2016-01-28 18:00
2016-02-21 16:00

(Image: Leela Schauble, Landing (detail) 2016, HD video)

PhotoAccess presents in the Huw Davies Gallery
In Sequence a PhotoAccess members' exhibition, and Taken Spaces by Madeline Bishop and Leela Schauble

Exhibitions will be opened on Thursday 28 January 2016 at 6pm by Claire Capel-Stanley (PhotoAccess Program Manager).
Exhibition dates: 28 January – 21 February 2016.

The first PhotoAccess members’ exhibition for 2016, In Sequence presents the work of 35 members, creatively addressing the notion of sequence and narrative in photography. For many artists, photography is not only about single images, but relationships between multiple images. A sequence of images can tell a particular story or narrative, create a sense of visual poetry, or suggest movement and time passing. In Sequence aims to showcase a variety of approaches to the notion of the photographic sequence, using traditional, experimental and digital photographic techniques. Exhibitors: Uri Auerbach, Mark Blumer, Robin Cavalier, David Chalker, Alan Charlton, Sean Davey, Tod Davis, Geoffrey Dunn, Rebecca Fassone, Ngaio Fitzpatrick, Tony Fleming, Anne Fulker, Toni Hassan, Susan Henderson, Gilbert Herrada, Paul Jurak, Bryan Kalms, Margaret Kalms, Angus Kendon, Annette Liu, Paul Livingston, Annette Lock, Bill Lucas, Marie Lund, Trevor Lund, Michael Masters, Tony McCormack, Don McLeod, Andrew Robert Morgan, Scot Newman, Judy Parker, Brian Rope, Neil Stafford, Brian Stewart and Michael Taylor. Catalogue.

Taken Spaces is a collaborative exhibition between Leela Schauble and Madeline Bishop, both current Master of Fine Arts candidates at the Victorian College of the Arts. The exhibition considers alternative representations of existence and experience, focusing on uninhabitable environments and the trace of human presence despite the visual absence of people. Schauble's video work Landings was filmed during a recent residency to the Arctic Circle. Using sound and digital manipulations, Schauble’s work aims to refocus our own sensory relationship with the natural world. In her works, Bishop aims to capture human traces within spaces where people are physically absent, considering what is left behind in mere seconds or over decades. Drawing on the historical function of photography as a memento or proof of a person’s existence, Bishop’s photographs seek to capture the trace of a human presence where there is bodily absence. A nuanced and layered collaborative exhibition, Taken Spaces aims to understand our impact on the world around us, and consider our place within the grand narrative of our planet. Catalogue.

(Image: Madeline Bishop, In theory I knew it was coming 2016, inkjet print from photographic negative)

2014-12-15 11:00

Courses and workshops in film and digital photography, darkroom printing, cinematography and street photography for all experience levels are now open for enrolment. Gain new skills, expand your knowledge, or learn new techniques at PhotoAccess this Summer!
Click here to find out more.

2016-02-25 18:00
2016-03-20 16:00

(Image: Denise Ferris, Dr Rowan Conroy 2015, inkjet print from photographic negative)

PhotoAccess presents in the Huw Davies Gallery
The ONE Project showcasing 28 photographers, and FRINGE DWELLINGS by Dean Cross

Exhibitions will be opened on Thursday 25 February 2016 at 6pm.
Exhibition dates: 25 February - 20 March 2016.

Curated by award-winning portrait photographer Hilary Wardhaugh, The ONE Project is an ambitious exhibition showcasing 28 works by 28 photographers. The images were made using one camera and one roll of film, passed between each photographer over the period of six months. The ONE Project focuses on the type of photography that offers the strongest proof of our existence: portraiture. The exhibition explores the nature of the photographic image in our digital age. Exhibiting artists: Tim Anger, Samantha Birch, Madeline Bishop, Jeremy Byrnes, Geoff Comfort, Rowan Conroy, Grace Costa, Sean Davey, Geoffrey Dunn, Denise Ferris, Lee Grant, William Hall, Lindi Heap, Leonie Keogh, Katie Kolenberg, Cathy Laudenbach, David McLenaghan, Mark Mohell, Jennifer Nagy, Dan O’Day, Candice Ottaway, David Paterson, Jocelyn Rosen, George Serras, Julian Stevenson, Rohan Thompson, Kelly Tunney and Hilary Wardhaugh.

FRINGE DWELLINGS is an exhibition by multi-disciplinary Canberra-based artist Dean Cross. Interrogating Canberra’s rapid suburban development, FRINGE DWELLINGS considers the aesthetics of progress, and the ongoing dispossession of Indigenous Australia. It depicts some of Canberra’s newest ‘fringe dwellers’ with an inquisitive eye. The exhibition explores the aspirational dreams of some of Canberra’s newest fringe dwellers, focusing on the suburb of Bonner, founded in 2010. The artist positions Bonner as a powerful symbol of the Australian Dream, and the exclusion of Aboriginal people from that narrative. Through the modest medium of polaroid photography and installation, the artist reflects on the aesthetics and politics of the home. Dean is an emerging artist whose work spans a range of mediums including painting, print-making, performance, photography, video, three-dimensional objects and contemporary dance. His work is often politically and historically engaged, looking to re-contextualise Australia’s colonial past through examining his Indigenous ancestry, and deconstructing myths of Australian identity.

(Images: Dean Cross)

2016-01-23 10:00
2016-02-25 20:00

(Images: Rebecca Worth and Ellen Hewitt, 2015 PhotoAccess Emerging Artist Support Scheme artists-in-residence, discussing their work in progress at PhotoAccess)

In Focus
2016 Emerging Artist Residency and Exhibition

In Focus is a residency and exhibition opportunity for an emerging* photo-based artist from the ACT or region. The In Focus resident will have the opportunity to develop and showcase contemporary photo-based art in a supportive and stimulating artistic environment - receiving technical and creative support and access to PhotoAccess facilities for eight months. The residency is intended to support the completion of one body of work, to be exhibited in the PhotoAccess Multimedia Gallery from 1st-11th December 2016. The resident must present a public program, such as a talk or demonstration, alongside their exhibition, and all exhibited work is required to be for sale. During the residency the successful applicant will receive a one-year membership to PhotoAccess, access to facilities and equipment and the opportunity to partake in selected courses and workshops. Aside from waiving the exhibition, equipment hire and access fees and selected education program enrollment fees, no additional financial support is provided. Applications due Thursday 25th February 2016. Click here to view the In Focus application form. *An emerging artist for the purpose of this application is defined as someone who has practiced as a professional artist continually for less than 5 years.

Dark Matter
2016 Darkroom Residency and Exhibition

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 eight 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 10th-27th November 2016. 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 Thursday 25th February 2016. Click here to view the Dark Matter application form.

(David Flanagan was the recipient of the inaugural Dark Matter Darkroom Residency and Exhibition in 2015. Click here to view the catalogue from his residency exhibition Silver and Gold. Click here to read more about David's residency experience.)