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Impressionism Revisited

Impressionism Revisited
Framed by desire and compassion, artist Stefan Kater's work showcases loving, beautiful shapes and bodies.

Fragile Masculinity, Handle With Care

Fragile Masculinity, Handle With Care

Samuel Leighton-Dore is a queer artist and writer based on the Gold Coast. With work spanning ceramics, painting, film and writing, Leighton-Dore is consistently interested in deconstructing and examining themes of sexuality, gender and mental health.

‘Fragile Masculinity, Handle With Care’ is Leighton-Dore's first solo exhibition and sees the artist incorporate contemporary ceramic pieces, acrylic paintings and multimedia works in order to tease popular notions of masculinity. Drawing inspiration from phrenology, a pseudomedicine popular in 19th century, as well as diagrams of the penis distributed by pharmaceutical brands including Viagra, Leighton-Dore presents a cynical portrait of the modern man while maintaining a lightheartedness that is inherently optimistic.


Mardi Gras Ultimate Sydney Day

Mardi Gras Ultimate Sydney Day

Any trip to Australia wouldn’t be complete without seeing Sydney Harbour, and this tour covers every possible vantage point, in one day!

This ultimate day tour will take you up, over, across and around the harbour, in a variety of ways. The day starts with an escorted journey with the highly sought after Sydney Harbour Bridgeclimb. After you have soared your way to the summit and been thrilled by the heights of one of the most spectacular climbs in the world, we head back down to earth for your harbourside lunch! A walking tour around the central harbour districts, followed by an unforgettable escorted tour inside the Sydney Opera House! Finally, our afternoon gently sails into evening with the exclusive VIP boarding on to the Mardi Gras Sunset Cruise! An evening of fantastic vibes, entertainment and sunset behind the bridge, from the best stage in Sydney, the Harbour! As the cruise comes to an end, this extraordinary day will become one of the stories you tell forever!

WET SPOT Boat Party

WET SPOT Boat Party

It’s high tide this Pride with Rule 34 Club’s WET SPOT.

Heeyyy sailors! Calling all nauti buoys and gay gulls, kinky crabs, mer-creatures, sea-men, harbour homos, sexy starfishes and all other queer seafarers who like to get wet.

Join 300 queers for an evening of dirty dancing, perverted performances and more sea-prises aboard the WET SPOT – a spacious 84 ft catamaran – as we mince our way across the Sydney Harbour to the beats of DJ Maxxxy T and DJ Betts.

All aboard! Camp costumes serving maritime realness highly encouraged! Seas the gay at WET SPOT this Sydney Mardi Gras!

All genders and sexualities welcome!

Sponsored by Here's Looking at you, Kid!

Strictly limited tickets available here

Queertopia - Heaps Gay Pardi Gras

Queertopia - Heaps Gay Pardi Gras

QUEERTOPIA,- It started with Noah’s arc and ends with Queertopia – a futuristic world where the queers are the Qweens!
Mesmerising, dazzling, larger than life. A journey into a new world of he/she, them/they & everything in between. 

3 rooms of a magical land + 2 outdoor garden stages where you can dance under the stars till 3am!

Dress code - Future Queer World! (whatever the hell you want)

Booty: Jamie Cole

Booty: Jamie Cole

Step into the black light to uncover the chemical, fluorescent, heat map that is Jamie Cole's new exhibition 'Booty'.

Part of the visual arts programme of the 2019 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Booty will be radiating from the walls of Camperdown's prestigious Artsite Gallery from early February. Including mixed media works on Birchwood, canvas and soft sculptures, Jamie's sexually charged show comes with a warning, "don't see it alone (wink)".

Using precious materials, Jamie's Booty overflows with rich flock wallpaper, sweat, 'poppers', gold leaf, and opalescent foils, sprayed across the faces, bodies and bedrooms of men deep in the act.

You won't be disappointed but you might be aroused.

def: Booty (noun): "valuable stolen goods; something gained or won" 

Jamie Cole presents 'Booty' (2-24 February 2019) FREE 18+ 11-5pm
Artsite Gallery 165 Salisbury Road Camperdown
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival 2019 Premier Event
Official Opening Sunday 3 February 3-5pm
Preview: Saturday 2 February 11-5pm

About the Artist: Jamie Cole

Jamie is a full-time emerging artist living in Kiama on the south coast of New South Wales, with his husband Bruce. 

Formerly a visual arts teacher, Jamie has been painting full-time now for 6 years and has exhibited extensively on the south coast; most recently as part of the 'Locals on Board' exhibition at the Art Gallery of Wollongong. Jamie's work is vibrant, immaculate and often filled with narrative. A modern day storyteller and artist, Jamie's work is highly influenced by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Jean-Michel Basquiat. 

Together Jamie and Bruce own and operate a successful art gallery, tapas restaurant and wine bar in Kiama called the Little Blowhole Art Bar. The 'Art Bar' as it has become known, is a significant contributor to the dynamic and growing arts scene currently transforming this region. In January 2019, the Sydney Morning Herald listed the Art Bar as one of the top 31 attractions on the South Coast of New South Wales.

Control presents Lady Blacktronika and Anastasia Kristensen

Control presents Lady Blacktronika and Anastasia Kristensen

Estée Louder's CONTROL events are a celebration of electronic music & DJ’s, focussing on bringing the most accomplished queer & female local & international artists to the front.

For the Mardi Gras edition, Control is bringing two Internationals in their Aust debuts.

USA's/ Berlin's Lady Blacktronika aka "The First Lady of Beatdown AND The First Lady of Deep House" is a fierce WOC trans producer & DJ who’s star is deservingly on the rise around the world after almost 20 years in the music world.

Denmark’s Anastasia Kristensen is an upcoming, uncompromising force of nature who brings a whirlwind of emboldened intensity that can be felt equally through her productions and DJ sets.

Supported by local legends Kate Doherty, Sveta & Estée Louder.

Tickets on sale here.

Original Box

Original Box

25th Anniversary of Boomalli’s Mardi Gras Exhibition.

Curated by Kyra Kum-Sing

An art exhibition featuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTQI Artists.

Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative provides a safe space for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTQI artists to express their sexual orientation and communities.

Exhibiting Artists: Jeffrey Samuels, Arone Meeks, Jenny Fraser, Jasmine Sarin, Ella Bancroft, Peter Waples-Crowe, Dennis Golding, Wild Barra Co, Hayley Pigram, Peta-Joy Williams, Jai Walker, Dodie Eggmolesse, Luke Close, Clint Lingard and Matthew Cook.

Opening Night: Thursday 21st February 19

Starts: 6pm-8pm

MC: James Saunders

Performances on open night by Kirren Brown, Nova Gina and more.

This exhibition continues until 24th March 2019


Let's Eat Cake

Let's Eat Cake

Iconic queer photographer William Yang and long time Activist Rachel Evans will officially launch the Sydney Mardi Gras show LET’S EAT CAKE at Tortuga Gallery by artist Maylei Hunt.

The series is a historical and personal collection of street documentary images that follows the journey to marriage equality in Australia from 2009 to 2018. Images capture the vibrant fighting spirit of the LGBTI community and its allies marching together to demonstrate the support for equal marriage rights in Australia for all.

In 2009 Hunt attended her first marriage equality march and made a promise to herself that she would participate in as many marches for marriage equality as she could. Hunt always brought her camera with her, with the belief that “We needed to capture our journey of making history”.

The photographs follow marches in Sydney and Melbourne and capture key events such as the plebiscite announcement on 15th November 2017 and the Marriage Bill amendment at Parliament House on 7th December 2017 and with the additions of the celebrations afterwards by community.

The exhibition celebrates and allows the audience to reflect on the first year of marriage equality in Australia. Over eighty vibrantly colourful images of the community will cover the walls of the gallery. This is a large and ambitious series that captures our recent history.

The exhibition is accompanied by a 160 page hardcover book with over 120 colour images. It includes a foreword by Melbourne EQUAL LOVE convener Ali Hogg and an essay by Sydney marriage equality campaigner Rachel Evans. It has been produced as a limited edition of 300 copies published by the artist.

The LET’S EAT CAKE exhibition and book was produced to commemorate and to honour ALL those who have fought and marched for marriage equality. It is a record of a campaign that was won for the People by the People.

Artist Maylei Hunt is a Photomedia Artist, Community Arts worker and Teacher whose works have a strong connection to photographic documentation, storytelling, social justice and equality. Hunt is an alumni of National Art School Sydney, and has exhibited extensively in Sydney and Melbourne for over eighteen years and has works in various private and public collections.

Address: Tortuga Gallery. 31 Princes Hwy, St Peters NSW.

Opening Hours: Tue – Fri 10am-4pm Sat- Sun 11am-4pm. Website: www.mayleihunt.com Instagram: mayleihunt

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1977805812307166/

Yes! Yes! Nanette!

Yes! Yes! Nanette!

Yes! Yes! Nanette! is our response to Australian comedian, Hannah Gadsby's stand-up-and-be-proud performance, "Nanette"; her personal exploration of the reality of sexual violence and homophobia while growing up Lesbian in Tasmania. She reminds the world that we need to demonstrate our support for the LGBTQI+ community, especially our Rainbow Youth.

We want to show our support for Gadsby by saying YES! - an echo of the Same Sex Marriage campaign and a celebration of our LGBTQI+ community.

(Please note: this exhibition is a heartfelt response by Artist, Janice Raynor, to Hannah Gadsby's performance, "Nanette". It is in no way to be construed as part of Hannah's own work.)

Exhibition is on until 5 March and is open Mon - Sat 10am - 5.30pm / Thurs til 7pm.


garden pARTy

garden pARTy

This special Friday evening event is a dynamic combination of live beats, social artmaking and entertainment in the beautiful Australian Botanic Garden.

Join the fabulous Motel Sisters for an evening full of art, music and Nudes in Nature!

At the garden pARTy, we will have several nude model posing in front of the beautiful background of The Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan. The interested artists can sketch and draw under the guidance of the two fabulous Motel Sisters.

Not into drawing : no problem – come and experience the great vibes of our DJ, have a drink, and watch the art in process

Join the fabulous Motel Sisters and learn how to best capture the human form in Australia’s beautiful flora.

Grab your sketch pad and be guided by those two amazing artists and entertainers. They will help you find your inner artist.

Or join us for a glass of wine, listen to DJ Shorty’s vibes and watch the creative process of the life-drawing class unfold.

Participants will expand their drawing skills and enjoy using a variety of materials to capture the human figure amongst the blooming flowers and a truly ‘au naturel’ setting.

Please note: We will be working with nude models from 7pm.

ARTIST BIO: The Motel Sisters (Paris and Tacky Motel) are a glamorous artist duo from Western Sydney. Starting out as ‘art scene anti-socialites’ and daytime television show-crashers, their work engages with Australian society, pop/internet/celebrity culture and the contemporary art world. Most recently, Paris and Tacky undertook a project entitled Motel Sisters in Care, an artist residency at Abel Tasman Village in Chester Hill NSW, creating daily performative interventions for retired residents and the Village staff (such as glow-up day spas, art parties, sensory activities, chair aerobics and much more).

Queer Art After Hours

Queer Art After Hours

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and The Art Gallery of New South Wales present:

Now in its third year, Queer Art After Hours returns in 2019 with a sparkling line-up of art, music, performance and much more.

Experience the Art Gallery of New South Wales after the sun goes down with some of Australia’s best queer creatives bringing the art to life both on and off the walls.

Featuring pop-up bars, tongue-in-cheek art tours, hands on workshops, live music, queer art history stories and your last chance to see the major exhibition Masters of modern art from the Hermitage, this is one fabulous night not to be missed.

Queer Contemporary at NAS

Queer Contemporary at NAS

The National Art School’s iconic site (the former Darlinghurst Gaol) is a part of the queer past and the queer future, from the infamous Wall to today’s Queer Contemporary, which includes exhibitions, conversations, workshops, kids activities and the boutique Moonlite pop up bar named in honour of former inmate - Bush Ranger Captain Moonlite and his lover James Nesbitt.

Queer as Folklore - Exhibition of works from the collection of Dr Dick Quan and Holdsworth House Medical Practice Works from the Refracted Light exhibition Created by Insideoutdelhi - India’s first queer art competition Moonlite Tour led by artist Todd Fuller.

Opening night program:

Queer as Folk Lore Exhibition opens
Presenting many perspectives of complex Queer culture from the renowned collection of Dr Dick Quan and Holdsworth House Medical Practice.

Artists: Adel Abdessemed, Abdul Abdullah, Tony Alberi AES&F, Del Kathryn Barton, Nick Cave, Jake and Dinos Chapman X Louis Vuitton, Juan Davila, Christine Dean, Elmgreen & Dragset, David Griggs, Uji 'Hahan' Handok, Deborah Kelly, Jeff t Kehinde Wiley

Moon lite Bar with DJ Sveta
A pop up bar named in honour of an infamous inmate of the former Darlinghurst Gaol (now the National Art School Bushranger Captain Moonlite and his lover James Nesbitt

Refracted Lives Exhibition opens
Refracted Lives is the inaugural exhibition of the fi nalists of the lnsideOut Art Prize -India's first national competition for LGBTQ artists.

Artists: Aamir Rabbani, Anon Mumbai, Anwesh Sahoo, Adil Kalim, Aditya Raj, Apurv Yadav, Arjun Singh, Baishali Chetia, Dimple Chaudhary, Ashish Verma, Eeshaan Kashyap, Avneesh Kumar, Nishant Khoiya, Geeta Sharma, Hiyaichenba Pangambam,
Nishant Mishra, Prateek Draik, Khup S Hangsing, Saba Tarannum, Raj Veer, Saanjh, Pulkit Mogha, Renu Dhiman, Priya Dali, Vala:t Gada_ Sumit Mehndiratta, Tarun Soni, Satadru Sovan Banduri, Sahil Singh, Suvajit Mandal, Sawan Kumar and Vrinda Singh

Other(ed) Bodies
Queer art from eight NAS student artists - come and see what emerging artists are thinking and feeling,
Curators: Anoush Jay Sansom and Fergus Berney-Gibson
Artists: Shani Gosh, Kaitlin Allanah, James Edwards, Daniel Hull, Allie Weichert Robertson, Isaac Spigelman, Fergus Berney-Gibson and Anoushka J. Solomon (Anoush Jay Sansom).

Let's Eat Cake
Launch of NAS alumna Maylei Hunt's publication, a social documentary photography publication depicting the protests and actions in support of 'Yes' vote in the lead up to the Marriage Equaliy vote in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra.

Performance by Anoush Jay Sansom