How do you see Canberra? Through its people, buildings or suburban landscapes? Would you like to develop your own unique photographic vision of our city?
Join PhotoAccess and Canberra Museum and Gallery (CMAG) for Canberra Re-Seen 1 : City of People, a four-week photography workshop presented in conjunction with CMAG’s Seeing Canberra exhibition. In this hands-on, ‘learn-through-making’ experience, you’ll join established local photographer Marzena Wasikowska (one of the artists featured in Seeing Canberra) to explore approaches and possibilities for seeing Canberra as a place defined by its people.
The program will kick off with a curatorial tour of the Seeing Canberra exhibition, and Marzena will share her approach to recording life in the city through intimate portraits of family and friends. You’ll create your own body of work inspired by Marzena’s perspective, including experimenting with different portraiture techniques, building studio and natural lighting skills and developing a portfolio of images inspired by the idea of Canberra as a ‘city of people’.
At the conclusion of City of People, you’ll be invited to contribute some of your images to a culminating Canberra Re-Seen exhibition, to be shown in the PhotoAccess Huw Davies Gallery from 10 June – 10 July 2021 and featured in our Online Gallery.
City of People is the first instalment in Canberra Re-Seen, a three-part workshop series presented jointly by PhotoAccess and CMAG in celebration of the Seeing Canberra exhibition. In each of the Canberra Re-Seen workshops, a different expert tutor will support you to discover one of the ACT’s landmark photographers, create new work inspired by these diverse artists’ responses to the city and contribute to the PhotoAccess Canberra Re-Seen exhibition.
If you would like to enrol in all three Canberra Re-Seen workshops, PhotoAccess would be pleased to offer you a 15% discount on the total cost of the three workshops. Please email us at [email protected] or call our office on 02 – 6295 7810 (Tues-Sat, 10am – 4pm) to take advantage of this offer.
This workshop is suitable for everybody with basic photography skills, but will also have lots to offer for more experienced photographers. Ages 16 +.
Canberra Re-Seen 1 : City of People will run over four consecutive Saturday afternoons, starting on 06 February and concluding on 27 February, 2021. Each session will run from 1 -4 pm.
In addition, Canberra Re-Seen I : City of People will include:
– A curatorial introduction and tour of CMAG’s Seeing Canberra exhibition (to be scheduled in consultation with participants);
– A workshop session to select and curate work for the final Canberra Re-Seen exhibition (to be scheduled in consultation with participants).
We’ll let you know meet locations for each session in advance of the workshop start.
For City of People, it’s best for you to use your own camera equipment, complete with charged batteries and memory card/s. However, if you’d like to talk to us about hiring some of our equipment for the workshop, please call us in the PhotoAccess office (02 6295 7810) well in advance of the first session.
At the conclusion of City of People, you’ll be invited to contribute some of your images to a PhotoAccess Huw Davies Gallery Canberra Re-Seen exhibition bringing together work from across the three workshops in the series. The exhibition will run from 10 June – 10 July 2021 and will also be featured in PhotoAccess’ Online Gallery.
Participants from the Canberra Re-Seen workshop series will meet in a single session to collaborate on curating and laying out the exhibition. This session will be led by PhotoAccess’ Engagement Officer, Wouter Van de Voorde, and will be scheduled for a date in May 2021.
Please note that you’ll be responsible for printing/producing, and if you choose, framing your own work for the exhibition. PhotoAccess will provide: the gallery space, hanging materials, installation support, marketing and promotion and a catered opening event, and the build of the digital exhibition.
Enrolments for City of People close at 9am on Wednesday, 4 February 2021. PhotoAccess reserves the right to cancel the workshop if there are insufficient enrolments. If we have to cancel, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and you’ll receive a full refund. For late enrolments or queries, please email us at [email protected]
PhotoAccess will happily refund or transfer workshop fees up to 7 days prior to the start date of the workshop. If less than 7 days notice is given PhotoAccess will transfer fees to another workshop but will charge a transfer fee of either 25% of the workshop cost or $50, whichever is less. No refunds or transfers can be given once a workshop has started. Please see Terms and Conditions for further details.
Marzena Wasikowska is a Canberra-based photographer and photo-media artist. Portraiture is a strong component of her practice and she was a National Photographic Portrait Prize finalist at the National Portrait Gallery in 2011, 2015, 2016 and 2018.
Since 2010, her work has also explored meditations on the built environment, as well as waterscapes and the challenges of visualising global warming. This work seeks to extend the vocabulary of the sublime to include a sense of awe about what we have done to the landscape of the Earth. Marzena has exhibited in Australia and overseas and is currently a PhD candidate in Photography and Media Arts at the Australian National University.