Tropical Fruits exhibitionists mark 25 years of inclusion

An exhibition titled, 25 Years of Inclusion: The Tropical Fruits Inc, will open at the Lismore Regional Gallery on Friday night.
An exhibition titled, 25 Years of Inclusion: The Tropical Fruits Inc, will open at the Lismore Regional Gallery on Friday night. Contributed

LISMORE Regional Gallery is set to host a once-in-25- years exhibition.

In preparation for the Tropical Fruits Festival's 25th anniversary this month the gallery will showcase memorabilia from the festival through the years at the 25 Years of Inclusion: the Tropical Fruits Inc. a GLBTI Social His/Her/Our/Story exhibition.

Co-curator Shane Duniam said art lovers could expect to see posters, costumes and plenty of other Tropical Fruits paraphernalia.

"It's our 25th year and we've grown from teeny- weeny country hall parties and now we've got an extravaganza for the community and we want to show the community a whole lot of creative stuff that goes into the party that they don't see," Mr Duniam said.

He said there would also be a memorial DVD of footage from the past 25 years that had been made by co-curator Ian Grey.

"We've also got our queen's throne installed where people can do a selfie as their inner queen."

Mr Duniam said the exhibition wasn't just about art but about dispelling myths.

"It's about dispelling myths (about Tropical Fruits) and about Tropical Fruits taking its place where it should be," he said.

"It's also about giving thanks to the broader community for its acceptance of us as there are a lot of places where that wouldn't happen."

Lismore Regional Gallery director Brett Adlington said the exhibition was fun.

"It's a celebration of Lismore which has the largest gay population in regional Australia and the fact people have moved here as a result of coming to Fruits."

About Tropical Fruits

  • It is the primary gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex social club on the North Coast.
  • It was established in 1988.
  • Its New Year's Eve party draws people to Lismore from across the world.
  • The exhibition opens on Friday at 6pm.

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