Queer Contemporary at the National Art School

Queer Contemporary at the National Art School

Friday 14th February 2020

6:00 pm

Saturday 14th March 2020

10:00 pm

National Art School

Cnr Forbes and Burton

Darlinghurst NSW

Wheelchair Accessible

QUEER CONTEMPORARY at the National Art School is the Mardi Gras hub for queer art and visual culture. Queer Contemporary is a series of exhibitions, performances, gatherings and new art – topped off with the art-inspired Moonlite Pop-Up Bar.

^ Main image credit:
Deborah Kelly
Venus as a Boy
digital print on silk, 100 x 200 cm
Courtesy and © the artist

Exhibition dates: Friday 14 February - Saturday 14 March
Opening event: Friday 14 February, 6pm-10pm

Program Highlights: (see full program at nas.edu.au)

Misfit: Collage and Queer Practice
Rayner Hoff Project Space, National Art School
Opening Night: Friday 14 February. 6-10pm
Exhibition dates: Friday 14 February - Saturday 14 March
FREE – all welcome!

Artists: Tony Albert, Archie Barry, Gary Carsley, Brian Fuata, Deborah Kelly, Del Lumanata, Sarah Rodigari, Tejal Shah, Tyza Stewart, Paul Yore, Guanyu Xu
Curator: Scott Elliot
Queer artists have long understood the power of collage as a tool for manipulating the singular narratives that so often exclude them. Misfit examines the idea of collage as a medium especially susceptible to embodying queer experience. Presenting works by Australian and international artists who engage with performance, video, text, photography, textile, painting, paper and sound, Misfit looks at how the radically reassembled can veer us closer to unseen truths, productive ambiguities and powerful positions of resistance.

RSVP for opening night!

Queer words that changed my life

Cell Block Theatre, National Art School

Friday 21 February, 6.30–10pm

$30 General admission, $25 Concession/NAS Student + booking fee

Spend an evening in our indulgent queer salon at NAS, surrounded by a family of queer orators who will delight you with short readings from their most treasured pieces of queer literature and words that changed their life.

Hear from our courageous 78ers and a host of queer celebrities, identities, advocates, heroes, young voices and our newest talents. Sip champagne and enjoy an array of sweet and savoury delights as we turn pages and invoke the literary history of queer storytelling. Join us in celebrating words that matter.

Artist line-up:

Dennis Altman
William Yang
Tommy Murphy
Alana Valentine
Bill (William) Bowtell 
Vicki Harding
Nana Miss Koori
Mama Alto

and more to be announced soon.


What Matters: Queer Slam

Cell Block Theatre, National Art School

Friday 28 February, 6.30–10pm

$20 General admission, $15 Concession + booking fee

Discover Australia’s most subversive and boldly original queer poets at our raucous poetry competition. Our slammers tell us what matters as we heat up the historic Cell Block Theatre with words of protest, love, rage and power. With a special guest host and some guest performances throughout the Slam, we’ve got the night before Mardi Gras Parade completely covered.

Calling all queer-identifying poets – step up to the mic on the night. Winner receives a cash prize. To register interest and learn a bit more, email dino.dimitriadis@nas.edu.au by 21st February.

Poets and guests announced closer to event date.


Moonlite Tour
Leaves from the Moonlite bar, National Art School

Friday 21 February, 8.30–9.30pm
$15 General admission

Join artist and NAS Alumnus Todd Fuller on an unforgettable tour that tells the incredible true story of Captain Moonlite, a notorious bushranger and inmate of the convict-built Darlinghurst Gaol, and his lover James Nesbitt. Attendees will be given unparalleled access to the historic National Art School site, ending with a special screening of Fuller’s animated artwork recounting the affair of Moonlite and Nesbitt.


Moonlite Pop-Up Bar  
Outside Rayner Hoff Project Space, National Art School

Friday 21 February, 6–10pm

Friday 28 February, 6–10pm
$15 General admission

Named in honour of infamous inmate Bushranger Captain Moonlite and his lover James Nebsitt. Enjoy the bar, dj’s and extended hours of the Misfit exhibition.

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