Photographs, slides, letters, diaries and objects preserve our family stories, capturing precious moments of joy, loss and connection. These archives also provide endless, intriguing and surprising opportunities for re-discovering who we are and how our ancestors have shaped us.
Celebrating her participation in PhotoAccess’ Re-Generations exhibition, this workshop invites you to spend an afternoon with artist Elise Searson re-visualising your family history. Building on Elise’s introduction of her own and other artists’ practices using family archives, you’ll learn how to re-photograph or scan, curate and collage your own inherited artefacts. You’ll explore using these images to create entirely new works bringing some fresh air to your collection and will finish the day with unique prints telling your generational stories.
For this workshop, you’ll need to dig into your storage boxes and bring along some personal artefacts, the more treasured, the better! You might bring photographs (digital or printed), slides, letters, diaries, or even teddies. Perhaps you’ll bring your grandparents’ framed wedding photo, snapshots of your kids’ birthday parties, a recent family portrait, the first baby tooth you lost or a primary school report card suggesting you ‘Could try harder’!
This workshop is suitable for everybody with a family (collection). You don’t need photography experience, as we’ll have a mini-studio set-up for you to photograph any artefacts. You’re welcome to bring and use your own camera if you like.
Visualising Family is scheduled for Saturday 21 March, 2020, starting at 12pm and finishing at 4pm. Please meet in the PhotoAccess Garden Room.
Please bring a small collection of personal treasures that you would like to explore. Although the workshop will focus on treating your artefacts with respect, please don’t bring anything that is very fragile or prone to disappearing.
We’ll provide all the equipment and materials you need for the workshop, except of course for your personal treasures. All scanning and printing costs are included in the workshop fee.
We’ll also provide a PhotoAccess notebook and pencil for you to record insights and thoughts, and some afternoon tea.
Enrolments for this workshop close at 5pm on Wednesday, 18 March, 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.
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.
“The family dynamic can be complex and I have learnt a lot about my own family when looking back on images I’ve taken. I have a big family and when we all get together I have open access to human behavior. Photographing my family is also a way for me to preserve what I hold dearest. It’s how I hold onto the moment. “ – Elise