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Archive for April 2014



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The Queensland Centre of Photography announces the closure of its Brisbane exhibition venue and its intention to open a new space in Los Angeles USA.

A general meeting of the QCP on 17 April decided unanimously to close its Brisbane exhibition venue, following the withdrawal of core funding announced last October by the state government.

Since being notified of the government’s decision, QCP board and staff unsuccessfully sought new partners to continue the Queensland exhibition program. The venue will close on 28 April, after a decade of service to the Brisbane community, initially at Bulimba and more recently at South Bank.

QCP will pursue an opportunity to open an exhibition venue in Los Angeles in partnership with Curatorial Assistance, to provide an increasingly global platform for Australian artists (in photography and other media). The decision to evaluate this opportunity builds on networks developed and experience gained during QCP’s annual attendance at Photo LA over the past eight years—attendance supported by the Queensland Government and the Australian Government through the Australia Council.

Curatorial Assistance is a Los Angeles based arts organization providing a range of art and exhibition support services to galleries and collectors. Its principal, Graham Howe, was the first director of the Australian Centre for Photography and has over thirty years’ experience in the visual arts.

QCP will concentrate for the next few months on fundraising to enable the opening of the Los Angeles venue. It will maintain an active presence in Queensland and will continue its publication, education and other programs as funding permits.

In recent weeks, QCP has convened the fifth biennial Queensland Festival of Photography with the support of fifty-five venues throughout the state. The Festival included a conference attended by international, interstate and Queensland curators, collectors, artists and other industry participants. Keynote speakers were US photomedia artists Kahn/Selesnick and James Casebere, and Queensland indigenous photomedia artist Leah King-Smith.

QCP Director Maurice Ortega said today, “We would like to thank the community, volunteers, individuals, partner institutions and sponsors that have supported our operations for the past decade and we hope in the future, when the environment is propitious, to reopen a venue in Brisbane. New partnerships and programs will emerge as we engage in this new project and we will continue to work with government, sponsors and artists to support the development of Australian art.”

Peter Annand
Queensland Centre for Photography

Article published in LUCIDA Magazine
April 27. 2014


24 hours with Ben Lowy at Head On

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Benjamin Lowy is an award-winning photojournalist and a guru of mobile photography. His mobile phone work has resulted in the first ever mobile phone Time-Magazine cover.

Head On Photo Festival is offering you the chance to traverse the icons and underbelly of Sydney, receiving once in a lifetime mentoring and feedback from Ben whilst shooting alongside him.

Offering six 3-hour sessions from 9am, Saturday, 17 May, with each mystery location revealed on the day of the session.

The daytime sessions (9am to noon, 1pm to 4pm & 5am to 8am on Sunday) will focus on mobile photography.

The night time sessions (5pm to 8pm, 9pm to midnight and 1am to 4am on Sunday) will focus on the dark underbelly of Sydney using cameras (not mobile phones).

Not satisfied with just 3 hours? Grab a position in as many sessions as you want, but get in quickly as there are only 10 positions available per session. Want the ultimate get together with friends? Then book out an entire session – first come, first served.

24 hours with Ben Lowy
9am Saturday 17 May to 8am Sunday 18 May

Book day session here

Book night session here



Better Half by Jackson Eaton

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Publication of Australian artist Jackson Eaton's intimate, challenging and humorous photography project Better Half.

Better Half has been exhibited at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art for Primavera 2013 and as part of the Bowness Photography Prize at the Monash Gallery of Art in 2013. A solo exhibition of the work is currently showing at the Queensland Centre for Photography. The work has also been acquired by the Art Gallery of Western Australia for their collection.

Jackson has a kickstarted campaign going to help fund his new publication, Better Half, published by Pearce Press.

There are only 10 days left on the campaign and just a little way to go to reach his goal of $8,888 to make the project a reality.


See Jackson's campaign here

Pearce Press is the publishing arm of contemporary art gallery Edmund Pearce.


Heather Dinas / The Space Between at Edmund Pearce Gallery

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Review by John Armstrong.

“Dinas is discovering and creating an emotional vocabulary and image-repertoire that we need today. We go through life, longing for something, hardly knowing what it is - some distant fulfilment, some meeting of minds, some sense of ultimate arrival and belonging. Yet we are creatures of the here and now: we are sensuous, immediate - we need to touch and hold, and see and feel directly. And the great task of art down the ages has been to discover how these two can meet - clutch the intangible, hold onto what is fleeting, give silence a voice.”

John Armstrong Philosopher and Author.

Heather Dinas / The Space Between. April 02 – May 03 2014

Edmund Pearce Gallery
Level 2, Nicholas Building
37 Swanston Street (corner Flinders Lane)

Opening function Thursday April 03 6-8pm.

Artist talk, Saturday April 12 2pm.


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