Past Exhibitions

  • Rennie Ellis 'Fans'

FRIENDS & FANS: Wesley Stacey & Rennie Ellis

1 February 2014 to 20 April 2014

Wesley Stacey: Friends

Wesley Stacey took these photographs at a fancy dress party in Sydney during the summer of 1972–73. Stacey set his camera on a tripod and used the available light to take a series of double portraits. The aim of the exercise was to share and collaborate rather than simply document the event. The dark tones and candid poses help communicate Stacey’s own immersion in the party and his personal connection with the subjects.

Stacey exhibited this series at Brummels Gallery of Photography, South Yarra, in 1973, alongside photographs by his close friend David Moore. These two Sydney-based artists had been invited to show together in Melbourne by the director of Brummels, Rennie Ellis.

Two summers earlier, Ellis and Stacey had worked together documenting the
night life of Kings Cross in Sydney. When Stacey gave the title of ‘Friends’ to his Brummels exhibition, he was not only referring to the people shown in the portraits, but also to the network of friendships that supported his practice at that time.

Rennie Ellis: Fans

During the 1970s Rennie Ellis documented a series of VFL grand finals at the MCG. He rarely took photographs of the game itself, preferring instead to focus on the festivities of the supporters and the post-match revelry of the players. These photographs of the cheer squads capture the styles and fashions of the period, but they also celebrate the act of celebration itself.

Current Exhibitions

  • Portrait of Monash: the ties that bind

Upcoming Exhibitions

  • William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize
  • Not standing still: new approaches in documentary photography
  • STAGES: photography through the pandemic

Past Exhibitions

Atrium Gallery

  • Arts action: exploring the personal and political
  • Atrium Gallery – information

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

  • 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
  • 2011 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize
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