Bearded bushranger Captain Moonlite – who was arguably one of the first members of the local LGBTIQ+ community – is the catalyst behind a projection art installation that will celebrate Ballarat Pride in March.

And now Cafs is calling for LGBTIQ+ and ally creatives to submit their work for inclusion in Captain Moonlite Rides Again – Visual Stories of Ballarat Pride.

Cafs CEO Wendy Sturgess said the organisation recently received funding from the Victorian Government Pride Events and Festivals Fund 2021 to run the installation, naming it after bushranger Andrew George Scott – aka Captain Moonlite – who spent time in the Ballarat region in the 1870s.

Captain Moonlite was said to have a same-sex partner, James Nesbitt, with whom he formed a gang after they were released from prison.

Ms Sturgess said Cafs is calling on creatives from the LGBTIQ+ community and allies to submit work that will be projected on to the Market Street side of Cafs’ historic Lydiard Street North building.

The event will include an official launch on Friday 5 March 2020 hosted by and broadcast live on Ballarat’s own LaNCE TV, and will also be available online for anyone to view at any time to make it as accessible as possible.

“As a proud LGBTIQ+ ally, Cafs is keen to facilitate inclusive conversations and positive behaviour change across the community,” Ms Sturgess said.

“We believe this project will do that while recognising and supporting the LGBTIQ+ community. If you are an artist or creative from the LGBTIQ+ community or an ally, we’d love to hear from you.”

Ms Sturgess said Cafs is pleased to be partnering with local LGBTIQ+ community members, artists, media agencies and organisations, historians and allies, to bring the region Captain Moonlite Rides Again.

EoIs are being called for still images or video – or other artistic forms that can be projected in images such as visual art, sculpture, dance, short film and poetry – that celebrate pride and inclusion.

People interested in submitting to the project can CLICK HERE for all the information on how to submit an EoI.

Expressions of interest close at midday on Wednesday 27 January 2021.

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