ACON Reconciliation Action Plan 2018 Artwork Competition

ACON Health Ltd Reconciliation Action Plan Artwork Competition

ACON is a New South Wales based health promotion organisation specialising in HIV prevention, HIV support and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) health. Over the past 12 months, ACON has drafted a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), which is awaiting approval by Reconciliation Australia.

ACON invites Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander artists currently living in NSW to enter their work for consideration for our first Reconciliation Action Plan, which will be published in print and online. ACON will select one artist’s work, which will be used on the cover of and throughout the document. Works by artists with LGBTIQ identity or experience and/or who are HIV positive will be given priority.

ACON will award a prize of $2000 to the selected artist.

  • Visual artworks in any medium are eligible (digital, mixed-media, photographic, paint, sculptural)
  • 3 dimensional / sculptural work is welcome if the artist is happy for it to appear as 2 dimensional photographic imagery
  • Artists are welcome to make multiple submissions if they would like us to consider more than one of their work

Artists must agree to the Terms and Conditions of the competition before submitting their entry.

If you have any questions about the Terms and Conditions listed above you can contact Arts Law, who have a free legal service for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander artists.  Artists can submit your query to Arts Law on their website here: or by phone on 02 9356 2566.

The deadline for submitting artwork is Friday, 27 July 2018

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The Queen of Pop will mark her 60th birthday this August, so we’re celebrating with a Madonna-themed Bingay of gargantuan proportions.

No Madonna stone will be left unturned as we play all her iconic hits over four glittering decades. Express yourself in your favourite Madonna looks – there are prizes for best dressed.

Our fabulous hosts Charisma Belle and Naomi Palmer will, as always, be causing a commotion as they deliver naughty calls, cheeky banter and hilarious stories. Bingay is bingo with a camp and gay twist – nothing is sacred.

Now in its 18th year, Bingay is a much-loved Gay Sydney institution that raises funds for ACON. All proceeds raised go to programs and services that support the health and wellbeing of LGBTI people.

So join us, have fun and help out a great cause – all at the same time.

Bring your friends, crew or office – this is one Bingay you’ll cherish.

When: Thursday 9 August, 7pm – 10pm
Where: Upstairs Beresford  |  354 Bourke St, Surry Hills 2010
Tickets: $20 all games, all night with 100% of proceeds to ACON

RSVP here




About Bingay


Bingay is gay bingo which means there’s classic disco tunes, weird rules and penalties, outrageous antics, hilarious repartee, deliciously lewd bingo calls, and prizes that range from the silly and camp to great theatre tickets and restaurant vouchers.

Bingay hostess Charisma Belle oversees the madcap proceedings and Bingay’s long time barrel babe Naomi Palmer spins the balls and sings up a storm.

Bingay takes over the upstairs bar of The Beresford Darlinghurst on the second Thursday of every month, with each monthly event having a fabulously flamboyant theme.

Bingay’s balls first dropped in 1999, making it one of Sydney’s longest running LGBTI community events + it raises money for our HIV and LGBTI health services.

So whether you’re a regular or a novice, or a local or visitor to Sydney, if you’re up for a wonderfully camp mid-week entertainment experience, then you can’t go wrong with Bingay. Retro disco bingo in Darlo – what’s not to love!

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ConversAsians’ Second Anniversary Celebration!

ConversAsians is a safe space exclusively for gay men of Asian backgrounds to discuss issues, and to make new friends. Our vision and mission are to engage and empower Asian gay men. We are a volunteer group run by gaysians for gaysians.

It has been two years since ConversAsians workshop started in mid-2016. We’ve had 10 sessions where fellow gaysian men shared their stories, debated ideas, and helped build a community. We’ve also started SocialisAsians – a social activities group for gaysians and their allies.

We want to take this opportunity to celebrate this milestone with you, as we review our journey! No matter whether you are newbies, regulars, or Asian Tea Room and Silk Road friends, we want to hear from you on what YOU want to get out of the workshops.

Come along and join us for nibbles and drinks, make new friends, and be part of our ConversAsians! For further details, please email or call (02) 9206 2080.

When: Wednesday July 25, 6.00pm for 6:30pm start

Where: ACON, 414 Elizabeth St Surry Hills NSW 2010

Cost: Free


Rainbow Buzz: LGBTI Inclusive Practice Training

ACON, with the support of Central & Eastern Sydney PHN, is providing free and essential one day training, for workers who support clients experiencing issues with alcohol and/or other drugs (AOD).

Strengthen your understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people and communities to deliver more inclusive, informed and appropriate care.

Refreshments will be included.

Locations: Registration will commence as dates and venues are confirmed.

Click below for specific training locations, dates and times.



Torch Song Trilogy: ACON Benefit Performance

See Harvey Fierstein’s Tony Award-winning cult-classic ‘Torch Song Trilogy’ at a special charity performance for ACON on Tuesday 14 August.

Harvey Fierstein’s intensely personal collection of three plays chronicles a Jewish New York drag-queen’s quest for love, respect and a life of which he can be proud.

Director Stephen Colyer (‘Kiss of the Spider Woman’, ‘Falsettos’) has assembled an all-star cast including Simon Corfield  (reprising his acclaimed performance as Arnold), Tim Draxl, Stephen Madsen, Hilary Cole, Kate Raison and Imraan Daniels. Accompanied by Musical Director Phil Scott.

Part of proceeds from this performance go towards supporting ACON.


WHEN: Tuesday 14 August 7pm

WHERE: Darlinghurst Theatre Company’s Eternity Playhouse

TICKETS: $60pp incl. theatre ticket, a glass of wine or beer and a $10 donation to ACON.

BOOKINGS: Use the code word ACON when booking online at or at the Box Office on (02) 8356 9987.


With special thanks to Darlinghurst Theatre Company for their generous support!

Broken Hill – LGBTI Awareness Training

In the lead up to the Broken Heel Festival, Ted Cook from ACON is facilitating an essential 4-hour lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) inclusion workshop for local service providers in Broken Hill.

Strengthen your understanding of LGBTI people and communities to deliver more inclusive, informed and appropriate care. Session includes activities, open discussion and take home resources.

Broken Hill – LGBTI Awareness Training

When: Wednesday 5th September, 09:30am – 1:30pm

Where: Headspace, 231 Blende St, Broken Hill

Cost: $50.00 per person