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Huxleys: extreme and unapologetic

Friyay 14 May 2021
7:00 – 11:00pm AEST
Under Pressure (David Bowie Tribute), 2017 Will and Garrett Huxley
Under Pressure (David Bowie Tribute), 2017 Will and Garrett Huxley

Bookings essential

$30 / $27 Concession / $25 Circle of Friends
Drinks and snacks available for purchase.
18+ event

WARNING: this event supports sequins, extreme theatrics, glamour, bright lights and good vibes.

OMG don’t miss this! Join the Huxleys in the Gallery for a night of splendour, surrealism, silliness and sparkle. Be dazzled by/lose your mind over their inflatable sculptures, vocals, moves and colourful costumes. Be sure to stumble upon them as they pose and parade around (you might even manage a selfie! Or a them-fie if you’re too shy/overwhelmed). And as if that’s not enough, DJ Charlie Villas, burlesque queen Jazida, drag man about the town Guy Alias AND fierce performer Simone Page Jones will be in the house.

But wait! Get your party portrait taken on arrival (dress your style and strike a pose!), and remember to check out love in all its guises with our Australian Love Stories exhibition as it stays open for an exclusive afterhours peek.

The Huxleys are Will and Garrett Huxley whose shared background in costume design, photography, video and performance has informed their practice – a living, ever evolving collage of still images, moving image, and dazzling performances. Exhibiting in installations, fashion shows, performances, photographic exhibitions AND festivals across the globe, their work reflects their iridescent hyper real world, full of arresting shapes, lurid colour, extreme theatrics and an ethos of glamorous androgynous abandon.

DJ Charlie Villas can mix anything. With her versatility and infectious vibes behind the decks, she has brought her A-game to parties and events such as the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras party, Sydney Festival, Sydney Film Festival, Mardi Gras Film Festival, Secret Garden Festival, MCA’s ARTBAR and Wine Island Festival.

Jazida is a Canberra-based entertainer, producer and teacher and has become recognised as one of Australia’s premiere burlesque performers. Her creativity, cheeky, and fun performance style (with a specialty in fan dancing) has won the heart of audiences.

Your ultimate man, & 100% 'that guy' - Guy Alias is here to serve you everything your heart desires - from sublimely sexy to downright silly. Guy is your drag man about the town, and beyond. He is a staple in the Canberra drag scene, producer of Drag Cabaret, and regularly infesting clubs, huge events, festivals, popping up in Sydney & Melbourne when he can slide into a venues DMs, & also hitting digital drag shows with his suave charms. So steady your nerves, clutch your panties & your pearls, & prepare for the dapper nonsense that is Guy Alias.

Simone Page Jones is a singer, writer, theatre maker, actor, musician, cabaret darling and performance artist. She is heavily ensconced in the Australian music scene, and has collaborated/performed/recorded/written with the likes of Sex On Toast, Hiatus Kaiyote, Client Liaison, Mojo Juju, Jazz Party, Harry James Angus, Jazz Party, Tanzer, Tim Rogers, Dan Luscombe, Mantra and The Bamboos just to name a few. 

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Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown (detail), 2006 (printed 2020) © Peter Brew-Bevan
Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown (detail), 2006 (printed 2020) © Peter Brew-Bevan
Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown (detail), 2006 (printed 2020) © Peter Brew-Bevan
Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown (detail), 2006 (printed 2020) © Peter Brew-Bevan

Australian Love stories

Family, friends, fanatics and foes (and everything in between!)

Current exhibition

from Saturday 20 March

Reconnect and reflect with our new major exhibition, Australian Love Stories (in real life!) as we explore love, affection and connection in all its guises.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

The National Portrait Gallery is an Australian Government Agency