2017-04-27 18:00
2017-05-21 16:00

(Image: Pia Johnson, Family Resemblance, after Wittgenstein (detail triptych), 2015/16, archival inkjet prints, 45.0 x 45.0cm each)

PhotoAccess presents in the Huw Davies Gallery: Chinese Whispers and Other Stories, curated by Pia Johnson.

Opening on Thursday 27 April at 6pm
Exhibition continues through until Sunday 21 May 2017

Chinese Whispers and Other Stories
Bringing together four emerging female artists of Chinese descent, this exhibition seeks to reveal the complex and shifting nature of cultural difference, identity and migrant stories in ‘multicultural’ Australia. Featuring interstate photo-based artists Pia Johnson, Tammy Law, Janelle Low and Siying Zhou.

The photographic media works negotiate notions of identity, racial discrimination and stereotyping, as well as reimagine the spaces we live in, what makes cultural differences and how it contributes to the narrative of a wider Australian identity. This exhibition is supported by a PhotoAccess 2017 Artist Support Package.

Exhibition to be opened by Professor Jacqueline Lo, Associate Dean (International), Australian National University College of Arts and Social Sciences.

Public program
In conversation event with Pia Johnson, Siying Zhou and Mikala Tai, Director of 4A Centre of Contemporary Asian Art. Exploring Chinese-Australian contemporary art and the female perspective. Sunday 21 May at 2pm. Free event. All welcome.

(Image: Siying Zhou, Our first Lamington made in Australia (detail), 2015, single channel HD video, duration 75:00)

2017-04-12 12:30
2017-04-26 12:31

PhotoAccess is delighted to be partnering with ACT Deafness Resource Centre and Gen S Stories on the Digital Storytelling project The Sound of Silence, providing a free digital storytelling course to members of the hearing-impaired community living in Canberra. The project will provide professional support for up to eight people to each make a 3-5 minute film about a personal story related to their own hearing loss or that of a family member.

What’s involved?
The course involves 24 hours total contact time. These hours are spread over six weeks, with each session lasting four hours. In addition you will be offered a one-on-one two hour tutorial in script development. Making a digital story also involves some homework – writing your script and collecting images. You will be the film-maker, writing your own script, recording your own voice-over and making your own images (we will provide you with the skills, facilities and equipment to help you do this). The digital stories will be screened publicly at a launch, and also be published online. The course will be held at PhotoAccess. You will be working on Mac computers, and no experience is necessary. The workshops are safe, fun, creative and professional. If you want to remain completely anonymous, you can still make an engaging digital story.

Here’s who we’re looking for

  • you need to be able to participate fully in each workshop, be part of a group, and be able to tell a personal story
  • you need to be able to commit to all 26 hours of workshops (6 x 4 hours per week + 2 hours script development). Unfortunately we can’t offer partial or casual attendance
  • you need to be okay with your digital story being screened at a public launch during Hearing Awareness Week and published on ACT Deafness Resource Centre's website, and being part of the collection produced as a USB. You will need to sign a participant’s agreement to this effect

Key dates and times (at PhotoAccess)

  • Workshop one, 3:30pm-7:30pm Thursday 27 April 2017
  • Workshop two, 3:30pm-7:30pm Thursday 11 May 2017
  • Workshop three, 3:30pm-7:30pm Thursday 18 May 2017
  • Workshop four, 3:30pm-7:30pm Thursday 25 May 2017
  • Workshop five, 3:30pm-7:30pm Thursday 1 June 2017
  • Workshop six, 3:30pm-7:30pm Thursday 8 June 2017

To sign-up for this free course fill out the enrolment form here (three spots available).

Any questions? contact Glenn Vermeulen on 6287 4393 or glenn.vermeulen@actdrc.org.au or Janice Falsone on 6295 7810 or janice@photoaccess.org.au. To find out more about digital storytelling at PhotoAccess and to view examples of past projects click here.

Funding for this project generously provided by artsACT.

2017-03-30 18:00
2017-04-23 16:00

(Image: Tony Fleming, Blue Pool, Blue Pool in Bermagui, NSW (detail), 2017, inkjet print)

PhotoAccess presents in the Huw Davies Gallery: Common Ground, by PhotoAccess members and FACE2FACE by Emilio Cresciani.

Opening on Thursday 30 March at 6pm
Exhibitions continues through until Sunday 23 April 2017

Common Ground
The physical and social dynamics of public space play a central role in the formation of community and culture. In the first PhotoAccess members’ exhibition for 2017, Common Ground, 36 new and existing members have creatively documented and interpreted public space through photography and photo-based art. View the exhibition catalogue

Artists include: Allen Bills, Fiona Bowring-Greer, Tim Brook, Ulli Brunnschweiler, David Chalker, Alan Charlton, Susan Clarke, Suzie Edwards, Tony Fleming, Michael Fuery, Natalie Gane, Julie Garran, Susan Henderson, Gilbert Herrada, Angus Kendon, Ioan Kendon, Chris Kerr, Kathryn Leo, Annette Lock, Marie Lund, Trevor Lund, Louise Maurer, Thea McGrath, Andrew Robert Morgan, Alec Morris, Benjamin O'Callaghan, Judy Parker, Keith Penhallow, Brian Rope, Jenni Savigny, Tara Shield, Neil Stafford, Brian Stewart, Greg Stoodley, Lachlan Thompson and Kate Travis.

FACE2FACE by Emilio Cresciani
An exhibition by Sydney-based emerging artist Emilio Cresciani, showcasing x-ray style portraits of people and their rubbish, commenting on our consumer lifestyle. This exhibition is supported by a PhotoAccess 2017 Artist Support Package. View the exhibition catalogue

(Image: Emilio Cresciani, Alex, 2016, inkjet print)

2017-03-07 13:36
2017-04-30 23:00

Join our Digital Revolution. Come and see what the future holds at PhotoAccess. Please, donate today!

We're on the verge of exciting change, an important leap into the future, but our website is holding us back. Help us to upgrade our digital capacity and reach our creative and educational potential. We're launching the first stage of our website redevelopment in the second quarter of 2017, and need your help to finish the job!

Here’s the cool part: Our Digital Revolution appeal is supported by Creative Partnerships Australia through their initiative Plus1. Until 30th April 2017, every dollar you donate will be matched by Creative Partnerships Australia! Every dollar donated – up to $6,500! Also, PhotoAccess is a registered charity, and donations of $2 or more are tax deductible. To find out more, and to donate, Click here.

PhotoAccess’ Digital Revolution appeal is supported by Creative Partnerships Australia through Plus1.

2014-12-15 11:00

Autumn 2017 courses and workshops
Classes in analogue and digital photography, studio lighting, fibre-based printing and alternative photographic processes, for all experience levels are now open for enrolment. Gain new skills, expand your knowledge, or learn new techniques at PhotoAccess this autumn! Click here to find out more.

2017-05-31 00:20
2017-05-31 23:00

Now calling for proposals for exhibitions in 2018
PhotoAccess Huw Davies Gallery is now calling for proposals for exhibitions in 2018. PhotoAccess invites artists at all stages of their careers to showcase contemporary photo-based art in a supportive and stimulating artistic environment. Our exhibition space, the Huw Davies Gallery, is the only not-for-profit gallery in the ACT exclusively dedicated to contemporary photo-based art. We cultivate excellence in the PhotoAccess exhibition program by supporting great art and arts practice. Our program aims to show the very best work by local and visiting photo-based artists, demonstrating both technical and artistic excellence, to inform and inspire audiences. Our exhibitions and public programs encourage and extend the critical debate about contemporary photo-based art practice.

Artists and curators are invited to submit exhibition proposals. Proposals are considered by the PhotoAccess Gallery Committee. The Gallery Committee is particularly interested in proposals that:

  • present new still and/or moving image work by emerging, mid-career and/or established artists
  • involve artistic experimentation and innovation
  • encourage, develop and extend critical debate about contemporary photo-based art practice
  • reflect or document the ACT and region and the creative interests of the community

Artist Support Package: We are pleased to announce that artists and curators have the option of applying for an Artist Support Package in 2018. As part of the Artist Support Package, gallery venue hire fees are waived and a stipend is provided to assist with the costs associated with mounting an exhibition.

How to write an exhibition proposal information session: Come along to our FREE How to write an exhibition proposal session with PhotoAccess Gallery Committee Chair Kate Murphy. The session will include tips on how to write and structure a competitive exhibition proposal, and include examples. Running Wednesday 3 May 2017 from 5:00-6:00pm at PhotoAccess. Free event, bookings essential as places are limited (rsvp to gallery@photoaccess.org.au).

Proposals due Wednesday 31 May 2017. Click here for more information.