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Portrait of Monash: the ties that bind

15 February–12 April 2020


In celebration of our 30th anniversary, MGA will commission four leading Australian artists to explore the City of Monash by responding to key issues facing the community – a reflection of the city as a microcosm of the nation.

Peta Clancy, Lee Grant, Ponch Hawkes and David Rosetzky will shine their own inimitable lens on their chosen topic of interest – local indigenous sites of significance, the migrant experience, homelessness, and the LGBTQI+ community. The commission provides a powerful platform for people to share their stories, which builds awareness of the individual’s experience as they present their truth and the challenges they face. In doing so MGA becomes a safe place for respectful discourse which leads to greater understanding, profile and advocacy. This is the transformative power of the arts at its most potent. Accompanying the exhibition will be education and public engagement programs to encourage an inclusive and celebrated community.

Build MGA’s Collection

Key works from each artist will be selected to enter MGA’s Collection. These works are uniquely relevant for MGA, our community and the people involved. The commissioning and creative process will be documented and explored to provide key insights for audiences from how you commission an artist and the artist’s creative process, through to the production and installation of the final work. A dedicated exhibition microsite will enhance engagement through digital interviews with the artists, curator and the community.

Support us

This is a pivotal moment in MGA’s history. In 2020 we celebrate our 30th anniversary, and with your support we will elevate our artistic program to new heights with a commission that speaks to our unique position as the Australian home of photography.

To realise these ambitious new bodies of work, we need your support to raise $30,000. This commission will have a significant impact on MGA and our legacy of ground-breaking exhibitions.

Join us by making a tax deductible gift to help us achieve our target which will directly support the artists through artist commissioning fees, artist travel costs and the realisation of these new works.

Help us as we change the landscape for MGA, Australian photography and its artists.

MGA Foundation (ABN 93 138 339 688) is a registered Charity, endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient and a public ancillary fund covered by Item 2 of the table in section 30–15 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.

Monash Gallery of Art (ABN 23 118 071 457) is endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient and covered by Item 1 & 4 of the table in section 30–15 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997. Gifts of artworks can be received under the Cultural Gifts Program

Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.

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