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(Image: Octavio García Alvarado, Cihuateotl #10 (detail), 2016, Chemigram, resin coated black and white photographic paper, 30.5 x 40.6 cm)

PhotoAccess presents in the Huw Davies Gallery:
Cihuateotl’s Myth, by Canberra-based Mexican born emerging artist Octavio Garcia Alvarado, and An Endless Horizon by Sydney-based emerging photographer Matthew James.

Opening on Thursday 26 May 2016 at 6pm
Exhibitions to be opened by Cathy Laudenbach, photographic artist
Exhibition dates: 26 May - 19 June 2016

Octavio Garcia Alvarado uses the chemigram, an alternative darkroom etching technique, to re-imagine ancient images of Mesoamerican culture. In Cihuateotl’s Myth Octavio’s imagery references Cihuateteo, or Divine Women, the fearsome Aztec goddesses who were believed to be the transformed soles of women who died during childbirth. Octavio uses cameraless photography as a means to search for the presence of his past, and through the chemigram he has created both a new visual language and a new ritual process. Cihuateotl’s Myth is Octavio’s second solo exhibition at PhotoAccess. The first was in 2014 as part of an Emerging Arts Support Scheme artist residency that supported recent graduates from the Australian National University School of Art. Catalogue.

In An Endless Horizon Matthew James explores the traditional photographic image making process and its ability to recreate the peripheral experience of panoramic ocean views. An Endless Horizon seeks to breach the divide between viewer, photographer and subject, with particular emphasis on the sharp, never-ending line of the horizon. Matthew has captured images of the ocean that span a whole role of medium format slide film using a self-developed photographic process. The process involved winding strips of film through a customised analogue camera. The slide film is displayed in wooden light boxes, mounted to highlight the materiality of the film, including frame numbers, film specific information, even the pinch marks and imperfections formed during image capture and the development process. These images not only capture and mimic an ocean view; they depict the process of the analogue medium. Catalogue.

Public program
Sunday 19 June 2016 at 2pm: Artists in conversation.


(Image: Matthew James, South Curl Curl 6.3.15 (detail), 2015, Velvia 120 (medium format) slide film, housed in wooden light box. 21.6 x 92.6 x 4.2 cm)

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Winter 2016 Education Program
Courses and workshops in film and digital photography, studio lighting, cinematography and 19th Century photographic processes, for all experience levels are now open for enrolment. Gain new skills, expand your knowledge, or learn new techniques at PhotoAccess this Winter! Click here to find out more.

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BULB | Photographs of movement
A 2016 PhotoAccess members' exhibition

When set to ‘bulb’ mode, a camera’s shutter will remain open for as long as the photographer’s finger remains on the release button. Photographers use the bulb function to make images full of motion blur and excitement.

BULB, PhotoAccess’ second and final members’ exhibition for 2016, is all about movement: movement in pictures, movement in life. A photograph freezes the world around us, but it does not mean that the world within the photograph is frozen. The world within can rush by; it can blur and move within the frame. We invite our members to creatively interpret the theme BULB through photography and photo-based art; and create images of speed, of the daily hustle, capturing anything and everything that moves.

For this exhibition, members can submit one 8x10 inch (20.32x25.40cm) sized work each. So make sure that you think big and print small!

In the lead-up to BULB, we encourage members to take advantage of our 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.

BULB will run from 21 July - 7 August 2016 in the 'Tall' room of the PhotoAccess Huw Davies Gallery. Completed online entry forms and a payment of $30 are due by Thursday 7 July 2016. Click here to enter.

PhotoAccess was established in 1984 as a community organisation, encouraging the use of photography to achieve personal and political growth, and providing affordable and accessible facilities. Times and technologies have changed, but PhotoAccess has adapted and matured, continually maintaining relevance – providing the inspiration and means for people to create their own cultural statements through the photo-based arts.

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Now calling for proposals for exhibitions in 2017
PhotoAccess Huw Davies Gallery is now calling for proposals for exhibitions in 2017. PhotoAccess invites artists at all stages of their careers to showcase contemporary photo-based art in a supportive and stimulating artistic environment. Our exhibition space, the Huw Davies Gallery, is the only not-for-profit gallery in the ACT exclusively dedicated to contemporary photo-based art. We cultivate excellence in the PhotoAccess exhibition program by supporting great art and arts practice. Our program aims to show the very best work by local and visiting photo-based artists, demonstrating both technical and artistic excellence, to inform and inspire audiences. Our exhibitions and public programs encourage and extend the critical debate about contemporary photo-based art practice.

Artists and curators are invited to submit exhibition proposals. Proposals are considered by the PhotoAccess Gallery Committee. The Gallery Committee is particularly interested in 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

Artist Support Package | 2017
We are pleased to announce that artists and curators have the option of applying for an Artist Support Package in 2017. As part of the Artist Support Package, gallery venue hire fees are waived and a stipend is provided to assist with the costs associated with mounting an exhibition. The Artist Support Package is a 2017 initiative funded through PhotoAccess and the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy. Full details listed on the application form.

Proposals due Tuesday 7 June 2016. Click here for more information.