Eulogy for the Dyke Bar, NAS Cafe, Credit Jacquie Manning

The National Art School, UNSW Galleries and Sydney WorldPride present Eulogy for the Dyke Bar, an installation by American artist Macon Reed with accompanying programs and events.

This sculptural environment in the style of bygone lesbian bars is a functioning bar and community space for performances, conversations and socialising, created using ephemeral materials and archival material of now-defunct lesbian nights, parties and bars in Sydney and America.

It reclaims the term ‘dyke’ in its most broad sense and recognises that gender and identities are complex and fluid. The ‘bar’ is open to anyone who has identified with the term or an experience of feminine-spectrum queerness in the past or present (or perhaps future) and/or feels an affiliation or ally-ship with dyke culture.

Artist Macon Reed said, “Eulogy for the Dyke Bar was made to honour these places and draw attention to the fact that many are now gone. It also makes us think more about what kinds of alternative community spaces might be available and what makes them vibrant. It’s about thinking of our community beyond the dance floor and the progressive work we want to do beyond our intimate relationships. Creating spaces for collective coming together, organising politically, sharing experiences, jumping into histories, and meeting our elders seems like the necessary work that’s going to get us somewhere else, somewhere better.”



Check out LOTL’s interview with the artist Macon Reed


16 February – 5 March 2023

NAS Café, 156 Forbes St, Darlinghurst, Sydney
Monday to Saturday
11 am – 5 pm, plus evening public events (see program below)
Free admission

More information here.

Listen to the full interview.


Eulogy for the Dyke Bar: Launch Party 
5–10 pm Friday 17 February 2023

Club Chrome Takeover 
6–9 pm Tuesday 21 February 2023

CAMP Women’s Night 
6–8 pm Wednesday 22 February 2023

BlaQ Aboriginal Corporation Takeover
6–9pm Thursday, 23 February 2023

Queerly Divine Cosmos: Astrology & Tarot Readings 
6–7.30 pm Friday 24 February 2023

Dykes On Mics Karaoke 
7.30–10 pm Friday 24 February 2023

Dyketactics: fisting as erotics, politics and practice
6–7 pm Tuesday 28 February 2023

Panel: DIY Dykes & Queer Futures 
6–8 pm Wednesday 1 March 2023

Radiant: Poetry & Open Mic Night 
6–8 pm Thursday 2 March 2023

Dyke Decadence: Finissage Party 
5–10 pm Friday 3 March 2023