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Queer Art Prize Australia announces Dolly Diamond as Ambassador

Source: Queer Art Prize Australia

The Australian Pride Network is thrilled to announce that iconic Australian artist, Dolly Diamond, will be Ambassador of the 2017 Queer Art Prize Australia (QAPA).

“I'm honoured to be asked to come on board as an Ambassador for QAPA.” said Dolly Diamond. “Every day it becomes more and more important for us to creatively express ourselves in whatever medium we can. The idea of this competition appealed to me straight away because it gives emerging artists a chance and isn't that what we all need in life. I'm excited to see QAPA grow year after year and I'm very happy to be involved right from the start, these sort of things take love and support and I'm all for that too.”

Queer Art Prize Australia (QAPA) is a new non-acquisitive art prize to celebrate LGBTIQ art achievements in Australia, with its inaugural 2017 event to be held at Chapel off Chapel (Prahran VIC) from 13 January to 5 February 2017. Entries are now open and close on Sunday 11 December 2016.

A much-loved act who is originally from the UK, Dolly Diamond has called Australia home since 2009, proving herself to be one of the country's finest comedy cabaret talents. Dolly became an Australian citizen in 2014.

Dolly Diamond has had great success hosting and performing in live cabaret and at major live events, media events, festivals and charity engagements around Australia. Combining superb comic skills and vocal talent, Dolly has the unique ability to keep her audiences on the edge of their seats, whilst always feeling safe in the hands of this consummate professional.

Dolly was awarded Artist of the Year at the inaugural GLOBE Community Awards in 2014 in Melbourne, and was also honoured by the Midsumma Festival in 2014 with a Life Membership. Dolly has recently been appointed Artistic Director of the 2017 Melbourne Cabaret Festival.

Over the last decade this talented artist has been invited to lend her face and name to raise public awareness around major Australian campaigns and in support of many causes including Blue September, Victorian AIDS Council, AIDS 2014 - the 20th International AIDS Conference, and Marriage Equality Rallies, just to name a few. Dolly has just recently returned from the LGBTI Equality Roadshow throughout Regional Victoria to address homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and intersexphobia with Gender and Sexuality Commissioner Rowena Allen.

“Queer Art Prize Australia is thrilled that Dolly has agreed to be an Ambassador for our inaugural competition and exhibition at Chapel Off Chapel during Midsumma 2017.” said Jimmy Twin, QAPA Director and Curator. “Dolly had done so much to help the arts community, and we look forward to her joining the team alongside our media partners beautiful.bizarre, JOY94.9 and Australian Arts Review to help celebrate LGBTIQ art achievements in Australia as well as fostering emerging talent.”

Dolly will also be performing her latest show, Blankety Blanks at Chapel Off Chapel: 20 – 28 January 2017. Each night, Blankety Blanks features six celebrities alongside members of the LGBTI community - helping contestants win fabulous prizes. With Dolly at the helm, it will be a night of comedy and cabaret at its best!

The 2017 QAPA is a not-for-profit initiative of the Australian Pride Network. This organisation exists to promote Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) Pride on a national level, encouraging diverse communities in Australia to hold and attend pride events, whilst increasing promotional and networking opportunities among Australian pride organisations.



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