Captain Moonlite Rides Again – Visual Stories of Ballarat Pride

Dates: Launch – Friday, 5 March 2021 (9.00pm on LaNCE TV)

Running dates – Friday, 5 March to Thursday, 25 March 2021

Projection Run time: From 8.30pm to 10.30pm each night (no audio)

Location: Market Street side of the Cafs building at 115 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat

* Please note, this event will be primarily delivered online.

Event information:

'Captain Moonlite Rides Again - Visual Stories of Ballarat Pride' is an event that celebrates Ballarat pride and the Ballarat LGBTIQ+ community through art.

Local LGBTIQ+ and ally artists submitted artwork that has since been curated into an installation to be projected onto the Market Street side of Cafs' building in Ballarat’s CBD for three weeks in March 2021.

Bearded bushranger Captain Moonlite – who was arguably one of the first Ballarat members of the local LGBTIQ+ community – is the catalyst behind this projection art installation.

The event will include an official launch on Friday, 5 March 2021, hosted by, and broadcast live on, Ballarat’s own LaNCE TV. 

Please click here to view the art projection installation from Facebook Live online.

This event can be viewed online (including audio) or in-person (visuals only) provided COVID Safe restrictions allow so. Click here to view the COVIDSafe Event Plan. 

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About the artists:

Ange Elson 


Ange Elson lives in Ballarat (on Wadawurrung Country) and has enjoyed playing with digital imagery since studying a design minor at Swinburne University. She is interested in protest and street art and the role this plays in social change. Ange identifies as a lesbian and is also queer.

Artist statement

'We Have Always Been Here' is a reflection on the fact that LGBTIQA+ people have always lived in regional and rural Australia, and that representation of our lives in both history and in the present day is really important to LGBTIQA+ community. The multiplicity of our queer lives and experiences in regional and rural towns and cities cannot and should not be erased or ignored. We stand with each other in queer solidarity.

Alison Shirley


Alison Shirley is a choreographer, dancer and photographic artist with performance experience across Melbourne and Ballarat. Since graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in contemporary dance and photography in 1995, she has worked largely with community groups in collaboration on specific themes and topics like patient care, cancer, sleep and performative responses to poetry. In 2020 she returned to complete her Honours in dance at the Victorian College of the Arts, researching memory and history and how these are carried in our bodies. During Covid, she expanded her repertoire, creating short dance films. Alison trains others in their movement journey, as a Level 4 APMA Pilates Practitioner and owner of Body Brilliance Pilates. She is well known and regarded in the Ballarat community as both a creative and a movement expert.

Artist statement

Our ghosts are with us everywhere we go, our ancestors and the stories that are our making. In this queer history, we are bound, although our stories and outcomes may be vastly different. We honour our predecessors as vital to our freedoms. I step into the outdoors to recall the Moonlite part of me - and to recall my own history and longings, all held in my body and in the places I inhabit. I let them breathe and speak silently through my movement.

Michelle Dunn



Michelle Dunn is a photographer and filmmaker with a strong commitment to social change. She is the founder of MDP Photography and Video, as well as photography education company With Camera in Hand. Alongside her work in still and moving images, Michelle is a lived experience public speaker for Women's Health Grampians' "Equality for All" project. 

Artist statement

This work explores the notion of gender and the way society judges the way we look, hold our bodies and express our identities. Created during the pandemic of 2020 when I only had myself to work with, I wanted to question why the world is so hung up on gender. How we look is no indication of or capacity to be nurturing or strong; good at one thing or another; to lead or to follow. Via photography, I am set on dismantling the stereotypes that limit us all.

Michelle Dunn and Alison Shirley

Artist statement

During the YES vote in Australia, the negativity and backlash began to take its toll on so many in the LGBTIQ+ community. We were feeling both a little helpless and wanting to do something positive to counteract the negativity and remind people they are loved. There had been a request to fly the rainbow flag on the Town Hall in Ballarat, which was denied. So we had the idea to create a DIY rainbow light stick and we went down to the Ballarat Town Hall late one night and painted a rainbow across the facade of the building. We had a hilarious time as Ali jumped around with the light stick on the empty streets of Ballarat, knowing we were creating a kind of ephemeral graffiti that could be immortalised in an image and shared on social media for some spirit lifting.

Marcia King



Marce King is an artist who lives and works in Ballarat. Marce studied a Bachelor of Visual Arts at Latrobe University, graduating with distinction and winning the graduate award to travel and work as an artist in Europe. Marce exhibits regularly in both solo and group shows and has worked on a lot of private collections.

Marce has always created from a young age feeling deeply connected to their chosen subject of the human form since early high school. Marce's style and mediums are mood-based and as such can often vary but what remains (they hope) is expression through mark-making. Marce enjoys drawing true likeness of the human form but also really loves and strives to bring out all the emotional complexities that comes from being human.

Marce works in multiple mediums, drawing, painting and printmaking. 

Other than creating their own artwork and being able to use that as a vehicle of expression, Marce is also very passionate about encouraging and supporting other people to be creative. Marce sponsors an art award for high school-aged students, promoting and supporting art in regional Victoria. Marce also does what they can to encourage and support the making of art for fun and joy of it.

Artist statement

I'm a queer artist often exploring queer themes and imagery in my work but I've chosen these images because they are my exploration of gender stereotypes in both the queer and non-queer communities. These images in particular are exploring the true definition of what it means to be a 'man' and how heteronormative (and homonegative) the definition continues to be, recognising that the toxic notion of masculinity is forced on all men from a young age. For me, these images and the work I've been doing seemed relevant when reflecting on Captain Moonlight and the suggested relationship with James Nesbitt. How that would have challenged the perception of masculinity both then and now.

Sarah Hart


This work is about recognising something profound in another person - a reflection, a difference, a sameness, a wholeness. It has nothing to do with gender, and everything to do with the heart. This is also a straight up ten-foot-tall love letter. You know who you are.

Artist Statement

Sarah Hart is a queer Ballarat-based mixed media artist and writer. She enjoys making art about the extraordinary beauty of everyday life and thinks daydreaming is a legitimate lifestyle choice.

Timothy Christopher Ryan


Timothy Christopher Ryan is a producer of events and performances that are as perfectly executed as they are (often) preposterous. Ryan specialises in working on projects with experimental design and a contemporary edge – that is, the production of the unexpected. The events and performances that Ryan produces focus on the contemporary and queer, spotlighting the diversity of identity and creative expression of artists that might otherwise remain in the shadows of the mainstream. With more than 10 years’ industry experience tucked into his cummerbund, Timothy Christopher Ryan has spearheaded a diversity of events Australia-wide. They’ve
programmed performers and toured productions to major festivals including Rainbow Serpent, Burning Seed, The Village Festival and Ballarat Heritage Weekend. For the past two years they’ve also produced and hosted Blankë Pop, a bi-monthly performance art club night, that shakes the Melbourne scene and tours interstate.

In 2015, Ryan established their own professional arts company, Scratch Arts, and a large community arts space in a former glass factory in North Melbourne. The space included XX studio and performance spaces. While the arts space succumbed to building developments in 2017, Scratch Arts lives on as a dynamic and productive enterprise.

Timothy Christopher Ryan graduated with a BA Acting (Hons) from Federation University in 2012 and for the past three years has produced and taught for the Victorian Drama Leagues youth school holidays drama program, Theatrecraft Youth Unlimited. They’ve also completed a Certificate IV in Business, participated in the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme, and have been the recipient of grants from the Yarra City Council, Australian Arts Council, Burning Seed Arts Committee, Ballarat Arts Foundation and City of Ballarat.

Artist statement

Water is cleansing and colour is empowering. Growing up queer has been, and still is at times, exhausting for a myriad of reasons, to recharge from this I use showers, rivers, pools, the ocean and waterfalls to cleanse. Expressing through colour shows my confidence and pride through its bold presentation, in-turn empowering me and those that I engage with.

KL Joy with Emily Olsten


Yes that's my real name.
I fought for to be able to use this name legally! You see, I'm trans* and non binary and my name is everything to me.
I am a writer, an agitator, a leather person, community consultant.
I am a GenX-er.
I am a parent, a lover and a carer.
I am queer and I own it.

Artist statement

This image is called "WANTED". It shows that we are still here, will always be here and that within the community we are "wanted" in the positive sense of the word. Emily Olsten, from Ballarat Roller Derby league and myself are posing as 'bushrangers' alongside Captain Moonlite.




Kaff-eine paints public artwork globally, while pursuing realist portraiture in her Melbourne studio. Combining creativity with a strong social conscience, her creative projects invite audiences to engage with social and political issues.

Kaff-eine’s international creative collective Cheeseagle has produced four exhibitions and two documentaries, including the award-winning feature film Happyland (2017), which follows Kaff-eine’s art-as-housing project in the Philippines’ dumpsite slums. She was the first Australian artist to create a pyrotechnic sculpture for Mexico’s international fireworks festival in 2019, and the first female Australian artist to paint on decommissioned grain silos as part of Australia's official Silo Art Trail in 2017.

Kaff-eine enjoys painting solo murals, but takes special interest in creating collaborative murals with communities, especially First Nations peoples. In 2018 she painted Australia’s first large mural of a sistergirl (transgender Tiwi Islander) in Darwin, and public murals with the remote Arnhemland communities of Warruwi, Minjilang and Maningrida. Kaff-eine’s studio work is well received - her first large watercolour portrait became finalist in the 2018 Black Swan Prize for Portraiture, and her charcoal portraiture has been commissioned for exhibition at Ballarat Regional Art Gallery in 2021.

Artist statement 

Infinite Thanks is a growing collection of small devotional paintings based on personal stories of LGBTQIA+ gratitude and thankfulness. It offers adults who identify as LGBTQIA+, and their allies, space to share their lives and creatively express intimate moments of gratitude. It gives wider audiences valuable insight into the private lives of LGBTQIA+ communities. We give thanks for the #infinitekindness of our community including the practical support we show each other that enables rainbow folks to live in safe, sexuality-affirming lives, celebrating our Saints.

Yasmin Mata 


Born 1988 Whyalla, South Australia, Yasmin is a local artist that has been studying the professional artists program at Oxygen College in Ballarat for the past four years. Yasmin has participated as an artist in the Frolic Festival art show for many years, was the secretary of the Ballarat Pride Hub and is a long-time volunteer at Chillout festival Daylesford. As an artist, Yasmin has worked with most mediums but favours acrylic paint, mixed media and digital art.

Artist statement

This piece was inspired by 15 November 2017 when Australia voted YES in the same-sex marriage postal survey. After months of campaigning, rallies and joining together of the Ballarat LGBTQIA+ community, many of us gathered at Trades Hall on Camp Street, nervously awaiting the results of the postal plebiscite. It was such a joyful moment of relief, tears, hope and cheers when the announcement was made. This is my vision of what that day was and what it could have been had Ballarat embraced our community earlier. A monument of Captain Moonlite stands in Alfred Deakin Place, a symbol of acknowledgement and celebration for the community and its elders.

This spot in Ballarat was the site of many rallies, campaigns and Frolic Festival family days. Also, the placement of this monument was the exact spot where I met my fiancé during the Ballapride March in 2016.

Benjamin Ashe


Benjamin Ashe's work spans the red dirt of the desert to the back alleys of the city, exploring identity, place, and the objects that inhabit them.

Artist statement

James Nesbitt was the tragic lover of Captain Moonlite, Nesbitt died in Moonlite's arms. Moonlite's dying wish was to be buried with the man he loved, a request that was denied but eventually granted a century later in kinder times. Red rust and red blood reach through time.

Wedding photos from

Megan and Lesley, Darren and Dave and Fleur and Renee are all Ballarat locals who have celebrated their weddings since Australia voted in support of marriage equality. On 9 December 2017, the Marriage Act 1961 was updated defining marriage as 'the union of 2 people to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life'.

 Fleur and Renee

 Helen and Sandy

 Darren and Dave

 Michelle and Alison

 Megan and Lesley

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Cafs would like to thank the community for their ongoing support, as well as the incredible artists who submitted pieces towards this event. Thank you to all those involved in ensuring that this event was a success. 

Cafs does not endorse violence or criminal behaviour in any form; this includes the crimes of Andrew George Scott (‘Captain Moonlite’).  

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