2014 exhibitions

2014-11-27 18:00
2014-12-14 16:00

(Images, left to right: Madeline Bishop, Sophie & Hannah and Lucy & Ellie)

PhotoAccess presents in the Huw Davies Gallery and Multimedia Gallery three exhibitions.
Opening 6pm Thursday 27 November 2014 - all welcome. Opening speaker Terence Maloon, Director ANU Drill Hall Gallery.
Exhibition dates 27 November - 14 December 2014.

Public programs Saturday 6 November:
Artist talks 2pm | Madeline Bishop and Ngaio Fitzpatrick
Artist talk plus Chemigram darkroom demonstration 3pm | Octavio Garcia Alvarado

Each year PhotoAccess selects two photography graduates from the Australian National University School of Art (ANU SOA) for PhotoAccess EASS (Emerging Artist Support Scheme) 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. Madeline Bishop and Octavio Garcia Alvarado graduated from the ANU SOA Photomedia Department in 2013 and are the recipients of the 2014 PhotoAccess EASS emerging artist residencies. Ngaio Fitzpatrick graduated from the ANU SOA Glass Department in 2013 and received the 2014 PhotoAccess EASS exhibition prize.

Madeline Bishop | 80 Denier
Madeline Bishop's exhibition 80 Denier presents double portraits of sisters photographed in very low light. Madeline’s subjects appear wrapped in dark, enveloping atmospheres, but are also caught in individual states of reverie and reflection. Delicate light plays on their skin, picking out shared physical traits, as well as uniquely expressed emotions. In this series, Madeline’s focus is on the human face, slowly and deliberately picking out its subtle mysteries through a screen of velvety darkness. Amid the encompassing darkness of these large prints, the viewer is encouraged to move closer, and to be drawn into the private intimacy of these relationships, at once familiar and foreign. Catalogue

Octavio Garcia Alvarado | Ancient Mexican Codex
Octavio Garcia Alvarado's Ancient Mexican Codex uses the chemigram, an alternative darkroom etching technique, to re-imagine the ancient images of Mesoamerican culture in the Mixtec Codex. Octavio was inspired by his grandfather, the last person in his family to speak Totonaco, the language indigenous to Octavio’s home town of Papantla Veracruz, Mexico. As a PhotoAccess EASS artist-in-residence, Octavio has used the PhotoAccess darkroom to produce the works in this exhibition. Catalogue

Ngaio Fitzpatrick | Oblivion
Ngaio Fitzpatrick's evocative video installation Oblivion responds to the global threat of climate change. The artist documents the shattering of toughened industrial glass, to comment on our inability to fully comprehend a looming environmental disaster. This arresting video work, shot in black-and-white, reveals the unfolding drama of pressure building to the point of catastrophe. Catalogue Video

(Image: Octavio Garcia Alvarado, The King's orders)

(Image: Ngaio Fitzpatrick, Oblivion)

2014-11-06 18:00
2014-11-23 16:00

(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. Watch on vimeo.

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. Catalogue

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. Catalogue

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. Catalogue

(Image: Lori Cicchini, Whispering magic)

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

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 Artist talk (Vimeo)

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)

2014-09-18 18:00
2014-10-12 16:00

(Images: Jade Whelan, St Mary MacKillop College)

PhotoAccess presents in the Huw Davies Gallery and Multimedia Gallery two exhibitions.
Opening 6pm Thursday 18 September 2014 - all welcome. Opening speaker Denise Ferris, Associate Professor, Head of School, Australian National University School of Art. Exhibition dates 18 September - 12 October 2014. Please note that the gallery will be closed on Sunday 5 October (only) for the long weekend.

Stop. Motion. | Jessica Dorloff
Launceston-based emerging artist Jessica Dorloff’s exhibition Stop. Motion. explores the image/motion relationship and the materiality of film. The exhibition features a series of photographic prints that are exhibited alongside a digital video. Jessica created the works for the show by appropriating footage from cinema. Film stills have been used to create photographic prints and stop motion animations that highlight the process required to construct, in the traditional cinematic sense, the illusion of moving images. Clearly influenced by film and photographic theory, Jessica attempts to capture the energy and drama of cinema within a still frame while revealing the nature of the illusion. Born in Hobart, Jessica completed a Bachelor of Contemporary Arts in Launceston, graduating with first class honours from the University of Tasmania in 2013. Stop. Motion. at PhotoAccess Huw Davies Gallery is Jessica’s first exhibition outside of Tasmania. Catalogue

SNAP | ACT Senior Secondary Schools and Colleges Student Exhibition
SNAP showcases the work of 45 photography students from 12 ACT senior secondary schools and colleges. Each school and college was invited to contribute up to four works by current Year 11 and 12 photography students. SNAP presents work by the following students: Riley Anderson, Madeline Mackie, Sophie Ottaviano and Beth Patterson (Canberra Girls Grammar School); Chelsea Baker, Rhiannon Jolly, Caitlyn Radovanov and Oneesha Rathnayake (St Clare's College); Jack Batten, Aislinn King, David Lindesay and Dougal Mordike (Radford College); Mia Blazevic, Lily Kane, Lamis Kazak and Nathalie Morris (Narrabundah College); Ryan Cauley, Kate Mueck, Rachel Stichnau and Jade Whelan (St Mary MacKillop College); Jasmin Churches, Gabrielle Cleary, Linda Hac and Schuyler Plekker (Gungahlin College); Chris Cleaver, Cindy Diep, Holly Murney and Erin Thorne (Hawker College); April Croft, Megan Eastman, Jason Rohmursanto and Heather Tu (Burgmann Anglican School); Luke Cummins and Jazcinta Pasher (St Francis Xavier College); Joshua Gotlieb, Dave Lanspeary, Jessica Muirden and Sarah Ramsay (UCSSC Lake Ginninderra); Spyridon Kay, William Murphy, Hugh Swann and David Varley (Marist College); Robert Lawerence, Courtney Tanner and Jordan Wallace (Canberra College).
SNAP provides the opportunity for young artists to experience exhibiting in a public gallery – developing skills and confidence while encouraging the on-going making and showing of work. PhotoAccess congratulates the participating students, teachers and schools on the quality of work featured in the show this year. SNAP is an initiative developed by photographer and educator Tara Shield. This is the second SNAP exhibition at PhotoAccess, and we are delighted to welcome the project back to the Huw Davies Gallery. Catalogue

(Image: Jessica Dorloff)

2014-08-28 10:00
2014-09-14 16:00

(Images: Annette Lock)

PhotoAccess presents in the Huw Davies Gallery and Multimedia Gallery two exhibitions.
Opening 6pm Thursday 28 August 2014 - all welcome. Opening speaker Sally Pryor, Arts Editor & Panorama Editor The Canberra Times. Exhibition dates 28 August - 14 September 2014.

There is no escape | Annette Lock
There is no escape is Annette Lock’s first solo exhibition. A series of black-and-white fibre prints documents the former Transport Depot in Kingston in 1996 – in a curious moment of temporary abandonment following the closure of the Depot in 1992, and before the wave of renewed interest in and development of the Kingston Foreshore precinct. The site was occupied by the Old Bus Depot markets in 1997, and has since become a highly popular weekend destination for Canberrans and tourists alike. Annette’s beautifully rendered yet haunting imagery verges on the post-apocalyptic – simultaneously recording the creative and destructive traces of human presence. This evocative exhibition reminds us of the cycles of occupation and abandonment that characterise the growth and development of a city – a layering of memory and experience that reminds us of the transience of human existence. Annette printed the images, for the first time, in the PhotoAccess darkroom under the tutelage of Sean Davey as part of the PhotoAccess 2013/2014 artist-in-residence program. Annette is an active member of PhotoAccess and has included work in many members’ exhibitions. PhotoAccess is delighted to host Annette’s fist solo exhibition, There is no escape, in the Huw Davies Gallery. Catalogue

ACCESS 2: One Great Place | A 2014 PhotoAccess members' exhibition
Access 2 - One Great Place is a PhotoAccess members’ exhibition exploring many great places – through street, landscape and interior photography. The 44 members whose work features in the exhibition include landscape photographers adept at capturing sublime and exotic locations, photographers who playfully embrace staged interior photography, and others inspired above all by their own city. The resulting exhibition is compelling, intimate and often nostalgic. The viewer encounters familiar scenes – wintry suburban yards, homely interiors, and blushing sunsets – alongside more remote destinations – seaside vistas, African deserts and Turkish mosques. Considered compositions sit alongside images captured by pure happenstance, celebrating the varied objects of attention chosen by the photographic eye. One Great Place presents work by the following PhotoAccess members: Madeline Bishop, Hayley Boyle, David Chalker, Alan Charlton, Lori Cicchini, Aaron Clark, Belinda Collins, Laura Dabudyk, Sean Davey, Tod Davis, Marwan El Hassan, Jennifer Everart, Anne Fulker, Julie Garran, Susan Henderson, Gilbert Herrada, Marilyn Hutchinson, Paul Jurak, Margaret Kalms, Angus Kendon, Andree Lawrey, Paul Livingston, Annette Lock, Bill Lucas, Kate Luke, Marie Lund, Trevor Lund, Tabitha Mann, Ian Marshall, Helen McFadden, Mark Mohell, Andrew Mooney, Bhavana Moylan, Scott Newman, Judy Parker, Glenn Pure, Brain Rope, Payal Sehgal, Lorna Sim, Jennifer Thompson, Samuel Townsend, Pavel Vrzala, Margo Wade and Barak Zelig. One Great Place is the third and final members’ exhibitions in the PhotoAccess Huw Davies Gallery 2014 programme. One Great Place’s sister exhibition, One Great Face, occurred in May, and focussed on portrait photography. PhotoAccess members’ shows provide accessible and challenging exhibition opportunities for photo-based artists working at diverse career stages. Catalogue

(Image: Dean Klemick)

2014-08-07 10:00
2014-08-24 16:00

(Image: Suzie Edwards, Tender is the night)

PhotoAccess presents in the Huw Davies Gallery and Multimedia Gallery two exhibitions.
Opening 6pm Thursday 7 August 2014 - all welcome
Exhibition dates 7-24 August 2014

Alison Spence and Kerry Baylor will be talking Instagram with #igerscanberra at 2pm Sunday 24 August 2014 - all welcome

Inner Necessity | Suzie Edwards
Suzie Edwards is a photographer and curator who has built a strong creative practice through looking at, interpreting and creating images. For this exhibition, Suzie has set herself the challenge of trying to understand and identify the elements necessary for an image to captivate the viewer, and to explore what happens when seemingly unrelated images are brought together unexpectedly. Emphasising creative play, and without overanalysing her choices but instead allowing elbow room for the unconscious to do its work, Suzie invites the viewer into a field of shifting and ambiguous associations. The diptychs and triptychs of Inner Necessity challenge the viewer to find meaning and pattern in the disparate and dissimilar. In doing so, our imaginative and interpretive instincts are exercised and challenged. While continuing Suzie's ongoing investigation into the power of images, Inner Necessity marks a significant departure from the artist's earlier works. Her solo exhibitions to date have focused on the way in which a series of photographs can construct a narrative that documents and interprets specific places, highlighting similarities and continuities. Inner Necessity is Suzie Edwards’ third solo exhibition at PhotoAccess. Suzie has a long association with PhotoAccess, being a valued member since 1998, and we are delighted to welcome her back to the Huw Davies Gallery. Catalogue

#urbancanberra | Alison Spence, Kerry Baylor & Mel Edwards
Local photographers Mel Edwards, Kerry Baylor and Alison Spence first came to know of one another’s work through the online world of Instagram. Instagram takes the accessibility of photography to a whole new level. It is a free photo-sharing app that allows you to take a photo using your mobile phone camera, transform the image using a choice of filters, and then instantly share the image with friends and followers. These screen-quality images are distinctly square in format, paying homage to Instamatic images and Polaroid, earlier enablers of the instant image. The immediacy, accessibility and low-fi nature of Instagram appeals to Mel, Alison and Kerry. Using the motion blur, pixilation and poor dynamic range characteristics of iPhonography to their advantage, these three photographers create nostalgic, sensitive, and often humorous images that document and interpret their adopted home of Canberra. Their images convey a sense of wonder and curiosity in the world, capturing and celebrating beauty in the banal and everyday: Mel through her considered and balanced compositions and appreciation of texture, pattern and form; Kerry through her honest, humorous and unforgiving street photography; and Alison through her focus on seemingly abandoned objects in public spaces, acutely aware of the traces of human presence. Mel, Kerry and Alison prolifically document the world around them. Their works in #urbancanberra are snap-shots, or pages if you will, that form part of the larger diary of our complex and multifaceted city. Catalogue

(Images left to right: Kerry Baylor, Alison Spence and Mel Edwards)

2014-07-10 18:00
2014-07-27 16:00

(Image: Megan Cope, The Blaktism, video still, 2014)

PhotoAccess presents in the HUW DAVIES GALLERY & MULTIMEDIA GALLERY two solo exhibitions

Opening event 6pm Thursday 10 July 2014 - all welcome
Exhibition dates 10-27 July 2014

Kerry Reed-Gilbert | Spirit of Country
a NAIDOC Week exhibition in the PhotoAccess Huw Davies Gallery
Opening speaker Brenda L. Croft (Gurindji/Malngin/Mudpurra peoples; Anglo-Australian heritage, Senior Research Fellow National Institute for Experimental Arts College of Fine Arts UNSW)

Kerry Reed-Gilbert is a Wiradjuri woman from Lachlan River. She is a human rights activist, writer, poet and photographer. Her work takes her around the country consulting for various Aboriginal community organisations and government departments. Spirit of Country at one level, then, is a kind of still photography equivalent of the road movie. Kerry records with a sensitive eye for composition places across Australia she has been and the way she has travelled there - by air and by road. But there is more to it than that and it is this that lifts the work from a mere travelogue to something truly evocative, poetic and profound. As an Aboriginal woman committed to the sovereignty of her people, Kerry has a deep connection with country. Kerry’s totem is the white cockatoo - the messenger. Just as her writing allows her to be a messenger and address issues relevant to Aboriginal people today, so too with this exhibition of photographs Kerry points to the significance of the land in this bigger story. Every picture is a story not just the capture of a fleeting moment, but rather a proud acknowledgement that she is a representative of the oldest living culture in the world. In NAIDOC Week we are invited to celebrate this culture, history and heritage. At the same time the wider Australian community is also invited to recognise and share in this knowing. Kerry is a long-time member of PhotoAccess and has participated in a number of group shows here. PhotoAccess is particularly proud to present the first solo exhibition by Kerry Reed-Gilbert in the Huw Davies Gallery as part of NAIDOC Week 2014.

2pm Sunday 27 July 2014 - Join us for a special closing event for Kerry-Reed Gilbert's Spirit of Country exhibition at PhotoAccess Huw Davies Gallery. Kerry has organised a poetry reading by Us Mob Writing Group, which Kerry is part of. The Us Mob Writing Group's book of poetry and prose By Close of Business will be available at the event. Us Mob Writing Group is a group of First Nations Australians peoples’ with both emerging and established writers, poets and playwrights.

Megan Cope | The Blaktism
a NAIDOC Week screening in the PhotoAccess Huw Davies Multimedia Gallery
Opening speaker David Broker (Director Canberra Contemporary Art Space)

Megan Cope is a Quandamooka woman from North Stradbroke Island in South East Queensland. She is an artist, curator and a member of the Brisbane-based Aboriginal Art Collective proppaNOW. Megan’s work has been been presented in Australia and abroad, and in 2013 she was commissioned to create a major site-specific work for the My Country, I still call Australia Home exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane. Megan recently exhibited The Blaktism at Screen Space Gallery in Melbourne as part of the Next Wave Festival, Metro Arts Gallery in Brisbane and Care of Gallery in Milan Italy. PhotoAccess is delighted to present The Blaktism in the Huw Davies Multimedia Gallery as part of NAIDOC Week 2014.
The Blaktism is a satirical new media work about the artist’s recent experience obtaining her 'Certificate of Aboriginality' and the overwhelming sense of doubt experienced at the thought of being legitimately certified at 30 years of age. This eight-minute video presents a baptism-like sacred ceremony whereby a young Quandamooka woman receives the rite of authenticity validated by cultural authorities (everyday Australians) ever present in the Australian cultural landscape. The sacred ceremony itself results in a satirical cultural assimilation rave party whereby all Australians are liberated, celebrated equally and transgressively renewed through physical and gestural adjustments. The Blaktism seeks to challenge audience members with subterranean racism within popular culture. It shows the absurd nature of racial classification and disdain for cultural self-determination in 21st century Australia. This work translates issues of citizenship, power, prejudice and interrogates issues on cultural authority in 21st century Australian political and cultural landscape.” Megan Cope

(Images: Kerry Reed-Gilbert The Colours of Life and Looking Glass)

2014-06-05 18:00
2014-06-29 16:00

(Images - details: Christine Rufflet, Sally-Forth Heaney-Garzoli and Danny Wild)

PhotoAccess presents in the HUW DAVIES GALLERY & MULTIMEDIA GALLERY three solo exhibitions

Opening event 6pm Thursday 5 June 2014 - all welcome
To be opened by 2XX FM radio presenter Sylvie Stern and photographer Glen Ryan
Exhibition dates 5-29 June 2014

Christine Rufflet | Circus Dreams
Circus Dreams is Christine Rufflet’s second solo exhibition, and features a series of colourful photographs depicting the tawdry, elusive, surreal and disconcerting world of the circus, presented alongside playful theatrical props. Christine has transformed the gallery into a dreamy wonderland; occupying a space between imagination, illusion and reality. Her images are ambiguous, playful and slightly dystopian and channel the dark and shadowy elements of film-noir cinematography. Christine’s exhibition is not a literal portrayal of the circus, but is instead an impressionistic interpretation and an invitation to immerse oneself in the sounds, shapes, colours and fantasy of the circus. Christine is an active member of PhotoAccess and held her fist solo exhibition Noble Conquest in the Huw Davies Gallery in 2012. She has also, over the years, included work in many of our members’ exhibitions. PhotoAccess has enjoyed watching Christine’s photography practice develop and warmly welcomes her back to the Huw Davies Gallery. Catalogue

Sally-Forth Heaney-Garzoli | Shifted: scapes and figures
Shifted: scapes and figures is Sally-Forth Heaney-Garzoli’s first solo exhibition. At only eighteen years-old Sally-Forth shows immense promise with her mature aesthetic and creative approach to the medium of photography. Sally-Forth already has exhibition experience under her belt – having shown work in local group exhibitions, including a PhotoAccess members’ exhibition last year. In Shifted: scapes and figures Sally-Forth successfully unites portraiture, landscape and interior photography and does so in a way that suggests an underlying yet ever-evasive narrative. Her images are compelling, intimate and almost romantic. They are also beautiful without being sentimental. PhotoAccess looks forward to following Sally-Forth’s career and is delighted to host her first solo exhibition in the Huw Davies Gallery. Catalogue

Danny Wild | Thought Cues
PhotoAccess first saw Danny Wild’s multimedia work at the Australian National University (ANU) School of Art 2013 graduating exhibition, and awarded him an Emerging Artist Support Scheme (EASS) Award of a solo exhibition, Thought Cues, in the Huw Davies Gallery. Danny is an early career artist who has hit the ground running. He has already participated in and curated numerous exhibitions and performance events in Canberra and interstate. He is a studio resident at Canberra Contemporary Art Space at Gorman Arts Centre, and is a founding member of art collective Zonk Vision. Danny holds a Bachelor of Digital Art - Photography and Media Arts - from the ANU School of Art, and a Diploma in Film and Television. Danny creates installations and performances using kinetic sculpture, audio, video and film elements and re-appropriates analog and digital technologies. He takes everyday experiences as his starting point (visiting a shopping mall, completing domestic chores or navigating suburban streets) and converts these into expanded new media environments. In Thought Cues Danny has created a surreal suburban environment where a coffee mug responds to kitchen noises and a sock pegged on a moving clothesline casts a dancing shadow puppet on the adjacent wall. Both humorous and melancholy the exhibition is a fractured and disaffected portrayal of suburban bliss. Catalogue

2014-04-04 10:00
2014-04-27 16:00

PhotoAccess presents in the HUW DAVIES GALLERY:
Blessings of the Triple Gem by Chris Whitelaw

Exhibition dates: 4-27 April 2014
Opening event 6pm Friday 4 April. The exhibition was officially opened by the High Commissioner for Sri Lanka His Excellency Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe.

Blessings of the Triple Gem is a visually rich exploration of Buddhist traditions in Sri Lanka, as seen through the eyes of Australian photographer Chris Whitelaw. Chris has developed a long association with the Sri Lankan community of Hambantota through charitable giving. In 2011, a visit to Hambantota provided Chris with the impetus for a new body of work focusing on the ever-present influence of Buddhist philosophy in Sinhalese life. The result is a sympathetic and considered portrait by an engaged observer.


(please note: PhotoAccess will be closed on Friday 18 to Monday 21 April, and on Friday 25 April)

2014-05-08 10:00
2014-05-25 20:00

(Image: Katherine Griffiths)

PhotoAccess presents in the HUW DAVIES GALLERY
ACCESS 1 One Great Face | PhotoAccess members' exhibition

Exhibition dates 8-25 May 2014
The exhibition was opened by Angus Trumble, Director National Portrait Gallery

Access 1 - One Great Face presents PhotoAccess members’ creative responses to the challenge of portrait photography. The 50 members who submitted A3-sized portraits include highly experienced portrait photographers as well as others tackling the genre for the first time. The resulting exhibition features compelling and often intimate portraits, some of which are carefully posed, while others appear spontaneous and candid. There are images of cherished faces – friends, family members and lovers – alongside the faces of people glimpsed in passing, perhaps for the first and only time, while travelling. Courageous and probing self-portraits sit side-by-side with polished studio-based compositions. As viewers, we read portraits for information about the subject, but also – a point that One Great Face reaffirms – to discover something of the photographer, and of ourselves.

One Great Face presents work by the following PhotoAccess members: Mark Arundel, Kerry Baylor, Ulli Brunnschweiler, Lynne Bonanno, Deidre Campbell, Lori Cicchini, David Chalker, Sam Chapman, Alan Charlton, Tom Chesson, Ollie Cool, Ian Copland, April Croft, Laura Dabudyk, Sean Davey, Julie Garran, Brauton Heathwilliams, Susan Henderson, Gilbert Herrada, Marilyn Hutchinson, Paul Jurak, Laila Kazak, Angus Kendon, Peter Kongmalavong, Andree Lawrey, Paul Livingston, Annette Lock, Honor Luckhurst, Kate Luke, Marie Lund, Trevor Lund, Tabitha Mann, Ian Marshall, Catherine McDonough, Helen McFadden, Mark Mohell, Scott Newman, Judy Parker, Luciana Porfirio, Barbie Robinson, Brain Rope, Christine Rufflet, Ed Russell, Richard Scherer, Francine Steinbacher, Chris Stephens, Tony Stewart, Frank Thompson, Margo Wade and Ali Wass.


2014-03-13 18:00
2014-03-30 16:00

(Image: Tracey Pearce Skylight #3 detail)

PhotoAccess presents in the HUW DAVIES GALLERY
Opening 6pm Thursday 13 March 2014 - all welcome
Exhibition continues until 30 March 2014

Personal Traces - An exhibition of works from the inaugural PhotoAccess Personal Photography Project
In 2013 PhotoAccess ran the inaugural Personal Photography Project - a yearlong workshop (culminating in a group exhibition) aimed at providing a supportive and structured environment for photographers looking to sink their teeth into a project of their choice. The resulting exhibition, Personal Traces, brings together the resolved work of the 11 project participants. The group met every eight weeks at PhotoAccess, where they were able to critique each other’s work, as well as the get inspiration to continue their individual projects. Although disparate in the use of technique and approach, the participating photographers are united in the Personal Traces exhibition through a shared commitment to practice.
Artists: Allen Bills, Deidre Campbell, Sean Davey, Gillian Freeman, Miguel Gallagher, Laila Kazak, Mila Logan, Michael Masters, Scott McFarlane, Tracey Pearce, Francine Steinbacher. Catalogue

Fire Station by Tim Brook and Arne Hanna
Fire Station (2013) is a multimedia work based on material at the Canberra Fire Museum. It is presented as a digital video loop but not as a conventional narrative. The work uses layers of images and sounds to evoke something of the experiences of our firefighters during a hundred years in Canberra - a few hints of their sporadic dramas; some suggestion of their daily routines and accumulated memories. Fire Station is an HD (1080p) digital image sequence constructed by Dr Tim Brook and an original soundtrack composed and produced by Arne Hanna. Click here for more information on the work, including a review by Dr Mary Hutchinson. Catalogue

(Image: Tim Brook)

2014-02-13 10:00
2014-03-02 16:00

PhotoAccess presents in the HUW DAVIES GALLERY:
Myanmar by Aart Groothuis

Exhibition dates: 13 February to 2 March 2014

Largely a self-taught photographer, Aart Groothuis learnt many of the fundamentals of camera technique while growing up in Indonesia, where his late father used slide film to document people and landscape.

This early exposure to his father’s work, together with Aart’s own sympathetic eye and healthy sense of wonder, is evident in a vivid series of photographs exploring Myanmar (Burma).

Myanmar continues to face political and economic uncertainty, pervasive government control and rural poverty. In this exhibition, Aart looks past the images of Myanmar familiar to us through media representations, to find beauty and grace in daily life, and in the country’s traditional architecture. In doing so, Aart deliberately emphasises the picturesque without losing sight of the human reality he is observing.

Aart’s trip to Myanmar in late 2012 resulted in over 1400 digital photographs. Curator Christine Cummings worked with Aart to select 32 images that convey the photographer’s impressions of Myanmar. The resulting exhibition celebrates a culturally rich country increasingly exposed to globalisation.


2014-01-16 12:00
2014-02-02 16:00

PhotoAccess presents in the HUW DAVIES GALLERY:
Exhibition dates: 16 January to 2 February 2014

Karijini by Stephen Best
It’s a touch ironic that a master of digital imaging and printing should turn to the most primitive capture medium for inspiration. But perhaps Stephen Best’s foray into pinhole photography should have been expected. In the informative Artist Statement for his 2007 HUW DAVIES GALLERY exhibition, Coast, Best said: 'Rather than seeking grandeur, I find that I'm drawn more to vignettes or details as these hold most in my visual memory. I strive foremost for beauty of form and the pleasure of just looking at the richness of the natural world. Eschewing cleverness or artifice, my goal is simply to have the viewer share in this moment of stillness … ' That approach to creating images has followed through in all of the images I have seen from Stephen Best, including the Karijini work made in 2013. But, as with the Coast images, here Best has created a body of work that has a magnificence transcending particular locations and intimate landscape details. Employing the pinhole camera seems to have allowed him to drill down to the essence of the landscape of Karijini National Park in Western Australia’s Pilbara region. Karijini makes a convincing case for the preservation of this and similar astonishing places. I said in my introduction to Coast that ‘Best’s judgement of what makes an engaging image is finely tuned’. This judgement is perfectly expressed in Karijini. I hope he succeeds in his plan to show the work in venues outside Canberra but, for now, we are delighted to share Karijini with visitors to the HUW DAVIES GALLERY. We are also delighted to accept his offer to donate the proceeds from exhibition sales to PhotoAccess to assist us in our ongoing work for the Canberra community. Stephen Best has made an outstanding contribution to the visual arts in Canberra as a digital printmaker, assisting countless numbers of photo artists to achieve the best possible results from their images. PhotoAccess and the photo arts community generally is deeply in debt to him. David Chalker. Catalogue

The People of the Postcard
Last year’s Postcards from Canberra exhibition was enthusiastically supported by members. Although the work suggested we see our lives in Canberra in different ways, we all seemed to find something to celebrate in the first members’ exhibition for Canberra’s Centenary year. This year’s postcards show presents similarly diverse view s and approaches. Our invitation said: ‘As always a good deal of personal interpretation of the theme is encouraged. This is a chance for you to demonstrate your portraiture skills but, because we want to see clever, maybe witty, imaginative work we will be very open minded about subject choices’. We haven’t been disappointed. In more than 300 postcard size images members have ranged from formal portraits, serious and not serious, people in the streets—local and overseas—people playing music or engaged in other performance work, people eating, people playing with children or up ladders and, one person, kissing a horse. It is very encouraging to see members showing for the first time—including Laura Dabudyk, Tod Davis and Stephen McMillan—alongside members with long exhibition histories. Postcards shows provide accessible and challenging exhibition opportunities for beginner and established artists, as has People of the Postcard. Catalogue

(Image: Richard Scherer)