(Image: Sean Davey, Fast food, takeaways + food stores, Port Moresby PNG (detail), 2015, 12 gelatin silver photographs on board)
PhotoAccess presents in the Huw Davies Gallery
Port Moresby | Second Contact by Sean Davey
Opening 6pm Thursday 30 April 2015: To be opened by Glenn Keys, Co-Founder Aspen Medical and 2015 ACT Australian of the Year.
Exhibition dates 30 April - 24 May 2015.
Sean Davey, Port Moresby | Second Contact
This exhibition, by Canberra-based photographer Sean Davey, showcases images or Port Moresby made over a ten year period. Since 2005, Davey has been a regular visitor to Papua New Guinea, producing hundreds of photographs and contact prints. Part documentary record, and part photographer’s diary, Davey’s images show Port Moresby through a personal lens. Coinciding with Papua New Guinea’s 40th year of independence, Port Moresby | Second Contact is a distinctly intimate look at Papua New Guinea, which moves away from the sensationalised imagery of PNG common in mainstream Australian media. Exhibiting contact prints and collaged images, Davey takes the unfolding photographic process as his guide. His interest is not in monumentalised images, but cumulative instants of understanding, insight and connection. Davey is a freelance photographer and co-founder of The Photography Room, a Canberra-based photographic gallery. His work has been shown at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, The State Library of New South Wales, The Australian National Library, The Museum of Australian Democracy, Monash Gallery of Art and in numerous group exhibitions. Port Moresby | Second Contact is Davey’s ninth solo exhibition, and his second at PhotoAccess. It captures elusive moments of contact with people, place and the photographic process.
Artist talk, Sunday 24 May 2015 at 2pm.
(Image: Sean Davey, Johnny playing guitar, Port Moresby PNG (detail), 2012, gelatin silver photograph)
(Images: Annette Lock, 2014 PhotoAccess artist-in-residence. Black-and-white fibre prints of the former Transport Depot in Kingston in 1996, printed in the PhotoAccess darkroom in 2014.)
Darkroom Residency and Exhibition | Call for applications
PhotoAccess is offering a photo-based artist the opportunity to participate in Dark Matter, a unique residency program and exhibition opportunity based in darkroom practice.
The residency is an opportunity for an emerging, mid-career or established artist from the ACT or interstate to create a new body of work over a period of six months using the PhotoAccess darkroom. PhotoAccess is home to the only publicly-accessible black-and-white darkroom facility in the ACT region, and encourages the use of traditional and experimental darkroom practices.
The successful applicant will receive free access to the PhotoAccess darkroom (including all chemicals, but excluding paper and film), feedback and support from PhotoAccess staff and tutors, and a one-year membership to PhotoAccess. The Dark Matter residency will culminate in a solo exhibition in the PhotoAccess Multimedia Gallery, from 3-13 December 2015. The resident must also present a public program, such as a talk or demonstration, alongside their exhibition, and all exhibited work is required to be for sale.
Applicants must have demonstrated competency in the darkroom. PhotoAccess will provide general support and technical advice, but formal tuition in darkroom printing and techniques is available only at the usual members’ cost. Aside from waiving the exhibition and darkroom access fees, no additional financial support is provided.
The Dark Matter residency exists to encourage contemporary darkroom practice. PhotoAccess welcomes creative proposals from artists of all career stages and backgrounds, working in all styles of photography and across all darkroom media.
Applications due Tuesday 26 May 2015. Click here to download the application form.
(image: Arthur Lincoln (Lin) Richardson, [Protest at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, Canberra], 1972, silver gelatin print. PhotoAccess collection.)
A 2015 PhotoAccess members' exhibition
Our next members’ exhibition aims to pack a punch! PhotoACTIVISM will showcase photography as a persuasive and passionate medium. Photography can change perspectives, illuminate hidden truths, and challenge expectations. For our final members’ exhibition for 2015, we are calling for powerful images and images with intent.
PhotoACTIVISM aims to show works that make political or social statements, communicate important human experiences, prompt us to action, or activate our senses. Making our lived histories, stories and ideas visible.
PhotoAccess was established in 1984 as a community organisation providing affordable and accessible facilities and encouraging the use of photography to achieve personal and political growth. It is with this in mind that we invite new and existing members to creatively address the theme, PhotoACTIVISM, through photography and photo-based art.
In the lead-up to PhotoACTIVISM, we encourage members to take advantage of courses and workshops. A full list is available online here. Working on film? Take advantage of our darkroom subscriptions and free access days, details available here.
PhotoACTIVISM will run from 24 September to 18 October 2015. Completed online entry forms and a payment of $30 are due by Friday 4 September 2015. Click here to enter.
Now calling for proposals for exhibitions in 2016
PhotoAccess Huw Davies Gallery is now calling for proposals for exhibitions in 2016. PhotoAccess invites artists at all stages of their careers to develop and showcase contemporary photo-based art in a supportive and stimulating artistic environment. The PhotoAccess Huw Davies Gallery is dedicated to the contemporary photo-based arts, and presents a dynamic program of exhibitions across its three spaces. It exhibits both new work and work from the PhotoAccess collection.
Artists, curators and community groups are invited to submit exhibition proposals. PhotoAccess is particularly interested in receiving proposals that:
- present new still and/or moving image work by emerging, mid-career and/or established artists
- involve artistic experimentation and innovation
- encourage, develop and extend critical debate about contemporary photo-based art practice
- reflect or document the ACT and region and the creative interests of the community
Exhibitions may occupy one or more rooms in the Huw Davies Gallery. PhotoAccess encourages artists to consider applying for the entire Huw Davies Gallery (all three spaces) to exhibit a large, resolved and coherent body of work.
Proposals due Tuesday 9 June 2015. Click here for more information.