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(Images: Annette Lock, 2014 PhotoAccess artist-in-residence. Black-and-white fibre prints of the former Transport Depot in Kingston in 1996, printed in the PhotoAccess darkroom in 2014.)

Dark Matter
Darkroom Residency and Exhibition | Call for applications

PhotoAccess is offering a photo-based artist the opportunity to participate in Dark Matter, a unique residency program and exhibition opportunity based in darkroom practice.

The residency is an opportunity for an emerging, mid-career or established artist from the ACT or interstate to create a new body of work over a period of six months using the PhotoAccess darkroom. PhotoAccess is home to the only publicly-accessible black-and-white darkroom facility in the ACT region, and encourages the use of traditional and experimental darkroom practices.

The successful applicant will receive free access to the PhotoAccess darkroom (including all chemicals, but excluding paper and film), feedback and support from PhotoAccess staff and tutors, and a one-year membership to PhotoAccess. The Dark Matter residency will culminate in a solo exhibition in the PhotoAccess Multimedia Gallery, from 3-13 December 2015. The resident must also present a public program, such as a talk or demonstration, alongside their exhibition, and all exhibited work is required to be for sale.

Applicants must have demonstrated competency in the darkroom. PhotoAccess will provide general support and technical advice, but formal tuition in darkroom printing and techniques is available only at the usual members’ cost. Aside from waiving the exhibition and darkroom access fees, no additional financial support is provided.

The Dark Matter residency exists to encourage contemporary darkroom practice. PhotoAccess welcomes creative proposals from artists of all career stages and backgrounds, working in all styles of photography and across all darkroom media.

Applications due Tuesday 26 May 2015. Click here to download the application form.

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(Image: Pavel Vrzala, Still Life (detail), 2015, pigment print, 25.0 x 25.0cm)

PhotoAccess presents in the Huw Davies Gallery
A portrait of my father as a young man by Mary Hutchison
A Time and Place group exhibition

Opening 6pm Thursday 28 May 2015: To be opened by photographer and PhotoAccess tutor Sean Davey.
Exhibition dates 28 May - 28 June 2015.
Artist talks: 2pm Sunday 28 June.

A portrait of my father as a young man | Mary Hutchison

An exhibition by Canberra-based writer, researcher and PhotoAccess artist-in-residence Mary Hutchison, exploring the multi-faceted nature of identity through the family photo album.

A Time and Place | Group exhibition

In 2014/15 PhotoAccess ran the ten-month long Personal Photography Project workshop (culminating in this group exhibition) which provided a supportive environment for Canberra-based emerging photographers to develop a project of their choice. A Time and Place showcases works by nine participants of the Personal Photography Project: Phil Carter, Lori Cicchini, Julie Garran, Susan Henderson, Andrée Lawrey, Annette Lock, Kim Psaila, Thomas Varendorff and Pavel Vrzala.


(Image: Mary Hutchison, Rough proofs (detail), 2015, archival inkjet print on rag paper, 59.0 x 42.0cm)

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Digital Storytelling by Muslim Women in Canberra
A 2015 digital storytelling project

PhotoAccess and Gen S Stories are providing Muslim women living in Canberra the opportunity to participate in a free digital storytelling course, to make a short film about a personal story, and gain skills in storytelling, photography and filmmaking. The course participants will work with an experienced team of artists (an Artistic Director, a photographer and a filmmaker) through a process that is professional, respectful and culturally appropriate. The course will provide professional support for up to ten women to each make a 3-5 minute film about a personal story.

  • What is it like to live as a Muslim woman in Canberra at this time in Australian history?
  • What would you like the general population to know about living Muslim?
  • Would you like a creative opportunity to express yourself?

What’s involved?
The course involves 25 hours total contact time. These hours are spread over five weeks, with each session lasting five 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 27 hours of workshops (5 x 5 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 (at Gorman Arts Centre), published on a website, and being part of the collection produced as a DVD. You will need to sign a participant’s agreement to this effect

Key dates and times (at PhotoAccess):

  • Information session, 6pm Wednesday 10 June 2015
  • Workshop one, 9:30am-2:30pm Saturday 1 August 2015
  • Workshop two, 9:30am-2:30pm Saturday 15 August 2015
  • Workshop three, 9:30am-2:30pm Saturday 29 August 2015
  • Workshop four, 9:30am-2:30pm Saturday 5 September 2015
  • Workshop five, 9:30am-2:30pm Saturday 19 September 2015

Intersted in participating in the project? Enrol today.

Any questions? Call PhotoAccess on 02 6295 7810 or email janice@photoaccess.org.au. To find out more about digital storytelling at PhotoAccess and to view examples of past projects click here.

This project is funded by the ACT Government's 2014-15 Participation (Women's) Grant.

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(image: Arthur Lincoln (Lin) Richardson, [Protest at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, Canberra], 1972, silver gelatin print. PhotoAccess collection.)

PhotoACTIVISM
A 2015 PhotoAccess members' exhibition

Our next members’ exhibition aims to pack a punch! PhotoACTIVISM will showcase photography as a persuasive and passionate medium. Photography can change perspectives, illuminate hidden truths, and challenge expectations. For our final members’ exhibition for 2015, we are calling for powerful images and images with intent.

PhotoACTIVISM aims to show works that make political or social statements, communicate important human experiences, prompt us to action, or activate our senses. Making our lived histories, stories and ideas visible.

PhotoAccess was established in 1984 as a community organisation providing affordable and accessible facilities and encouraging the use of photography to achieve personal and political growth. It is with this in mind that we invite new and existing members to creatively address the theme, PhotoACTIVISM, through photography and photo-based art.

In the lead-up to PhotoACTIVISM, we encourage members to take advantage of courses and workshops. A full list is available online here. Working on film? Take advantage of our darkroom subscriptions and free access days, details available here.

PhotoACTIVISM will run from 24 September to 18 October 2015. Completed online entry forms and a payment of $30 are due by Friday 4 September 2015. Click here to enter.

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Now calling for proposals for exhibitions in 2016
PhotoAccess Huw Davies Gallery is now calling for proposals for exhibitions in 2016. PhotoAccess invites artists at all stages of their careers to develop and showcase contemporary photo-based art in a supportive and stimulating artistic environment. The PhotoAccess Huw Davies Gallery is dedicated to the contemporary photo-based arts, and presents a dynamic program of exhibitions across its three spaces. It exhibits both new work and work from the PhotoAccess collection.

Artists, curators and community groups are invited to submit exhibition proposals. PhotoAccess is particularly interested in receiving 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

Exhibitions may occupy one or more rooms in the Huw Davies Gallery. PhotoAccess encourages artists to consider applying for the entire Huw Davies Gallery (all three spaces) to exhibit a large, resolved and coherent body of work.

Proposals due Tuesday 9 June 2015. Click here for more information.