Macon Reed: Eulogy for the Dyke Bar
- When 17 Feb - 4 Mar 2023
156 Forbes St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
9AM–10PM MONDAY – FRIDAY (bar open from 5pm)
+61 2 8936 0888
UNSW Galleries, the National Art School and Sydney WorldPride present Eulogy for the Dyke Bar, an installation and participatory project by American artist Macon Reed.
The installation is a sculptural environment and memorial to bygone dyke bars—an increasingly rare component of the queer cultural landscape. It is created using ephemeral materials and features archival material of now-vanished lesbian nights, parties, and bars in Sydney.
The project offers an opportunity to think about the legacy of these spaces, why they are closing at a disproportionate rate, and what kinds of queer spaces we want to create moving forward. The installation incorporates a café and operating bar, and functions as an active community space for performances, cruising, socialising, and contemplating the future of queer spaces.
The project reclaims the term ‘dyke’ in its most expansive sense and recognises that gender and identities are complex and fluid. The ‘bar’ is open to anyone who identifies with, or feels an allyship with, the dyke part of the queer spectrum in the past or present (or perhaps future).
“Eulogy for the Dyke Bar honours the complex role and histories that dyke bars have played for the larger queer community. It acknowledges that many are now gone due to factors like gentrification, assimilation, and perhaps changing needs in the community. The project is an opportunity to talk about all of this, as well as to celebrate dyke culture. To ask ourselves what kinds of alternative community spaces we want to create moving forward and how to share resources to make that happen. It’s about thinking of our community both on, and beyond, the dance floor and what collective liberation can look like while also honouring our queer histories.” — Macon Reed, 2023
Eulogy for the Dyke Bar is a satellite project commissioned by UNSW Galleries and co-presented with the National Art School in association with Sydney WorldPride. Programs are supported by the City of Sydney and Museums and Galleries NSW.
Macon Reed, Eulogy for the Dyke Bar 2018. Installation view, National Art School Café for Sydney WorldPride, 2023. Photography: Jacquie Manning.
5–10pm Friday 17 February 2023
Celebrate dyke culture at our program launch with a night of music and performance featuring hip-hop/R&B artist BVT and DJ Aquenta.
Club Chrome Takeover
6–9pm Monday 20 February 2023
Australia’s first LGBTQIA+ pole dance collective Club Chrome create the queer str*p club of your dreams.
6–9pm Tuesday 21 February 2023
BlaQ Aboriginal Corporation take over creating a safe space that centres First Nations voices.
CAMP Women’s Night
6–8pm Wednesday 22 February 2023
Robyn Kennedy and Sophie Robinson recreate the 1970s CAMP women's night to revisit Sydney’s histories of queer activism and resistance.
Cruising at the Dyke Bar
5–10pm Thursday 23 February 2023
A night set aside for making connections— lovers, friends, and kin. Come solo or with some wing-dykes.
Queerly Divine Cosmos: Astrology & Tarot Readings
6–7.30pm Friday 24 February 2023
Bring your birth details for a 10-minute tarot or astrology reading from MYSDIX (Angela Dix) and Micha Couell.
Dykes On Mics Karaoke
7.30–10pm Friday 24 February 2023
Join us for a night of singing and laughter led by artist and karaoke enthusiast Salote Tawale.
Perv Dykes: Queer Kinksters in Space
6–8pm Tuesday 28 February 2023
Explore BDSM as a deeply queer embodied experience with Gala Vanting and Mistress Tokyo.
Panel: DIY Dykes & Queer Futures
6–8pm Wednesday 1 March 2023
Hear from Macon Reed in conversation with Georgina Abrahams, Penelope Benton, and Joy Ng; and Megan Holloway, Kelly ‘Lovemonster’ Dezart-Smith, and Kilia Tipa in this two-part panel discussion.
Radiant: Poetry & Open Mic Night
6–8pm Thursday 2 March 2023
Join us for a poetry, storytelling, and open mic night, led by Wiradjuri poet and artist Jazz Money, featuring Adrian Mouhajer and Brook Scobie.
Dyke Decadence: Finissage Party
5–10pm Friday 3 March 2023
Celebrate dyke decadence and excellence in our finissage party featuring performances from Demon Derriere, PAPI CHULO, Sexy Galexy, and music from crescendoll.
Watch Isabel Farrington's short documentary on the work's presentation in New York City.