QueerSpace to showcase art on Oxford St
SYDNEY: A pop-up gallery showcasing the work of GLBTQI artists will be launched in time for this year’s Mardi Gras right in the heart of Oxford Street.
The Midnight Shift will open the QueerSpace gallery next door at 93 Oxford St, Darlinghurst to highlight the creativity of local queer artists during the Mardi Gras season.
Michael Burke, licensee of the Midnight Shift, told SX he hoped the gallery space would display a mixture of painting, illustration, sculpture, photography and mixed media.
“We have curated major and minor production shows at the shift for many years, this is our first foray into a static art space but we believe the community will embrace the opportunity to experience and see some exciting work’s from local GLBTQI artists,” he said.
“The Theme of the exhibition will be ‘Freedom’. We are looking for artwork from passionate people, that represent them and their lives and experiences. We are hoping to attract some incredibly personal pieces that will tell the artist’s story.”
The temporary exhibition, Bourke said, would give local artists a great chance to have their work viewed by the large crowds who descend unto Oxford Street each Mardi Gras.
“We believe in the importance of providing local GLTQI artists with a space to exhibit their creativity, in an environment that is linked to Mardi Gras,” he told SX.
“Oxford Street is and has been the heart of Mardi Gras for 35 years, and the Midnight Shift Hotel has been part of that environment for 33 years.”