Past Exhibitions

Brummels: Australia's first gallery of photography

22 October 2011 to 22 January 2012

CLOSING THIS WEEKEND! Brummels was the first Australian art gallery dedicated to exhibiting the work of photographers. Opened in 1972 by photographer Rennie Ellis, above a restaurant in South Yarra, the humble exhibition space was the hub of an emerging community of art photographers. Established commercial photographers of the time embraced the opportunity to exhibit photographs of a personal and experimental nature, while a new generation of students, able to study photography in an art school context for the first time, showcased their emerging talents.

MGA's exhibition will pay tribute to this important moment in the history of Australian photography, and allow audiences to reflect on the artistic styles and concerns of the time.

Artists include: Robert Ashton, Godwin Bradbeer, Warren Breninger, Ian Dodd, Rennie Ellis, Sue Ford, George Gittoes, Gerard Groeneveld, Ponch Hawkes, Carol Jerrems, Jean-Marc Le Pechoux, Peter Leiss, Steven Lojewski, Rod McNicol, David Moore, Jon Rhodes, Wesley Stacey, Geoff Strong and Henry Talbot.

Current Exhibitions

  • TOPshots 2020–21
  • William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize

Upcoming Exhibitions

  • Visions of India:
from the colonial to the contemporary

Past Exhibitions

Atrium Gallery

  • STAGES: life in lockdown
  • Atrium Gallery – information

Travelling Exhibitions

  • Bowness Photography Prize celebrates 15 years
  • 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 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
  • 2012 Bowness Photography Prize
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