Thursday, December 9, 2010

Look: contemporary Australian photography since 1980

Anne Marsh's massive new book Look: contemporary Australian photography since 1980 was launched last night at CCP. Look is 400 pages and includes hundreds of full-colour illustrations, all organised according to thematic chapters: identity, life, experiment, space and environment. Marsh has also written five short essays that elaborate the ideas used to organise the photographic illustrations. The essays provide a great context for the pictures, flagging the critical, curatorial and commercial factors that have helped shape recent Australian photographic practice. It's lush and perfect for xmas. Also, as with such surveys, it is great to go through and see how Marsh's selection of 190 artists and their photographs stacks up against your own wish list of great Australian photographs from the last 30 years!

Friday, December 3, 2010


LAMP opens at Monash Gallery of Art.

LAMP is the first cafe in Monash committed to specialty coffee and regionally sourced local produce.

Nested between Monash Gallery of Art and the Wheelers Hill library, LAMP is the perfect spot to relax and indulge.

With its expansive deck and outlook over the landscaped grounds of the sculpture park LAMP is ideal for catching up with friends or business associates.

In addition to superb coffee from Sensory Lab, delightful pastries and rustic pizzas, LAMP will launch a diverse range of delicious meals including healthy kid’s platters.

Free wi-fi access available.

T; (03) 9562 2400

New North exhibition: call for entries

After the success of their first gallery-curated exhibition Four elements: air, New North are asking for submissions for the second instalment in this series – Four elements: water. The exhibition will take place at the Fairfield gallery from 3 to 26 February 2010.

Four elements: water will explore the subject of water (of which Victorians have seen a lot lately!) in photography through the depiction of bodies of water (sea, lakes, rivers, puddles), clouds, atmospheric effects, wetness, condensation, environmental photography, as well as social or political commentary associated with water issues. Contact David ( or Micheal ( for details.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Pinhole camera workshop

Pinhole camera workshop
12-4pm Saturday 27 November 2010

Want to give pinhole photography a shot? Heard about it but don't know where to start? Recently bought a Diana or a Holga with pinhole capability and want some tips?

David Tatnall will provide expert advice for beginners of all types wanting to give pinhole photography a go in this fun workshop. Tips and tricks from making an accurate pinhole, avoiding blank film, what to ask for at the lab to how to build your own or even convert a camera you already have.

Bring along your own pinhole if you have one, or there are a few different types available to purchase from SHOP@MGA or even just play with a borrowed one on the day.

Bookings Essential, limited places
$35 Friends of MGA
$40 General

Call 03 8544 0500 to book your place

About the presenter:
David Tatnall is well known for his masterful use of pinhole cameras to capture urban and natural landscapes. His runs intensive large format photography and pinhole classes where he guides you through the steps to build your own accurate camera at Gold Street Studios in Trentham East

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Is Photography Global?

Panel Discussion
Wednesday, 1 December 2010, 6.15pm
What are the relations involved in the global production of photographs? In what ways are new technologies influencing, shaping or impinging on these relations? Does photography have a specific place in globalisation? Are some kinds of photography more global than others?

Is Photography Global? aims to begin an international conversation among critics, historians and practitioners of photography on global thinking within the discipline.

Paul James (Director of the Globalism Institute, RMIT), Natalie King (curator/ writer) and Matthew Sleeth (artist) will discuss issues around the global production, distribution and local reception of photographs. Led by David Bate (University of Westminster, London) and Daniel Palmer (Monash University, Melbourne).

Centre for Contemporary Photography
404 George Street Fitzroy Victoria 3065 Australia
t +61 3 9417 1549 w

‘The Blue Marble’ — Earth seen from
Apollo 17, 1972.
NASA/courtesy of

Thursday, November 18, 2010

1000 words

The first in a series of illustrated talks by photographers will be held at New North Gallery this Saturday.
Guest speaker will be the winner of the 2010 New North prize Andrew Chapman.
Gold coin donation, tea and home made Anzac biscuits provided.
For further information contact the New North Gallery on +613 9018 3081 or

Friday, November 12, 2010

Andrew Chapman takes out NEW NORTH PHOTOGRAPHY PRIZE 2010

Andrew Chapman's photograph Sea of Heartbreak won the Open section of the New North Photography Prize 2010

Chapman's still life/landscape photograph taken at Lake Eyre was one of 123 entries. The judges ssaid it showed "awareness of contemporary issues in the choice of subject matter combined with the technical excellence and use of photographic medium."

The judging panel consisted of Eugene Barilo Von Reisberg, Jeff Moorfoot, and MGA Director Shaune Lakin.

Highly Commended Awards in the Open Prize were also given to Kirsten Bowers for The Guardian and Lisa Ziino for her suite of works East 34th and 5th.

Highly Commended Awards in the Student Prize were also given to Andrej Kocis for Untitled #3 and Jessie Di Blasi for 49 Days.

Highly Commended Awards in the Portrait Prize were also given to Josephine Harkin for her portrait, Ben, and to Sean O'Carroll, for his portrait, Boy.

Total prizes $10,000: first prize valued at $5,000, including exhibition at New North.

The winner of the People's Choice Award will be announced at the closing party on Saturday 27th November, from 2pm.

For further information, images of the winning works, and interviews with the Directors, judges, and the winning artists, contact the New North Gallery on +613 9018 3081 or

The past, present and future of photography

Have a spare 15 minutes? Fill your ears with a discussion of the past, present and future of photography. SFMOMA (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art), guided by their upcoming exhibitions and a fascinating forum from earlier this year, ask the question 'Is photography over?'.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Roger Ballen

Visitors to MGA will remember Roger Ballen's 2009 exhibition Brutal, tender, human, animal as one of the most the compelling and confronting exhibitions seen at the gallery.

A survey of Ballen's work is now on show at the Münchner Stadtmuseum in Munich until the end of February 2011 Munich.

Roger Ballen Photography 1969 - 2009 includes works from his series Boyhood as well as previously unpublished photographs taken during the years 1969-1973. Also included are works from Boarding House published in 2009, Outland (2001), Shadow Chamber (2005) and the series Asylum which is exhibited at the Münchner Stadtmuseum for the very first time.

Dresie and Casie, twins, West Transvaal 1993
gelatin silver print
© Roger Ballen

Roger Ballen Photography 1969 - 2009
12 November 2010 - 27 February 2011
Opening: Thursday 11 November 2010, 7pm
Münchner Stadtmuseum / Photography Collection
St.-Jakobs-Platz 1 . D-80331 Munich
Tel: +49 (0)89 233 22370
Opening hours: Tues-Sun 10am-6pm

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

New North Photography Prize

The New North Prize for Photography is announced tomorrow night at the New North Gallery at 15A Railway Place, Fairfield. This is the second year of the prize, which has three categories: open, student and portrait. The winner of the open category gets to stage an exhibition at New North next year, with $2500 worth of printing included. Entries were received from a broad range of photographers and there are some great pictures on show. Be at New North at 6pm to hear the announcement.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Endless Present

Opening in November, the NGV will present Endless Present: Robert Rooney and Conceptual Art, a fascinating exhibition that features the photographs of renowned Melbourne artist Robert Rooney in the context of his collection of Australian and international conceptual art.

Through photography, prints, journals, artists’ books and even personal letters, Endless Present showcases the fundamental ideas, innovative methods of display and diverse materials that were adopted by conceptual artists in the 1960s and 1970s.

Photography from the 1970s is highlighted in MGA's exhibition program for 2011 which focuses squarely on the artistic legacy of Australian photographers from this period. Shows to look out for next year at MGA include Afterglow: performance art & photography, Brummels Gallery of Photography and exhibitions on the work of Sue Ford and Paul Cox.

Endless Present will be on display at NGV International, St Kilda Road from 12 November 2010 to 27 March 2011. Open 10am-5pm. Closed Tuesdays. Entry is free.

American 1937–
Twentysix gasoline stations 1967
published by Ed Ruscha, Los Angeles, 2nd edition
artist’s book: photo-offset lithographs, [48] pages, paper cover, stitched and glued binding, edition of 500
17.9 x 14.1 x 0.5 cm (closed)
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Robert Rooney through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program, 2009
© Ed Ruscha

Climate change and the Arts: whats the connection?

To mark the closing of Rodney Dekker's current exhibition titled Tides of resilience: climate change upon Bangladesh, Obscura Gallery is hosting an artist's talk with the artist and special guest Guy Abrahams. Climate change and the Arts: whats the connection?

Climate change and the Arts: whats the connection?
WHERE: Obscura Gallery
1st Fl, 285 Carlisle St, East St Kilda
WHEN: Tuesday 16 November 2010
TIME: 6.30 pm
INFO: 9525 9377

Rodney has a great website and blog

Kids, Padma Village, Barguna
courtesy of the artist

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Pacific Stories is recruiting participants!

Pacific Stories is a project based in Melbourne that aims to explore Melanesian Identities through discussion, storytelling and filmmaking.

Pacific Stories is a media arts project based in Melbourne and set to start in December 2010 through to March 2011. We are looking for Pacific Islanders, particularly Melanesians living in Melbourne, to participate in the project. You will be involved in discussions around Melanesian identities and narratives; and you will learn all the skills you need to develop and produce a short film that explores these themes. Participation will be free and all facilities, equipment and resources will be provided. Regular workshops will be held in the Western Suburbs.

We hope that participants will benefit by learning and exploring their past and marrying their traditional knowledge with modern digital mediums to find a empowering medium that allows for culturally appropriate and rich dialogue and storytelling

To find out more, please contact Amie or Lia

OR contact Pacific Stories Facilitators:

Lia Pa’apa’a
Cultural Diversity Educator
Ph: 0405 926 209

Amie Batalibasi
Filmmaker/Community Arts Practitioner
Ph: 0457 363 219

Ponch Hawkes wins the Basil Sellers Fellowship

The National Sports Museum (NSM) at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is thrilled to announce Melbourne artist Ponch Hawkes as the winner of the biennial NSM Basil Sellers Creative Arts Fellowship 2011 – 2012.

The Fellowship, which began in 2009 and is awarded biennially funds the presence of contemporary art practice within the NSM and the MCG.

The initiative is supported by well known philanthropist and sports fan, Basil Sellers, through a financial contribution of $250,000 (to fund five, two-year cycles at $50,000 each) and his personal passion for bringing art and sport together.

The image is from Ponch's recent MGA exhibition More seeing is not understanding.

Untitled IV from the series Seeing is not understanding 2009
archival pigment print on cotton paper
courtesy of the artist and Chrysalis Gallery

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Tonight: Hijacked 2 artist's talk with Anne Lass (Germany) and Bronek Kozka (Australia)

TONIGHT! Wednesday 27 October 2010
6.30-7.30PM at MGA

Join Anne Lass (Germany) and Bronek Kozka (Australia) for a floor talk in HIJACKED 2: Australia/Germany.

MGA's new exhibition Hijacked 2: Australia/Germany features works of German and Australian photographers juxtaposed to stimulate conversation and to suggest connections – framing a unique space marked both by current photographic practice and contemporary culture.

Part of the BERLIN DAYZ festival. Presented by MGA; Goethe Institut - Australien; Big City Press and Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney

Bronek KOZKA EH Holden 1964 2008 ink-jet print, courtesy of the artist

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Alfred Gregory at Source Photographica

From Everest to Blackpool, by Alfred Gregory
Exhibition: 8th - 29th October 2010
Tuesday - Sunday 11am – 5pm
Source Photographica
1A Rose St, Brighton VIC 3186
T:03 05306059

On June 2nd, 1953 the world heard that the peak of Mt Everest had finally been reached. It was a British - led team that made it to the summit of the world's highest mountain, and images of the triumphant Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay were flashed around the world.

Those pictures were taken by Alfred ‘Greg’ Gregory, the expedition's official stills photographer, and constitute part of a an exhibition of his work at Source Photographica until 29 October 2010. The show contains many images held in the MGA collection

GREGORY, Alfred Everest First Ascent 1953: Tom Stobart, 2005.
Gelatin Silver Photograph. Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Australian Book Review - Bill Henson special feature

Launch: Australian Book Review ‘Art Issue’
October 14, 2010
Unveiling ABR’s Art issue

Special Feature: Celebrated artist Bill Henson writes for the Art issue. ABR will publish an edited version of his 2010 Melbourne Art Foundation lecture. One of his photographs also appears on the cover.

Date: Thursday 4th November, 6:00pm
Venue: Readings Hawthorn (701 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn)
RSVP: (03) 9819 1917 or

Thursday, October 7, 2010

GROUP M opening tonight at New North Gallery

Opening 6pm Thursday 7 October
7-30 October 2010
New North Gallery
15a Railway Place Fairfield Vic 3078.
Opposite Fairfield railway station.
PH: 9018 3081

Guest speaker on opening night is Merle Hathaway, past executive officer of the Public Art Galleries Association of Victoria. John Crook, Albert Brown and Richard Woldendorp will also be present.

Developing out of the 1950s amateur photographic club the Moggs Creek Clickers, Group M was a forceful advocate for the exhibition and acceptance of social documentary photography in the 1950s and 1960s in Melbourne.

Between 1959 and 1966 they mounted an annual exhibition titled “Photovision”, attracting entries from photographers worldwide. These were shown at the Museum of Modern Art, founded in Melbourne by John and Sunday Reed.

Their 1963 exhibition “Urban Woman” documented the lives of Australian women from childhood to old age. The collection, represented by several images in this current show, was shown in Melbourne and afterwards in Sydney, Adelaide and Perth. In 1968 it formed part of Australia’s cultural contribution to the Mexico Olympics. In the mid-60s, with some younger group members conscripted to the Vietnam war, four Group M members exhibited “A Time to Love”. The works by John Crook, Albert Brown! , George Bell and Roy McDonald, depicted bushfires, old people, handicapped children and the Lake Tyers Aboriginal mission. Images from that collection are included in this exhibition.

John Crook’s archive was lost in the Ash Wednesday bushfires of 1983. A reminder of the fragility of the important documentary work done by this group.

One of Group M’s most important contributions to cultural life in Victoria was their significant involvement in discussions leading to the formation of the Photography Collection at the National Gallery of Victoria. At a time when the legitimacy of the medium was not fully recognised or appreciated by the arts Establishment, the quiet persistence of Albert Brown, John Crook and their colleagues was rewarded when the Photography Department opened at the NGV in 1967 and the value of photography as an art medium was established beyond further doubt.

Group M members included :
Albert Brown, G! eorge Bell, John Bolton, John Crook, Fred Mosse, Roy McDonald, Cliff Restarick, Richard Woldendorp, Harry Youlden.

New North Gallery would like to thank Albert Brown and John Crook for all their enthusiastic help in mounting this timely retrospective exhibition which honours the work of a group of passionate and committed Australian photographers. We stand upon the shoulders of giants.

Saturday 9th October 2:30PM.

Curated by Bindi Cole - NYAH - BUNYAR (TEMPLE)

For the 2010 Melbourne Festival, emerging Indigenous artist Bindi Cole has curated an ambitious exhibition exploring contemporary Aboriginal spirituality in an urban world. Nyahbunyar (a Wathaurung word meaning ‘temple’) takes a fresh look at notions of spirituality, religion, ritual and death through a broad range of works from both established and emerging Indigenous artists.
Nyah-bunyar explores the complexities of Aboriginal spiritual beliefs that have long been misunderstood by non-Indigenous Australians. The Aboriginal belief system, which upholds and values ancestral beings, sacred sites, art, ceremony, ritual, totems, values, lore and social structures, continues to have significance in the lives of Aboriginal people today, even for those living in urban areas where the decimation of culture and spirituality is more strongly felt. These spiritual beliefs underpin the values and choices of urban Aboriginal people, and this exhibition examines how spirituality, religion, ritual and death can be reconciled when so much appears to have been lost.

From politically charged works engaging with deaths in custody and mortality to the contemporary re-imagining of a traditional funeral ceremony, Nyah-bunyar is a bold and unique exhibition.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Hijacked Artists featured online

Flak Photo is a daily photography website that celebrates the art & culture of photography online. It's all about discovering and promoting photographers from around the world. Published six days a week by one-man-band Andy Adams in his "spare time" no less.

While they've just finished featuring works by 20 of the photographers from Hijacked 2: Australia/Germany each weekday for the last month, that's not the only reason to check them out.

They also accept submissions to be featured on the site - so to those photographers out there looking for some international exposure, this might be your opportunity.

- Stephanie

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Li Gang's artist talk today

Exhibiting artist Li Gang and exhibition curator Tony Trembath both joined us this morning to discuss their exhibition Li Gang: in the grey scale (on display until 28 November 2010).

We recorded the talk and hope to have it up on our website later today for those of you who couldn't make it along.

- Stephanie

Friday, September 24, 2010

Lee Grant wins the 2010 Bowness Photography Prize

Canberra photographer Lee Grant has won this year's prestigious $25 000 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize at Monash Gallery of Art in Melbourne.

Lee Grant's family portrait Mary with her daughters Aja and Adau, and her granddaughter Nankir is a formal portrait of a Sudanese migrant family set in their home in Canberra.

Established in 2006 to promote excellence in photography, the annual non-acquisitive William & Winifred Bowness Photography Prize is an initative of the MGA Foundation. It has quickly become Australia's most important photogaphy prize.

Works by Philip Quirk, Clare Rae and Darren Sylvester received Adobe Honourable Mentions

34 artists have been shortlisted as finalists in the 2010 prize. All 34 works are on display in the exhibition (see them online here).

Get involved by voting in the People's Choice award, with $1000 going to the winning artist and four Crumpler Camera bags up for grabs for the voter.

For more information on this year's prize as well as it's history check out MGA's website

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

2010 Bowness Photography Prize judging in progress...

The 2010 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize is being judged today. Curator Gael Newton, photographer Max Pam and MGA Director Shaune Lakin have been deliberating over the winner of $25 000 for the last 5 hours!

Announcement of the winner and three Adobe Honourable Mentions will take place at MGA tomorrow night at 7.30pm. Also voting will open tomorrow for the Crumpler People's Choice Award. Voters go into the draw to win three Crumpler Camera Bags and the winning artist walks away with $1 000 thanks to the MGA Foundation.


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

CCP Lecture Series, Wed 15 September 2010

Dr Penny Edmonds, historian at The University of Melbourne and Dr Jane Lyndon, Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Australian Indigenous Studies, Monash University will be discussing issues of Indigenous sovereignty and rights through colonial photography and performances in a free lecture at the Centre for Contemporary Photography, 404 George Street Fitzroy, tomorrow night, Wednesday 15 September 6.15pm.

For more information contact CCP on 9417 1549 or

Amanda Thornton

Friday, August 27, 2010

Conference: Art History’s History in Australia and New Zealand

This coming Sunday one of the 2009 Bowness Prize judges Helen Ennis is presenting a paper at:

Conference: Art History’s History in Australia and New Zealand
Saturday 28th August and Sunday 29th August
Venue: Elisabeth Murdoch lecture theatre, Elisabeth Murdoch Building, The University of Melbourne, Parkville.
This is a free public event, and registration for attendance is not required.
Enquires: Professor Jaynie Anderson, t: (+61 3) 8344 5514 and Dr Meaghan Wilson-Anastasios

Sunday 29th August 2010
11:30 – 12:00
Helen Ennis
Associate Head, Undergraduate
Associate Professor, Art Theory Workshop, ANU School of Art

‘Other histories: photography and Australia’
Photography has its own histories, which were begun relatively late. The first, Jack Cato’s The Story of the Camera in Australia was published more than 110 years after photography began to be used in the colonies. Histories of Australian photography are still few in number, amounting to a total of four (Cato; Gael Newton; Anne-Marie Willis and Helen Ennis). Photography has another doubled history relating to its inclusion in broader histories of Australian art (Christopher Allen, Art in Australia, 1997; Andrew Sayers, Australian Art, 2001; John McDonald, Art of Australia, 2008). This phenomenon too is recent. As a medium and as a set of practices photography has presented various difficulties to art historians. In this paper I will consider some of these and argue for new ways of thinking about photography and history.

Amanda Thornton


Don't miss our last session of this popular series
7.00pm Thursday 2 September 2010
Bookings Essential 03 8544 0500

Fresh from the festivals: Susan McCulloch

Between sessions three and four Susan and Emily will visit the long running National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards in Darwin and the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair. They will return to report on the latest in contemporary work and provide an insight into the industry that supports and surrounds contemporary Aboriginal art, from art centres to commercial dealers.

Presented by renowned writers and publishers Susan McCulloch & Emily McCulloch Childs, will provide an in-depth and insightful introduction to contemporary Aboriginal art for the beginner, enthusiast and collector.

$35 General public
$30 Friends of MGA

The best-selling book McCulloch's Contemporary Aboriginal Art: the complete guide is available to purchase for $49.95rrp from shop@mga, Friends of MGA receive 10% discount in the shop.


There are still a some places available for this unique masterclass. Working behind the scenes of Australia's leading fine art photographic lab you will see what goes into making truly stunning digital prints using both photographic and inkjet printing processes.

Workshop Details
Saturday 28th August, 2010
Time: 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
Location: Colour Factory, 409-429 Gore Street, Fitzroy VIC, 3065.
Melways Map Ref 44 G5 or View in Google Maps
Price $175.00 (inc GST)

Call Linsey at the Colour Factory on (03) 9419 8756 to make your booking by phone

Workshop Overview
‘Digital Printing Masterclass’ is a hands-on printing workshop that reveals how to get the very best results in digital printing using the latest pigment ink jet or photographic (C Type) printing technology.

The workshop leader Tim Handfield and the workshop participants will review a selection of images and jointly make decisions about how they are to be printed. Tim will demonstrate how those aesthetic decisions can be carried out using RAW processing software and advanced Photoshop techniques.

Through the day the selected images will progress from: on screen representation, to print tests and through to finished exhibition prints. All steps will be demonstrated, explained and discussed with the workshop participants. Participants will then have the opportunity to view and critique the finished prints, and discuss how they might apply the day’s insights in their own work.

Who Should Attend?
'Digital Printing Masterclass' is equally relevant for photographers who produce their own prints, or those who prefer to work with technical professionals, such as the Colour Factory staff, to produce prints for them. The content of the workshop is as much about the conceptual and aesthetic aspects of digital printing as it is about the technical.

About Tim Handfield
Tim is a fine art photographer of thirty years experience, with nineteen years in digital photography. He has many years of experience in both analogue and digital printing as the founder of The Colour Factory, which he managed from 1980 to 1992.
In these digital photography workshops, Tim draws on his experience to enable participants to gain new insights and develop their skills in digital photography and image processing to produce superb print ready files.
Tim’s work has been exhibited widely and is represented in many public and private collections, including:
:: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT
:: National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC
:: Museum of Photographic Art, San Diego, CA
:: Australian Parliament House Collection, Canberra ACT
:: Horsham Regional Art Gallery, Horsham, VIC
:: Artbank, Sydney, NSW

Image: Tim Handfield - Untitled, Abbotsford, 2007
Type C Print, 126 cm x 160 cm

Monday, August 9, 2010


3.00pm Saturday 14 August 2010 FREE EVENT
Bookings preferred or call 03 8544 0500

Join prominent photographic artists ANNE FERRAN and ROD McNICOL and well-known curator and writer HELEN ENNIS as they discuss photography's ability to keep the past alive.

Contemporary culture is obsessed with keeping the dead alive. While vampires and zombies were once the mainstay of horror films and literature, the success of Buffy and more recently the Twilight saga suggest our collective fascination with the undead has reached phenomenal proportions.

Photography is also preoccupied with the undead: it keeps the past alive, in the form of a magical, silvery image. As part of its latest exhibition Living deadly: haunted surfaces and contemporary art, MGA is hosting a panel discussion on photography’s ability to keep the past alive.

image: Rod McNICOL Untitled 1–20 from the series Memento mori 2002–3
20 pigment ink-jet prints on cotton paper 2010
courtesy of the artist and Place Gallery, Melbourne

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Barbara Oehring wins Most Dramatic Image

MGA Friend Barbara Oehring took out the LEXAR MOST DRAMATIC IMAGE prize at CCP 2010 Kodak Salon for her photograph Sleep in Fright. Barbara wins a Sony DCR SX40Silver Handycam & Lexar Card Pack $1427. Check out the show until 25 September 2010

John Gollings doco takes out National Media Award

Sally Ingleton's documentary JOHN GOLLINGS: EYE FOR ARCHITECTURE has won the Bates Smart National Media Award, Australia's most prestigious media award for journalists, editors, producers and others reporting on architecture and design.

Ingleton's remarkable documentary documents Gollings' distinguished career and provides an insight into the volatile lives of people who make architecture.

John Gollings’series of photographs from the highlands of Papua New Guinea is currently on display as part of MGA’s Living deadly exhibition until 19 September.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Nan Goldin at Heide

Heide's current exhibition Up close: Carol Jerrems with Larry Clark, Nan Goldin and William Yang argues that photography offers a means to engage with and give a picture to "subculture". In this way, the exhibition signposts the political and ethnographic preoccupations of certain photographers of the 1960s-80s.

Aside from the excellent survey of Jerrem's work, the exhibition provides a great opportunity to see Goldin's keystone work The ballad of sexual dependency. Goldin first began showing this slide show with soundtrack to friends - invariably the subject of the photographs - at venues around New York City in the late 1970s. At Heide, it is seen in extended and somewhat updated form. The slide show runs for over an hour and has to be viewed in full. Even if not you're enamoured with Goldin's refusal of technical virtuosity, it's impossible not to be affected by the work's melancholia and intimacy.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Jerrems at MGA and Heide

There are two great opportunities in Melbourne at the moment to consider the significant legacy of one of the city's most important photographers Carol Jerrems (1949-80). A large survey of Jerrems' photographs opened yesterday at Heide Museum of Modern Art. Up close: Carol Jerrems with Larry Clark, Nan Goldin and William Yang draws on a range of public and private collections to build a convincing picture of Jerrems as a great photographer whose work engaged keenly with the politics and style of Melbourne's avant-garde during the 1970s. MGA is showing a series of pictures made recently by Lyndal Walker and Concettina Inserra that draw on the legacy of Jerrems, Taking pictures some time later.

The series presents portraits of Walker and Inserra's milieu, each holding a print of their earlier photograph "Pole Street" (2000), which restages Jerrems' most famous picture "Vale Street" (1975). Also included is a 1976 photograph of Jerrems' friend Juliet holding a print of "Vale Street", itself the point of origin for Walker and Inserra's recent series. We get a clear sense of the influence of Jerrems for later generations of artists. Lyndal and Tina's photographs also suggest that the gender and sexual politics indicated in Jerrems' work, with the hopes it placed in cultural practice as a driver for social reform, remains a work in progress.


Bill Henson lectures

Today's Sunday Age has a report on eminent artist Bill Henson's lecture to be delivered tomorrow (Monday 2 August) at BMW Edge, Federation Square. The article suggests this is Bill's first public talk since the controversy over his work two years ago. That's not quite true: Bill spoke at MGA on 29 September last year, when he answered questions from the crowd, some of which touched on the controversy. Bill will again speak to MGA visitors on 12 August.


Friday, July 30, 2010

Opening tonight - The Substation

SUB12 series two: opening Friday 30 July 2010 6-8pm.
exhibition dates: 30 July - 22 August 2010

SUB12 is The Substation's major contemporary visual arts program and is a series of three exhibitions featuring the works of some of Melbourne’s newest and brightest visual art makers.

SUB12 runs from 2 July through to 19 September, and is supported by Hobsons Bay City Council.

Officially launched by Cr Bill Tehan, Mayor of Hobsons Bay

Artists in series 2: Bonnie Lane, Brendan Lee, Dead Pan, Tully Moore, Julie Shiels, Kate Daw, Luke Pither

A most powerful transformative experience

Congratulations to Peter Ryan for his win at last night’s CCP 2010 Kodak Salon Awards.

Peter’s work Keeping me from infinitywas considered the ‘Most powerful transformative experience’. Quite the commendation!

For the last four weeks Peter has been running our teen photography workshops in conjunction with Monash Public Library service.

The Salon is on display 30 July – 25 September 2010 so go and check out Peter’s winning work.


Tuesday, July 27, 2010

100 Words: Photographers Speak

NPR produces 100 words, a series in which photographers describe their work—in their words. What makes them tick? What makes a great photo? Film or digital? Positive or negative? Subscribe to the podcast or get it direct to your browser.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

MGA openings Saturday 24 July 3pm

Join us on Saturday at 3pm for openings of Living deadly: haunted surfaces in contemporary art and Concettina Inserra and Lyndal Walker's Taking pictures some time later.

Living deadly will be opening by Djon Mundine OAM, Indigenous Curator of Contemporary Art at Campbelltown Arts Centre. Djon is a member of the Bundjalung people of northern NSW and has had a career as an activist, curator and writer.

This major exhibition examines the way history and the dead haunt contemporary art. Curated by MGA Curator Stephen Zagala, Living deadly includes 49 works by nine artists, including photography, painting, drawing and sculpture.

Brook ANDREW The island I, IV, VI 2008 mixed media on linen, courtesy of the artist and Tolarno Galleries, melbourne
James MORRISON Worm blood dripping 2009–10 paper maché and ink in three pieces courtesy of the artist and Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Marian Drew in Getty Museum show

Marian Drew's recently acquired work by the Getty Museum titled Lorikeet with Green Cloth from 2006 will feature in their upcoming In Focus: Still Life exhibition in the Center for Photographs from September 14, 2010–January 23, 2011.

The show presents "a survey of some of the innovative ways photographers have explored and refreshed this traditional genre"

In Focus: Still Life includes photographs from the Getty Collection by Charles Aubry, Walker Evans, Roger Fenton, Sigmar Polke, Man Ray, Paul Strand, Josef Sudek, and Thomas R. Williams as well newly acquired works being shown for the first time such as Lorikeet with Green Cloth (2006) by Drew.

Monash Gallery of Art has four works by Drew in its collection. Pictured is Drew's work Wombat and watermelon 2006, pigment ink-jet print on cotton paper. Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection, courtesy of the artist.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Fontaine de Vaucluse

Robyn Stacey's wonderful Fontaine de Vaucluse 2009 from Empire Line series is featured on MGA's 3 x 4.5 metre billboard at the corner of Jells Rd and Ferntree Gully Rd, Wheelers Hill.

Robyn is one of nine artists in Living deadly: haunted surfaces in contemporary art at MGA from 21 July to 19 September 2010. Living deadly will be opened on Saturday 24 July, 3.00pm by Djon Mundine OAM, Indigenous Curator - Contemporary Art, Campbelltown Arts centre. All welcome.

Mark Hislop

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Banned books in Australia

The current exhibition at the Baillieu Library at the University of Melbourne (To Deprave and Corrupt: Forbidden, Hidden and Censored Books, 7 June-29 August, 2010) explores "banned books" and censorship in Australia. Associate Professor Robert Nelson (Associate Dean, Art & Design , Monash University) is talking on the Henson & Serrano affairs on Thursday 12 August. Also on the bill is Dr Philip Nitschke and Dr Donald McDonald.


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Limited places still available!

Our upcoming four-part course An armchair guide to contemporary Aboriginal art with Susan McCulloch & Emily McCulloch Childs kicks off next Thursday and will provide an in-depth and insightful introduction to contemporary Aboriginal art for the beginner, enthusiast and collector.

Get in early and purchase the full series ticket to receive a complimentary copy of the best-selling book McCulloch's Contemporary Aboriginal Art: the complete guide.

Full series subscriptions are just $135 General public/ $115 Friends of MGA
Individual sessions are $35 General/ $30 Friends of MGA

Call MGA 03 8544 0500 to book and head here for session descriptions.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Prepare to be Hijacked!

Regular MGA visitors would recall last year’s exhibition Presentation/Representation: photography from Germany which featured, amongst the other nine contemporary German artists, the work of Heidi Specker.

During Presentation/Representation’s tour to Sydney, Heidi Specker and Theo Deutinger worked together as part of an artist-in-residence project at the Sydney College of the Arts. The resulting body of work Help me I am blind’ is being displayed at RMIT Gallery from 23 July–11 September 2010.

Which is just enough time to whet your appetite for some more German-Australian photographic connections. Coming to MGA at the end of October is Hijacked 2 Australia/Germany. Combining the work of 32 German and Australian photographers the book and exhibition provide an opportunity for cross-cultural conversations.
The Melbourne leg of Hijacked 2 will open at MGA on Sat 30 October 2010 and features a number of MGA Collection artists including Georgia Metaxas, Rebecca Ann Hobbs and Polixeni Papapetrou alongside some photographers whose work would be familiar from past MGA exhibitions both solo and as part of the William & Winifred Bowness Photography Prize: Louis Porter, Bronek Kozka and Michael Corridore.
Image: Heidi SPECKER D'ELSI Eis 1-3 2007, Digital Fine Art Print courtesy of the artist

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Anne Zahalka: The way things appear

Winter is a good time for exhibitions throughout Melbourne. It can be easy to miss them though as the cold days and even colder nights tend to keep us locked up in our homes and offices with heaters blasting. And it seems much easier to read about them in the paper or visit their websites instead.

I was glad I ventured into the city on Tuesday night to attend the opening of a new exhibition by one of MGA’s prominent collection artists, Anne Zahalka. Her exhibition, The way things appear, examines the relationship between art, its spaces and its audiences. Stemming from Zahalka’s interest in tourist sites and the way they are seen by tourists, the photographs in this exhibition depict artworks on the walls of international art galleries and viewers interacting with them.

The way things appear is on at Arc One in Flinders Lane until 24 July.

Stella Loftus-Hills

Monday, June 28, 2010


In 2006/07 MGA presented a number of works from Coyne's acclaimed photographic series the Five Ringed Circus.

Michael will be showing the complete series at ANITA TRAVERSO GALLERY, 11 August-4 September 2010.

Coyne was commissioned by Kodak international to document the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000. A member of the prestigious Black Star photo agency in New York, Coyne chose to focus on the ‘invisible people’ who were integral to the success of the Games, such as the trainers, entertainers, volunteers, spectators and cheer squads.

These quirky, unusual and innovative images allow the viewer to experience another dimension from the predictable visual interpretation of the ‘athlete as hero'.

The City of Monash holds 3 works from Five Ringed Circus in the Monash Gallery of Art Collection.

Michael is a wonderful speaker with some extraordinary stories. An internationally significant photographer, Michael has captured wars, revolutions and important international events in a career spanning over 30 years.

He spent eight years in the Middle East documenting the rise of Islamic fundamentalism and the Iranian revolution.

His photographs are also held in numerous national and international collections. Michael has been contracted to the prestigious New York agency, Black Star for
almost 20 years.

Catch his floor talk and book signing at ANITA TRAVERSO GALLERY, 2.15pm 14 August 2010

7 Albert Street Richmond
Victoria Australia 3121
T 61 (0)3 9428 7557
GALLERY HOURS Wed – Sat 11-5

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Rennie Ellis: famous and infamous

Get to the State Library tonight and hear a lively conversation on Rennie Ellis, one of Australia's most prolific and gifted photographers, with a panel of speakers including:
Jill Singer, journalist and broadcaster; Manuela Furci, director of the Rennie Ellis Archive; Robert McFarlane, photographer and critic; Jenny Bannister, fashion designer and the subject of many of Ellis's photographs.

Wednesday 23 June, 6.00pm - 7.15pm
Book online
Tel 03 8664 7099
Village Roadshow Theatrette
Entrance 3, La Trobe Street

Celebrated Melbourne photographer Rennie Ellis (1940–2003) created a significant record of Victorian life and culture over four decades in the later 20th century.

His images reflect the photographer’s passion for his home town and document Melbourne’s diverse street life, sporting events such as AFL matches and the Melbourne Cup, celebrities and highfliers as well as ordinary people, the party scene and daily life.

Hawthorn fans
Grand Final, MCG 1975
chromogenic print
Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection
Copyright © Rennie Ellis Photographic Archive

Friday, June 18, 2010

MGA exhibition nominated for Prix Pictet

Paul Dunn’s exhibition Imagined Communities, originally exhibited at MGA in 2009, has been successfully nominated for consideration by the judges of this year’s Prix Pictet.

Sponsored by the Geneva-based private bank Pictet & Cie, the Prix Pictet is the world’s first prize dedicated to photography and sustainability. It has a unique mandate – to use the power of photography to communicate crucial messages to a global audience. The theme of this year’s prize is Growth, which resonates strongly with Dunn’s interest in the ‘growth corridors’ of Australian cities.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

War Photo Limited

Interview: Wade Goddard / curator and director of War Photo Limited gallery in Dubrovnik, Croatia from Zorye Kolektiv on Vimeo.
Wade Goddard is a New Zealand born curator and director of War Photo Limited gallery in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Wade talks about his work as a photographer working primarily in conflict zones since his arrival in Croatia in 1992 and the role of War Photo Limited.

It is the intent of War Photo Limited to educate the public in the field of war photography, to expose the myth of war and the intoxication of war, to let people see war as it is, raw, venal, frightening, by focusing on how war inflicts injustices on innocents and combatants alike.

Also see the related articles here

Joachim Froese

Joachim Froese is exhibiting in The archetype of photography at the Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art, Gdansk. Curated by Krzysztof Jurecki and Ania Szynwelska the show will also feature work by Ken Matsubara (Japan), Grzegorz Przyborek (Poland. The exhibition will open on Friday, 18 June 2010 at 7 pm and continues until 29 September 2010.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Christian Thompson Survey Show

Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi has just slipped this survey show into its program, after something else fell through, but it's an inspired 'filler' - not to be missed!

"Christian Bumbarra Thompson, a Bidjara man of the Kunja Nation, is a photographer, conceptual and performance artist. He is a third wave Indigenous Australian artist whose work and unique experience come from an emersion in the social and cultural zeitgeist of the 80s and 90s as an Aboriginal person. His work is a leading force in the exploration of issues of identity, race and history in Australia. In 2009 Thompson completed a DASARTS residency (Advanced Studies for Performing Arts) in Amsterdam and a residency at The Centre for Future Art Research at Arizona State University, USA. He will be the first Aboriginal person to attend Oxford University after recently being awarded the inaugural Charlie Perkins Scholarship for International post-graduate studies and will undertake a residency at Blast Theory Art Collective in the UK in August 2010. This survey show brings together photographic and video work from the last 10 years of Christian Thompson’s impressive career." (Press release)
-Stephen Zagala

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Bowness Photography Prize: 3 weeks to closing

Photographers from all over Australia have less than 3 weeks to enter the 2010 The William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize.
The MGA Foundation will once again showcase the work of Australia’s best photographers in one of Australia’s richest photography awards.
Each year, finalists are drawn from the breadth of Australian photographic practice: editorial, commercial, street and fine art.
In 2010, photographers will be competing for $25,000 first prize and $1,000 People’s Choice Award.
This year’s entries will be judged by Gael Newton, Senior Curator of Photographs, National Gallery of Australia, Max Pam, Australian photographer, and Shaune Lakin, Director of MGA.
Closing date: 30 JUNE 2010
Download entry forms

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Georgia Metaxas

Georgia's new and improved website is worth a look. As a so-called 'straight' documentary photographer, her work is often understated. But, bit by bit, her practice has developed a remarkable gravity that is quite striking when viewed as a whole. She's currently working on a new series of portraits, and looking for subjects, so help her out if you can. And she'll be one of the artists featured in HIJACKED 2 - AUSTRALIA/GERMANY, on show at MGA, 28 Oct 2010-16 Jan 2011.
-Stephen Zagala

TTBOOK: Boots on the Ground: Covering the War

For all podcast listeners this series from NPR is a great insight into the war in Iraq and excellent reference for MGA's current exhibitions, Icon & archive and The wire: photographs by Lyndell Brown and Charles Green

Errol Morris made a documentary about Abu Ghraib called Standard Operating Procedure. Journalist Philip Gourevitch and Morris have written a companion book that examines what really happened at Abu Ghraib. In this podcast Gourevitch talks with Steve Paulson and gives not only a disturbing account of US policy in Iraq but puts forward a ‘philosophical meditation on what photographs can and cannot tell us about the truth.’

To listen to this edition go to:

To subscribe to this highly recommented series go to

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The real meaning of engagement

When was the last time you were truly engaged with an exhibition? I mean in a receptive, timeless and selfless state of wilful, absolute involvement of mind and emotion?
If you’ve visited MGA recently, chances are this has happened to you. It’s been apparent over the past weeks that visitors to Icon & archive: photography and the world wars are not ‘seeing’ the exhibition—they’re experiencing it!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Bring In Your Memorabilia Day

They came alone, in pairs and in groups, some nervous and others unsure if their questions could be answered, but also proud of their family-member’s contribution during times of war. Gently, they carried softly yellowing photographs, medals hanging from a rainbow of ribbons and hand-written letters, postcards and diaries from fathers, uncles and grand-fathers, barely legible through the passage of time.

These personal treasures and their caretakers made their way to MGA last Saturday for a very special event: four experts from the Australian War Memorial in Canberra had come to visit for Bring In Your Memorabilia Day.

For four hours Kate Dethridge, Curator of Photographs; Dianne Rutherford, Acting Curator, Military Heraldry & Technology; Helen Butler, Conservator, Paper & Photographs and Dr Karl James, Historian provided advice to over 140 visitors.

The age, origin and significance of the treasures were common queries with some visitors having only recently discovered photographs that had been hidden away. For many, their items were in need of care and they left armed with tips and suggestions to ensure their preservation for future generations. Some came away with a sense of relief, their queries answered, others with yet more questions.

MGA would like to extend its thanks to Kate, Dianne, Helen and Karl for their time and expertise, the Australian War Memorial and also the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Commemorations Program for their generous funding and support of the day.

Whilst there is just six weeks remaining to see Icon & archive: photography & the World Wars there are plenty more events to come, check out our events calendar for more details.

Kate Dethridge & Dr Karl James provide advice to gallery visitors
© Monash Gallery of Art 2010 photo: Stephanie Richter

$25 000 Bowness Photography Prize: 4 weeks to deadline

Photographers from across the country have 4 weeks left to enter one of Australia’s richest art prizes.

This year the first prize is $25 000 (non-acqisitive) with an additional $1 000 People’s choice award.

Entries close 30 June and photographers will need to complete an entry form available from our website:

The Bowness Photography Prize attracts a range of work from photographers across the country. There are no thematic restrictions and the competition is open to all analogue and digital photography.

Entries this year are coming in from a broad cross section of photographers - ranging from documentary photographers to fashion and nature photographers, as well as strong representation from contemporary artists.

The winner of the 2010 Bowness Photography Prize and Honourable Mentions will be announced on Thursday 23 September 2010 during a cocktail party held at MGA.

Friday, May 28, 2010

A visit to Sydney

A trip to Sydney over the next few months can include a feast of contemporary art at the 17th Biennale of Sydney, The beauty of distance: songs of survival in a precarious age.

The Biennale includes a broad range of artworks by Australian and international contemporary artists. The works are displayed in seven venues throughout Sydney, with its primary sites being the Museum of Contemporary Art and Cockatoo Island.

Amongst the diverse array of art forms and media in this year’s Biennale are some photographic works. For instance, the first room on the ground floor of MCA is taken over by a large installation of photographs by Sun Yuan and Peng Yu from China. Their work, Hong Kong intervention 2009 is a project in which the two artists invited 100 Filipino domestic workers to take a toy grenade and photograph it in their favourite spot at their workplace. These photographs are displayed alongside back-view portraits of the participants. The photographs are presented in a grid that extends almost to the top of each of the tall walls in this space.

A number of Roger Ballen’s photographs are on display in the convict precinct of Cockatoo Island. The run-down building that houses them is an eerie setting for Ballen’s surreal and disturbing images. Ballen’s Biennale display includes a selection of his documentary works as well as his staged compositions, some of which were included in the exhibition of his photographs at MGA last year. Along with his Biennale installation, Ballen’s Boarding House series is showing at Stills Gallery in Sydney until 29 May.

Yvonne Todd’s photographic portraits are also displayed in the convict precinct of Cockatoo Island and take over an entire cottage. They are not hung on every wall of the old and deserted building or grouped together in a straight hang. Instead they are scattered around on different walls as if they were family portraits hung in a domestic setting. Todd’s photographs draw on the conventions of traditional portraiture and require a second glance in order to note their strange and unsettling qualities. The unnatural and eerie nature of Todd’s portraits is accentuated in this setting on the Island.

Hiroshi Sugimoto’s installation, Faraday Cage 2010 includes black and white light boxes from his series Lighting fields and is based on his recent photographic experiments into the imaging of static electricity on large-format film. The installation was conceived specifically for Cockatoo Island’s abandoned Power House.

The Biennale also includes works by some of MGA’s collection artists including Christian Thompson and Brook Andrew.

Also in Sydney for the next few weeks is Bill Henson’s latest exhibition at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery in Paddington. It is a series of large photographs that juxtaposes sublime images of seas, waterfalls, skies, ancient ruins, statues and a female model. It is definitely worth a visit and will be on display until 2 June.

Stella Loftus-Hills

Cai Guo-Qiang
Inopportune: Stage One 2004 (detail)
Collection of Seattle Art Museum, Gift of Robert M. Arnold, in honour of the 75th Anniversary of the Seattle Art Museum, 2006
Courtesy Cai Studio
The presentation of this project was made possible with the assistance from Shiseido

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Contemporary Indigenous photography at Horsham Regional Art Gallery

Adam Harding and Danielle Smelter have over the last year added a number of key works by Indigenous photographers to the Horsham Regional Art Gallery's exceptional collection of photographs. Photographs by Tony Albert and Fiona Foley recently joined pictures held in the collection by Ricky Maynard, Leah King-Smith, Darren Siwes and Brook Andrew. These photographs – alongside a work by Destiny Deacon on loan from a private collection – were until recently on display at the gallery in a wonderful, concise show that clearly demonstrates the strength of a collection rarely seen outside of the Wimmera.

Contemporary Indigenous photography demonstrated some of the ways Indigenous photographers have interrogated some of the myths of contemporary Australia. A range of strategies – humour, doubling or mirroring, shock – are seen throughout the work to meet this end. Many of us are now familiar with these strategies and their effectiveness – the idea that dominant images can be critically unpacked by drawing attention to the pictorial and visual codes used historically to produce and/or circulate myths.

But this little exhibition had a certain power because of its location. Who knew that Horsham had, for some time now, been putting together a sub-collection of pictures by contemporary Indigenous photographers? Like many prosperous regional centres, Horsham – and the Wimmera more broadly – has a troubled Indigenous history. My experience of the area during the seventies and eighties is of a place without Indigenous presence; the exceptions were a few references to the local Jaadwa people in placenames like Jardwa Park and Jardwa Court. We couldn't even spell it correctly. Although a few, very proud Indigenous families lived in the town, it was possible to live in Horsham and not encounter Indigenous people at all.

It's a different place now. The Goolum Goolum Aboriginal Coorperative and the Barengi Gadjin Land Council are both highly visible, and the municipal authority is also doing its bit to reconcile the region's settlement history. And all the while, under the astute leadership of Merle Hathaway and now Adam Harding, the gallery has been compiling a series of photographs that can assist this process further. I don’t want to sound like photography needs to play a grand social or historic role to be of use; but I can see how this show might have made a real difference to the Wimmera people lucky enough to have seen it.
Shaune Lakin
image: Tony Albert, Omptimism 8 2008, Type C print, 80 x 80cm, purchased through the Horsham Art Gallery Trust Fund, 2009

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

On 'Art Nation' this Sunday

For those who can't make a trip up to the Museum of Sydney to catch Up the cross: Rennie Ellis & Wesley Stacey, the exhibition will feature this Sunday on ABC's Art Nation (formerly Sunday Arts) including interviews with Inara Walden. 'Sir' Wayne Martin & Carmen.

Art Nation is on this Sunday at 5.30pm - ABC1 and 7.00pm - ABC2

Up the cross: Rennie Ellis & Wesley Stacey currently on display at Museum of Sydney explores the 'summer of 1970-71 in Kings Cross through the photographs of Rennie Ellis and Wesley Stacey, who together captured the sights, sounds and pulsating rhythms of life on the streets and in the clubs and private pads of Sydney's infamous red-light district.'

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Art chats at McClelland Gallery

11am Thursday 13 May 2010
Guest speaker: Dr Shaune Lakin, Director Monsah Gallery of Art
Download pdf

Sunday, May 9, 2010

2010 William & Winifred Bowness Photography Prize

The MGA Foundation will once again showcase the work of Australia's best photographers in Australia's most coveted photography award. Photographers from all over Australia are encouraged to submit entries to this year's Bowness Photography Prize. Each year, finalists are drawn from the breadth of Australian photographic practice: editorial, commercial, street and fine art.

Photographers will be competing for $25,000 first prize (non-acquisitive) and $1,000 People's Choice Award.

This year's entries will be judged by Gael Newton, Senior Curator of Photographs, National Gallery of Victoria, Max Pam, Australian photographer, and Shaune Lakin, Director of MGA.

Visit for more information on how to submit entries.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Coming up at MGA in March & April

Continuing throughout March & April is our PASIFIKA season and focus on Sustainability & the Arts.

Download our events calendar for all the details - we hope to see you at MGA soon!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Talking Tapa: Pasifika Bark Cloth in Queensland

Special Exhibitions Gallery
12 February - 11 April 2010

This exhibition offers an opportunity to view traditional and contemporary Pasifika design and to learn more about Australia's Pacific neighbours and migrant communities. Talking Tapa comes to MGA from Brisbane Multicultural Arts Centre and details the rich cultural heritage of tapa cloth. As well as being astonishingly beautiful, tapa holds great social, symbolic and practical value for many island nations of the South-West pacific.

Photograph: installation (c) MGA 2010

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Sneak Peek! Exhibitions opening this weekend

Installation is underway for TALKING TAPA: Pasifika barkcloth in Queensland

and Kiribati: putting a face to climate change (photographs by Jon Lewis)

Opening celebrations are this Saturday 13 February at 3pm - hope to see you there!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Current exhibitions

Come spend a couple of hours at MGA, it's free!
Currently exhibiting:
Building as muse: the creative collaboration of Max Dupain and Harry Seilder (ends 7/2/2010)
Paul Dunn: imagined communities (ends 7/2/2010)
Robert Ashton: photographs from the edge (ends 24/01/2010)
Photograph: install of Building as muse