What to see at Qtopia

Qtopia is a new museum in Sydney dedicated to ‘the memory, education and celebration of the unique histories and lived experiences of the LGBTQIA+ community.’ The space is touted to be the largest home of Queer history and culture in the world, and will call the Old Darlinghurst Police Station, home. The heritage-listed site will be a venue to showcase exhibitions, educational programs, workshops and performances.

In the opening first few weeks visitors are invited to experience the gallery from Wednesday through Sunday from 10:30am to 4:30pm with ticketed entry, Sunday being free.  

What is there to see at Qtopia? The exhibits on view will shed light on five core themes; HIV/AIDS, human rights, sexuality and identity, media representation and First Nations stories. These diverse and serious subjects are addressed through a variety of curated visions, from music to photography, and a plethora of historical documents such as interviews, images, maps and more.  

130PM Soundtrack to a Revolution, uses music as an entry point and stage for history, with the gallery noting ‘This installation invites you to see the light and join the party, because if Queers know how to do anything, it’s how to get down.’ There will also be more sombre presentations such as ‘Ward 17 South’ created in partnership with St Vincent’s Hospital. This display is designed to transport the viewer to a room from the first dedicated HIV/AIDS treatment and care centre in Australia. You can also refresh your knowledge of the genesis of ‘Mardi Gras’ with ‘1978’, charting the formation of the Gay Solidarity Group and the inaugural Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

Watch this space for the announcement of the performance program.