HIY 2012: 18 October – 4 November 2012
Hang it yourself (HIY) was conceived as a photographic interpretation of street art, accessible to everyone, a bit anarchic, an easy way for first time and experienced artists to show work. But from the beginning with HIY 2008, HIY-time has become a worrying time for members. Their worries include the challenge of creating and presenting something noticeable, something different and something of quality. They visit those worries on the hard working staff of PhotoAccess and we willingly accept responsibility for advising on selection, printing, placement and the many other concerns members bring to us at HIY-time.
Of course nobody really needs to worry. HIY this year is, again, a great success, representing a wide variety of subjects, media and participants—established and first time.
We are pleased with the number of members accepting the challenge and showing with us for the first time, including Jack Hugonnet (at 14 years our youngest contributor), brothers Guy and Luca Barton, also among our youngest members, Leo Broska, Dexter Cruez, Mel Edwards, Gillian Freeman, Stephanie Henry and Kate Travis. Jack Harman and Sarah Driscoll have followed on from their participation in the recent SNAP exhibition (a survey of the best work by ACT senior secondary school students) with five very accomplished images each.
Ginette Snow’s earthy Textured Boots series speaks of the hard graft of redeveloping Canberra Airport. Ginette will have a solo HUW DAVIES GALLERY exhibition following HIY 2012, opening on 8 November. Tabitha Mann’s arresting and exquisitely lit portraits of twin sisters are the best images she has contributed to PhotoAccess group shows since she was one of our youngest participants only two years ago. Chris Jones’ towering cityscapes are memorable. Judy Parker’s beautiful Waterworks series extends her long standing reputation for showing outstanding images in our members’ exhibitions. Deidre Campbell has given us a series of evocative black and white images and Trevor Lund has found night subjects in the streets of Prague and young lovers in the alleyways of its picturesque Novy Svet quarter.
The involvement of artists who have had solo HUW DAVIES GALLERY exhibitions is very pleasing. This year they include Kerry Baylor, Suzie Edwards, Julie Garran, Erica Hurrell, Andrée Lawrey, Marie Lund, Barbie Robinson and Christine Rufflet. Staff members and Jane Duong, one of our most popular course tutors, are also represented in HIY 2012.
Members and other visitors will make their own assessments of the work and take away from HIY 2012 ideas that will, we hope, help them to develop their own work.
Congratulations to everyone who has participated in HIY 2012, making it another outstanding and memorable HUW DAVIES GALLERY exhibition by PhotoAccess members.