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Iridescent by Gerwyn Davies

Art, Photography Museum of Sydney , Sydney Thursday January 20 2022 - Sunday April 24 2022
A person in a large, bright yellow fluffy kangaroo-adjacent costume sits on an ornate orange chaise lounge in an old decorated room.
Photograph: Supplied/ Gerwyn Davies Image: 'Elizabeth Bay House', Gerwyn Davies 2021

Time Out says

See the queer artist reimagine notable sites around Sydney through memorably glitzy costumes and photography

Remember when "selfie" was a dirty word? It's since become one of our culture's greatest mediums. Add a sprinkle of historical inquiry and lashings of fabulosity and you've got the self portraiture work of queer photographic artist and costume designer Gerwyn Davies. His new exhibition Iridescent is a series of 12 large-scale works being housed at the Museum of Sydney. Davies has captivatingly responded to and reimagined the museums, historic houses and gardens under the care of Sydney Living Museums and the NSW State Archives.

Davies has transformed each site into a stage, on which an over-the-top performance takes place by the artist as a dramatically costumed character. At this exhibition you’ll discover a new perspective on each property, with costume and camera being used to conjure up a range of surreal figures, and celebrate the interesting (and lesser-known) historic subplots. And for the first time ever, Davies’ costumes will also be displayed alongside the photographs.

You can catch Iridescent at the Museum of Sydney until April 2022. Entry to the exhibition is included with museum entry: adults are $15, concession and kids aged five and over are $12. Sydney Living Museums members enjoy free entry. Find out more information and book your tickets here.

For your chance to win one of two double passes to the Iridescent by Gerwyn Davies exhibition launch event at the Museum of Sydney on Thursday 9 December, simply email your name and phone number to

By: Time Out in association with Sydney Living Museums



Venue name: Museum of Sydney
Address: Corner Phillip and Bridge Streets
Transport: Nearby stations: Circular Quay
Price: $12- $15

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