Digital Storytelling by Muslim Women in Canberra
A 2015 digital storytelling project
PhotoAccess and Gen S Stories are providing Muslim women living in Canberra the opportunity to participate in a free digital storytelling course, to make a short film about a personal story, and gain skills in storytelling, photography and filmmaking. The course participants will work with an experienced team of artists (an Artistic Director, a photographer and a filmmaker) through a process that is professional, respectful and culturally appropriate. The course will provide professional support for up to ten women to each make a 3-5 minute film about a personal story.
- What is it like to live as a Muslim woman in Canberra at this time in Australian history?
- What would you like the general population to know about living Muslim?
- Would you like a creative opportunity to express yourself?
The course involves 26 hours total contact time. These hours are spread over seven weeks, with each session lasting four hours. In addition you will be offered a one-on-one two hour tutorial in script development. Making a digital story also involves some homework - writing your script and collecting images.
You will be the film-maker, writing your own script, recording your own voice-over and making your own images (we will provide you with the skills, facilities and equipment to help you do this). The digital stories will be screened publicly at a launch, and also be published online.
The course will be held at PhotoAccess. You will be working on Mac computers, and no experience is necessary. The workshops are safe, fun, creative and professional. If you want to remain completely anonymous, you can still make an engaging digital story.
Here’s who we’re looking for
- you need to be able to participate fully in each workshop, be part of a group, and be able to tell a personal story
- you need to be able to commit to all 26 hours of workshops (6 x 4 hours per week + 2 hours script development). Unfortunately we can’t offer partial or casual attendance
- you need to be okay with your digital story being screened at a public launch, published on a website, and being part of the collection produced as a DVD. You will need to sign a participant’s agreement to this effect
Intersted in participating in the project? Come along to the information session at PhotoAccess on Tuesday 10 March at 6pm. RSVP by calling PhotoAccess on 02 6295 7810 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
To find out more about digital storytelling at PhotoAccess and to view examples of past projects click here.
This project is funded by the ACT Government's 2014-15 Participation (Women's) Grant.
(Image: Bill Lucas, From the belltower, X'ian, 1978, silver gelatin print, 30cm x 20cm)
PhotoAccess presents in the Huw Davies Gallery three solo exhibitions
Opening 6pm Thursday 26 February 2015
Exhibition dates 26 February - 22 March 2015
Bill Lucas, China - Eighteen Days 1978
A series of works made in China in the late 1970s, following the end of the Cultural Revolution. First exhibited in 1981 at David Reid Gallery, Sydney, China - Eighteen Days 1978 comprises black and white silver gelatin photographs chronicling a research visit the artist made to China. A former psychiatrist, Lucas depicts surgeries and offices, filled with now-antiquated Chinese and Western medical paraphernalia, as well as landscapes, architectural photographs and images of everyday life with an eye for their formal beauty. As the renowned photographer Max Dupain mentioned in a review of the original 1981 exhibition, Lucas’ images are ‘simple, perceptive statements in black and white- minimum material doing and saying so much’. This new showing at PhotoAccess also features one never-before-exhibited work. Catalogue
Stephen Best, Out West
Taken in various parts of Western New South Wales, Out West comprises a series of monochromatic panoramic landscapes. Best uses a pinhole camera, allowing the eye of the camera itself to see the landscape. This process bends and blurs the edges of the image, creating landscapes that are enigmatic and slightly strange. There is a sense of something hidden beneath the image, the layers of history and time inscribed on the landscape subtly bubbling to the surface of the picture. Catalogue
Both exhibitions will be opened by Gordon Undy, photographer and co-founder of Point Light Gallery
Kai Wasikowski, Taking Liberties
This exhibition combines two bodies of work: Spent Pleasures and Handscapes. Kai's works are propositions to the viewer invoking notions of guilt on a social, personal and environmental level, particularly as we exist as consumers in a digital world. In his large scale digital photographs, Wasikowski invites us to reflect on the liberties we take as consumers, as well as our unavoidable impact on the landscape. Catalogue
To be opened by Martyn Jolly, Head of Photography and Media Arts, Australian National University School of Art
In conversation with Kai Wasikowski, Sunday 1 March 2pm
Bill Lucas artist talk, Sunday 22 March at 2pm
(Image: Stephen Best, Darling River, Karoola Reach I, 2014, inkjet print on cotton rag paper, 40.0cm x 18.3cm)
(Image: Kai Wasikowski, Handscape II and Handscape III, 2014, pigment prints on paper, 31cm x 31cm each)
(Image: Les Walkling, Lord Howe, 2013, Pigment print, 1500mm x 1520mm)
Dr Les Walkling
On Landscape Photography
Masterclass | 9/10 May (full) or 7/8 May 2015
Please enrol in On Landscape Photography before 6 March 2015.
Les Walkling's new Masterclass On Landscape Photography is a rare opportunity to receive specialist instruction from one of Australia's leading landscape photographers and most prominent photographic educators. This Masterclass explores contemporary landscape photographic practice from three perspectives:
- Pre and post capture equipment and technique
- Field work, workflow, and style
- History, critique, and review
Various contemporary approaches to landscape photography are engaged, from the representational to the picturesque, including mythical landscapes, poetic landscapes, politicised landscapes, commercial landscapes, and manufactured or altered landscapes. The overall aim is to ensure the individual is expertly informed, and to dramatically improve their practice, especially their technique, process, presentation and analysis.
This two-day Masterclass will run from 9.30am to 4.45pm each day, and includes generous breaks for individual questions and answers. The main workshop is presented through discussion, demonstration, critical analysis, case studies and practical applications. Click here to view full outline and booking information. Maximum class size of 15. Book before 6 March 2015 soon to secure a place.
(Image: Mel Edwards, Detail of a ceiling canopy, National Gallery of Australia (detail), 2013, Inkjet print)
CAPITAL LENS | A selection of works from the 100 Views of Canberra collection
November 2014 - April 2015
Promenade Cafe, Hyatt Hotel Canberra
120 Commonwealth Avenue, Canberra, ACT
Showcasing work by: Edwin Bien, Emily Davidson, Mel Edwards, Rebecca Hanrahan, Paul Jurak, Dean Klemick, Carolyn Larcombe, Christine Rufflet and Jennie Widowson.
Launch event 4pm Friday 28 November 2014, Promenade Cafe, Hyatt Hotel Canberra.
Capital Lens is an exhibition of nine works from the PhotoAccess 100 Views of Canberra collection, curated by PhotoAccess for the Promenade Cafe at Hyatt Hotel Canberra. Published in 2013, the 100 Views of Canberra project exists in two formats; as a book and as a collection of exhibition quality prints, showcasing the work of over 100 photographers. This important and insightful project documents the grand, not so grand, and human faces of Canberra in its Centenary year. All works are printed on A3+ paper. Click here for more information on the Capital Lens exhibition.