Unique digital exhibition to reflect on the HIV crisis in the Hunter

01 Dec 2021

A new exhibition at Newcastle’s Digital Library is delving into the collective memories of locals to provide a unique insight into the history of the AIDS epidemic in the Hunter.

Developed through a partnership with Hunter Rainbow History Group, University of Newcastle's Special Collection Services and Newcastle Libraries, HIV in the Hunter tells the story of the significant local response to the HIV and AIDS crisis throughout the 1980s and 1990s.

Launched to raise awareness of World AIDS Day on 1 December, the exhibition showcases first-hand recounts, interviews and imagery of locals whose lives were impacted by HIV and AIDS, including those who fought the disease, their families and carers, health professionals on the frontline providing education and treatment, and volunteers who worked with the community organisations to provide support, advocacy and assistance to all those affected.

HIV in the Hunter will be featured on the Digital Storywall at Newcastle's Digital Library and online via the Newcastle Libraries website until Monday 10 January 2021.

Artworks from Got Your Back Sista's '16 Days of Activism' workshop will also be on show at the Digital Library until Friday 7 January as part of the new Love Bites exhibition.

The workshop was held to promote positive creative therapeutic outlets for locals who have experienced family and domestic violence, with participants to take part in a special tour of the Digital Library to view their works on display.

The award-winning Digital Library, which welcomed 59,000 visitors in its first year of operation, is co-located with City of Newcastle's Customer Service Centre and mobile Council Chamber on Level 1 of 12 Stewart Avenue.

The Digital Library is open from 8.30am until 5pm Monday to Friday.