Travelling Exhibitions

John Gollings: the history of the built world

An MGA travelling exhibition


John Gollings is Australia’s pre-eminent photographer of the built environment. For the past 50 years he has been synthesising his joint interests in photography and architecture to explore the cultural construction of social spaces.

John Gollings: the history of the built world is the first major survey of Gollings’s photographic practice. While Gollings is well known for his documentation of new buildings and cityscapes, this survey exhibition situates these images within the broader context of his photographic practice. Alongside his commercial work, Gollings has always engaged in projects concerned with architectural history and heritage. This includes photographs of iconic modernist buildings, ancient sites of spiritual significance and the ruins of abandoned cities. Gollings’s interest in architectural heritage is also apparent in his documentation of places such as Melbourne and Surfers Paradise, where he has recorded the evolution of the built environment over extended periods of time.

Curator: Stephen Zagala


Tour itinerary:

International venues

CEPT University (Ahmedabad, India) | Australia Fest in India
18 January – 15 February 2019

India Habitat Centre | Experimental Art Gallery (New Delhi, India) | Australia Fest in India
18 February – 20 March 2019

Bangalore International Centre (Bangalore, India) | Bengaluru ByDesign
15 – 22 November 2019

Australian venues

Queensland Centre for Photography | The Maud Street Photo Gallery (QLD)
22 February - 24 March 2019

Whitehorse Artspace (VIC)
11 April – 15 June 2019

Museum of Sydney | Sydney Living Museums (NSW)
30 November 2019 – 27 April 2020

Venues considering hosting this exhibition or wish to discuss in more detail can contact the gallery with an expression of interest on 03 8544 0500 or email to [email protected]

Upcoming Exhibitions

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  • Dressing up: clothing and camera
  • The Tucker portraits
  • Portrait of Monash: the ties that bind
  • Not standing still: new approaches in documentary photography

Past Exhibitions

Travelling Exhibitions

  • John Gollings: the history of the built world

Bowness Prize

  • William & Winifred Bowness Photography 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
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