All The Queens Men champions social equality celebrating diverse communities through creative actions, community engaged frameworks and contemporary arts.
Established by artists Tristan Meecham and Bec Reid, ATQM is determined, compassionate, sincere, honest, responsive, nationally significant, and internationally relevant.
ATQM have become a leading voice within the LGBTIQ+ community nationally and internationally, specifically for championing the rights of LGBTIQ+ older people (65+). ATQM partner with all tiers of government and cross-sectorial industry partners, working at the intersections of health, ageing, LGBTIQ+ equality, young people and physical activity.
-connects LGBTI+ elders as part of a significant social movement;
– facilitates creative interventions supporting LGBTIQ+ communities to assert their social agency
– addresses the complexity of ageing and eradicates homophobia and transphobia where it exists.
VALUES AND GIFTS
Our community engaged projects build and support communities over long periods of time, culminating in significant cultural and social celebrations with a lasting impact.
ATQM’s projects are united aesthetically and structurally by a strong set of social and political values, driven by the belief that art is vital to society. Core values include inclusivity, diversity, visibility and equality.
Our projects are designed as ‘gifts’ that celebrate participants varied lived experiences. We engage with the notion of the gift both literally and metaphorically to signify a reciprocal relationship between artist and community. The extravagance of ATQM’s projects are relevant to those engaged, people who often don’t have the privilege of regular access to contemporary arts experiences.
As such, our (often free) events are significant celebrations, born out of a (queer) performance culture with the capacity to shift time and place, connecting diverse peoples. ATQM’s empowers individuals to feel part of a bigger community, much like the way sporting events unite different tribes as a collective.
Our extensive body of work demonstrates creative processes led with care and generosity and inspire activism, education, civic engagement, social change and transformation, while supporting and building healthy communities
ATQM prioritise arts, health and creative ageing objectives focused on the improved health and wellbeing, by fostering creative participation, social connection and building community. As a result, ATQM consistently partners (and are requested to partner) with peak social and health bodies, such as Vic Health, Val’s LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care, Transgender Victoria, Thorne Harbour Health (formerly Victorian AIDS Council), and tertiary researchers (RMIT, LaTrobe University) to mutually expand our reach and cross-sector capacity.
ATQM create frameworks that are responsive and adaptable; artistic forms that reflect the context in which they are shared. ATQM’s strength is its co-authorship with communities to build and create something transformative, rather than imposing its own values. ATQM create unified spaces where people come together to release, celebrate and collectively heal.
Celebrated for its distinct community practice, ATQM has collaborated across ten countries to date, with testimony consistently affirming the belief in ATQM’s vision and power to unite communities through creative action.
‘All The Queens Men connected me back into the LGBTI+ community. Before working with ATQM, I had nothing to live for. ATQM has literally given me a new lease on life, filled with meaning and connection’ – ATQM Collaborator
All The Queens Men have over 30 years of combined experience in contemporary arts practice and management. We make, perform and love collaborating with people across many different areas of expertise.
ATQM have and continue to perform extensively across performance, live art and dance. Our passion is community participation. Tristan is fast becoming a ‘host of choice’ for various organisations and events. Bec will happily get on the floor; particularly if it involves getting people dancing.
ATQM have extensive networks throughout the contemporary performing arts community. We curate events, programs and festivals involving suites of artists and stakeholders and can help you to put together your dream line-up.
producing & project management
ATQM have extensive arts management experience in the non-for-profit and corporate sector. We produce art projects involving numerous stakeholders of varying size scales for over 20 years. We can assist you to produce your project, idea or vision from concept right through to delivery.
direction & choreography
ATQM regularly direct large-scale participatory events (and we love it!) If you require a memorable dance number, we are happy to help.