Current Exhibitions

William & Winifred Bowness Photography Prize

29 September 2018 to 18 November 2018

MGA Foundation is thrilled to announce that Melbourne-based, Iranian-born artist Hoda Afshar is the winner of the $30,000 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize for her photograph ‘Portrait of Behrouz Boochani, Manus Island’ (2018). Shelley Horan, Darren Sylvester and Cyrus Tang are the 2018 recipients of the Colour Factory Honourable Mentions.

The Bowness Photography Prize creates a snapshot of contemporary photographic practice in Australia and continues to showcase excellence in photography, 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.

Congratulations to the following 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, 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 and Anne Zahalka.

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 $2500 which will provide significant encouragement and support to the selected artist. All voters of the Sotheby’s Australia People’s Choice Award will go into a draw to win a prize pack.

Current Exhibitions

  • William & Winifred Bowness Photography Prize
  • Allusion & Illusion: the fantastical world of Valerie Sparks

Upcoming Exhibitions

  • Robyn Stacey: As still as life

Past Exhibitions

Travelling Exhibitions

  • Australian exotica
  • John Gollings | The history of the built world

Bowness 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
  • William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize 2009
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