What's on at LILAC 
Kia ora

News of the opening of LILAC's Spring art exhibition, International Lesbian Day in October, LILAC's AGM. Plus a coming out meet-up

Opening hours:

Thursdays and Saturdays 11am - 2pm

Wednesday early evening sessions resume in October

Lesbian Coming Out Meet-up Saturday 2nd September 2-4pm

This is an event at LILAC for women who have recently come out, or are thinking about coming out as lesbian to meet in a relaxed and supportive social environment. Lesbians new to town also welcome. Pass it on - let your friends know!

There will be another meet-up on Saturday 4th November.

Spring Art Exhibition in the LILAC Lounge

Opening Friday 22nd September 6pm

Lesbians making lesbian art, it doesn't get better than that!
Local lesbian artists were approached to make an artwork inspired by a favourite lesbian book, poem, quote or song lyric, using resources from the LILAC collection if possible. Each artist has started with the same sized canvas and will transform it into a creative response to their chosen inspiration. Together, these will form our Spring Art Exhibition! Come along, admire the artwork and ideas, and enjoy lesbian company at the opening - we would love to see you there!

Light refreshments, convivial company & a visual feast. Koha

Lesbian History - October

LILAC has a number of events planned to celebrate Lesbian History Month:

Open Day at LILAC Sunday 8th October
Drop in on International Lesbian Day to look at some local lesbian history - the photo of the 1993 Lesbian Studies Conference and more
Spring launch of Book Group
With a lesbian history theme - see below
Lesbian walk around the town Saturday 28th October
Join an intrepid group of storytellers on this journey through time and space as we rediscover the lesbian herstory of Te Aro, finishing at LILAC for refreshments. Full details in the October newsletter.

More details coming ... email us lilac@lesbian.net.nz if you have ideas or resources to contribute.

All lesbians welcome.

Book Group Springs back on Wednesday 11th October

As part of LILAC's Lesbian History Month we are re-starting the LILAC book group with a focus on historical lesbian fiction set in the time from 1850s to 1950s.
The discussion will centre around the books chosen by each of us, ie critique and personal viewpoint but will also take a more general look at how lesbians were depicted in literature during this time.

Please come along and join in the discussion on 11th October 7.00pm-8.30pm at the LILAC lounge. Light refreshments and convivial company

Art at LILAC 

Current exhibitions at LILAC

The current exhibition at LILAC is a display of Alison Bechdel's calendars from the 1990s, from a private collection.
Too young to remember Alison's Dykes to watch out for comic strips? We have the books at LILAC. And check her website - there's a blog post about her visit to Paekākāriki in 2014!

Also on display are card reproductions of paintings by Wilhelmina Irving, an Indonesian-born woman of Dutch heritage who spent her adult life in New Zealand.

DIY Exhibitions at LILAC

A shout out to any lesbian artists wanting to hold an exhibition at LILAC in 2023 - you're welcome to get in touch. Email lilac@lesbian.net.nz

Current book display

There is a display of award-winning fiction titles at the east end of the room. It will be replaced soon by novels depicting lesbian life from 1850s to the 1950s, for the October Book Group.

New books arriving 7th September

Gods of want : Stories, by K-Ming Chang

Startling stories that center the bodies, memories, myths, and relationships of Asian American women ... more.
Winner of the 2023 Lambda Literary Award for lesbian fiction


Tauhou, by Kōtuku Titihuia Nuttall

An inventive exploration of Indigenous families, womanhood, and alternate post-colonial realities by a writer of Maori and Coast Salish descent ... review.


Dirt town, by Hayley Schrivenor

Set in a remote Australian town where a schoolgirl disappears, this debut arrives with high praise from other crime novelists - and a new lesbian detective ... more.

LILAC gratefully acknowledges the invaluable financial support we receive from the Armstrong and Arthur Charitable Trust for Lesbians.

The A&A Trust  commemorates the support of Bette Armstrong and Bea Arthur for the lesbian community in Wellington. It is a registered charity that welcomes bequests and donations to enable it to assist lesbian communities in the Wellington region.

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