Current Exhibitions

This landscape holds grief | Paula Mahoney

29 September 2022 to 13 November 2022

MGA and the MGA Foundation are proud to introduce the inaugural Wai Tang Commissioning Award exhibition. Paula Mahoney is the first artist to be awarded the $10,000 commission who was selected from the 2021 Bowness Photography Prize. The award has been established by Wai Tang’s husband, Kee Wong, to recognise and honour her significant impact on the arts and preserve her legacy within MGA’s collection and exhibition history.

Mahoney's exhibition This landscape holds grief is the result of a residency at Q Bank Gallery in Queenstown Tasmania. This body of work explores the relationship between personal loss, our history and how grief can echo in the Australian landscape as an absence.

Mahoney’s work represents an ongoing examination of death and personal loss through the vehicle of performative photography and portraiture, frequently depicting herself, daughter, niece and sisters, wearing clothes of dead loved ones. She posits lamentation as a necessary yet optimistic viewpoint that suggests psychological shifts, creating both an awareness of our limitations and our connection to each other and to a greater whole. This landscape holds grief returns the image of death and mourning into public consciousness in a way that combines hope and despair.

Curator: Anouska Phizacklea, MGA Director


Exhibition partners
MGA Foundation | Kee Wong

Exhibition supporters
Creative Victoria | Q Bank Gallery | Pharos Editions

Current Exhibitions

  • William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize
  • This landscape holds grief | Paula Mahoney

Past Exhibitions

Atrium Gallery

  • Postcards from our big backyard
  • Atrium Gallery – information

Travelling Exhibitions

  • The Tucker portraits
  • The light fades but the gods remain | Bill Henson
  • Robyn Stacey: as still as life

Bowness Prize

  • William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize
  • William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2019 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2018 William & Winifred Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2017 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2016 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2015 Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2014 Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2013 Bowness Photography Prize
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