Sydney WorldPride 2023

3 February – 18 March 2023

The National Art School presents Queer Contemporary, the visual arts program for Sydney WorldPride 2023 and the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Join us for the exhibitions Braving Time: Contemporary Art in Queer Australia and Fulgora, a suite of public activities, key community partnerships, and site activations.
Director and CEO Steven Alderton says: “Building on the success of previous years participating in Mardi Gras, Queer Contemporary 2023 at NAS will be our most ambitious offering to date. The vibrant and varied program champions the diversity of our communities and celebrates LGBTQIA+ strength and resilience.
NAS’ Forbes Street entrance is a short, two-minute walk from Taylor Square on Oxford Street, and conveniently located near bus routes 311, 333, 352, 373, 389, 392N, 396, and 440. Limited paid street parking is available along Forbes Street as well as Darlinghurst Road and surrounds; we advise visitors to walk, cycle or take public transport where possible.

EXHIBITIONS

Image: Amos Gebhardt, Family Portrait, 2020

Braving Time: Contemporary Art in Queer Australia
Curated by Richard Perram OAM

3 February – 18 March 2023

NAS Galleries
Monday to Saturday
11am – 5pm
Free admission

Braving Time is an exhibition that celebrates the work of artists who identify as part of the Australian LGBTIQA+ community and their diverse voices. The exhibition explores queerness through historical and contemporary artworks that are critical, experimental and political, connecting to our contemporary culture.

Exhibition Image Design: Charlie Cummings

Fulgora
Curated by EO Gill

3 February – 5 March 2023

The Rayner Hoff Project Space
Monday to Saturday
11am – 5pm
Free admission

Fulgora presents a suite of commissioned video works by 5 Australian-based artists that are punctuated by a selection of films programmed in collaboration with LA-based collective Dirty Looks Inc. The exhibition speaks to luxuriant video practices that disrupt conventional acts of looking and force us to ask where our pleasure begins.

Image: Luke Thurgate, Let me down gently,  2022, charcoal on gallery wall, Photo: Peter Morgan

Luke Thurgate: Adore You

3 February – 18 March 2023

The Drawing Gallery
Monday to Saturday
11am – 5pm
Free admission

The National Art School is proud to present Adore You, a major mural drawing by artist Luke Thurgate commissioned for The Drawing Gallery. This project is programmed in parallel with the Sydney WorldPride 2023 and The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

 Adore You takes inspiration from one of the world’s treasures, the major, 15th Century polyptych Ghent Altarpiece created by painters and brothers Hubert and Jan van Eyk. Thurgate’s work Adore You transforms the altarpiece format to create a contemporary, ephemeral artwork exploring notions of desire, hero-worship and queer subjectivity. Spanning three walls of The Drawing Gallery, the mural will be made onsite over a six-week period to coincide with Sydney WorldPride programs at the National Art School.

PROGRAM

Image: (Left) Betty Grumble photographed by Liz Ham. (Right) Radha on The Set, ABC TV, photographed by Jess Gleeson.

Betty and Radha’s Parade Viewing Party at NAS

25 February 2023

National Art School
156 Forbes Street, Darlinghurst

6pm – Midnight
Tickets $65

Celebrate the Mardi Gras in comfort within a stone’s throw of the parade with co-hosts Betty Grumble and Radha the Diva from India!

Image: NAS NEO 2022. Photo: Lexi Laphor. 

Block Party

16 February 2023

National Art School
156 Forbes Street, Darlinghurst

6pm – 10pm

Some of Sydney’s finest queer artists to celebrate the launch of Queer Contemporary 2023.

Line up to be announced.

Image: Bunny Hop – Easter egg donations at St Vincents, 1994 (c) MazzImages

Qtopia – Ward 17 South

17 February – 5 March 2023

Building 11
Monday to Saturday
11am – 5pm
Free admission

Qtopia Sydney and NAS are proud to announce a partnership to realise a restaging of St Vincent’s Hospital’s Ward 17 South.

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Art Phoenix Opening and Fundraiser

3 March 2023

Cell Block Theatre
National Art School
156 Forbes Street, Darlinghurst

6pm – 8pm

In partnership with NAS, Bobby Goldsmith Foundation (BGF) presents Art Phoenix. The exhibition is the culmination of a series of drawing workshops led by acclaimed artist Luke Thurgate for members of the BGF community living with HIV.

Photo by: Renata Dominik

EJ Son’s Anti- Valentine’s Day Workshop

14 February 2023

National Art School
156 Forbes Street, Darlinghurst

6pm – 8pm
Tickets: $40  (Tickets limited)

This Hallmark Holiday, join multidisciplinary artist EJ Son and their two Cupid assistants to make your very own musical Anti-Valentine’s Day card. Profess your love to your bestie, co-worker, pet, granny, or houseplant in the form of personalised audio recording. Non-normative romances encouraged!

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