2018 contemporaries bash

The Phillips Collection and the Embassy of Australia invite you to the 2018 Contemporaries Bash: Bondi Beach.

Inspired by Sydney’s world-famous beach, the 2018 Contemporaries Bash brings the Australian waterfront city’s surf culture to Dock 5 in one sensational night of cocktails, music, food, fashion, and dancing. Come connect with The Phillips Collection’s dynamic community of art-lovers, creative thinkers, and philanthropists.

May 4, 2018
8:30 pm-1 am

Dock 5 at Union Market
1309 5th Street, NE, Washington, DC


  • Dance to DJ I-Dee’s Australian jams
  • Collaborative constellation mural with glow in the dark stars
  • Virtually experience Australian waters with a projection that highlights it’s coastal charm
  • Swim in a “beach” ball pit with coral reef sea creatures
  • Enjoy Australian beach food
  • Temporary tattoo station   
  • Wake up with a Bluestone Lane Espresso Martini
  • Relax on a hammock will sipping Little Creatures Australian Beers
  • Gif yourself and your friends in a photobooth
  • Open premium bar with Australian wines 

Must be 21 or older · Black tie or cocktail attire · Free parking


Fostering Learning through Art

The Annual Gala and Contemporaries Bash raise critical resources for the museum’s award-winning education programs that inspire creativity, foster a greater understanding of our world, and provide lifelong learning experiences for art-lovers of all ages in the Washington, DC, community and across the country.

presented by  
Lockheed Martin
University of Maryland
bash sponsors 
Total Wine & More
Sarah and Chris Mills

Download the Contemporaries Bash Sponsorship Brochure

Join the Contemporaries

Created exclusively for young professionals (25-40), the Contemporaries Membership provides a unique opportunity for younger members to infuse their lives with art and connect with the Phillips.

Learn more about Contemporaries Membership and Benefits