MGA to reopen with a celebration of Australian contemporary photography – the 2020 Bowness Photography Prize – onsite and online – and vote in the Smith & Singer Peoples Choice Award
Address: 860 Ferntree Gully Road Wheelers Hill VIC 3150
Date: Exhibition dates: 31 October 2020 – 7 February 2021
Time: THURSDAY – SUNDAY 11am – 4pm
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Call: 03 8544 0500
from the series Livin’ the dream
pigment ink-jet print 120.0 x 180.0 cm
courtesy the artist, THIS IS NO FANTASY (Melbourne) and Andrew Baker Art Dealer (Brisbane)
Locals can also preview a statellite exhibition that includes a selection of works now on display at our permanent gallery space at The Glen shopping centre. Located within the fashion and lifestyle precinct, the MGA Gallery offers a special space for visitors to engage with art, and features works by leading Australian photographers including Narelle Autio, Peta Clancy, Tamara Dean, Anne Ferran, John Gollings, Leila Jeffreys and Fiona MacDonald.
‘We are delighted to launch the Bowness Photography Prize in 2020 in the wake of such a tumultuous year. It is fitting the launch marks MGA’s re-opening after months of closure due to COVID-19 restrictions as the prize – the Bowness Photography Prize is a celebration of contemporary photography in Australia and spans the breadth and depth of photographic practice. We have also created new and enhanced ways to engage with the works by increasing access to the exhibition though our satellite and virtual exhibitions.’ – Anouska Phizacklea, Gallery Director
In 2020 MGA celebrates its 30th anniversary and the Bowness Photography Prize marks its 15th year. Over the last 15 years, the Bowness Photography Prize has emerged as an important annual survey of contemporary photographic practice in Australia and one of the most prestigious prizes in the country. The prize continues to showcase excellence in photography.
In response to COVID-19 restrictions and the impact on the arts sector the MGA Foundation has made a number of alterations to the prize this year including extending the exhibition period over summer with a commitment to ensuring a physical as well as a virtual exhibition.
The judging panel this year is comprised of acclaimed artist Fiona Hall, NGA Senior Curator of Photography, Dr Shaune Lakin, and MGA Director, Anouska Phizacklea. Not deterred by the current restrictions, the judging panel selected the shortlist from over 1,000 entries, the most that has been received in the prize’s history. The amount and calibre of the entries necessarily sparked a robust debate around narrowing down the field and landing on works that speak to such a challenging and pivotal moment in history. The judges will reconvene in January to select the $30,000 winner and three Colour Factory Honourable Mentions. The announcement of the winner, Smith & Singer People’s Choice Award recipient of $5,000, and the Colour Factory Honourable Mentions will be celebrated at a special event to be confirmed in January 2021.