Travelling Exhibitions

The Rennie Ellis Show

This travelling exhibition has been developed by the Rennie Ellis Photographic Archive and Monash Gallery of Art with support from the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria.

The photographer Rennie Ellis (1940–2003) was a key figure in Australian visual culture. Ellis is best remembered for his effervescent observations of Australian life during the 1970s–90s, including his now iconic book Life is a beach. Although invariably inflected with his own personality and wit, the thousands of social documentary photographs taken by Ellis during this period now form an important historical record.

The Rennie Ellis Show highlights some of the defining images of Australian life from the 1970s and ‘80s. This is the period of Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser, Paul Keating and Bob Hawke; AC/DC and punk rock; cheap petrol and coconut oil; Hare Krishnas and Hookers and Deviates balls.

This exhibition of photographs provides a personal account of what Ellis termed ‘a great period of change’. Photographs explore the cultures and subcultures of the period, and provide a strong sense of a place that now seems worlds away, a world free of risk, of affordable inner city housing, of social protest, of disco and pub rock, of youth and exuberance.


Venues considering hosting this exhibition should download the tour promo and contact the gallery with an expression of interest.

Tour itinerary:

SHEPPARTON ART MUSEUM
12 December 2014 - 22 February 2015

HORSHAM REGIONAL ART GALLERY
27 March – 24 May 2015

LISMORE REGIONAL GALLERY
18 July – 5 September 2015

NEW ENGLAND REGIONAL ART MUSEUM (NERAM)
19 August – 16 October2016

ART GALLERY OF BALLARAT
3 December 2016 – 29 January 2017

WHITEHORSE ARTSPACE
3 August – 7 October 2017

Current Exhibitions

  • William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize
  • FOTOFILMIC '16 International juried travelling exhibition

Upcoming Exhibitions

  • John Gollings: The history of the built world
  • Antipodean emanations: cameraless photographs from Australia and New Zealand

Past Exhibitions

Travelling Exhibitions

  • On the fabric of the Ngarrindjeri Body | At Monash Civic Centre
  • Tracey Moffatt - selected works | At Sofitel Melbourne on Collins
  • PHOTOGRAPHY MEETS FEMINISM: Australian women photographers 1970s–80s
  • The Rennie Ellis Show
  • Australian exotica
  • Wesley Stacey
The wild thing

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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