Mark Mohel, Macdonald Nichols, and Peter Raynard – Plein Air – High Plain at M16 Artspace

This exhibition ends on Sunday November 21 2021 but I mention it here for history. These three photographers have created a wonderful set of black and white photographs of large scale landscapes. From Canberra thee look local as they were all shot o the Monaro plains between Canberra and Cooma.


Sammy Hawker – Experiments in Living (Melt) at Photoaccess at Manuka ACT

Hawker’s images in this exhibition are reflective of gloomy times and have that visual tone. I liked the fact that their layered look required careful investigation of the image and left you with questions. Part of the blurb reads” “Responding to the diverse meanings of ‘melt’, the artist presents a sequence of works embodying the tumultuous disruptions – personal, environmental, global – of recent months. Reflecting on experiences of vulnerability, anxiety and loss, Hawker proposes that such experiences open up possibilities for new practices of love and care.” This exhibition is in the gallery till Saturday 27 November 2021 and links below get you into Hawker’s work and the online supplements to the gallery exhibtion


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Eunie Kim – A Surface Appearance at Photoaccess at Manuka ACT

This set of pictures recreate an aesthetic of some aspects of early black and white photography by means of a series of dark room processes. They are attractive in their antique look. Eunie Kim is a Canberra-based emerging visual artist and recipient of the 2021 Wide Angle Residency. They are on the walls till Saturday November 27 2021 and are supported by great online gallery pictures and information. Links below.


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Caroline Huf – Light Materials at Photoaccess at Manuka ACT

Film Costume used in artworks by Caroline Huf

This exhibition is in the separate room and features videos and objects involved in the videos including a costume woven out from old style 16mm film. The exhibition flows from Huf’s participation in the Photoaccess 2021 Dark Matter residency. The blurb opens with the following:

In a series of video works deconstructing and recombining film materials through a process of digital or analogue weaving, Huf explores the exhaustion and re-invention of settler Australian myths about the mystery and threat of the bush.  There are some web links below and the exhibition is on till Saturday November 27 2021


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Aloisia Cudmore 398 at Photoaccess at Manuka ACT

“Through a series of touching and personal black and white images, Cudmore explores her experience as a young person in the age of COVID.” That was the first sentence in the blurb and it speaks to this set of ten touching images of life in a pandemic through the eyes of a young photographer. The images are beautiful and are for sale for $180 each. Three web links are below. The exhibition is on till Saturday November 27 2021


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Pets @ Tuggerenong Arts Centre

In February this year at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre there was the first of a year long set of exhibitions on animals and our relationships with them. Below are four photos that were on display in the foyer taken to show animals close up and a sense of their attractiveness to us humans.

Count us together – Images of the 1967 Referendum @ Customs House Sydney

20 May – 30 July 2017

For a couple of months the Customs House in Sydney had an exhibition and display of materials from the campaign connected with the 1967 referendum to turn the status of the Indigenous population of Australia into a more recognised reality acknowledged within modern Australia. The Referendum was one of the few in which the voters approved a change. Below are samples of the materials and the brochure issued with the exhibition.

Beauty in Difference – Jon Lewis @ State Library of NSW

Until August 27 August 2017

Jon Lewis has a gift for insight into people which he shares through black and white photographs. The set of pictures on display at present at the State Library of NSW portray a diverse but familiar spread of people chosen from the street. Every one of the pictures is engaging for the character in the faces, the distinctive clothing and the relationship with the background. I loved studying each of these.

Indigenous Triennial Art Exhibition @ National Gallery of Australia

Till Sept 20th 2017

Plan to take a few hours or several visits if you want to take in this exhibition. The range and complexity of the works on show means it takes lots of time to engage with the abundant creativity.

There were grand explorations of traditional.arts from both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sources. They are joined to huge numbers or works of modern and technological styles of creations.

In the entry way to the NGA is a Rolls Royce painted in tradition art style. In the exhibition is a video of the artist driving that car and that activity brings together lots of remarkable visual traditional elements. The driver turns into a large area of red dust and by driving in various circles at high speed he digs up the red dirt creating patterns and a vast amount of red dust. The beauty and layered elements of the video production and were wonderful.

I will go back as we only had 90 minutes today. The exhibition is hard as it traverses complex territory of history, political comment, layered cultural interaction and many aspects of the underbelly of human society. I have included a few pics below but the only sensible thing to do with this exhibition is to go – it is free.


Seratonin Syndrome – Mikhalia Jurkiewicz @ Photoaccess Manuka

Photography has always had a role in recording social change. At the heart of Mikhalia Jurkiewicz’s exhibition at Photoaccess in December was the act of portraying the personality of eight share houses in her new neighbourhood. The photographs in black and white drip with personality, character and charm.The combination of people, furniture and background communicate a rich mix of social and cultural features.

Pictures and gallery material below

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