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LEGACY+… collecting contemporary

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Monash Gallery of Art (MGA)
Curator: Anouska Phizacklea, MGA

LEGACY+… collecting contemporary

Hoda Afshar | Pat Brassington | David Rosetzky | 18 July – 19 August 2018

Petrina Hicks | Darren Sylvester | Christian Thompson | 22 August – 19 September 2018

MGA’s collection is incredibly unique; the only public collection solely dedicated to Australian
photography. Over the last three decades, the collection has grown exponentially and now numbers
over 3,100 works that narrate the history of photography in Australia. The collection has continued
to develop in depth and significance through a combination of acquisitions and donated works.
LEGACY+ … collecting contemporary features two pop‐up exhibitions which show how acquisitions
and donations work in concert with each other. This dynamic conversation is at the heart of how a
public collection can grow and become an incredible cultural asset for the community, one that
reflects, responds and speaks to the importance of photography, of public collections, and ensures
future generations have access to our shared cultural history and one of the most important artistic
mediums of our time.

Image left: Hoda AFSHAR Untitled #4 2015–17 from the series Behold pigment ink‐jet print 95.0 x 120.0 cm
Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection courtesy of the artist
Image right: David ROSETZKY Karlo 2017 gelatin silver print 67.2 x 57.2 cm Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection
courtesy of the artist and Sutton Gallery (Melbourne)

An important aspect of the MGA collection is supporting the work of contemporary artists. LEGACY+
focuses on key works in the collection by leading artists. These small vignettes place the works and
artists in conversation with each other resulting in surprising connections that elicits a powerful

The first exhibition showcases the work of Afshar, Brassington and Rosetzky who create narratives
within their practice, with performative, experimental and chance encounters tying these works

The second exhibition explores the work of Hicks, Sylvester and Thompson whose practices
reference contemporary pop culture in staged scenes or tableaus that invite the viewer to delve past
the enticing imagery and deep into the undertows.

Image left: Christian THOMPSON Conjure by moon 2013 from the series Pagan sun chromogenic print 120.0 x 120.0 cm Monash
Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection courtesy of the artist and Michael Reid (Sydney)
Image right: Darren SYLVESTER #3 2010 from the series What happens will happen chromogenic print 120.0 x 90.0 cm Monash
Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection courtesy of the artist and Sullivan + Strumpf (Sydney)

Emerging to established: getting your work seen, and ultimately, collected | Panel discussion
2–3pm Saturday 14 July 2018 | FREE EVENT

Join Charles Justin, Justin Art House Museum, Janelle Low, artist, Sophia Cai, independent curator,
Helen Frajman, Director M.33, and panel chair Anouska Phizacklea MGA Director, as they explore
what it means to take the next step in your career as an artist, how to get your work into exhibitions
and ultimately into private and public collections.

LEGACY. Your collection. Our story. | 15 June – 19 September 2018
LEGACY. Your collection. Our story. celebrates the impact benefactors have had on the development
of one of the nation’s most unique and important collections, a collection dedicated to Australian
photography and its artists. LEGACY teases out the fascinating and compelling stories behind the
works, and along the way showcases significant works that chart the history of MGA, from a Joseph
Albers tapestry donated by Harry Seidler, the architect of MGA’s building, through to the most
recent donated works.

The legacy continues | 18 July – 19 September 2018
Vignettes: series, performance, experimental and the experiential

This intimate vignette draws on MGA’s collection of donated works and examines the different
approaches photographers use to explore subject matter. A diverse range of works are brought
together which intersect and coalesce in strange and beautiful ways. There is a particular focus on
photographers who use long-form narratives to explore their subject matter through a series of
works. Some embrace chance and experimentation through cameraless techniques, others capture
the complexities of modernity through documentary photography and performance, while others
explore the intricacies of our landscape and memory.

Director’s walk‐through with Anouska Phizacklea
2pm Saturday 28 July 2018 | FREE EVENT

Join MGA Director Anouska Phizacklea, and discover the story of the MGA Collection. Anouska will
lead visitors on a walk‐through of LEGACY. Your collection. Our story. highlighting key works of the
MGA collection.
Anouska will tease out the fascinating and compelling stories behind the works and their donors,
and along the way showcases significant works that chart the history of MGA, from a Joseph Albers
tapestry donated by Harry Seidler, the architect of MGA’s building, through to the most recent
donated works by some of Australia's most significant artists.

High‐res images and interviews are available upon request

MGA partners City of Monash | Creative Victoria
Exhibition partner Mercedes‐Benz Waverley
Program partners Chain of Ponds | Gomersal Wines | Bright Brewery | Haymes Paint
Design partner Design by Pidgeon
Community awareness partner Cristine Jones – Ray White

MGA: the Australian home of photography
860 Ferntree Gully Rd Wheelers Hill VIC 3150
T: 03 8544 0500 | |
Gallery hours: Tues‐Fri 10am‐5pm | Sat & Sun 12‐5pm



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Shout about it – your style, your art, your life. Be proud and loud.

IA's much loved homage to the Heidelberg School's famous paintings on little wooden cigar boxes returns for the 20th time. Join us for an opening night of amazing art, prizes and relaxed, IA-style networking with fellow artists, appreciators, buyers and industry reps.

With 125 participating artists, with a broad range of styles and subjects, this mammoth show will showcase digital artists for the first time for the first time in the show's history.

RSVP @ for a free bev upon arrival and the chance to win the door prize!


Sally Brownbill: “Taking pictures is the easy part…It’s all the rest, ‘the business stuff,’

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Capture Magazine has a chat with Sally Brownbill. 

Capture: Can you outline the importance of the “perfect” portfolio for a photographer, and their business?

Sally Brownbill: It is an expression of who you are and what you want to photograph. It is hugely important to your business to have a portfolio to show potential clients what your offer is and how you can make their idea/family/business benefit from working with you. It is, without a doubt, one of your most significant selling tools.

Capture: What are the biggest mistakes you see early career photographers making?

Sally Brownbill: A) Thinking that just being on social media is going to get you lots of work is a major mistake I’m seeing. Putting all your eggs in one basket is something that should definitely be avoided. You must work at getting work. It is a multi-level approach which includes a combination of social media, websites, networking, phoning, and e-mailing . . . all the time.

B) Other mistakes include making portfolios and websites look the same as each other. They need to be different as they have two different uses.

C) Often, photographers forget to take viewers on a journey in their portfolios, and this is another mistake, along with not showing enough personal work.

Capture: What advice can you offer emerging photographers who want to grow their business?

Sally Brownbill: SO MUCH! Great starting points include being organised, and allowing yourself time to work on your business, understand how to do your books (quoting and invoicing), surround yourself with the right people to help you, and have a place to work from that is all yours. And listen!

Capture: What will you be speaking about at Foto Live? Why is this topic so important to photographers?

Sally Brownbill: All of the above and more. I'll talk about why my experiences help me to help others, and I’ll give examples of what I have learnt along the way. I'll discuss things to do, and not to do, in their photography business. My aim will be to make people inspired to be individual. I'll show some examples of photographers’ work and answer the tough questions anyone throws at me.

Taking pictures is the easy part of the photography business world. It’s all the rest – “the business stuff” – where people come unstuck. And this is why this topic is so important to photographers.

One of Australia’s most highly respected creative intermediaries, Sally Brownbill is a much sought-after judge, lecturer, and keynote speaker. She has developed a professional reputation in Australia and overseas as the authoritative voice on folio construction, career advice, and editing images for exhibition and web.

For more than 15 years, Brownbill has been running individual sessions with photographers and other creatives to guide them through image selection, career questions, along with being a great source of inspiration and helping them to reignite and realise their passion.

Sally Brownbill is a keynote presenter at Foto Live 2018 – a unique one-day event offering amateur, emerging professional, and working photographers the opportunity to get face-to-face with eight inspiring, leading lights of the photographic industry and learn the secrets of their success.

Foto Live is a unique one-day event, offering amateur, emerging professional, and working photographers the opportunity to get face-to-face with eight inspiring photographers and learn the secrets of their success.

Early bird pricing ends Friday 29 June at 11:59pm.

WIN: Join us at Foto Live 2018, and you'll go in the draw to WIN more than $13,000 worth of amazing gear, including a SONY A7II & lens, DJI Mavic Air, ASUS pro monitor, Nisi filters kit, and more.


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Entries are now open for Illustrators Australia’s 6th Australian and New Zealand Illustration Awards.

Entries open from 2 July – 31 August 2018.

Winners announced and accolades awarded late October 2018.

Like stars, creatives can be lost amongst the haze of the Milky Way. But there are ways to stand out. Aim for the sky, put yourself amongst the best and the brightest and make sure that your work is noticed and celebrated. Get your project the attention it deserves by entering Illustrators Australia’s 6th Australian & New Zealand Illustration awards.

Shortlisted entries will be awarded a range of accolades and will be published in Australia’s only curated resource book, BOOK 15. This A5, full colour catalog will be delivered straight into the hands of nearly 1000 commissioners, agencies and important art bodies across Australia and New Zealand.

Illustrators Australia welcomes entries from the following categories:
Children’s Books
Design and Packaging
Instructional / Technical
Site Specific

Winning entries will be heavily promoted through Illustrators Australia’s social media channels which have 7000 followers and subscribers, and the IA website that sees over 3000 new visitors monthly.

Nominated illustrations are judged by a stellar selection of Australian and International illustrators, art directors, animators, publishers and designers including Sally Brownbill. For more information about the judges click here.



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