

https://www.veritybyth.com/shelter

Photography by Verity Byth.

SHELTER is joined by THE FIRST HUG.  Choreographer, Annette Carmichael has created an immersive installation about our needs for intimacy and emotional shelter. Using film captured by the late Robert Castiglione and music by Andy O’Neil, this small exhibition evokes the delight of first encounters and the shelter provided by queer communities and allies.  

The First Hug was initiated in 2020 with contributions from choreographer Brooke Leeder and dance artist, Stephanie Hewitt. Supported by Minderoo Foundation.  Photography by Nic Duncan.

veritybyth.com / annettecarmichael.com.au

This event runs from 23rd February – 5th April, during the Vancouver Arts Centre’s opening hours: Monday – Friday, 10.00am to 4.00pm.


Dates & Times
  • Friday
    23
    February 2024
    10:00am
  • Monday
    26
    February 2024
    10:00am
  • Tuesday
    27
    February 2024
    10:00am
  • Wednesday
    28
    February 2024
    10:00am
  • Thursday
    29
    February 2024
    10:00am
  • Friday
    1
    March 2024
    10:00am
  • Monday
    4
    March 2024
    10:00am

Talent

Verity Byth
Annette Carmichael
Venue
Vancouver Arts Centre
Address 85 Vancouver St, Albany WA 6330
Fair Day ’24
Saturday, 2nd March 2024 @ 10:00am
Free
Albany Town Square
All Ages
Festival Launch Event ’24
Friday, 9th February 2024 @ 6:00pm
Free (Members Only)
Pride in Diversity Training (2024)
Friday, 1st March 2024 @ 9:00am
Free
Albany Town Hall
15+
The Priestess of Morphine
Thursday, 22nd February 2024 @ 7:30pm
$35 (Standard); $20 (Concession & Under 25s); $30 (Groups of 10 or more)
Albany Entertainment Centre
Drag and Drink
Friday, 23rd February 2024 @ 5:30pm
Free
Dan Murphys
18+
“We Are Family” Community Picnic
Saturday, 24th February 2024 @ 11:00am
Free
Eyre Park
Dolly Parton: Backwoods Barbie Drag Spectacular
Saturday, 24th February 2024 @ 7:00pm
$35
Albany Town Hall
60 minutes
18+ (Strictly)
Karaoke After Party
Saturday, 24th February 2024 @ 8:30pm
Free
The Premier Hotel
18+
Bi+ Community Picnic ’24
Sunday, 25th February 2024 @ 2:00pm
Free
Binalup
All ages (and friendly dogs welcome!)
Pottery for Pride: Handbuilding Ceramics Workshop with The Village
Sunday, 25th February 2024 @ 3:00pm
$50
Vancouver Arts Centre
3 Hours
15+
Trivia with the Queens
Monday, 26th February 2024 @ 6:00pm
$15
The Premier Hotel
2 Hours
18+
Drag & Draw with Alexas Armstrong
Tuesday, 27th February 2024 @ 7:00pm
$65
Albany Town Hall
18+
Spectrum Board Games Night
Tuesday, 27th February 2024 @ 6:00pm
Free
Albany Public Library
12-25 only
Pride Film Night – The Mattachine Family
Wednesday, 28th February 2024 @ 6:00pm
$20
Albany Town Hall
15+
Skye Scraper – the Life and Times of a Drag Queen Accountant
Thursday, 29th February 2024 @ 7:30pm
$35; $20 (Concession and Under 25s)
Albany Entertainment Centre
GRAI Silver Rainbow Training ’24
Friday, 1st March 2024 @ 9:30am
Clarence Estate
parkrun ’24
Saturday, 2nd March 2024 @ 8:00am
Free
Three Anchors
Exhibition: SHELTER/The First Hug
Friday, 23rd February 2024 @ 10:00am
Free
Vancouver Arts Centre
Exhibition: SHELTER/The First Hug
Monday, 26th February 2024 @ 10:00am
Free
Vancouver Arts Centre
Exhibition: SHELTER/The First Hug
Tuesday, 27th February 2024 @ 10:00am
Free
Vancouver Arts Centre
Exhibition: SHELTER/The First Hug
Wednesday, 28th February 2024 @ 10:00am
Free
Vancouver Arts Centre
Exhibition: SHELTER/The First Hug
Thursday, 29th February 2024 @ 10:00am
Free
Vancouver Arts Centre
Exhibition: SHELTER/The First Hug
Friday, 1st March 2024 @ 10:00am
Free
Vancouver Arts Centre
Exhibition: SHELTER/The First Hug
Monday, 4th March 2024 @ 10:00am
Free
Vancouver Arts Centre
Art Exhibition Pride Project
Friday, 23rd February 2024 @ 10:00am
Free
Albany Entertainment Centre
Supervision for people under 15 recommended
Art Exhibition Pride Project
Monday, 26th February 2024 @ 10:00am
Free
Albany Entertainment Centre
Supervision for people under 15 recommended
Art Exhibition Pride Project
Tuesday, 27th February 2024 @ 10:00am
Free
Albany Entertainment Centre
Supervision for people under 15 recommended
Art Exhibition Pride Project
Wednesday, 28th February 2024 @ 10:00am
Free
Albany Entertainment Centre
Supervision for people under 15 recommended
Art Exhibition Pride Project
Thursday, 29th February 2024 @ 10:00am
Free
Albany Entertainment Centre
Supervision for people under 15 recommended
Art Exhibition Pride Project
Friday, 1st March 2024 @ 10:00am
Free
Albany Entertainment Centre
Supervision for people under 15 recommended
Art Exhibition Pride Project
Monday, 4th March 2024 @ 10:00am
Free
Albany Entertainment Centre
Supervision for people under 15 recommended
Welcome to Country
Thursday, 22nd February 2024 @ 6:00pm
Free
Albany Heritage Park (Outside Garrison Restaurant & Bar)
Drag Bingo ’24
Friday, 23rd February 2024 @ 7:00pm
$35
Stirling Club
18+
Dolly Pre-Game with Madame Beats
Saturday, 24th February 2024 @ 5:30pm
Albany Town Hall
18+
Pride Festival ’24 End of Month Drinks
Friday, 1st March 2024 @ 5:30pm
Free
The Premier Hotel
18+
Twerkshop
Saturday, 2nd March 2024 @ 11:00am
$40
Albany Town Hall
18+
“SHELTER” Art Exhibition with Artist Talk and Performance
Saturday, 24th February 2024 @ 2:00pm
Free
Vancouver Arts Centre
All ages
Mardi Gras ’24 Watch Party
Saturday, 2nd March 2024 @ 4:00pm
$10
Albany Entertainment Centre
15+ (Parental Guidance for Under 15s)
Spank Dance Party with DJ Yanique
Saturday, 2nd March 2024 @ 8:00pm
$40
Albany Town Hall
18+ (Strictly)
Roller Disco
Sunday, 3rd March 2024 @ 12:00pm
Albany Leisure and Aquatic Centre
All ages
Spank Twilight Boat Cruise
Sunday, 3rd March 2024 @ 3:30pm
$70
Albany Marina
Dykes on Bikes: Ride with Pride
Monday, 4th March 2024 @ 12:00pm
Woodlands Distillery
“We Are Family” Story Time in the Library
Saturday, 2nd March 2024 @ 10:30am
Free
Albany Public Library
Recovery Brunch
Monday, 4th March 2024 @ 10:30am
Reservation Only
Six Degrees
Fair Day Dog Show 2024
Saturday, 2nd March 2024 @ 1:00pm
$10 (to register dog)
Albany Town Square
Emerald City Kickball Meets Albany Pride
Sunday, 3rd March 2024 @ 12:00pm
Free
Albany Leisure and Aquatic Centre
Fair Day ’24
Saturday, 2nd March 2024 @ 10:00am
Free
Albany Town Square
All Ages
Pride in Diversity Training (2024)
Friday, 1st March 2024 @ 9:00am
Free
Albany Town Hall
15+
The Priestess of Morphine
Thursday, 22nd February 2024 @ 7:30pm
$35 (Standard); $20 (Concession & Under 25s); $30 (Groups of 10 or more)
Albany Entertainment Centre
Drag and Drink
Friday, 23rd February 2024 @ 5:30pm
Free
Dan Murphys
18+
“We Are Family” Community Picnic
Saturday, 24th February 2024 @ 11:00am
Free
Eyre Park
Dolly Parton: Backwoods Barbie Drag Spectacular
Saturday, 24th February 2024 @ 7:00pm
$35
Albany Town Hall
60 minutes
18+ (Strictly)
Karaoke After Party
Saturday, 24th February 2024 @ 8:30pm
Free
The Premier Hotel
18+
Bi+ Community Picnic ’24
Sunday, 25th February 2024 @ 2:00pm
Free
Binalup
All ages (and friendly dogs welcome!)
Pottery for Pride: Handbuilding Ceramics Workshop with The Village
Sunday, 25th February 2024 @ 3:00pm
$50
Vancouver Arts Centre
3 Hours
15+
Trivia with the Queens
Monday, 26th February 2024 @ 6:00pm
$15
The Premier Hotel
2 Hours
18+
Drag & Draw with Alexas Armstrong
Tuesday, 27th February 2024 @ 7:00pm
$65
Albany Town Hall
18+
Spectrum Board Games Night
Tuesday, 27th February 2024 @ 6:00pm
Free
Albany Public Library
12-25 only
Pride Film Night – The Mattachine Family
Wednesday, 28th February 2024 @ 6:00pm
$20
Albany Town Hall
15+
Skye Scraper – the Life and Times of a Drag Queen Accountant
Thursday, 29th February 2024 @ 7:30pm
$35; $20 (Concession and Under 25s)
Albany Entertainment Centre
GRAI Silver Rainbow Training ’24
Friday, 1st March 2024 @ 9:30am
Clarence Estate
parkrun ’24
Saturday, 2nd March 2024 @ 8:00am
Free
Three Anchors
Exhibition: SHELTER/The First Hug
Friday, 23rd February 2024 @ 10:00am
Free
Vancouver Arts Centre
Exhibition: SHELTER/The First Hug
Monday, 26th February 2024 @ 10:00am
Free
Vancouver Arts Centre
Exhibition: SHELTER/The First Hug
Tuesday, 27th February 2024 @ 10:00am
Free
Vancouver Arts Centre
Exhibition: SHELTER/The First Hug
Wednesday, 28th February 2024 @ 10:00am
Free
Vancouver Arts Centre
Exhibition: SHELTER/The First Hug
Thursday, 29th February 2024 @ 10:00am
Free
Vancouver Arts Centre
Exhibition: SHELTER/The First Hug
Friday, 1st March 2024 @ 10:00am
Free
Vancouver Arts Centre
Exhibition: SHELTER/The First Hug
Monday, 4th March 2024 @ 10:00am
Free
Vancouver Arts Centre
Art Exhibition Pride Project
Friday, 23rd February 2024 @ 10:00am
Free
Albany Entertainment Centre
Supervision for people under 15 recommended
Art Exhibition Pride Project
Monday, 26th February 2024 @ 10:00am
Free
Albany Entertainment Centre
Supervision for people under 15 recommended
Art Exhibition Pride Project
Tuesday, 27th February 2024 @ 10:00am
Free
Albany Entertainment Centre
Supervision for people under 15 recommended
Art Exhibition Pride Project
Wednesday, 28th February 2024 @ 10:00am
Free
Albany Entertainment Centre
Supervision for people under 15 recommended
Art Exhibition Pride Project
Thursday, 29th February 2024 @ 10:00am
Free
Albany Entertainment Centre
Supervision for people under 15 recommended
Art Exhibition Pride Project
Friday, 1st March 2024 @ 10:00am
Free
Albany Entertainment Centre
Supervision for people under 15 recommended
Art Exhibition Pride Project
Monday, 4th March 2024 @ 10:00am
Free
Albany Entertainment Centre
Supervision for people under 15 recommended
Welcome to Country
Thursday, 22nd February 2024 @ 6:00pm
Free
Albany Heritage Park (Outside Garrison Restaurant & Bar)
Drag Bingo ’24
Friday, 23rd February 2024 @ 7:00pm
$35
Stirling Club
18+
Dolly Pre-Game with Madame Beats
Saturday, 24th February 2024 @ 5:30pm
Albany Town Hall
18+
Pride Festival ’24 End of Month Drinks
Friday, 1st March 2024 @ 5:30pm
Free
The Premier Hotel
18+
Twerkshop
Saturday, 2nd March 2024 @ 11:00am
$40
Albany Town Hall
18+
“SHELTER” Art Exhibition with Artist Talk and Performance
Saturday, 24th February 2024 @ 2:00pm
Free
Vancouver Arts Centre
All ages
Mardi Gras ’24 Watch Party
Saturday, 2nd March 2024 @ 4:00pm
$10
Albany Entertainment Centre
15+ (Parental Guidance for Under 15s)
Spank Dance Party with DJ Yanique
Saturday, 2nd March 2024 @ 8:00pm
$40
Albany Town Hall
18+ (Strictly)
Roller Disco
Sunday, 3rd March 2024 @ 12:00pm
Albany Leisure and Aquatic Centre
All ages
Spank Twilight Boat Cruise
Sunday, 3rd March 2024 @ 3:30pm
$70
Albany Marina
Dykes on Bikes: Ride with Pride
Monday, 4th March 2024 @ 12:00pm
Woodlands Distillery
“We Are Family” Story Time in the Library
Saturday, 2nd March 2024 @ 10:30am
Free
Albany Public Library
Recovery Brunch
Monday, 4th March 2024 @ 10:30am
Reservation Only
Six Degrees
Fair Day Dog Show 2024
Saturday, 2nd March 2024 @ 1:00pm
$10 (to register dog)
Albany Town Square
Emerald City Kickball Meets Albany Pride
Sunday, 3rd March 2024 @ 12:00pm
Free
Albany Leisure and Aquatic Centre