Current Exhibition

Museum of Love & Protest  

Exhibition Dates: Friday 16 February — Sunday 4 March 2018  
Opening Hours: Sunday–Thursday, 11am–5pm, Friday and Saturday 11am–10pm 
(6pm Saturday 3 March)
Contact: +61 2 9339 8686 or 

The National Art School is proud to be an exhibition partner of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in 2018.

The signature event for the 40th anniversary celebrations, the Museum of Love & Protest looks back across four amazing decades and presents an immersive exhibition of original costumes, photographs and rarely-seen film and video footage, iconic posters, storytelling, music and artefacts.

Presented in association with the National Art School, the Museum celebrates 40 years of love, protest, diversity, acceptance, humour, pride, family, passion and creativity. The Museum’s theatrical design combines visual spectacle and moments of intimacy for visitors to discover the extraordinary stories, artists, communities and images of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Featuring interactive elements, the Museum invites visitors to contribute their own memories and stories of Mardi Gras for others to share. As a special treat, on Friday and Saturday evenings at 6pm, the Museum of Love & Protest really comes alive as fabulous Mardi Gras identities entertain you with their unique spin on Mardi Gras history.

Other Events:  

6—7 pm Friday & Saturday nights, FREE, Upstairs in The Butterfly Lounge, Museum of Love & Protest, NAS Gallery

5:30–10pm Friday & Saturday nights, FREE
Join us at the Bar for the Museum of Love & Protest to celebrate all that is Mardi Gras. Open for each Friday and Saturday night during the exhibition, the Bar is the perfect place to amplify the Museum of Love & Protest experience. Tunes from every era of the queer dance floors of Sydney are waiting for you! 

Friday 23 February: In Conversation with Su Goldfish & Alissar Chidiac   
DJ: Del Lumanta
Two 1978ers, filmmaker Su Goldfish and community artist-curator Alissar Chidiac discuss their experience of the events of 1978, the political context of the times, their shared histories, the evolving relationship of women to Mardi Gras over time, and where they direct their activism today.

Saturday 24 February: Mardi Gras Archive Roadshow featuring Helen Grace & Jane Becker
DJ: House of Mince
A community show & tell featuring Helen Grace’s proofsheets of dramatic photographs she took outside Central Court in the days following the arrests of 24 June 1978. And Jane Becker shares her collection of original concept drawings for Parade floats and Party scenic, from the mid 90s-early 2000s. Bring along a treasure from your own Mardi Gras collection for show & tell.

Friday 2 March: Stephen Allkins & Sandra from the Oxford
DJ: DJ Sveta
Iconic DJ Stephen Allkins and Sandra from the Oxford have known each other for 40 years and their paths have crossed through Stranded, Oxford St clubbing, Mardi Gras & Sleaze Ball parties and The Oxford. They lived through AIDS and lost a lot of shared friends. Two good friends reminisce and share their Mardi Gras history.

Images: Peter Morgan