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Art on show as Mardi Grasramps up

With just a few days to go until the Harbour Party, and only ten sleeps until the massive Parade and After-Party, the Sydney Mardi Gras cultural festival is in full swing.

One of two exhibitions opening tonight, Under My Skin (pictured above) will explore the nude human body through photomedia and performance, aiming to engage, provoke and celebrate diversity while investigating sexuality.

Brought to you by Sydney artists Garth Knight, Paul McDonald, Francesca D’Amico, Jacq Sherry, Steven Cavanagh and Thomas Luscombe, Under My Skin shows “the body stripped bare is a physical and psychological space, both graceful and awkward. The gap between what we see and what we understand is in constant flux.”

Opening tonight at 6pm, the exhibition is open each afternoon and evening until 8pm weekdays and 6pm on weekends until 2 March. Find it at the HRS Laboratorium, 17 Waterloo Street in Surry Hills.

Meanwhile on Oxford Street, artists Jeffrey Smith and Travis de Jonk have been busy painting the floor for the opening night of the Mardi Gras-themed Blow Up exhibition at Platform 72 (72 Oxford St), happening tonight from 6pm. On the walls with be a selection of new works by Australian queer artists

Watch them at work below…

Mardi Gras season continues on stage too, with popular theatre productions of Beautiful Thing, Brent Thorpe’s Too Old For TV and puppet show Thank You For Being A Friend continuing.

Along with the Harbour Party this Saturday, a particular highpoint of this coming weekend will be Love Me this Sunday, a ‘musical safari’ involving an all-star line-up of talented guests, including the local return of Courtney Act, Christa Hughes, Elana Stone, Cabaret Decadnace, Tom Sharah and Sheridan Harbridge.

It’s a night of cabaret for a good cause – a percentage of proceeds will be donated to ACON’s Anti-Violence Project. Get tickets here.

Get all the details about every Sydney Mardi Gras 2013 event here on the festival’s official website.

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MrAsh

MrAsh said on the 20th Feb, 2013

The Blow Up exhibition looks great. It's also about time more cultural events happened around Oxford Street during the Mardi Gras festival.

Zepol23

Zepol23 said on the 20th Feb, 2013

will probably check out one of these...