About the Queer Arts Festival

The Queer Arts Festival (QAF) is an annual artist-run professional multidisciplinary arts festival at the Roundhouse in Vancouver, BC. Recognized as one of the top 5 festivals of its kind worldwide (Melbourne Herald Sun), QAF produces, presents and exhibits with a curatorial vision favouring challenging, thought-provoking work that pushes boundaries and initiates dialogue. Each year, the festival theme ties together a curated visual art exhibition, performing arts series, workshops, artist talks, panels, and media art screenings. QAF’s programming has garnered wide acclaim as “concise, brilliant and moving” (Georgia Straight), “easily one of the best exhibitions of the year in Vancouver” (Vancouver Sun),some of the most adventurous of any local arts festival” (The Province) and “on the forefront of aesthetic and cultural dialogue today” (Xtra).

A photo of the 2017 Queer Arts Festival crew at the opening party. photo by belle ancell.


The QAF crew at the 2017 festival. Photo: belle ancell.

The QAF crew

SD Holman

SD Holman

Artistic Director

Elliott Hearte

Elliott Hearte

Managing Director



Kimberly Sayson

Development Manager
Contact me about:
– sponsorships
– donations
– PR & communications


Alecska Divisadero

Programming & Administrative Coordinator
Contact me about:
– activities, events, & partnership at SUM gallery
– Pride in Art Community Show
– our website, newsletter & social media
– accessibility at our events/venues
– je parle français

Emily Bailey

Emily Bailey

Curatorial & Administrative Assistant
Contact me about:
– community outreach
– community partnerships
– artist submissions inquiries
– general administration inquiries


Gavin Liang

Audience Services Coordinator
Contact me about:
– festival box office, tickets, passes, comps

Emily Irvine

Volunteer Coordinator

Contact me about:
– volunteering at QAF or SUM

Robyn K Weasel Bear

Production Manager