Queer Art After Hours at AGNSW

Wed 28th February, 2024
5:00pm – 10:00pm
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Art Gallery Rd, Sydney NSW 2000
Party, play and learn from artists, DJs and drag queens at this celebration of queer creativity. There’ll be performances, installations, voguing workshops, tarot card readings and more.

Celebrate queer history, diversity and artistry at the annual Queer Art After Dark returning to the Art Gallery of New South Wales in collaboration with Sydney Mardi Gras. For one night, the gallery’s north and south buildings will become a captivating wonderland of workshops, performances, DJs and drag queens.

Featured on the line-up is a performance installation by Dyke Vignettes featuring bootblacking and a leather making station – a tribute to butch and leather culture. Catch a dance performance by Eugene Choi based on the pigeons that sometimes patron the venue. Grab a cushion and a chai and get lost in video and spoken word installation Queer as in Crip, exploring intersectionality in queer and disabled identities. Tarik Ahlip’s film Three pieces of erotic autofiction will be screened on loop, and queens from drag competition Miss First Nation Nova Gina, Josie Baker and Shaniqua Empire are set to dazzle with two performances.

If you’re really wanting to get amongst it, put yourself in the bid for an auctioned lap dance from a hottie at Lap Dance for Your Rights, a queer-led community fundraising initiative. For something more calming, there’s also a drop-in origami card making workshop, or learn to strike a pose with Davina Chor in her hand-voguing workshops. There’s also a meet and mingle for those under the age of 25 organised by The Youth Collective and Queerleaders. If you’re feeling brave, visitors can snag a ten-minute tarot reading in the members lounge.

Plus, there’ll be two DJ setups to shake it out, with the likes of Xfling, Ma'ata, Rocky Stallone and Laquenta on the decks. If you need fuel for the night’s activities, head to the taco and dumpling station or the gallery’s restaurants and cafe, which will be serving some special menu items. On the drinks side, there’ll be pop-up bars including a Chandon Brut station.

Entry is free. No bookings are required although some activities are on a first-come basis.

From 5pm to 10pm.

For the full lineup and more details head to the official program.

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