Past Exhibitions

Australians in PNG | Sonia Payes: Terra mysteria

12 August 2017 to 8 October 2017

Australians in PNG highlights the ongoing importance of Papua New Guinea as a subject in the history of Australian photography. Featuring major new bodies of work by Eric Bridgeman, Stephen Dupont and Sonia Payes, this suite of exhibitions, Eric Bridgeman: The fight, Stephen Dupont: Piksa Niugini and Sonia Payes: Terra mysteria acknowledges the complexity and significance of Australia’s involvement with its closest neighbour.


Sonia Payes (1956–) is a Melbourne-based artist. Payes’ art practice is grounded in her training as a photographer, which includes a Master Photographer qualification from the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (2001). She has been exhibiting her work since the mid-1990s, and has regularly staged solo exhibitions in art galleries since 2003. Payes is well known for her photographic portraits of artists and other public figures, but her creative work has increasingly focused on the landscape as a subject. Payes is an avid traveller, and takes particular inspiration from terrains that have extreme geological and atmospheric conditions.

Current Exhibitions

  • Fashioning black identity: Africa and the African diaspora
  • Dressing up: clothing and camera
  • The Tucker portraits

Upcoming Exhibitions

  • Portrait of Monash: the ties that bind
  • Not standing still: new approaches in documentary photography

Past Exhibitions

Atrium Gallery

  • Ali MC | Nong shain maw: stonebreakers of the east Khasi highlands

Travelling Exhibitions

  • John Gollings: the history of the built world
  • The light fades but the gods remain | Bill Henson
  • Robyn Stacey: as still as life

Bowness Prize

  • William & Winifred Bowness Photography Prize
  • William and Winifred Bowness Photography 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
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