2015-04-25 12:00
2015-04-25 16:00

Please note that we will be closed on Saturday 25 April 2015 (ANZAC Day). We will be open Sunday 26 April 2015.

2015-04-09 15:00
2015-05-26 16:00

(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.

2015-04-30 18:00
2015-05-24 16:00

(Image: Sean Davey, Fast food, takeaways + food stores, Port Moresby PNG (detail), 2015, 12 gelatin silver photographs on board)

PhotoAccess presents in the Huw Davies Gallery
Port Moresby | Second Contact by Sean Davey
Opening 6pm Thursday 30 April 2015: To be opened by Glenn Keys, Co-Founder Aspen Medical and 2015 ACT Australian of the Year.
Exhibition dates 30 April - 24 May 2015.

Sean Davey, Port Moresby | Second Contact

This exhibition, by Canberra-based photographer Sean Davey, showcases images or Port Moresby made over a ten year period. Since 2005, Davey has been a regular visitor to Papua New Guinea, producing hundreds of photographs and contact prints. Part documentary record, and part photographer’s diary, Davey’s images show Port Moresby through a personal lens. Coinciding with Papua New Guinea’s 40th year of independence, Port Moresby | Second Contact is a distinctly intimate look at Papua New Guinea, which moves away from the sensationalised imagery of PNG common in mainstream Australian media. Exhibiting contact prints and collaged images, Davey takes the unfolding photographic process as his guide. His interest is not in monumentalised images, but cumulative instants of understanding, insight and connection. Davey is a freelance photographer and co-founder of The Photography Room, a Canberra-based photographic gallery. His work has been shown at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, The State Library of New South Wales, The Australian National Library, The Museum of Australian Democracy, Monash Gallery of Art and in numerous group exhibitions. Port Moresby | Second Contact is Davey’s ninth solo exhibition, and his second at PhotoAccess. It captures elusive moments of contact with people, place and the photographic process.

Public program:
Artist talk, Sunday 24 May 2015 at 2pm.

(Image: Sean Davey, Johnny playing guitar, Port Moresby PNG (detail), 2012, gelatin silver photograph)

2015-03-26 18:00
2015-04-26 16:00

(Image: Louise Baker, Wearables 1, 2014, digital prints on cotton and silk, dimensions variable)

PhotoAccess presents in the Huw Davies Gallery three solo exhibitions
Opening 6pm Thursday 26 March 2015: To be opened by Professor Helen Ennis, Sir William Dobell Chair of Art History and Art Theory, Australian National University School of Art.
Exhibition dates 26 March - 26 April 2015 (closed 3-6 April and Saturday 25 April - public holidays).

Public program: Floor talks and drinks with the artists, Saturday 28 March at 2pm

Three Sydney-based artists investigate the capacities of the contemporary photographic portrait. All three exhibitions are the artists’ first solo shows in Canberra, and give us a unique viewpoint on the properties and potential of the portrait in contemporary visual culture.

Laura Moore, Framed

Laura Moore presents Framed, a series of life-sized prints, in which subjects appear posed within the confines of the photographic frame. Moore lays bare the normally hidden exploitative relationship between the human subject and the artist by inviting artists themselves to pose within the confines of a literally constructed space, negotiating the frame with their bodies. At a time when we absorb more images than ever before, Framed poses ethical questions about the creation, and consumption, of photographic portraiture. Catalogue.
Listen to Moore's artist talk on Soundcloud.

Yiorgo Yiannopoulos, Love Shack

In Love Shack, Yiorgo Yiannopoulos explores the balance between the public and private self, focusing on men’s public toilets as places of mundane necessity, and homosexual activity. Posing as an initiate, Yiannopoulos collected a dossier of found notes, samples and evidentiary material to create contemporary portraits. Exploring usually hidden identities, Love Shack speaks to the ways in which we negotiate our desires in public, and in private. Catalogue.
Listen to Yiannopoulos' artist talk on Soundcloud.

Louise Baker, That Jumping Guy

That Jumping Guy by Louise Baker comments on the tradition of photographic portraiture in light of modern technology, and patterns of consumption. Baker creates a living-room installation, overwhelmingly adorned with images of ‘that jumping guy’. The image itself, however, is one of fragility and spontaneity: Baker has simply captured the briefest moment of a guy jumping in mid-air. Catalogue.
Listen to Baker's' artist talk on Soundcloud.

(Image: Yiorgo Yiannopoulos, Sample #1 (detail), 2014, inkjet print, 69.0 x 52.0cm)

(Image: Laura Moore, Frame #2, 2014, pigment print, 60.0 x 90.0cm)

2015-01-06 12:18
2015-01-16 23:59

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

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.

2015-03-20 00:20
2015-06-09 16:00

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.