Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Get off at the F-stop

F Stop photography competition

Ballarat International Foto Biennale and Fed Square are hosting a unique photography competition, F Stop, judged by the MGA's Curator Stephen Zagala. The top 3 entries will win a master-class with John Gollings. Entry is only $10, so don't pass up the opportunity to win this great prize!

For more information head to

Printed & Bound at MGA Sunday 29 May

On Sadly our Bookbinding Workshop with VICTORIAN BOOKBINDERS GUILD is booked out, but there is still plenty happening at Printed & Bound on Sunday 29 May at MGA.

It's a great chance to pick up an artist-made book, learn new skills and hear from the publishers and artists who have been out there making it.

Panelists include;
Small publishers Dan Rule and Marc Martin from AND Collective, ERM Books and the newly opened perimeter books
photographer Louis Porter who has recently published Bad Driving through ERM books.
Self publisher Olga Bennett, a photographer who has self-published her first book Environments.

Pick up a great artist book directly form the artist.
See a fascinating bookbinding demo by Ort Bindery: The Melbourne School of Bookbinding.Have you made your own artist or photobook and want to sell it at our market? email to reserve a table – it’s free!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Greg Weight at Australian Galleries

Greg Weight's upcoming exhibition at Australian Galleries Formations in landscape will be opened by Hendrik Kolenberg, Senior Curator, Australian Prints, Drawings and Watercolours, AGNSW.

The exhibition brings together images from three different art trips that Weight made to the central desert region of Australia, between 2006 and 2010.

2-26 June, 2011
Opening Hours
Monday - Saturday 10am - 6pm
Sunday 12 - 5pm

50 Smith Street
Victoria Australia 3066
T +61 (03) 9417 0800
F +61 (03) 9417 0699

Formations in landscape 2010
pigment print on cotton rag paper
66 x110 cm
edition of 5

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Self-portrait workshop with Georgia Metaxas

Last chance to get into MGA's self-portrait workshop with Melbourne photographer Georgia Metaxas.

1-3PM SATURDAY 21 & 28 May 2011
$45 General;
$35 Friends of MGA, Teacher’s with valid VIT registration and Students.
Course cost includes both sessions.

In this two-session workshop photographic artist GEORGIA METAXAS will discuss self-portraiture and provide you with practical tips and techniques for successful image making.

The first session will explore the history of photographic self-portraiture. Participants will leave this week’s workshop armed with inspiration to produce a self-portrait prior to the second session.

In the second workshop participants will receive practical and useful advice on how to best approach a self-portrait and interpret the self-portraiture of others.

Perfect for: teachers and all those that are interested in photography as a tool for self-expression and looking for inspiration and practical advice.

Bookings are essential: please call 03 8544 0500

Lower your ears #5 2007
ink-jet print
Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection
courtesy of the artist

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Stand and Deliver: Andrew Chapman fundraiser

Come and join us at Monash Gallery of Art for Andrew Chapman's fundraiser for the Liver Transplant Unit Victoria.

All money raised will be donated to the Liver Transplant Unit Victoria

Show your support for an important person & photographer who has always supported us. I look forward to seeing you there at 2pm.

For further details regarding 'Stand & Deliver'
contact Susan Gordon-Brown at
(m). 0407 366 332

TIME: 2.00PM

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Where do art and politics meet?

Arena Project Space arts program launch and fundraising event TONIGHT!

Arena Project Space asks the question - where do art and politics meet?

Tuesday 17 May, 6 pm,
2 Kerr Street Fitzroy (between Nicholson and Brunswick streets)

Bookings are NOT required. Entry will be $5 at the door. Refreshments will be available.
Zoe Hatten and Jessie Boylan (coordinators)
For further information: 9416 0232 or 0437 960 510, or go to

Arena Project Space is a new exhibition and forum space, which has grown out of the work of Arena Publications, a broad left political and cultural project that has been running for over 30 years in Melbourne.

This space aims to widen Arena's critical sphere and to facilitate and create dialogue about political and cultural interpretation through arts practice. Arena Project Space has the potential to provide a focus for politics as a context for creative practice. In an age of managerialism, it offers a space beyond the business plan for alternative world views

To launch the arts program planned for this space, the Arena Project Space arts board is organising a forum to consider the relation between art and politics today.

Forum participants are Simon Cooper, Rayna Fahey (aka Kakariki), Lyndal Jones, Robert Nelson and Tom Nicholson. The session will be chaired by Kevin Murray.

Speakers will give a brief response to the questions:
How might artists respond to the social transformations occurring today?
Can artists take on a political agenda without compromising their creativity?

Simon Cooper teaches cultural theory at Monash University and is an Arena Publications editor and author of the 'Cooper's Last' column in Arena Magazine. He is a regular commentator on cultural issues on radio.

Rayna Fahey is editor or RADICALCROSSSTITCH: seriously seditious stitching, and co-founding producer of the Melbourne Craft Cartel.

Lyndal Jones is an artist with an interest in context, place and empowerment, involving performance and video installation. Her ‘Avoca Project' addresses climate change action from the perspective of a small country town.

Kevin Murray is a writer and curator with an interest in south-south dialogue. He is convenor of Southern Perspectives and on-line editor of the Journal of Modern Craft He is an adjunct professor at RMIT, where he coordinates the Ethical Design Laboratory.

Robert Nelson discusses cultural values in education at Monash University and is the Age art critic. His most recent book is The VIsual Language of Painting: An Aesthetic Analysis of Representational Painting.

Tom Nicholson is an artist who lives in Melbourne and teaches Drawing at Monash University. One of his recent collaborative projects was Camp Pell Lecture, with Tony Birch. He is represented by Anna Schwartz Gallery.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Annemieke Mein at Ararat Regional Art Gallery

The popular Annemieke Mein will be showing her extraordinary textile works at Ararat Regional Art Gallery from 19 May - 3 July 2011. Recognised for her meticulous representation of the natural world through textiles the exhibition will also include samplers and drawings that provide an insight into Annemieke’s creative process.

Image: Annemieke Mein, 'Pink Emperor Gum Moth' (detail), 1982, silk, wool, satin, emu feathers, rabbit fur, dacron filling, sewing threaads, covered wire, 13 x 60 x 50 cm. Purchased with the assistance of an Australia Council Crafts Board Grant, 1982. Collection: Ararat Regional Art Gallery