Anouska Phizacklea, MGA Director, and Natasha Bowness, Chair, MGA Committee of Management, warmly invite you to the opening of:
LEGACY. Your Collection. Our Story. For over 30 years MGA’s benefactors have been instrumental in the development of the only public collection solely dedicated to Australian photography, and it all started with a tapestry donated by Harry Seidler...
Now numbering over 3 100 Australian photographs, MGA’s collection illustrates the story of photography in Australia and its development is in no small part due to the generosity of donors. Collectors, supporters and artists have been critical to the collection’s development with over half the collection built through donations.
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, showcasing 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 including those by Carol Jerrems, Max Dupain, Wolfgang Sievers and Polixeni Papapetrou just to name a few.
Over the past ten years MGA has celebrated the work of emerging photomedia artists with the annual TOPshots award and exhibition. TOPshots showcases artwork produced by students studying the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) subjects of Art, Media and Studio Arts. Each of these subjects has a different focus within the broader course of arts education offered to Victorian secondary school students, making the TOPshots exhibition an exciting overview of different creative trajectories. MGA is proud to have the opportunity to acknowledge the excellence of young photomedia artists in our community, and welcome our visitors to take inspiration from the creative potential that TOPshots 2018 represents.
The finalists for TOPshots 2017-18 are:Natalie Bocquet Princes Hill Secondary CollegeMarek Dague Princes Hill Secondary CollegeLacey Gilbert Luther CollegeHolli Hickman Caulfield Grammar SchoolSam Hooper Scotch CollegeChris Jackson Scotch CollegeBen Macri Marcellin CollegeIsabella Murray-Goold St Paul's Anglican Grammar SchoolCam Myers Woodleigh SchoolHelen Nguyen Loreto Mandeville Hall ToorakBryce Peatling Beaconhills CollegeSophie Smith Melbourne Girls GrammarNikita Smith Vermont Secondary CollegeEmily Tolan St Margaret's SchoolLetran Truong Wellington Secondary CollegeJamie Tung Luther CollegeCourtney Turner Kingswood CollegeAmanda Twigg Loreto Mandeville Hall Toorak
RSVP to the combined exhibition launch here
Refreshments provided by our Program Partners: Chain of Ponds Wines, Gomersal Wines and Bright Brewery.
2-3pm Saturday 14 July
Join Charles Justin, Justin Art House Museum, artist Janelle Low, independent curator Sophia Cai and MGA Director Anouska Phizacklea 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.
FREE event - RSVP here
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