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February 2017

City Songs

February 10 - April 19
City Gallery, 110 Swanston Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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These portraits and these stories are part of the music created by the people who live, work, visit, struggle and play in the city of Melbourne. Within the boundary of one single CBD block we discovered a whole symphony of experience and of worlds. We ask you to pause for a moment and to listen to the sound of our city. City Songs is the result of a 2016 arts residency for the City of Melbourne. Writer Christos Tsiolkas and…

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Focused: Photomedia Works from Ten Cubed

February 11 - March 26
The Gallery at Bayside Arts & Cultural Centre, corner Wilson & Carpenter Street
Brighton, Victoria Australia
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Ten Cubed began as an art experiment in 2010, defined by a vision to collect the work of (at least) ten contemporary artists in depth over a period of 10 years. Focused: Photomedia works from the Ten Cubed Collection brings together a selection of works by artists Pat Brassington, Michael Cook, Rosemary Laing, Alastair McLuckie, David Rosetzky, Tim Silver, Daniel von Sturmer and David Wadelton. Surreal layered images, poignant portraits, production stills, process documentation, quirky collage and traditional photography are…

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March 2017

TOPshots! 2016-17

March 4 - April 15
Monash Gallery of Art, 860 Ferntree Gully Road
Wheelers Hill, Victoria 3150 Australia
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Finalists Klari AGAR Swinburne Senior Secondary College Talia CRISANTE Loreto Mandeville Hall Toorak Beau CRUZ Caulfield Grammar School, Caulfield Campus Alessi D’ANDREA Melbourne Girls Grammar School Rhiannon GAMBLE Norwood Secondary College Lacey GILBERT Luther College Emily JOYCE Methodist Ladies’ College Amy LALANNE Monbulk College Lexie McLEOD Strathcona Baptist Girls Grammar School Gabriel MENZIES Vermont Secondary College Audrey MICHAEL Mentone Girls’ Grammar School Isabella MURRAY-GOOLD St Paul’s Anglican Grammar School Maria NGUYEN Our Lady of Mercy College Sophie PEASLEY Toorak College…

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Wesley Stacey: The wild thing

March 4 - April 28
Monash Gallery of Art, 860 Ferntree Gully Road
Wheelers Hill, Victoria 3150 Australia
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Wesley Stacey is a living legend of environmental photography. In the 1970s he turned his back on the bright lights of Sydney and set up camp in the wilderness of the NSW south coast. For over 40 years he has lived in the ‘great outdoors’, using photography to explore and connect with the ecological complexity of the Australian landscape. The wild thing, curated from the MGA’s own photography collection, surveys four decades of Stacey’s work. From his lively colour snapshots…

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Mordançage: The Unveiling

March 9 - April 1
Colour Factory Gallery, 409-429 Gore Street
Fitzroy, Victoria 3065 Australia
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Elizabeth Opalenik is known for her sensual images, including the Mordançage process, hand printed black and white, infrared films, Polaroid manipulations and specialized toning. With limitless creativity Elizabeth has found her voice as a photographic artist, learning that all good photographs are self-portraits that lie somewhere between imagination and dreams. Ms. Opalenik was raised on a farm in Pennsylvania, living as a neighbor to the Amish and their uncomplicated ways. Her upbringing continues to reverberate in the personal images she…

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THE FILM PROJECT- MAP COLLECTIVE

March 9 - April 2
Fox Gallery & Darkroom, 8 Elizabeth Street
Kensington, Victoria 3031 Australia
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The Film Project- a group exhibition by Many Australian Photographer’s collective. In an age of fast photography and image overload, 17 Australian Documentary photographer’s use traditional analogue techniques to photograph the most personal of subjects- the Portrait. With subjects that range from the loved to the infamous, photographers embraced the slow, uncertain nature of photographing with film to create a dynamic of trust only formed when a subject has to wait to see their image. Each photo has been hand…

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NGV FESTIVAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY

March 10 - August 27
National Gallery of Victoria – International, 180 St Kilda Road
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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As part of the NGV Festival of Photography, the NGV presents a suite of contemporary photography exhibitions, including presentations by William Eggleston, Bill Henson, Patrick Pound, Zoë Croggon and Ross Coulter, alongside dedicated events and programs. Photography is one of the most diverse and prolific areas of contemporary practice, including as it does the work of practitioners who see themselves in the more traditional guise of ‘photographer’, along with multi-disciplinary artists. Taking over a number of galleries across the NGV,…

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Bill Henson

March 10 - August 27
National Gallery of Victoria – International, 180 St Kilda Road
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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NGV FESTIVAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY Bill Henson presents recent photographs by Bill Henson, selected by the artist, and encompassing themes including portraits, nudes, lush museum interiors and transcendent landscapes. The images in this exhibition are drawn from a body of works created between 2008 and 2011 and continue Henson’s sensitive, sophisticated study of the human condition, which he has realised over his forty year career. Each of the works included has a palpable sense of the cinematic and together they form a…

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130 years of RMIT Photography

March 10 - April 13
RMIT Gallery, 344 Swanston Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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Photography 130 offers an expanded view of the role and contribution of RMIT University to the photographic imaging of Melbourne and Australia, presenting a fresh perspective through the lens of the University’s photographic history, legacy and culture. From the University’s beginning in 1887 as the Working Men’s College, RMIT students took to photography with great enthusiasm, making important connections and contributions to the growth of Melbourne as a city as part of the world’s longest running photographic school. Featuring over 100 photographs…

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ROSS COULTER | AUDIENCE

March 17 - July 16
National Gallery of Victoria – International, 180 St Kilda Road
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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NGV FESTIVAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY Ross Coulter’s Audience is a photographic series that documents audience members who were photographed in more than seventy Melbourne galleries and museums between 2013 and 2016. Coulter invited members of the local art community to attend a photo-shoot and they were instructed to imagine viewing a performance art event. Drawing on the visual language of 1970s performance art documentation, the work constructs a photographic archive of audiences. As an installation, comprised of more than 400 photographs,…

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William Eggleston | Portraits

March 17 - June 18
National Gallery of Victoria – International, 180 St Kilda Road
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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NGV FESTIVAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY William Eggleston is one of the most important photographic artists of the twentieth century. This Australian exclusive major exhibition travels from its critically acclaimed showing at the National Portrait Gallery, London and is the first exhibition of Eggleston’s photographs to be exhibited at the NGV. Eggleston holds an ongoing influence for subsequent generations of photographers and artists. He is best known for his pioneering use of colour and images of suburban life in the Southern United…

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ZOË CROGGON

March 17 - July 30
National Gallery of Victoria – International, 180 St Kilda Road
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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As part of NGV Festival of Photography, Melbourne artist Zoë Croggon has been commissioned to produce a new body of work, comprising an immersive environment created using photographic collages, video and an especially produced wallpaper. Her work draws on her interest in the traditions of photo-collage, as well as sculpture, video and drawing. Croggon’s recent practice has culminated in merging disparate images, found and gathered, into deft and delicate collages. Drawing on personal experiences of studying ballet and dance, her…

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HALF/LIGHT

March 23 - April 5
Junior Space, 65 Smith Street
Fitzroy, Victoria Australia
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Exhibition & book launch Ria Green’s practice examines ephemeral moments of wonderment found in the natural world and built environment. It explores the possibilities of representation using elemental qualities of light, colour and scale. Green’s work translates her experiences of awe into a visual language. Half / Light is the product of these investigations into quiet moments of wonderment and reverie experienced as Green makes her way through the world, realised through photography and hand made forms.

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Patrick Pound: The Great Exhibition

March 31 - July 30
NGV Australia Federation Square, Federation Square
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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NGV FESTIVAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY Patrick Pound: The Great Exhibition is the first comprehensive exhibition of the New Zealand-born, Melbourne-based artist. An avid collector, Patrick Pound is equally interested in systems and the ordering of objects: an attempt, perhaps, to make things coherent. As Pound says, ‘to collect is to gather your thoughts through things’. Through complex arrangements and installations of objects drawn from the artist’s expansive archives, Pound’s work playfully and poetically explores the art of collecting, and the ways…

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May 2017

Under the sun: reimagining Max Dupain’s ‘Sunbaker’

May 6 - August 6
Monash Gallery of Art, 860 Ferntree Gully Road
Wheelers Hill, Victoria 3150 Australia
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Under the sun is a large scale exhibition of new works commissioned from 15 artists responding to Australian photographer Max Dupain’s iconic 'Sunbaker' image. Artists include Peta Clancy, Christopher Day, Destiny Deacon, Michaela Gleave, Nasim Nasr, Sara Oscar, Julie Rrap, Khaled Sabsabi, Yhonnie Scarce, Christian Thompson, Angela Tiatia, Kawita Vatanajyankur, Daniel Von Sturmer, Justene Williams and William Yang. Under The sun will explore views of our culture, our identity and our nationhood through works that will surprise, challenge and enthuse…

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