Spend a day with local artist Kate Matthews exploring how photography joined with collage can help us see, reflect on and creatively communicate about our city, its spaces and how they shape our lives.
Canberra’s public areas are ideally inclusive places where everyone feels welcome to hang out, meet friends and spend time. In reality, these spaces are much more complex, with architectural forms, street furniture, signs, artworks and surveillance cameras letting us know which people, behaviours and ideas are encouraged to stay, or leave!
Presented in conjunction with Kate’s installation at PhotoAccess of her work, The Public Machine, this intriguing workshop invites you to experiment with creating photo-collages that talk about what makes our public spaces public.
You’ll begin the day with Kate leading a photo-walk through some of Civic’s public squares in which you’ll document elements and characteristics that influence you in each space. Along the way, Kate will introduce the work of artists such as Hannah Höch and John Heartfield, German Dadaists who pioneered photomontage as a practice revealing and critiquing social norms.
After returning to PhotoAccess, you’ll discuss your images and print a selection that highlight barriers to public participation in a space, or perhaps depict an ideal cityscape. Then, you’ll explore shaping, orienting, pasting and colouring your images to make collages that layer and juxtapose objects, perspectives and scales to create striking new views of well-known places.
This workshop is suitable for everyone, with or without strong photography skills. The focus is on thinking through images and gaining confidence in using photo-collage techniques to discover and communicate your unique response to landscapes. All you need is a device to make images – camera or smartphone – and to be able to take part in a short walk (or wheel!).
Enrolments for this workshop close at 5pm on Wednesday, 26 February, 2020. PhotoAccess reserves the right to cancel the workshop if there are insufficient enrolments. If we have to cancel, you’ll receive a full refund.
Collage the City will take place on Saturday, 29 February, 2020, from 10am – 4pm.
Please meet at The Canberra Times fountain, 39 Ainslie Place, Civic promptly at 10am for the morning session. The Canberra Times Fountain is the conical stainless steel fountain on the southern side of the Canberra Centre.
During the lunch break, you’ll be responsible for making your own way from Civic to PhotoAccess. PhotoAccess is happy to coordinate car-pooling, just send us an email at [email protected] if you’d like to organise a lift.
You’ll need to bring your camera with charged batteries and a SD card. A charged smartphone will work fine.
You’ll be downloading your images onto a laptop to enable selection and printing, so please bring along your cable to connect your camera or phone to the computer, or, if required, your SD card reader. No Photoshop skills necessary, all collaging will be done with scissors and glue.
If you don’t have a camera or phone, please let us know as we may be able to lend you one.
Bring your lunch and a water bottle, or be prepared to purchase lunch in Civic during the lunch break. It may be quite warm so do remember your hat and sunscreen, and wear comfortable walking shoes.
You will be responsible for making your own way from Civic to PhotoAccess in Griffith over the lunch break. PhotoAccess is happy to coordinate car-pooling, just send us an email at [email protected] if you’d like to organise a lift.
All workshop materials for printing and collage-making are included, and we’ll supply laptops. We’ll also provide you with a PhotoAccess notebook and pencil to keep track of your insights.
Afternoon tea will be available at PhotoAccess.
Kate is a local Canberra artist who was imported from Melbourne many years ago. Her artistic practice explores the pluralities within public space, with a focus on the invisible barriers to accessibility and empowerment in public realms. Photomedia based, she creates large scale montage murals and pastes them up on the street or in the gallery. Kate has exhibited internationally and across Australia, and was most recently commissioned by the ACT Legislative Assembly to create a public work.
Image credit: Self-portrait, 2020, by Kate Matthews.