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Masterclass: Expanding cyanotypes with Vicky Cooper and Doug Spowart

16 September 2018

Join Doug Spowart and Victoria Cooper - artists, teachers, researchers and all around champions of the photobook and the photographic arts in Australia - for a unique masterclass that will extend your use of the cyanotype process to encompass narratives and storytelling.

In this masterclass Spowart + Cooper will provide an introduction to their materials, tools and practices they use for their unique cyanotype work. Participants will create cyanotype narratives in the form of simple handmade books including the 8-page fold and concertina book formats. Participants will also experiment with sample images using rice paper and some textile materials to gain an understanding of alternate materials.

Sunday 16 September
10am-3.30pm at MGA

$70 Friends of MGA members
$80 non-members

Tickets and further information 

This masterclass is being held as part of the programs surrounding the IN ANNA'S GARDEN: Australian practitioners celebrating World Cyanotype Day 2018 exhibition. Details here.

About our facilitators:

Victoria Cooper and Doug Spowart are visual artists working in the fields of photoimaging, books as art, cultural research and education. They have collaborated on many art projects and exhibitions of book works that have featured their room and car camera obscuras.

Photobooks and artists' books by Cooper and Spowart have been finalists in many awards including the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award, the Libris Australian Artists' Book Prize and the Manly Artists' book Award. In 2017 their photobook 'You are here...' was a Finalist in the Vienna Photobook Festival. Spowart and Cooper have had work published internationally in the Pinhole Resource Journal, Photo Poche and Eric Renner’s Rediscovering a historic technique: Pinhole Photography. A body of Camera Obscura work was a finalist in the Australian national LEICA CCP Photodocumentary Award.

Both have lectured nationally on the topic of the photobook and artists’ books and their books have been purchased for the rare book and manuscript collections in the State Libraries of Queensland and Victoria and the National Library of Australia

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