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(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


(Images: Tracey Benson Words for Water exhibition, photographs courtesy Garry Benson)


(Image Priyaji Peiris)

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Send us a Selfie project
PhotoAccess has partnered with the Community Cultural Inclusion Program on their latest Send Us A Selfie project. Grab a camera, take a photo of you enjoying yourself at a Canberra community or cultural event, and then click here to upload your Selfie and go in the draw to win a PhotoAccess course gift voucher. You can also post your Selfie on Twitter or Instagram using #SelfieCBR. Entries close Tuesday 25 November 2014.

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(Images, left to right: Andrea Pitsilos, Kansas city - Pride and Portland)

PhotoAccess presents in the Huw Davies Gallery and Multimedia Gallery three exhibitions.
Opening 6pm Thursday 6 November 2014 - all welcome. Opening speaker Magda Keaney, writer and curator. Exhibition dates 6-23 November 2014.

Artist talk and fashion parade: On Sunday 16 November at 2pm PhotoAccess will host a fashion parade in the gallery, showcasing a collection by Canberra label Rockstars and Royalty, to coincide with Lori Cicchini's Ghost Stories exhibition. Lori will also be presenting an artist talk at the event. Come along, have some sparkling wine, and enjoy the show.

Each year PhotoAccess selects two photography graduates from the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) for PhotoAccess emerging artist residencies. The intention is to assist those photographers, in the emerging stage of their careers and with limited exhibition experience, to develop and present new work in Huw Davies Gallery exhibitions. Residencies can involve mentoring, courses, access to facilities and equipment and, towards the end of each residency, exhibition opportunities. Andrea Pitsilos and Lori Cicchini graduated from CIT in 2013 and are the recipients of the 2014 PhotoAccess/CIT emerging artist residencies.

Lori Cicchini | Ghost Stories
Ghost Stories, an exhibition by Canberra-based photographer Lori Cicchini. An award-winning fashion and portrait photographer, Lori’s stunning images were inspired by a collection entitled Chateau la Mothe-Chandeniers, by Canberra-based designer label Rockstars and Royalty. The Chateau is an abandoned 13th-century castle in the Loire Valley, France, originally owned by the Baucay family. Over the years, the property was handed down through the family and restored in the 19th century to grandeur, however was partially destroyed in 1932 by fire. The property remained unattended and has since fallen to disrepair due to plants growing and destroying walls and caving in the roof in most areas. Inspired by the Chateau la Mothe-Chandeniers, Ghost Stories imagines the fractured memories of the life that once dwelled within its walls, blended with the organic life that is now taking over the ruins: the encroaching vegetation and the wildlife. Each image translates the artists' interpretation of stages in life and death, love and fear, despair and hope. The exhibition itself can be read as a self evaluation of the artist’s own journey.

Andrea Pitsilos | Travel Diaries
Travel Diaries, an exhibition by Canberra-based photographer Andrea Pitsilos. A portrait and fashion photographer, Andrea presents street photography in this exhibition, taken during a trip around the United States of America and Canada in June and July of this year. As much as a record of travel, Andrea’s works in Travel Diaries speaks of a desire to capture visual stories through photography. Her photographs are a personal record of travel, but they also suggest enigmatic narratives that are animated by the viewer. Pitsilos is attracted to the particular qualities of light, pattern and colour, as fragments of sensory memories collected during her travels. Many images are taken of people from behind, as they look out over landscapes and at the surrounds of the city. Travel Diaries is not only about travel, but also about the experience of place, of looking, appreciating and capturing images through photography.

Liam James | Dole/Dolour: An Allegory for the Fifth Corner of the World
Dole/Dolour: An Allegory for the Fifth Corner of the World, a photographic exhibition by Hobart-based emerging artist Liam James. This exhibition was conceived during the artist’s stay at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris where he was undertaking the Rosamund McCulloch residency, awarded to one University of Tasmania graduate annually. It was against the crumbling grandeur of European art history and economic upheaval that James’ exploration of young Australian identity emerged. Dole/Dolour: An Allegory for the Fifth Corner of the World is a response to the artist’s visit to Galleria Vittoria Emmanuel in Milan, where four large mosaics visually define the separate corners of the earth (Europe, Africa, Asia and The Americas). James’ photographic allegories are studded with jewel-like ornaments of Australiana. Gum leaves hang like chandeliers, foaming waves course over rocks on creased backdrops, which could have been souvenired from a tourist commercial. Markers of the artist’s home at the very southern point of the country are included in bottles of James Boag’s beer, held loosely in the hand. Against these studio settings of constructed cultural identity, James’ portrait subjects exhibit a depth of pathos, caught in reveries of unending sadness and longing. Dole/Dolour: An Allegory for the Fifth Corner of the World is a travelling exhibition presented at Salamanca Arts Centre in Hobart and the PhotoAccess Huw Davies Gallery at the Manuka Arts Centre in Canberra. The exhibition was assisted by Arts Tasmania and the University of Tasmania.


(Image: Lori Cicchini, Whispering magic)


(Image: Liam James, Woman of the fifth corner of the world)

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On Film
A 2015 PhotoAccess members' exhibition

Our upcoming members exhibition On Film aims to celebrate and explore the possibilities and parameters of film. Shooting on film is often seen as a lost art, but many photographers and photo-based artists still engage with film in their work, whether by using traditional darkroom processes, pinhole cameras, black-and-white aesthetics, or moving-image works. Even digital photography retains a relationship to the legacy of film. In this exhibition, we invite members to consider the role of film, and to creatively address the theme through film-based photography, or lens-based artwork referencing film.

We encourage members to take advantage of our darkroom and courses in making their work, or book in for a darkroom coaching session. We will also be running a darkroom course to coincide with On Film, encouraging members to rekindle their engagement with the mercurial world of darkroom processing.

On Film will run from 29 January to 22 February 2015. Completed online entry forms and a payment of $30 are due by Tuesday 13 January 2015. Click here to enter.