Current Exhibitions

Leave only footprints

25 November 2022 to 19 February 2023

A survey exhibition by leading photo media artist Tamara Dean.

‘For as long as I can remember I have yearned to be in nature. When I enter a forest I feel as though I have come home.’ – Tamara Dean

Emerging from the depths of nature Dean’s practice examines the human condition. Leave only footprints is the first survey of the critically acclaimed photo media artist and spans more than twenty years of her photographic practice. This immersive exhibition incorporates scent, photography, installation and the moving image to create an environment that engages the senses.

Dean’s career began as a photojournalist for the Sydney Morning Herald (2001–14). She was renowned for finding the quieter, more introspective moments between subject and photographer. Her exploration of our shifting emotional states continues to evolve and these themes now occupy her large-scale performative photographic practice.

‘I create symbolically charged works which aim to bridge the separateness that we as humans create in our minds between ourselves and nature.’ – Tamara Dean

Dean’s practice transitioned from documentary to conceptual photography after the arrival of her first child. It transformed her practice into one that explores the primacy of nature and our connectedness to it and to each other. Leave only footprints spans over 11 key bodies of work that explore transitional moments in our lives; rites of passage, rituals and motherhood, and is underpinned by the artist’s longing and desire to be within and to protect nature.

Curator: Anouska Phizacklea, MGA Director

Current Exhibitions

  • Lovers and misfits
  • Leave only footprints

Past Exhibitions

Atrium Gallery

  • Forevermore
  • 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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