Past Exhibitions

TOPshots 2017-18: celebrating emerging artists

15 June 2018 to 15 July 2018

Over the past ten years MGA has celebrated the work of emerging photomedia artists with the annual TOPshots award and exhibition. TOPshots showcases artwork produced by students studying the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) subjects of Art, Media and Studio Arts. Each of these subjects has a different focus within the broader course of arts education offered to Victorian secondary school students, making the TOPshots exhibition an exciting overview of different creative trajectories.

The artworks displayed in this exhibition offer little more than a glimpse of the year-long course of study each of these young artists has undertaken. It would be remiss not to mention the laborious nature of each of these subjects and the hours spent testing, refining and creating final folio pieces and documenting creative processes in visual diaries.

MGA is proud to have the opportunity to acknowledge the excellence of young photomedia artists in our community, and welcome our visitors to take inspiration from the creative potential that TOPshots 2018 represents.

The finalists for TOPshots 2017-18 are:

Natalie Bocquet Princes Hill Secondary College

Marek Dague Princes Hill Secondary College

Lacey Gilbert Luther College

Holli Hickman Caulfield Grammar School

Sam Hooper Scotch colloege

Chris Jackson Scotch College

Ben Macri Marcellin College

Isabella Murray-Goold St Paul's Anglican Grammar School

Cam Myers Woodleigh School

Helen Nguyen Loreto Mandeville Hall Toorak

Bryce Peatling Beaconhills College

Sophie Smith Melbourne Girls Grammar

Nikita Smith Vermont Secondary College

Emily Tolan St Margaret's School

Letran Truong Wellington Secondary College

Jamie Tung Luther College

Courtney Turner Kingswood College

Amanda Twigg Loreto Mandeville Hall Toorak

View their work online here

Current Exhibitions

  • STAGES: photography through the pandemic
  • Develop

Upcoming Exhibitions

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

Past Exhibitions

Atrium Gallery

  • STAGES: life in lockdown
  • 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

  • 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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