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Iridescent by Gerwyn Davies

Museum of Sydney
Museum of Sydney
Cnr Phillip and Bridge Streets , Sydney NSW 2000

Thursdays to Sundays, 10am to 5pm Thursday 23 December 2021 to Sunday 24 April Except Saturday 25 December 2021 and Friday 15 April


Adult: $15Concession: $12Child: $12Family: $38Sydney Living Museum Members: FreeChild under 5: Free

In the exhibition Iridescent by Gerwyn Davies, queer photographic artist and costume maker Gerwyn Davies responds to and reimagines the museums, archives, historic houses and gardens under the care of Sydney Living Museums and NSW State Archives.

In a series of 12 large-scale photographic works, Davies dramatically transforms each property into a stage on which an extravagant performance is played out for the camera by the artist as a vividly costumed character.

Rather than recount the familiar histories of these properties, Davies draws out and reinterprets the whispers and fragments of their lesser-known stories. Costume and camera are used to conjure a range of fantastic figures, each one celebrating subplots and embellishing inferences scribbled in the margins of these site’s official histories.

At the Museum of Sydney, Davies’s costumes will be displayed alongside his photographic works for the first time.

Covid-safe information

The safety of our visitors is of paramount importance. We have put measures in place to prioritise the health and wellbeing of everyone.

The conditions of entry for visitors to our properties have been updated as of Wednesday 15 December 2021 and are outlined below. These same conditions of entry also apply to SLM staff and volunteers. 

Conditions of entry

Visitors who enter any SLM site must agree to the following requirements to:

  • Visitors over the age of 12 must wear a fitted face mask over their mouth and nose whenever they are in indoor areas of our museums;

  • Accept the right of SLM to refuse entry or request their departure from our sites at any time; and

  • At all times treat staff and other visitors with respect.

Visitors and staff are not permitted to enter any SLM property if they:

  • Are experiencing any Covid-19 symptoms;

  • Have not complied with a current NSW Health or employer direction to self-isolate;

  • Have not complied with a current Public Health Order. 

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