Concept to Exhibition Workshop

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This unique program is for all image makers who would like to work towards a body of work, further their professional practice, and have the opportunity to exhibit at an established ACT gallery – all the while supported by an experienced mentor, peers, and PhotoAccess.

This year, participants will have the opportunity to work under the guidance of the Director of PhotoAccess, Alex Robinson. Alex was previously the Registration Manager of the Biennale of Sydney for 2 editions and has held exhibition management roles roles at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery in Sydney and the National Museum of Australia. He has also worked closely as an assistant to some of Australia’s leading contemporary artists including Simryn Gill and Dale Frank. He is a current PhD Candidate at the ANU where his research is focused on the importance of materiality for audiovisual archives.

Alex is excited to lead the next group in an 11-month program to formulate, develop, and execute a collaborative show in the PhotoAccess Gallery in late 2024. Participants will be mentored and supported to develop a conceptually driven, cohesive body of work, reflective of their own personal interests, and to develop and strengthen their own artistic voice.
The group will meet regularly throughout the program, providing each other with encouragement, feedback, ideas, art and photographic references and inspiration. Participants will gain experience in developing a proposal, writing an impactful artist statement, and working sequentially through the full range of practical, visual, and conceptual considerations associated with preparing for and delivering a successful gallery exhibition.

Improve your ability to read your own images, each other’s, and the work of other artists. You will be supported to expand your visual literacy and ability to position yourself and your work within an art historical context, improving your ability to identify and articulate connections between your work and the significant national and global issues and themes of our times, including social, political, economic, and environmental.

Be inspired by the group’s work as you meet, forge new creative friendships, and funnel the creative energy generated in this unique collaborative environment. Work with Alex and the PhotoAccess team to build and curate a unique and engaging visitor experience.

Concept to Exhibition is a fantastic opportunity for photographic artists at all levels to expand their professional skills, explore and experiment, and reap the rewards of embarking on a collaborative journey with a like-minded creative cohort. Participants self-direct the trajectory of their project whilst being supported through their tutor’s mentorship and their peers’ input in a nurturing, inspiring, structured environment. Challenge yourself and discover the possibilities of your practice in this unique workshop series.

This workshop is for all experience levels. However, you need to understand the fundamentals of photography and be confident with your chosen camera. A basic understanding of Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop and/or darkroom printing is also advisable.


Session 1 – Sat. 17 Feb 2024, 9:30am – 12:30pm at photo access
Session 2 – Sat. 23 March 2024, 9:30am – 12:30pm at photo access
Session 3 – Sat. 20 April 2024, 9:30am – 12:30pm at photo access
Session 4 – Sat. 18 May 2024, 9:30am – 12:30pm at photo access
Session 5 – Sat. 15 Jun 2024, 9:30am – 12:30pm at photo access
Session 6 – Sat. 20 Jul 2024, 9:30am – 12:30pm at photo access
Session 7 – Sat. 24 Aug 2024, 9:30am – 12:30pm at photo access
Session 8 – Sat. 21 Sept 2024, 9:30am – 12:30pm at photo access
Session 9 – Sat. 19 Oct 2024, 9:30am – 12:30pm at photo access
Exhibition launch – TBC November/December 2024