Queering the houses: In Conversation with Gerwyn Davies

Delight in an evening of fabulous storytelling as we invite queer photographer and costume maker Gerwyn Davies to share some of the historical inspirations for his exhibition, Iridescent by Gerwyn Davies

In the exhibition, Gerwyn responds to and reimagines the museums, archives, historic houses and gardens under the care of Sydney Living Museums and NSW State Archives, dramatically transforming each property into a stage on which an extravagant performance is played out for the camera by a vividly costumed character. 

We invite you to join us in the opulent setting of Elizabeth Bay House, where a 7-foot-tall, fur-clad, canary-yellow beast burst from the confines of Alexander Macleay’s entomological collection to be photographed in epic style for the exhibition. Gerwyn will be joined by Mel Flyte, Assistant Curator at Sydney Living Museums, to discuss some of the lesser-known stories of our properties and how these have inspired the dramatic costumes and tableaus in Gerwyn’s work.

Includes drink on arrival, plus complimentary entry to view the exhibition Iridescent by Gerwyn Davies at Museum of Sydney.

Ages 18+ 


Gerwyn Davies

In an age of endless self-imaging, these works explore the expanded potentials for self-presentation that emerge on the stage of the digital image.

Combining traditional costume making, studio staging and digital interventions, the figure is unmoored from conventional representation and an inventory of synthetic selves assembled. Read a Q&A with the artist.

General: $40

Includes exhibition entry to Museum of Sydney.

Members enjoy a 20% discount on event tickets

When & Where

Tuesday 1 March 2022 6PM–8PM

Elizabeth Bay House

7 Onslow Avenue, Elizabeth Bay, NSW 2011
+61 2 9356 3022


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