Past Exhibitions

The road: photographers on the move 1970-85

13 June 2014 to 31 August 2014

Artists: Micky Allan, Virginia Coventry, Gerrit Fokkema, John Gollings, Tim Handfield, Ian North, Robert Rooney, Wesley Stacey.

This exhibition brings together a range of photographic projects that responded to the experience of automotive travel in Australia during the 1970s and ‘80s.

The origins of Monash Gallery of Art rest in the golden age of automotive travel in Australia. Relatively cheap and accessible petrol, increased private car ownership, and a vastly improved network of roads encouraged the suburban expansion of Melbourne. This especially occurred along the major freeways that stretched to the east and south-east of the city. Great hopes were pinned on this expansion, and there is evidence of it all around MGA: a new headquarters for Australian Rules football was built in Mulgrave; major shopping centres were built and expanded in Chadstone and Knox; a major and highly ambitious arts precinct designed by eminent architect Harry Seidler was commissioned by the Waverley City Council, where MGA now stands.

The work in this exhibition shows that there was a strong relationship between photography and the road in Australian culture at this time. Photography helped to make sense of the particular experience of movement made possible by faster cars and better roads; at the same time, it helped to demonstrate the challenges to life and culture that accompanied suburban expansion and the rise of the road in Australia.

Current Exhibitions

  • Glamour stakes: Martin Parr
  • Beyond Eden: Polixeni Papapetrou
  • Dutch masters of light: Hendrik Kerstens and Erwin Olaf

Upcoming Exhibitions

  • Life aquatic

Past Exhibitions

Travelling Exhibitions

  • PHOTOGRAPHY MEETS FEMINISM: Australian women photographers 1970s–80s
  • The Rennie Ellis Show
  • Rod McNicol: Memento Mori
  • Australian exotica

Bowness Prize

  • William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2015 Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2014 Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2013 Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2012 Bowness Photography Prize
  • William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize 2011
  • William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize 2010
  • William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize 2009
  • William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize 2008
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