Grab your camera or Smartphone and join PhotoAccess, local photographers and expert ecologists, historians and planners, as well as a Canberra writer, for one of three photo-walks exploring and documenting our neighbourhood waterways. Then help celebrate these important but often overlooked aspects of our suburban landscape by contributing your images to an online gallery and outdoor exhibition at the Manuka Arts Centre.
Water Walks is presented as PhotoAccess’ contribution to the Where You Are Festival, and is possible due to the support of the ACT Government. The Where You Are Festival is a two-month long festival of exciting and vibrant events and experiences from local organisations, creators, event organisers, artists and businesses. Curated by Events ACT and delivered under the umbrella of RISE Canberra, the Where You Are Festival will be the typical festival re-imagined, delivering a program connecting the ACT community with the best experiences the Canberra region has to offer, both online and offline, from ‘Where You Are’ right now, while restrictions on mass gatherings are in place.
Water Walks brings Canberrans together (safely!) to explore, document and share experiences of our neighbourhood creeks. You’re invited to join the program by participating in one of three photo-walks along Weston, Jerrabomberra and Sullivan’s Creeks, and by contributing your images from your walk to a unique public Water Walks exhibition celebrating our city’s hidden waterways.
For each photo-walk, you’ll join 15-20 fellow Canberrans (ages 16+) as well as a lead photographer, a local ecologist, historian or urban planner and a writer for a four hour workshop exploring, learning about and documenting a neighbourhood waterway as it traverses drains, tunnels and wetlands to create an alternative route through the city. In advance and as you first walk up each creek, you’ll learn about the place’s environment, history and cultural significance. Then, on the walk back down, you’ll create your own photographic record of the waterway inspired by the lead photographer’s practice. Local writer Cameron Muir will record observations along the way.
All welcome, aged 16+, who can manage a gentle walk of around 2.5 kms. Suitable for all levels of photography experience.
FREE, but registration is essential as numbers as strictly limited so please enrol in your preferred neighbourhood walk below!
The format of these walks will be subject to current public health guidelines set forth by the ACT Government.
After the walk, we’ll invite and support you to contribute your images to Water Walks, a physical and online PhotoAccess exhibition showcasing the beauty, diversity and stories of these hidden landscapes. Installed in the Manuka Arts Centre grounds and launched with a celebratory community gathering on Saturday 29 August, 2 – 5pm, the exhibition will also feature permanently in PhotoAccess’ online gallery, with a launch via Facebook.
The format of the exhibition launch will be subject to current public health guidelines set forth by the ACT Government.
Saturday August 1st, 1:00 – 5:00 pm.
Meet at North Weston Ponds gravel carpark off Kilpatrick St, Weston, 2611.
Saturday August 8th, 1:00 – 5:00 pm.
Meet at the roundabout at the end of Arnott St, Hume, 2620.
Saturday August 15th, 1:00 – 5:00 pm.
Meet at the gravel carpark at 3 Kellaway Street, Ainslie 2602.
If you participated in one of the above three Water Walks, please enter your images for the exhibition below! Please pay careful attention to what we’ll need from you, please fill in all boxes with information in the specified format.
You are free to submit up to 3 images, but please be aware we can only print one per participant! PhotoAccess will curate the exhibition, and will select which of the three to print should you upload more than one. If you upload only one image, we will print that one.