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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

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

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(Image: Greg Stoodley)

Studio Lighting 101 | One-day workshop
Learn how to set up and position PhotoAccess’ Bowens studio lighting kit for portraits and still life photography. Participants will also learn how to use a light meter to determine the settings for the lights and their camera. This workshop has a maximum of six participants to ensure all students are able to wholly engage with the equipment.

Greg Stoodley - Greg finished his photographic studies at CIT in 2014 earning the highest overall achievement, since then he has earned a contract at the Royal Australian Mint to photograph their collection, and works commercially throughout the region photographing dancing, weddings, sport and more. Over the past two years Greg has been a finalist in the AIPP’s emerging photographer of the year for the ACT.

What to bring?
Your own camera (Digital SLR camera or mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera) with PC-socket (flash sync), memory card and charged batteries. Tripod optional. Lunch not provided. Don't have a suitable Camera? PhotoAccess has one 2016 model Canon 700D digital SLR camera (with 18-55mm lens and 85-250mm lens) available for loan to members. A 12 months subscription costs $50 per year. Maximum loan period three days at a time.

Saturday 10 June 2017, 11am-4pm (includes half-an-hour break for lunch)

$250 (for current PhotoAccess members and includes a 12 month subscription to borrow PhotoAccess’ Bowens studio lighting kit available to members)
$285 (including 12 months membership of PhotoAccess and a 12 month subscription to borrow PhotoAccess’ Bowens studio lighting kit available to members)

Sign-up to this workshop with a friend and save $10 each conditions apply

Maximum participants: 6 (five spots available)
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Who is this class for? Beginners. No prior experience is necessary, though completion of Camera Skills five-week course (or equivalent) is recommended.

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(Image: Lori Cicchini, 2016, Model: Nicole Luker, Hair: Julie Okley of Dilkara Hair, Makeup: Marie Donnell of Mysdesign Makeup)

In Vogue with Lori Cicchini
Learn advanced post-production techniques in this two-day masterclass with international award winning commercial and artistic Canberra-based photographer Lori Cicchini.

Cicchini's creative portraiture has been described as emotive and narrative, some of which can be dark and provoking yet at the same time peaceful and beautiful. Her work has received numerous industry awards and accolades, and has been published in various art and fashion magazines both nationally and internationally.

This masterclass is a rare opportunity to receive specialist instruction from one of Canberra’s top photographers. Gain an in-depth understanding of how Cicchini produces her remarkable illustrative portraits; from idea and concept development through to styling and set design, lighting and working with a model, and concluding with a full day of advanced post-production techniques, including image compositing and skin retouching.

Day One: Designing a creative portrait

  • Conceiving and developing a concept
  • Styling and building a set
  • Lighting and working with a model (posing etc.)
  • Live photographic shoot demonstration

Day Two: Post-production

  • Workflow using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop
  • Editing images in Photoshop including skin retouching techniques
  • Compositing images (building your portrait from multiple images)
  • Sharpening images for print and web
  • Colour management for print

This two-day masterclass will run from 10am to 4pm each day and includes breaks. Day one will be presented in a lecture format and conclude with a live photographic demonstration, and day two will include an in-depth post-production tutorial style demonstration using Adobe software. Please note that this is not a hands-on masterclass. You will leave feeling inspired and armed with technical skills in basic studio portraiture, advanced post-production techniques and the confidence to begin making your own emotive and creative portraits.

What to bring
Pen and notepad, laptop or smart device for note-taking. Please note that lunch is not provided.

Lori Cicchini is an award winning Canberra-based Australian Editorial, Fashion, Beauty and Fine Art photographer. Cicchini graduated from the Canberra Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Photography in 2013, and was awarded a PhotoAccess residency that resulted in Cicchini’s first solo exhibition Ghost Stories (2014). In 2016, for the second consecutive year, Cicchini was awarded as the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers (AIPP) ACT Illustrative Photographer of the Year. In 2015 she was also awarded the AIPP ACT Portrait Photographer of the Year and was a finalist in the Australian Creative Photographer of the Year category. In 2015 Capture Magazine named Cicchini as Australia’s Top Emerging Fashion/Editorial photographer. She has received international awards for her fine art nude photography and is regularly featured in Vogue Italia. Cicchini’s work ranges from dark and provocative to peaceful and beautiful. Whether it’s portraiture or fashion, her images hint at an underlying thread of something mysterious, her visual storytelling draws you in and dares you look beyond the surface.

Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 June 2017, 10am-4pm each day

$460 (for current PhotoAccess members)
$495 (includes 12 months membership of PhotoAccess)

Sign-up with a friend and save $10 each conditions apply

Maximum class size of 10 (five spots available)
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Who is this workshop for? Confident intermediate and advanced photographers. Completion of Camera Skills (or equivalent experience) Camera Skills and Digital Toolbox are highly recommended. Contact us for further guidance on whether this masterclass is right for you.

(Image: Lori Cicchini, Possessed, 2015, 43cm x 35cm)

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