Stills Gallery
Petrina Hicks
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MERILYN FAIRSKYE & PETRINA HICKS finalists 38th ALICE ART PRIZE

10 May – 9 June 2014
Araluen Arts Centre, NT

Congratulations to Merilyn Fairskye and Petrina Hicks, selected as finalists in the 38th Alice Art Prize. Merilyn Fairskye is represented by Long Life (1), a video work shot in Kakadu National Park. Petrina Hicks is represented by New Age (2013).

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BRENDA L CROFT in 'BAD ABORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPHY'

18 March – 30 June 2014
Koorie Heritage Trust Inc., VIC

'Bad Aboriginal Photography' is a Monash Gallery of Art exhibition of mischievous and humorous works by three Indigenous Australian artists: Brenda L Croft, Destiny Deacon and Tracey Moffatt. As well as being bad or naughty in attitudes, these artists also embrace the badness of low-quality photography.

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Brenda L Croft
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Ricky Maynard
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MARY ELLEN MARK, RICKY MAYNARD, POLIXENI PAPAPETROU, TRENT PARKE & WILLIAM YANG in ‘REMAIN IN LIGHT: PHOTOGRAPHY FROM THE MCA COLLECTIONS’

Until 20 May 2014
Ipswich Regional Art Gallery, QLD

This MCA touring exhibition introduces audiences to developments in photography as an art practice from the 1960s to the present day both in Australia and internationally. Other artists include Julie Rrap, Tracey Moffatt and Rosemary Laing.

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POLIXENI PAPAPETROU 'THE GHILLIES'

8 April – 15 June 2014
Benalla Art Gallery, VIC

In The Ghillies (2012), a young body on the cusp of adolescence is concealed in a ghillie suit, a camouflage outfit originally developed for hunting and the military. The Ghillies is a poignant reflection on the way childhood surrenders to the adult world, from an artist whose practice has involved an intimate collaboration with her children for over a decade.

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Polixeni Papapetrou
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Danielle Thompson
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DANIELLE THOMPSON in 'HOUSE AND HOME'

11 April to 3 May 2014
Margaret Lawrence Gallery, VIC

Danielle Thompson's Luminance #8 (2011) is included in this exhibition which explores themes of personal space, home life, security and family within the physical and psychological refuge of the domestic space.

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PETRINA HICKS in 'RIGHTNOW: AUSTRALIAN ARTISTS FOR RESALE ROYALTY'

9 April – 27 April 2014
Viscopy @ Boomalli Art Gallery, NSW

The one hundred Australian artists in this exhibition have come together to demonstrate their support of the Federal resale royalty scheme, in light of the Federal review which has raised concerns that it will be scrapped. Resale royalty was introduced in 2010 to support artists, particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, whose work is often sold for very low sums of money and later resold with an enormous increase in value. Petrina Hicks is represented by Rosemary's Baby (2008).

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Petrina Hicks
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Beverley Veasey
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BEVERLEY VEASEY finalist 'QFP5 PHOTOGRAPHY PRIZE: SPACE & PLACE'

29 March – 27 April 2014
Queensland Centre for Photography, QLD

As part of the Queensland Festival of Photography, the biannial QFP Photography Prize is a celebration of Australian Photography. Beverley Veasey is represented by Habitat #2 (2004) for the theme 'space & place'.

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TRENT PARKE in ART COLLECTOR MAGAZINE

Issue 68, Apr-Jun 2014, pp64-67

Trent Parke is interviewed by Brendan Shanahan in light of his new body of work The Camera is God (street portrait series) currently exhibiting at 'Dark Heart – 2014 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art' at the Art Gallery of South Australia, and at Stills Gallery, Sydney.

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© Trent Parke




© Polixeni Papapetrou

POLIXENI PAPAPETROU in EYELINE MAGAZINE

Number 80, pp44-56

The current issue of Eyeline, Contemporary Visual Arts magazine features an insightful interview with Polixeni Papapetrou by Natalie King. The 13 page spread includes works from Papapetrou's early career to her most recent bodies of work.

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PETRINA HICKS, GLENN SLOGGETT, JUSTINE VARGA & BEVERLEY VEASEY finalists 2014 JOSEPHINE ULRICK & WIN SCHUBERT PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD

29 March – 25 May 2014
The Arts Centre Gold Coast, QLD

Congratulations to Petrina Hicks, Glenn Sloggett, Justine Varga and Beverley Veasey who have been selected as finalists in the 2014 Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award.

Now in its 14th year, the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award is considered one of the most important annual surveys of contemporary Australian photographic practice.

Petrina Hicks will be represented by her work Venus from the series The Shadows (2013). Glenn Sloggett's The saddest plant in the world has been selected for the award as well as last years joint winner, Justine Varga, for her work Sounding Silence #4 (2014). New work from Beverley Veasey, Summertime, Botany Bay is also included in the finalists.

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© Roger Ballen

ROGER BALLEN ASYLUM OF THE BIRDS

Pubished by Thames & Hudson March 2014

The images in Asylum of the Birds were taken entirely within the confines of a house in a Johannesburg suburb, the location of which remains a tightly guarded secret. Capturing the inhabitants of the house, both people and animals, and most notably the ever-present birds, Ballen has produced a series of images that are compelling and dynamic, existing somewhere between still life and portrait. They are richly layered with graffiti, drawings, animals, and found objects.

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PAT BRASSINGTON ‘À REBOURS’

1 March – 27 April 2014
Horsham Regional Art Gallery, VIC

À Rebours' is a major survey of one of Australia’s most important and influential photo-based artists, bringing together significant works from Brassington’s thirty-year career. Brassington was one of the first artists to recognise the potential of digital photography, all the while referencing the tradition of surrealist photogrpahy.

This touring exhibition curated by Juliana Engberg was first shown as part of ACCA’s ‘Influential Australian Artist Series’, which celebrates the works of artists who have made a significant contribution to the history of Australian art practice.

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© Glenn Sloggett

GLENN SLOGGETT in NEW PHOTOGRAPHY FROM THE FOOTPATH

3 April – 8 June 2014
Monash Gallery of Art, VIC

Glenn Sloggett is included in this exhibition of Melbourne based artists, with Catherine Bell and Ian Tippett, who embrace street photography, the practice of capturing candid photographs in public spaces. With so much of human life now taking place in public view, and with so many people now carrying camera's, street photography has become one of the most prevalent and relevant forms of photography today. Each artists work will be presented as a projected sequence, with Glenn's sequence reflecting his forthcoming photo-book Fibro dreams, a collection of Sloggett's well known images dating back to the mid 1990s.

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MARKETA LUSKACOVA & TRENT PARKE in 'MODELS FOR THE AFTERLIFE'

9 March - 13 April 2014
Delmar Gallery, NSW

This exhibition spans 6000 years and features over 50 ancient Chinese tomb ceramics (Neolithic to Tang Dynasty) and works by four contemporary artists that convey the emotional charge of ritual, remembrance and the mystery of death. By setting the contemporary in relation to the ancient, this exhibition aims to connect across time and history to the mystical, imaginative and creative realms which drive human culture.

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© Marketa Luskacova




© Anne Ferran

ANNE FERRAN BOX OF BIRDS

4 March – 1 June 2014
Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, VIC

Three works from Anne Ferran's 2013 series Box of Birds will be exhibited in the lobby windows of Melbourne's premier hotel for the Arts, Sofitel Melbourne on Collins. In this body of work, female performers enact improvised movements with large pieces of dyed and painted felt, creating strange and outlandish figures.

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PETRINA HICKS finalist 24th MUSWELLBROOK PHOTOGRAPHIC AWARD

9 March – 20 April 2014
Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre, NSW

Congratulations to Petrina Hicks, selected a s a finalist in the 24th Muswellbrook Photographic Award for her work Venus (2013). The winner of the biannual $10,000 acquisitive award will be announced on the opening night, Saturday 8 March 2014.

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© Trent Parke

TRENT PARKE in 'DARK HEART - 2014 ADELAIDE BIENNIAL of AUSTRALIAN ART'

1 March – 11 May 2014
Art Gallery of South Australia, SA

Congratulations to Trent Parke who will participate in 'Dark Heart - 2014 Adelaide Biennial of Art' which surveys contemporary Australian art. Curated by Art Gallery of South Australia Director Nick Mitzevich, 'Dark Heart' explores the personal, political and psychological facets of Australia's cultural identity.

Parke will present new work from the series The Camera is God ( street portrait series), 2014, a series of photographs of anonymous people standing on street corners who emerge with different levels of clarity. From far away, some are recognizable, only to evaporate into a pattern of grain close up. Others have faces, which have echoed and slipped away from their body. In installation, around the gallery walls, the portraits are encompassing, turning the tables on who in the gallery might be the viewers and the viewed.

The Camera is God (street portrait series) will exhibit at Stills Gallery 26 March - 3 May 2014.

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ANNE FERRAN 'SHADOW LAND'

8 February – 19 April 2014
Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, WA

'Shadow Land' is a survey exhibition of Anne Ferran’s most significant projects and series, spanning more than 30 years. Since 1995, Ferran has been examining and re-discovering Australia’s colonial heritage utilizing museum collections, photographic archives and archaeological sites, nationally and internationally. She is interested in the gaps or silences in the records and personal histories of those incarcerated in prisons, hospitals, mental asylums and female factories. Her practice incorporates a variety of media including photography, textiles, installation, text, and video/film. 'Shadow Land' has been accompanied by a residency in Fremantle resulting in a new body of work based on the disbanded library at the Fremantle Prison.

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© Glenn Sloggett

TRENT PARKE, GLENN SLOGGETT & WILLIAM YANG in 'AUSTRALIAN VERNACULAR PHOTOGRAPHY'

8 February – 18 May 2014
Art Gallery of New South Wales, NSW

This exhibition includes sixteen Australian artists and over twenty-five photographs taken from the 1960s through to the 2000s. It explores what an Australian vernacular photography might be, and comprises works from a photo-documentary tradition that forged a vision of Australian life via the camera. Depictions of modern Australian life are demonstrated through the works of Trent Parke Backyard swing set, QLD (2004), Glenn Sloggett Empty (1996) and William Yang.

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GLENN SLOGGETT

The National Gallery of Victoria as well as Artbank have recently acquired works from Glenn Sloggett's series' A White Trash (Lost) Love Story (2011) and Decrepit (2005). Sloggett's work looks at how the grand themes of life, death, success and failure are realised in the ordinary language of the suburbs. His artworks embrace the unlovable and he finds beauty in what many would find repellant.

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© Glenn Sloggett




© Justine Varga

JUSTNE VARGA awarded AUSTRALIA COUNCIL LONDON STUDIO RESIDENCY

29 August – 21 November 2014

Stills Gallery is delighted to congratulate Justine Varga who is the successful recipient of the Australia Council London Studio Residency.

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TRENT PARKE in '2014 ADELAIDE BIENNALE of AUSTRALIAN ART'

1 March – 11 May 2014
Art Gallery of South Australia, SA

Congratulations to Trent Parke who will be participating in the '2014 Adelaide Biennale of Art', which surveys contemporary Australian art. Parke will present new work in the biennale which is being curated to explore ‘the political, the psychological and the personal’.

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© Roger Ballen

ROGER BALLEN at MONA

7 December 2013 – 21 April 2014
Museum of Old and New Art, TAS

Ballen will exhibit work from his Asylum and Apparitions series in the Library Gallery at MONA. Curated by Olivier Varenne and Nicole Durling, this installation exhibition incorporates Roger’s photography, drawings and sculptures.

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