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Bowness Photography Prize Artist Talks | MGA OPEN LATE

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6 October 2016

7.00pm artist talks

Join 2016 Bowness Photography Prize finalists Jeremy BLINCOE, Chris BUDGEON, Mia Mala MCDONALD & Tajette O’HALLORAN as they discuss their work on display. MGA will stay open late until 9pm.

Bookings preferred just email


2015 Bowness Photography Prize

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$25,000 Bowness Photography Prize

Calling all Australian photographers, students, lucky-shots and instagrammers! Now is the time to get your entries in to the 2015 Bowness Photography Prize.

2015 Guest Judges:
Bill Henson, Artist
Karen Quinlan, Director Bendigo Art Gallery
Stephen Zagala, Senior Curator, MGA

Entries close:
5.00pm Wednesday 8 July.

Enter online at


Petrina Hicks wins the 2014 Bowness Photography Prize

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One of Australia’s most established photographers Petrina Hicks has won Australia’s prestigious photography award, the $25 000 Bowness Photography Prize.

The Director of the National Portrait Gallery of Australia, Angus Trumble announced Hicks as the winner of the Bowness Photography Prize at a cocktail party at Monash Gallery of Art on Thursday 4 September 2014.

Petrina Hicks’s winning photograph Venus 2013 from the series The shadows is an alluring and symbolically rich picture. As with many of the Hicks’s works, Venus is at once a beautiful, archetypal and complex image.

In Venus, Hicks references mythology and art history to explore representations of women. The artist presents the viewer with a portrait of a young woman whose face is obscured by a conch shell.  For Hicks the conch shell is ‘symbolic of fertility across many cultures’, and her portrait of Venus stretches back to some of human culture’s earliest images of women.

Monash Gallery of Art

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