Past Exhibitions

More seeing is not understanding: Ponch Hawkes

8 September 2010 to 24 October 2010

In this exhibition Hawkes presents a series of photographs that draw on her memories of chance encounters and ordinary yet arresting moments. Hawkes reconstructed seventeen mysterious, nocturnal scenes and photographed them in a way that encourages us to try and make sense of them.

Dr Melissa Miles, Lecturer, Department of Theory of Art and Design, Monash University states of the photographs: "Cleverly, Hawkes creates a series of openings in these photographs and beckons us to climb in. The stories take place in familiar surrounds, but the unresolved narratives invite speculation."

Ponch Hawkes is one of Melbourne's most important photographers. She is part of a great generation of feminist photographers that includes Micky Allan and the late Sue Ford. Since the 1970s Hawkes has documented Australia's social and political culture and in doing so has linked several generations of Melbourne's vibrant creative communities.

Ponch was recently announced as the recipient of the biennial NSM Basil Sellers Creative Arts Fellowship 2011 - 2012.

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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