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