2014-10-26 00:00
2014-10-26 12:00

(Image: Sean Davey, 2012)

PhotoAccess has partnered with the Canberra Photographic Society on a Photo Challenge. The aim of the Photo Challenge is to create photographs which reflect six specified themes at the Australian National Botanic Gardens on Sunday 26 October 2014 between 9am and 5pm. Photographers will then be asked to choose six of their own images which they feel best express the themes, before uploading them to an online gallery. Full instructions will be provided at registration on the day.

If you're a current PhotoAccess or Canberra Photographic Society member, and keen to take part in the Photo Challenge, please arrive for registration between 9am and 12pm on Sunday 26 October 2014 at the Australian National Botanic Gardens cafe. Participation in the Photo Challenge is free for members - so come along, test your camera skills, meet fellow photographers, and have some fun!

2014-10-16 18:00
2014-11-02 16:00

(Images Julie Garran)

PhotoAccess presents in the Huw Davies Gallery and Multimedia Gallery three exhibitions.
Opening 6pm Thursday 16 October 2014 - all welcome. Opening speaker Helen Musa, arts and cultural journalist and City News Arts Editor. Exhibition dates 16 October - 2 November 2014.

Artist talk: Tracey Benson will be giving an artist talk in the gallery on Sunday 2 November 2014 at 2pm - all welcome.

Words for Water | Tracey Benson
Canberra-based cross-media artist and researcher Tracey Benson’s ever-expanding project Words for Water ponders the most abundant molecule on Earth – water – and its contribution to our spirituality, culture, health and ecological sustainability. Stage one of the project was presented in Adelaide in 2013 at the MARart exhibition held as part the International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality. PhotoAccess is delighted to present stage two of the project in the Huw Davies Gallery. Finding synergies between technology and art, Tracey uses the World Wide Web, photography and video to create virtual and augmented reality works, and explores connected communities, identity and place as themes within her creative practice. In 2010, Benson was awarded a PhD from The Australian National University (ANU), for her work exploring online communities and social networking tools. Tracey has exhibited widely in Australia and internationally and is currently an Adjunct Fellow of the ANU School of Music, where she is researching semantic web and geolocation technologies and their application to culture, social media, and genealogy. Catalogue

A photo every day | Julie Garran
Canberra-based photographer Julie Garran’s exhibition, A photo every day, showcases over 200 images and is a playful commentary on the contemporary desire for image-making and the visual saturation of the internet. On Tuesday 28 February 2014 Julie began posting a photo every day on social media. This exhibition shows every one of those photos, in the order they were posted. Rather than criticise online image sharing, Julie revels in the diaristic format of social media, which she encourages in the exhibition space. Throughout the exhibition, Julie will continue to ‘post’ photographs on the wall each day, extending an invitation to the viewer to witness the visual flow of moments, and then to ‘like’ and ‘comment’ on these images through Instagram (by following juelles810) as the project continues online. Julie is an active member of PhotoAccess and the Canberra Photographic Society, and held her fist solo exhibition eleanor jeshua penthesilea peter in the Huw Davies Gallery in 2010. She has also, over the years, shown work in many of our members’ exhibitions. PhotoAccess has enjoyed watching Julie’s photography practice develop and warmly welcomes her back to the Huw Davies Gallery. Catalogue

The 2014 APS-PSA Prints Exchange | Joseph Hearst (USA) & Priyaji Peiris (Melbourne, AUS)
The 2014 APS-PSA Prints Exchange is an exhibition of works by Melbourne-based photographer Priyaji Peiris, and Californian photographer Joseph Hearst, and is presented by the Australian Photographic Society (APS) in collaboration with the Photographic Society of America (PSA). The APS and PSA each selected one of its members to represent it in the inaugural Prints Exchange, and are hoping to make the project and exhibition an annual event. APS invited Denise Ferris, photographer and Head of the Australian National University School of Art, to select the APS representative from a collection of anonymous series of images. Joseph Hearst is a professional photographer and Honor of Associate of PSA. He has had two portfolios published in the British magazine Digital Photo Art, and in 2009 he received the Charles Keaton Memorial Award in recognition of his PSA publications. His work was recently chosen for the Distinctive Image feature of the PSA Journal, and he is a recipient of the Pictorial Print Division Service Medal. In his photographs, Hearst explores the formal interplay of shadows, textures and saturated colour in his native California. Priyaji Peiris is a self-taught photographer. He is a multi-award winning artist, having received silver and bronze medals for his images in International Panoramic Awards and a worthy mention in Australian Landscape Photographer of the Year 2013. Peiris’s photography concentrates on evocative, enigmatic landscapes and seascapes, which attest to his interest in travel and unexplored terrain. His images suggest quiet, introspective narratives and emotive interior landscapes. The 2014 APS-PSA Prints Exchange exhibition at PhotoAccess showcases four prints by each photographer, and is the culmination of a touring exchange project, involving exhibitions in September at the 2014 APS Convention in Ballarat, Victoria, and the 2014 PSA Convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Catalogue

(Image Tracey Benson)

(Image Priyaji Peiris)