Past Exhibitions

  • 8 Mile: photographs from the margins of Port Moresby

8 Mile: photographs from the margins of Port Moresby

28 January 2010 to 11 April 2010

Sean Davey and Emmanuel Onom Mel's exhibition portrays life in the small community of 8 Mile Settlement, located just outside Port Moresby, PNG. Over the past few years, Sean has visited 8 Mile, photographing it and teaching its residents how to take photographs. Emmanuel has also documented his community: together, Sean's black-and-white and Emmanuel's colour photographs produce a compellingly gritty picture of contemporary life in PNG.

Emmanuel photographs the real conditions of life in and around his home in 8 Mile. A self-acknowledged ‘bad boy' with a criminal past, he presents a remarkably sensitive portrayal of a community that struggles with basic amenities. Families are forced to spend hours each day collecting and transporting water to use for drinking, cooking and washing, and crime, alcohol and drugs are common.

Sean is a Cairns-based photographer who is forging creative ties with the region, through project-based creative workshops. Sean describes himself as a ‘welcome outsider' in the community and sees his project with Emmanuel as an exchange. He continues to visit 8 Mile, photographing and supporting the ongoing creative endeavours of Emmanuel and 8 Mile's other photographers. The creative space that he has fostered between Emmanuel and himself not only serves to highlight the cultural difference, but it also looks to construct new possibilities for our collective future

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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