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Bowness Photography Prize Finalists Announced

MGA, on behalf of the MGA Foundation, is thrilled to announce the shortlisted finalists for the 2018 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize.

For more than a decade the Bowness Photography Prize has celebrated excellence in photography and creates a snapshot of contemporary photographic practice in Australia, and this year’s selection is no exception! The judging panel, Dr Michael Brand, Director of AGNSW, artist Dr David Rosetzky and Anouska Phizacklea, Director of MGA, made the selection from an incredibly strong field of entrants that reflected the diversity and depth of photographic practice in Australia.

The MGA Foundation is pleased to announce Sotheby’s Australia, the premier auctioneer of art, decorative arts and jewels within Australia, as the new sponsor of the People’s Choice Award. Sotheby’s Australia is generously supporting the 2018 Sotheby’s Australia People’s Choice Award. With their support the prize awarded to the recipient has increased to $2,500 which will provide significant encouragement and support to the selected artist. 

2018 Finalists:
Hoda Afshar, Robert Ashton, Sofi Basseghi, Alison Bennett, Devika Bilimoria, Tom Blachford, Aaron Bradbrook, Danica Chappell, Rowan Conroy, Michael Cook, Tamara Dean, Marian Drew, Thomas Edward, Amos Gebhardt, John Gollings, Linsey Gosper, Lee Grant, Janina Green, Ponch Hawkes, Hego, Petrina Hicks, Shelley Horan, Leah King‐Smith, Katrin Koenning, Sandra Lamonaca, Mathew Lynn, Kirsten Lyttle, Isobel Markus‐Dunworth, Ben McGee, Joseph McGlennon, Rod McNicol, Jacqueline Mitelman, Nasim Nasr, Polixeni Papapetrou, Matthew Portch, Clare Rae, Julie Rrap, Melissa Spiccia, Nathan Stolz, Natalya Stone, Ian Strange, Darren Sylvester, Samuel Szwarcbord, Cyrus Tang, Di Tang, Natalie Tirant, Justine Varga, James Verdon, Martin Walch, Amanda Williams, Anne Zahalka.

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Exhibition: 29 September – 18 November 2018
Winner announcement: Thursday 11 October 2018


LEGACY+ … collecting contemporary
Hoda Afshar | Pat Brassington | David Rosetzky

This exhibition showcases the work of Hoda Afshar, Pat Brassington and David Rosetzky who create potent narratives within their practices, with performative, experimental and chance encounters tying these works together. This pop-up exhibition must close Sunday 19 August.

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Events and workshops

Perimeter Books – Afternoon Residency and Temporary Bookshop at MGA

25 August 2018

MGA is thrilled to be hosting Perimeter Books for an Afternoon Residency and Temporary Bookshop on Saturday 25 August from 1.30-4.30pm.. The event will comprise a series of talks and book signings with Perimeter Editions artists – including Clare Rae, Rohan Hutchinson, James Geurts and Tim Coghlan – and a bookstore featuring a range of brand new titles from leading independent photobook publishers such as MACK (London), Libraryman (Stockholm/Antwerp), TBW Books (Oakland), Spector...

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Friends of MGA Inc. exclusive event | Members-only cocktail party LEGACY. Your collection. Our story.

30 August 2018

Friends of MGA Inc. exclusive event. LEGACY: Your collection. Our story. Members Only Cocktail Party Thursday 30 August 2018 5.30pm to 7pm Join us for an intimate evening surrounded by MGA Friends and donors as we thank, acknowledge and celebrate the impact of your giving. We will enjoy superb wine, beer and delicious nibbles amidst our current exhibition LEGACY. Your collection. Our story. which highlights the impact of donors who have helped to build and c...

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Photobook Club Melbourne meetup

21 August 2018

7-8.30pm at MGA. PBC Melbourne is a social group of photobook lovers, collectors and makers. Our meetups are casual events, chatting and sharing our favourites, hand-made treasures, new purchases or recent borrows from the library!  All welcome, no bookings required. For your diaries! Meet up dates for 2018 February Tuesday 20 February 7-8.30pm April Tuesday 17 April 7-8.30pm June Tuesday 19 June 7-8.30pm August Tuesday 21 August 7-8.30pm October Tuesday 16 October 7-8.30pm December Tu...

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Friends of MGA morning coffee | Living poetry with Nasrin Rasoulzadeh

20 August 2018

About our speaker:. In Living Poetry, Iranian-born, Melbourne-based artist Nasrin Rasoulzadeh, weaves the words and works of some of history’s greatest Persian poets: Omar Khayam, Rumi, Hafez, Saedi and Ferdousi together through sculpture, light and form, and brings them to life in a collection that allows us to embrace them in our contemporary, modern lives. 10am morning coffee 10.45am talk begins Bookings preferred: 03 8544 0500 email: [email protected] Friends of MGA $10 | $5 ta...

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Entries invited: Friends of MGA inc Photography Competition

7 August 2018 to 16 September 2018

CALL FOR ENTRIES The Friends of MGA Committee know that photographers are always looking for ways to get their work out there to a large audience, the Committee is also keen to continuously improve our offering to members. As such the Friends of MGA have announced that entries are open for the second Friends of MGA Photography Competition and Exhibition. Open only to Friends of  MGA members, we’re inviting the photographers in our community to submit up to three prints to the compe...

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Featured Exhibitions

LEGACY. Your collection. Our story.
15 June 2018 to 19 September 2018
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The legacy continues
18 July 2018 to 19 September 2018
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LEGACY+ … collecting contemporary
18 July 2018 to 19 August 2018
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