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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

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


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 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.

See the complete program here on the National Art School's website.


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-Wed 1.30- 4pm    Thur – Fri 10am-4pm     Sat 11am-4pm.

Website: www.mayleihunt.com Instagram: mayleihunt

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

Queer Art After Hours

Queer Art After Hours

Now in its third year, Queer Art After Hours returns in 2019 with a sparkling line-up of art, music and performance, co-presented with the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. 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.

Hosted by MCs Fancy Piece in the entrance court, catch spoken word by Steven Oliver, performances from Kilia and The Huxley’s, live music from LadyHood and DJ sets from Sophie Forrest and the Dollar Bin Darlings. Examine the stunning art-shoe creations of choreographer and designer Novy, in Stiletto NB or fall in love with one of Sydney’s most beloved drag kings, Jayvante Swing.

Verushka Darling returns with her outrageously popular art tours and Sheba Williams gives you the chance to star in her immersive pantomime Shebalicious. Discover juicy facts about famous artworks with Queer art history talks from the Gallery’s library and archive team or draw inspiration from the performances with our mass drop-in drawing workshop. With live experiences taking place all over the Gallery, this is one magnificent celebration of the LGBTQI creative community that is not to be missed.


The Dollar Bin Darlings - 5-6pm, 8-8:45pm

The Dollar Bin Darlings believe that the joy and passion of disco is so infectious and so danceable that, armed with records that cost no more than one dollar, they can create a dancefloor so heaving and unrelenting that no one could say disco is dead. As well as regular gigs around Sydney, The Dollar Bin Darlings host their live analogue talk show Don’t go to bed (with the Dollar Bin Darlings) and ran parties in the Spiegeltent at the 2019 Sydney Festival. The Dollar Bin Darlings will kick off the night with their wild, disco tunes in the entrance court.

Location: Entrance court


Verushka Darling - Each half hour 5:30pm-9pm

Verushka Darling is Australian drag royalty. She has changed the face of drag in Sydney and opened doors into the world of media, pop-culture and the mainstream through which others are now following. Returning for the third year of Queer Art After Hours, Verushka Darling will lead tours of the Art Gallery of NSW’s collection, revealing the real meanings behind the works.

Location: 19th & 20th c European art


The Huxleys - 5:30pm – 6:15pm

Performance art duo The Huxleys are Will and Garrett Huxley, whose shared background in design, photography and performance has informed their practice—a living, ever-evolving collage of still images, moving image, costume and performance. The Huxleys have exhibited artwork in installations, fashion shows, performances and festivals across the world. Their work creates an iridescent hyper-real world, full of arresting shapes, lurid colour, extreme theatrics and an ethos of glamorous androgynous abandon.

Location: Front of the Gallery


Drop in and draw - 6pm – 8pm

Our models leave some clothes on for these fun life-drawing workshops, featuring an array of models from the queer community. Get inspired by the performances in the entrance court as you get creative. With the guidance of our artist-educators, explore the nuances of line and form in this mass life drawing workshop. All levels of ability welcome. All materials are provided.

Location: Lower level 2


Steven Oliver - 6pm – 6:15pm

Steven Oliver is an indigenous poet and rapper, actor, singer, dancer and writer. He is the creative force behind the ABC’s cult TV show, Black comedy. Since appearing at Art After Hours as the fabulous host of quiz show Faboriginal, Steven Oliver returns to the Gallery for a very special spoken word performance as part of Queer Art After Hours.

Location: Entrance court


Queer Art History Talks - 6:15-6:30pm, 7:15-7:30pm, 8-8:15pm

Learn stories from the Galleries archive and discover juicy facts about famous artworks in the collection, artists and their subjects with Queer Art History Talks from the Archive and Library team. Steven Miller, head of the Gallery’s archive and research library and Gallery archivist Eric Riddler share this rare chance for visitors to get a new insight into some of the Gallery’s collection.

Location: 20th & 21st c Australian art


Sophie Forrest - 6:20pm – 7:30pm

Sophie is a Musician/Composer/DJ/Chef. Born in South Africa emigrating to Australia as a young child Sophie has a broad musical history, playing many instruments as a child eventually moving into electronic music in high school. Tonight she takes the stage with her DJ set which is inspired by soul, hip hop and jazz, while incorporating a focus on trans and womens rights.

Location: Entrance court


Sheba Williams - 7pm-7:30pm

Sheba Williams is a singer, MC and DJ who creates interactive performance pieces with a vivacious flair. She has performed around the world from Berlin to Shanghai, and has been part of sell-out seasons on the international festival circuit. For Queer Art After Hours, Sheba will perform her immersive pantomime Shebalicious – an intergalactic, interspecies, queer love-myth, starring members of the audience

Location: Grand Courts


Novy Bereber - 7:30pm-7:40pm

The frantic claquetty-racket of heels against polished mahogany are Novy’s first memories as he was brought up by five aunts and a grandmother in the old Spanish town of Ilo Ilo in the Philippines. Novy is a dancer, choreographer and designer who began his dancing career in his mid-teens. Novy moved to Sydney in 2010 and with partner Ignatius Jones, started the famous Stiletto Parties in Surry Hills. With a motto of ‘No stilettos, no entry’, the parties were renowned for amazingly creative stilettos and the art-shoe concept was born. This year, in a special commission with Mardi Gras, Novy will present Stiletto NB, an installation and performance work for Queer Art After Hours 2019.

Location: Entrance court


Jayvante Swing - 8:45pm – 8:50pm

Jayvante Swing is one of Sydney’s most beloved drag kings. Taking to stage when the scene was just emerging in 2003 at the Sly Fox for Kingki Kingdom, he is known for pioneering a smooth, sexy side to the artform. Performing at Sydney’s best-known nights and venues, like The Imperial Hotel for Drag’N’Dine, DTF, Queer Central, Queerbourhood at The Bearded Tit, Heaps Gay, Heartbreakers and Butch Stud. Jayvante Swing mixes his signature debonair style with gender illusion, guaranteeing that you too, will fall in love with this king.

Location: Entrance court


Fancy Piece - 8:55pm – 9pm

Fancy Piece is the unholy union of Holly Bennett and Simone Craswell — and they’re coming for your soul. This queer performing arts duo have been stripping it off and whipping it out on stages from the Enmore Theatre to London’s Royal Vauxhall Tavern and the glamorous guts of Sydney’s queer wonderground. Always celebrating community and challenging assumptions with an iron fist in a sequinned glove, Fancy Piece will whip up a special performance on the main stage for Queer Art After Hours. As MC’s for the event, Fancy Piece will also host an array of performances on the main stage in the entrance court throughout the night.

Location: Entrance court


LadyHood - 9-9:30pm

LadyHood’s lightning-fast rise on the international music scene followed the success of their debut EP Finger On The Pulse, in 2015. Since then, LadyHood has been touring in the US and Europe. LadyHood’s musical style combines the well-crafted pop sensibilities of Sia, with the pumping, disco, glam-rock of Goldfrapp. Inspired by luminaries such as Prince and Freddy Mercury, LadyHood’s commanding on-stage presence is totally fearless. For the first time performing at Mardi Gras, LadyHood is excited to show Australia just why international audiences are getting 'wood’ for the ‘Hood.

Location: Entrance court

Queertopia - Heaps Gay Pardi Gras

Queertopia - Heaps Gay Pardi Gras

We’re going full bush for Mardi Gras 2019! Grab your RM's and ride on it into our regional wonderland! This year we have partnered with Beats By Dr.Dre to bring you the ultimate bush doof featuring a staked line of international musicians, dj’s performers and artists!

Introducing: Heaps Gay Camp Country!

HEADLINERS (Brought to you by Beats by Dre):