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(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

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

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


(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)

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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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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, 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: Mel Edwards, Detail of a ceiling canopy, National Gallery of Australia (detail), 2013, Inkjet print)

CAPITAL LENS | A selection of works from the 100 Views of Canberra collection
November 2014 - April 2015
Promenade Cafe, Hyatt Hotel Canberra
120 Commonwealth Avenue, Canberra, ACT

Showcasing work by: Edwin Bien, Emily Davidson, Mel Edwards, Rebecca Hanrahan, Paul Jurak, Dean Klemick, Carolyn Larcombe, Christine Rufflet and Jennie Widowson.

Launch event 4pm Friday 28 November 2014, Promenade Cafe, Hyatt Hotel Canberra.

Capital Lens is an exhibition of nine works from the PhotoAccess 100 Views of Canberra collection, curated by PhotoAccess for the Promenade Cafe at Hyatt Hotel Canberra. Published in 2013, the 100 Views of Canberra project exists in two formats; as a book and as a collection of exhibition quality prints, showcasing the work of over 100 photographers. This important and insightful project documents the grand, not so grand, and human faces of Canberra in its Centenary year. All works are printed on A3+ paper. Click here for more information on the Capital Lens exhibition.

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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.