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MONASH GALLERY OF ART ANNUAL REPORT 2012


THE HOME OF AUSTRALIAN PHOTOGRAPHY 860 Ferntree Gully Road Wheelers Hill Victoria 3150 T:+61 3 8544 0500 mga@monash.vic.gov.au www.mga.org.au Tue–Fri 10am to 5pm Sat–Sun 12pm to 5pm Mondays and public holidays: closed MGA is owned by the City of Monash MGA is the City of Monash’s premier cultural facility Published by Monash Gallery of Art © Monash Gallery of Art 2012 ISBN 1 876764 09 0 Printer: Highlight Printing Pty Ltd

COVER IMAGE Jacky REDGATE Light throw (mirrors) #4 2011 from the series Light throw (mirrors) 2009–11 chromogenic print 126.5 x 159.0 cm acquired 2011 MGA 2012.001


MONASH GALLERY OF ART ANNUAL REPORT 2012


MISSION

Monash Gallery of Art is the home of Australian photography. MGA is one of Victoria’s leading public art galleries. Since the late 1970s, the gallery has established and maintains a nationally significant collection of Australian photography, the only specialist collection of its kind in the country. As Australia’s only public art gallery dedicated to the collection and promotion of Australian photography, MGA holds a very special place in the country’s network of art galleries and museums. MGA is proudly owned by residents of the City of Monash and is the municipality’s primary cultural venue. MGA engages the people of Monash in a diverse program of exhibitions, events and opportunities to learn, to be entertained and to meet each other. The Committee of Management and the staff of MGA acknowledge the traditional owners of this beautiful place and, in the spirit of reconciliation, pay our respects to their elders both past and present.


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OUR YEAR

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STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS

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CONTENTS

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COMMITTEE OF MANAGEMENT CHAIR’S REPORT DIRECTOR’S REPORT

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FRONT OF HOUSE

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OUR COLLECTION

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PUBLIC PROGRAMS

15 EDUCATION 16

SUPPORT

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DONORS

18 COMMUNICATIONS 21 DEVELOPMENT

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TRAVELLING EXHIBITIONS

24 EXHIBITIONS 26

EXHIBITION SUMMARIES

34 ACQUISITIONS 38

FRIENDS OF MGA INC

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MGA FOUNDATION REPORT

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SPONSORS & SUPPORTERS


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OUR YEAR

HIGHLIGHTS FOR 2011–12 Some of our successes and achievements:

MEMBERS 349 Friends of MGA Inc memberships 12 events organised by Friends of MGA Inc COLLECTION 11 purchased acquisitions 62 donated acquisitions 125 artworks from the MGA Collection prepared for exhibition by MGA staff (6% of

VOLUNTEERS 1 892 volunteer hours 27 individual volunteers

340 people attended 21 social tours 15 artist talks involving 25 artists 31 outreach activities involving MGA staff

EDUCATION EVENTS 67 events for year 42 schools participated 1 384 students attended education tours

EXHIBITIONS 16 exhibitions in main galleries 135 artists participated in MGA exhibitions 11 exhibitions curated or intiated by MGA staff 15 exhibitions held in MGA’s community

PUBLICATIONS AND PROMOTION 3 MGA newsletters, 20 pages each 4 MGA events calendars 22 MGA Enews publications 48 MGA blog posts

TRAVELLING EXHIBITIONS $27 500 income generated 61 036 visitors to MGA’s travelling exhibitions 488 total open days of MGA’s travelling exhibitions 5 travelling exhibitions 11 venues throughout Australia

OUR YEAR

PUBLIC PROGRAMS AND OUTREACH 56 events/programs 3 502 people attended public programs

the collection) 14 artworks from the MGA Collection loaned to other galleries

exhibition galleries 116 non collection artworks prepared for exhibition by MGA staff

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2010 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize, exhibition catalogue with artist statements, 78 pages TOPSHOTS education kit, 21 pages ISSUU on-line publishing: Newsletter #43

MEDIA 156 editorial references to MGA programs

AUDIENCE 67 317 visitors to MGA 1 903 hours open free of charge to the public 54 596 visits to www.mga.org.au 34 747 unique visitors 166 422 page views 1 155 MGA Facebook likes 763 Bowness Facebook likes KEY SUPPORTERS City of Monash Arts Victoria Wilbow Group Friends of MGA Inc MGA Foundation Montalto Vineyard and Olive Grove

FUNDRAISING 23 photographers donated artworks to MGA’s Annual Fundraising Dinner and Auction. The generosity of photographers – not to mention that of those who bought works on the night! – realised $69 740 for the gallery. $12 271 cash donations

Anton BRUEHL Harlem number, Versailles cafe 1943 colour photograph National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Gift of American Friends of the National Gallery of Australia Inc., New York NY USA made possible with the generous support of Anton Bruehl Jr, 2006 Image courtesy of George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography and Film color print, dye imbibition (Kodak Dye Transfer) print made after 1946


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STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS

STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS

STAFF SHAUNE LAKIN Gallery Director

VOLUNTEERS MIRA BOGICEVIC MAY CHAI NORMA MARTIN

STEPHEN ZAGALA Curator (part time)

SUE TAYLOR

SUSAN SLODE (appointed April 2012) Business Coordinator

BEVERLEY DUNGAN

AMANDA THORNTON (until March2012) Program and Operations Coordinator STEPHANIE RICHTER Education and Public Programs Coordinator

MARION BUTT MERTHI POEDIJONO YIFANG LU SUE CLISBY BRIAN ALDINGTON ALLISON COVENEY SANAZ FOROUZANFAR MICHELLE PEPPER

MARK HISLOP Communications Coordinator

SHARON VAUGHAN

STELLA LOFTUS-HILLS Gallery and Curatorial Assistant (part time)

MARY-ANNE BRASH

KATIE TREMSCHNIG Gallery Technician (part time)

KATE HIGGINS ELEISHA YAU HAYLEY GALEA YULIA PAVLOVA CAROLINE WEBB

LUCY WHITEHILL Exhibitions Coordinator (part time) (Maternity leave January–July 2012)

ANETE RUMBERGS

OMAR QARADAGHI Framer (part time)

GREG BRICKNELL

JENNIFER ROBERTS Barista (part time)

GEMMA EADES

JANE THOMAS Cafe Assistant (part time) SUSAN JACOBS YI-FANG LU JAMES NEEDHAM GEOFF NEWTON Installation officers (casual)

DINA IACOVOU BEATRICE WONG AMANDA KOUIROUKIDIS SANDRA DAVIS CARLY GRACE (education)

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COMMITTEE OF MANAGEMENT

DEBRA KNIGHT (appointed 2007) Ms Knight has been Chair of the committee since July 2010. Ms Knight has 20 years general management experience in the finance, utility and services sectors in Australia and the United States. Ms Knight brings to the committee her broad experience with not-for-profit boards and a keen interest in the gallery’s strategic development.

PETER HORACEK (appointed Feb 2011) Mr Horacek holds a Masters of Education from the University of Melbourne and has taught Visual Arts in Victoria and interstate. Mr Horacek is the Learning Area Leader–Visual Arts (Years 7–9) at Caulfield Grammar School, Wheelers Hill Campus. Mr Horacek advises on the direction of education and audience development initiatives.

CR JOY BANERJI (appointed 2008) Cr Banerji is a Councillor for the Mt Waverley Ward, City of Monash. Cr Banerji has worked in the banking industry and more recently in community development, and has twice been Mayor of City of Monash.

ALAN MACLEAN (appointed 2006) Mr Maclean is a partner in HWL Ebsworth Lawyers. Mr Maclean brings to the committee a significant legal and commercial background and pays a keen interest in the financial growth of MGA.

BILL BOWNESS (appointed 1998) As former director of property developers Wilbow Corporation until 2006 and now Chairman and CEO of Wilbow Group, Mr Bowness brings to the management of MGA extensive experience in the commercial sector. Mr Bowness was Chair of the committee between 1998 and July 2010.

DR DAVID ROSENTHAL (appointed 2009) Dr Rosenthal is a retired medical doctor, former art gallery owner and a collector of contemporary art. Dr Rosenthal’s experiences as a gallerist and collector, and his knowledge of contemporary art make a vital contribution to collection development and exhibition programming at the gallery.

GODFREY CLAY (appointed October 2011) Mr Clay is President of the Friends of MGA. A long standing supporter of MGA, Mr Clay brings to the committee a strong background in business and the perspective of local residents.

COMMITTEE OF MANAGEMENT

CR MICAELA DRIEBERG (appointed February 2012) Cr Drieberg is a Councillor for the Oakleigh Ward, City of Monash. Cr Drieberg has experience across several sectors including public health, social planning, gender equity and international development and currently offers specialist consultancy services in policy advice, health planning, program development, training and facilitation.

BILL HENSON (appointed 2002) Mr Henson is one of Australia’s most eminent artists. Mr Henson’s work has been widely published and included in many important national and international exhibitions. Appointed to the committee in 2002, Mr Henson brings to MGA a strong interest in the development of one of Australia’s most important photographic collections.

COMMITTEE OF MANAGEMENT

DEBRA KNIGHT (Chair) CR JOY BANERJI (City of Monash representative) BILL BOWNESS GODFREY CLAY CR MICAELA DRIEBERG (City of Monash representative) BILL HENSON PETER HORACEK ALAN MACLEAN DR DAVID ROSENTHAL ANNE-MAREE PFABE (City of Monash Officer, ex-officio)

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CHAIR’S REPORT

CHAIR’S REVIEW

The Committee of Management: The MGA Committee of Management (CoM) oversees the gallery’s operations and guides its strategic development, especially in relation to programming and fundraising. The committee’s nine members provide substantial specialist support to the gallery in the form of regular meeting attendance, pro-bono advice, advocacy and fundraising support. I want to acknowledge the wonderful contribution made by committee members to the gallery’s progress over the last 12 months. This year we developed a number of major plans and policies, most notably MGA’s strategic plan for 2012–15, which articulates a clear vision for the gallery as ‘the home of Australian photography’. This year saw the President of the Friends of MGA Inc join the committee for the first time. We appreciate the input of Godfrey Clay in this regard. Godfrey is one of the gallery’s great supporters and he ably represents MGA’s most significant group of supporters. Key relationships: MGA is a proud arm of the City of Monash and its premier cultural asset. The support provided by the City of Monash is central to the gallery’s success. We value highly the support and encouragement provided by the Mayor Cr Stefanie Perri and her Council colleagues, especially CoM members Cr Joy Banerji and Cr Micaela Drieberg. We have also benefited this year from a close and supportive relationship with senior Council staff, notably Carolyn McLean, Director of Community Services, and Anne-Maree Pfabe, Manager of Community Information and Arts, especially as we revise many of the documents that underpin CoM’s role and relationship to Council. We thank former CEO David Conran for his support of the committee’s work and welcome Dr Andi Diamond’s return to the municipality as new CEO. We appreciate the financial support provided by Arts Victoria. Now into its third year, the Memorandum of Understanding between Arts Victoria and the City of Monash acknowledges the gallery’s active promotion of the work of Australian photographers and MGA’s contribution to cultural life of the state through our travelling exhibitions program, online resources, and other forms of outreach. We are also grateful for funds provided this year by Arts Victoria’s Touring Programs

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to support the tour of our exhibition Time machine: Sue Ford into regional Victoria. One of MGA’s great assets is its membership group, the Friends of MGA Inc. The Friends of MGA Inc make an important contribution to the gallery and this year funded the acquisition of two photographs by David Stephenson for the collection. Achievements: In 2011–12 we raised $420 509 income through a range of means, including the successful Annual Fundraising Dinner and Auction, cash donations, and our gift shop. Although raising these funds is CoM’s primary focus, this wonderful result has been achieved because of the assistance of a range of supporters. I want to thank the many event supporters who generously provided services, equipment and cash throughout the year. This year’s Annual Fundraising Dinner and Auction realised a fundraising result of $65 000 (ex GST). This was a great achievement, thanks to the careful planning of MGA staff, the efforts of fellow committee members to promote the event and attract attendees, the great entertainment provided on the night by emcee Bryan Dawe and auctioneer Paul Sumner, and the generosity of the many photographers who donated works for the auction. I speak on behalf of all committee members when I thank gallery staff for their dedicated service throughout the year. Staff have delivered an amazing program of exhibitions, events and programs. It has been a pleasure to have been involved in the delivery of this program. CoM looks forward to assisting MGA deliver a program for the coming year that is entertaining, educational, and brings people together in meaningful contact with art. Debra Knight Chair August 2012


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Brian DUFFY (Great Britain 1933–2010) David Bowie: Aladdin Sane 1973 digital print, printed 2011 38.2 x 38.2 cm courtesy Duffy Archive, London

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DIRECTOR’S REPORT

DIRECTOR’S REPORT

MGA: THE HOME OF AUSTRALIAN PHOTOGRAPHY

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e now refer to MGA as ‘the home of Australian photography’. We like the way the term ‘home’ suggests a place to come to that is welcoming and heartening. But homes are also places of influence, where we learn to see, to think, to imagine and to act. So we are not using the term in the sense of a grand centre, in the way that the MCG is ‘the home of Australian Rules’! Instead, home is understood as a place where great Australian photographs come home to rest; a place that will have a positive and meaningful influence on people who visit. We have certainly had an impactful year in 2011–12. The measures of our achievement are outlined throughout this annual report. I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge the contribution made by many to these successes. I acknowledge the amazing work of the MGA team – both staff and volunteers – in delivering such a fine program. The staff are to be congratulated on their dedicated service to our community and our programs and collection. This year we farewelled Amanda Thornton and welcomed Susan Slode as our Business Coordinator. We have benefitted from the wise advice of our Committee of Management (CoM), especially Chair Debra Knight, and also from the work of the trustees of the MGA Foundation, who continue to raise funds for the gallery and organise events that create interest in what we do. The gallery’s success is also a result of support from the City of Monash. I thank each of the Councillors for their tremendous support – especially Crs Joy Banerji and Micaela Dreiberg, who represented Council on CoM. MGA’s achievements are also a result of the care and attention given to us by our senior managers at the City of Monash: our CEO Andi Diamond and former CEO David Conran, Director of Community Services Carolyn McLean, and Manager of Information and Arts Anne-Maree Pfabe.

Carol JERREMS Vale Street 1975 gelatin silver print 20.2 x 30.3 cm donated by Susan Hesse 2012 MGA 2012.030

On behalf of everyone associated with the gallery I want to thank the many generous benefactors who donated works to our collection. Donors to the collection are listed in this report, but I especially want to thank the artists who donated works. A number of acquisitions this year were generously

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supported by grants from the Robert Salzer Foundation and the Friends of MGA Inc. I want to congratulate the Committee of the Friends of MGA, especially their President Godfrey Clay, on their terrific contribution to the life of the gallery over the year. The committee organised a program of events for our community and worked hard to raise money, which this year supported the acquisition of two photographs by David Stephenson. The Friend’s trademark event ‘Art in the Park’, a day of free art and photography workshops, was again a great success and brought hundreds of families to MGA to have fun and learn. We have come to occupy an important place in the learning of people in our community. This year, we conducted 86 education tours – all free – for 1 724 students, representing a 30% increase on figures for last year. Significantly more students from a broad spectrum of schools are now participating in MGA’s education tours. In an important initiative, we began a partnership with Arts Access Victoria this year. Artists from Arts Access now meet and make art on a weekly basis at MGA, often in response to the site and our exhibitions. An exhibition celebrating this ongoing collaboration is forthcoming. Some other amazing figures: During 2011–12, MGA was open free of charge to our community for 1 903 hours, and when our travelling exhibitions seen at other venues are added to this it equates to a lot of great opportunities for people from all walks of life to engage with our great collection and with Australian and international photography. During 2011–12 we presented 16 exhibitions in our main galleries, 11 organised by gallery staff. We also presented 15 exhibitions in our community spaces showcasing the work of artists and groups working in our local area. Gallery staff developed a broad range of events and programs this year to support our exhibitions and to enhance access to our wonderful collection. Across the year, we ran 56 workshops, lectures, seminars, tours and other events which brought 3 532 to the gallery. We continue to balance our place in the local community and our national position. Through our travelling exhibitions program, MGA has again worked very hard to promote


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and to celebrate the work of Australian photographers across Victoria and interstate, with six of our exhibitions seen by 63 036 people in 12 venues across Australia. I personally really like the fact that for a lot of the communities we deal with outside of Melbourne, the key thing they know about Monash is our photographic collection and great exhibitions. While we are partly funded by the City of Monash, MGA is required to raise a significant amount of our operating budget. This is often the case for art galleries, and it means that through grant writing, sponsorship, retail activity and fundraising we remain relevant and closely connected to our community. We have benefitted greatly from the support of sponsors and partners including Wilbow Group, Montalto Vineyard and Sofitel Melbourne on Collins. The cash and in-kind support provided by our supporters has added significantly to our ability to deliver our program, and to build and look after our beautiful collection. In March 2011 we assumed operation of the MGA Cafe and 2011–12 has seen a tremendous expansion of this important

amenity. Under the careful attention of MGA staff, the cafe has developed into a thriving, successful community space. Over the year, income revenue has doubled while operational expenditure has remained stable. A new kitchen and service area funded by the City of Monash, to be ready for use July 2012, will no doubt support further growth. Finally, perhaps the most important achievement of the year was the delivery of the MGA Strategic Plan 2012–15. The plan is the result of significant consultation and sets out a clear path for the gallery to build on the work done by so many on the staff, Committee of Management, Friends of MGA committee and others in the gallery community over the last two decades. Our great gift is our iconic collection, which continues to grow in significance. We are one of the only public galleries in Australia with a specialised collection of national significance, and it is this distinction which will guide the gallery’s development and future success. While so many art galleries need to be all things to all people, we are committed to building on our distinction.

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This is an exciting period for MGA, ‘the home of Australian photography’, as we continue to balance our place in the local community and our national position, and to realise the great potential given to us by our longstanding commitment to Australian photography. Vale Gill Clare During the year the MGA community lost one of its most significant figures. Gill Clare was a founding member of the gallery’s Committee of Management, on which served from 1998–2009. Gill also served on the Friends of MGA Committee, and was Vice-President for five years before she retired due to ill health in 2009. Gill and her husband Russell were also generous donors to the MGA Foundation. As a Councillor with the City of Monash and community representative, Gill played a leading role in the fight to save the gallery from closure in 1999. A small plaque has been installed in the gallery to commemorate Gill’s contribution. Shaune Lakin Gallery Director August 2012


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FRONT OF HOUSE

FRONT OF HOUSE ‘Over the 2011–12 financial

year, our volunteers collectively contributed 1 892 hours of their time to the gallery’

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t was an extremely busy and successful year for MGA’s front-of-house team. We welcomed hoards of visitors through the gallery doors and engaged with their reactions to our exhibitions and programs, receiving overwhelmingly positive feedback. As well as enhancing the experience of visitors by providing them with information and answering their questions, at the front desk we are also in charge of administering the gallery’s membership program, the Friends of MGA Inc. During the year, Friends of MGA welcomed 79 new members. We also wrote and distributed a survey to every Friend of MGA in order to learn more about members and their responses to MGA’s programs. The Friends survey was one of two surveys we ran during the year. From August to October 2011, we conducted a general visitor survey, targeting visitors to the gallery and cafe. We asked visitors to tell us about themselves and their experiences of MGA. These surveys will prove vital in assisting the gallery with planning and programming. Another aspect of MGA’s front-of-house activity involves the running of the gallery’s shop. During the year we sold a range of books, giftware, jewellery and kids’ products and processed hundreds of bookings for gallery events and programs. All of this work would not be possible without our wonderful volunteers. Over the 2011–12 financial year, our volunteers collectively

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contributed 1 892 hours of their time to the gallery, giving up mornings and afternoons weekly and fortnightly to assist in the daily operations of the gallery. We welcomed 11 new volunteers to our regular front-of-house team: Greg Bricknell, Sandra Davis, Gemma Eades, Hayley Galea, Dina Iacovou, Amanda Kouiroukidis, Yulia Pavlova, Anete Rumbergs, Caroline Webb, Beatrice Wong and Eleisha Yau. Sadly we farewelled two of our volunteers Michelle Pepper and Sharon Vaughan, each of whom contributed over a year of voluntary service to the gallery. As part of National Volunteer Week, we continued our tradition of rewarding longterm volunteers with certificates in recognition of long service. This year we were pleased to award Norma Martin with a gold certificate, thanking her for 15 years of continued voluntary service. Norma has been a regular Thursday morning front-of-house volunteer since 1997. During this time she has made an extremely significant contribution to the gallery, particularly in the position as MGA’s Volunteer Librarian. Coming from a career as a librarian, Norma continues to use her skills to catalogue and maintain MGA’s specialised collection of photographic books, catalogues and magazines. Stella Loftus-Hills


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OUR COLLECTION

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ver the past twelve months MGA’s collection of Australian photographs has continued to flourish and further substantiate the gallery’s status as a nationally significant collecting institution. A total of 95 individual photographs, dating from the 1920s to the present, have been added to the Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection. Funds provided by the City of Monash have allowed MGA to purchase photographs by a number of acclaimed contemporary artists not previously represented in the MGA Collection. This includes a work by Michael Cook, an Aboriginal artists featured in the Australian National Gallery’s 2012 Indigenous Art Triennial and the Queensland Art Gallery’s 2012 Asia Pacific Triennial; a collaborative work by Lyndell Brown and Charles Green, produced during their recent assignment as official war artist’s in Afghanistan; and the photograph that won Jacky Redgate the 2011 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize. The Robert Salzer Foundation has once again provided funds to support MGA acquisitions. During the last financial year these funds were used to purchase two series of unique vintage prints by David Moore. The majority of MGA’s acquisitions are made possible through donations from private collectors and artists. MGA has once again been humbled by the generosity of donors. The most celebrated instance of this was Susan

Hesse’s gift of Carol Jerrems’ Vale Street (1975). This is arguably the most significant donation of a single photograph in MGA’s history. Vale Street is an iconic image, and the scarcity of vintage prints makes it a genuine treasure of the MGA Collection. Bill Bowness has continued to extend his remarkable generosity to MGA, with donations of work by Jane Burton, Del Kathryn Barton, Cherine Fahd, Mark Kimber and Christopher Koller. For the second year running, Christine Godden has made an important contribution to the MGA Collection with donations of work by Micky Allan, Gerrit Fokkema and Wesley Stacey. And the Friends of MGA raised funds that made it possible to acquire two of David Stephenson’s beautiful works from the series Star drawings (1995–2006) The generosity of artists is particularly important to MGA, and we cannot thank them enough for their largess. In this respect, Brenda L Croft, Cherine Fahd, Anne Ferran, Fiona Foley, Paul Knight, Kathy Mackey, Lyndell Brown and Charles Green, and Jacky Redgate have each made significant contributions. For a detailed record of collection development during the 2011–12 financial year, see the full list of acquisitions included in this report. We thank the gallery’s Committee of Management for their advice in relation to these acquisitions, and acknowledge the guidance of Bill Henson and Dr David

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OUR COLLECTION ‘MGA has once again been humbled by the generosity of donors. The most celebrated instance of this was Susan Hesse’s gift of Carol Jerrems’ Vale Street (1975).’ Rosenthal in collection development. The collegial assistance of Gael Newton has also been of great value to the MGA’s acquisition activities. Stephen Zagala

Robyn STACEY Ice 1989 from the series Redline 7000 silver dye bleach print 104.0 x 175.3 cm donated anonymously through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program 2012 MGA 2012.039


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EDUCATION ‘Stephanie showed the students her depth of knowledge about the exhibitions, the gallery and Year 12 exam requirements, giving them helpful hints about the sort of things they can expect on the exam.’

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or teachers and students looking to discover great Australian and international photography for inspiration or research, the internet is often the first point of call. However, finding great resources online can be a timeconsuming and often overwhelming task. In 2011–2012 MGA created an online resource, compiling great photographic content from across the web. The first five months of the site saw 90 different links (including photographers’ websites, education kits and video interviews) made available on www.pinterest.com/mga_ education. This ongoing resource project has been used in secondary and tertiary classrooms for pre-visit research activities. MGA’s flagship education program Behind the scenes started off with a bang with 17 schools visiting in August alone. Behind the scenes went on to end the year with 587 students passing through the tour which is an increase of 38% on last year’s equally high results. Overall, in 2011–12 MGA was visited by 1 384 students in 67 individual visits from 42 different schools across the primary, secondary and tertiary sectors. This included eight secondary schools, one primary school and one tertiary institution that had not visited MGA before.

Caulfield Grammar students cyanotype workshop photograph: Stephanie Richter

Our annual student competition and exhibition TOPSHOTS saw 152 images entered by 58 students from 28 different high schools across the state. A comprehensive education kit including interviews with all 21 finalist students has been created for the 2012 exhibition, to be held this July.

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MGA’s education outreach activities included an intensive workshop for Studio Arts teachers at the Art Education Victoria annual conference which was co-presented with MGA Committee of Management member Peter Horacek. I also visited Emerald Secondary College to speak about MGA’s collection and to Caulfield Grammar (Wheelers Hill) to run a photography inspiration session. Beginning in February, MGA partnered with Arts Access Victoria to host a pilot program each Thursday throughout the year. Satellite studio has been established to provide an opportunity for a group of artists with a disability or acquired brain injury to develop their individual artistic practice. It’s been a wonderful experience to have a group of artists working both in the exhibition spaces and the sculpture park each week and we’re looking forward to an ongoing relationship with AAV. Finally in June, despite the onset of winter skies, MGA launched a cyanotype workshop program. The process of making cyanotypes or ‘sun-prints’ has exposed our younger visitors to the wonder of ‘solar-powered’, camera-less photography. Beginning with an enthusiastic group of grade fivers, and followed by a horde of year eights we’ve seen 147 curious gallery visitors and budding photographers get hands-on with photography in 2011–12.

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he unsung hero of Australian photography, Anton Bruehl kicked off a year of MGA exhibitions and programs that explored the many photographic processes and techniques from the early 20th century to the present. Through the 25 artists and 23 guest speakers that visited MGA we travelled from one of smallest cameras (our first mobile phone camera workshop) to one of the largest in John Street’s 20” x 24” view camera, and almost every format inbetween. The genres of documentary and street photography appeared right across the year’s program and Oculi: Terra Australia Incognita gave us a great opportunity to hear from Australian photographers Jesse Marlow, Donna Bailey and Andrew Quilty. Donna Bailey also spoke to a group of students from three local schools, inspiring them to photograph objectively what they experience every day. One highlight from our street photography program was the double-field-trip in Melbourne’s city centre. In the first, Oculi’s Jesse Marlow sent the group out (in MGA fieldtrip fashion) into the pouring rain to shoot the streets and find their initials amongst the city life. In the second Michael ‘Misho’ Baranovic, founding member of the Mobile Photo Group (MPG) was joined by a surprise guest, Sydney MPG member Oliver Lang, to run the first mobile phone photography workshop for MGA. With this workshop MGA became the first public gallery in Australia to run a class

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dedicated to mobile photography. Celebrating the sounds and songs of The Beatles was the highlight concert of a year that featured five musical events. Rubber Soul: the Beatles Show, was an wonderful evening that saw 177 people jiving in the gallery, inspired by the celebrity photography of Brian Duffy. Amongst our 56 public programs attended by 3 502 people for 2011–12, we explored one of the earliest colour processes with Anton Bruehl’s studio portraits from 1935 in a highlight tour by Gael Newton, Senior Curator of Photography, National Gallery of Australia. We then dove into the energetic colours of John Street’s unique ‘painting with light’ technique and the muted tones of Tim Handfield’s silver dye bleach print process in their artist talks. Photographers Rod McNicol, Robert Ashton and Ponch Hawkes were joined by Manuela Furci and Stephen Zagala to share their memories of Brummels Gallery and later the deep sepia tones of Godwin Bradbeer and Warren Breninger’s work featured in Brummels carried us through their discussion of experimental photography in the 70s. The black-and-white photography featured in Cold eels and distant thoughts gave us an opportunity to hear about contemporary Indigenous Australian male identity with Djon Mundine OAM, Michael Aird and Mervyn Bishop. Completing the year, returning us to where we started with the1930s, was the street portraiture of EO Hoppé who traversed

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PUBLIC PROGRAMS ‘With this workshop MGA became the first public gallery in Australia to run a class dedicated to mobile photography.’ the beginning of 35mm cameras and even included a hidden camera (wrapped in a brown paper package no less!) and the beginning of our new format exhibition openings that feature informal introductions to the exhibition by special guests. Stephanie Richter

‘Street photography’ field trip with Misho Baranovic, 3 March 2012 photograph: Stephanie Richter


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SUPPORT

SUPPORT ‘The generosity of the funding enabled us to present 125 works from the collection in some of the extraordinary exhibitions featured in the past year.’

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espite difficult global economic conditions, the support MGA has received attests to the value the community places on such a significant cultural institution. This year the total value of cash and in-kind support received was $224 280 (plus artworks valued at $189 207 donated to the MGA Collection). Significant contributions in the form of in-kind support ($17 983), cash donations ($12 271) and conditional grants ($24 720) all contributed towards MGA’s operations and sustainability. MGA continues to seek funding through Arts Victoria, which again recognised the gallery as a significant cultural asset within the arts community through its operational subsidy of $80 000. Support from Arts Victoria’s Touring Projects scheme for MGA’s travelling exhibition Time machine: Sue Ford enabled an extensive tour of regional Victoria, NSW and Queensland. The Wilbow Group is a proud supporter of MGA. The fifth year of the group’s support helped the gallery continue to showcase the best of our great collection in the Wilbow Gallery. The generosity of the funding enabled us to present 125 works from the collection in exhibitions featured in the past year.

2012 MGA Annual Fundraising Dinner & Auction guests: Suelette Daniel-Dreyfus, MGA Chair Deb Knight, Morena Buffon, Santo Cilauro photograph: © Ari Hatzis

MGA’s Annual Fundraising Dinner and Auction achieved a remarkable result given that the fundraising environment is tougher than ever. Our supporters have stood by us and believed in our vision with $65 000 (ex GST) raised at the event. The quality of donated works being auctioned ensured a thoroughly

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enjoyable evening moderated by Paul Sumner of Mossgreen who managed to generate some remarkable bids. A range of non-artwork lots, including an entertainment package provided by Hotel Sofitel, Melbourne, The European restaurant and The Australian Ballet, and an opportunity to work with MGA curators to develop an exhibition from the MGA Collection saw a range of enthusiastic bidders. The ambience, food and wine complemented the evening with Neoz lighting, a superb menu by Black Tie catering and Montalto Vineyard supplying the best wine the Mornington Peninsula has to offer.

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Two big annual events received terrific levels of support. The Friends of MGA Inc’s annual community art day ‘Art in the Park’ was proudly supported by Faber-Castell and Ray White (Glen Waverley) Real Estate. Meanwhile, the MGA Foundation’s William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize this year drew critical acclaim for the winner, Jacky Redgate. The Honorable Mention awards were sponsored by Adobe Systems Australia, the People’s Choice awards by Crumpler, Australia and the judges were treated to Sofitel’s hospitality with their ongoing support of the event. MGA would like to thank our generous supporters from the community, donors to the gallery and the MGA Collection, the Friends of MGA Inc and the MGA Foundation who have supported the gallery throughout the year. Susan Slode


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Arts Victoria continued to fund a portion of our portal budget. to some of the best operating Our relationship began in photography resources the 2005, with the Arts Victoria Public Arton Galleries Program. From this time, Arts Victoria has web’ continued to recognise MGA as an important Victorian cultural asset and we look forward to continued collaboration. 2009/10 marked the fifth and final year of ConnectEast’s sponsorship of free gallery entry. Initiated in 2004, this support came at a crucial time in both EastLink’s and MGA’s development. Our mutually-beneficial partnership enhanced community awareness, assisting both MGA and ConnectEast to gain a position of local importance and value whilst creating a legacy of open access to all. The Wilbow Group generously sponsored the Wilbow Gallery exhibitions program for its seventh consecutive year. A founding supporter for over a decade, the group has demonstrated extraordinary support and commitment to this Michael Shmith, Rob Imhoff and Manuella gallery, which predominantly focusses on MGA Furci at Brummels: Australia’s first gallery of collection access and interpretation. photography exhibition opening, October 2012 photograph: Stephanie Richter

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n 2011–12 MGA’s on-line presence continued to strengthen. Social media sites were again the prominent platform for engaging with MGA also receivedFacebook, non-recurrent, discrete gallery audiences. Twitter and funding. Two of our Pinterest enabled thetravelling gallery toexhibitions keep audiences received development funding: and National up-to-date with our exhibitions events. Exhibitions Touring Support (NETS) Victoria MGA’s Facebook page passed theworks 1 000from likesthe contributed to Bill Henson: early threshold and currently at 1 300. The MGA collection, and thesits Museums Australia Bowness page also continued its (Victoria)Facebook Regional Exhibition Touring Initiative strong following and proved to be aofgreat (RETI) supported the development Black and resource for entrantsIndigenous in the prize. Pinterest, our white: documenting Australia which on-line educational hub continues to be a portal will tour in 2010/11. to some of the best photography resources on the web. Twitter has emerged as the The MGA collection acquisition program also predominant news feed for all cultural related benefited from targeted support from the news and information and a strong networking Robert Salzer Foundation and Friends MGA. site for the gallery. MGA’s enews – sentof out fortnightly – has again proved to be one of MGA alsoeffective featuredcommunication in-kind support tools for discrete our most for programs and events from a range of loyal and delivering information to subscribers. new sponsors. In 2012 MGA Melbourne began to publish on-line using Hotel Sofitel provided judges’ the on-line publishing Issuu. and On-line accommodation for thesite William Winifred publishing is one of the gallery’s newhosted initiatives Bowness Photography Prize 2009 and reducing reliance on printed material the MGA our travelling exhibition Strange glamour: and demonstrating our commitment to a fashion photography from the MGA collection. more sustainable use of our resources. MGA’s newsletter and catalogues can now be viewed Galli Estate wines forallMGA on-line and provided in the near future the openings gallery’s and events up tobe March 2010,on-line and featured publications will available only. at the announcement and dinner for the William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize. had Website analytics revealed that our website 54 058 visits (up from 48 239 last year), 60% of those new visitors –dinner up from last year. MGA’sbeing Annual fundraising and50% auction

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On-line facebook ‘likes’ increased 37% and our ‘likes’ on our Bowness Photography Prize page increased to 763.

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MGA’s marketing strategies centered squarely on the gallery’s international exhibitions, Hoppé portraits: society, studio and street, Notorious: Duffy’s celebrity portraits and In the spotlight: Anton Bruehl photographs 1920s–1950s, identifying iconic images that held substantial cultural value and developing key messages for our targeted audiences. would not have been the success it was without the table lighting provided by Neoz InLighting, 2011–12menu MGA and received 156 editorial references tableware upgrades from inFood local&and interstate media in response to desire and Place Settings, and wines our exhibitions and programs – up slightly from Kooyonga Chapel Winery. on 2011’s figure of 154 editorial references. Our local weekly papers, The Waverley Leader On behalf of the Friends of MGA, we also and Monash Weekly regularly supported the securedprograms additionalkeeping supportlocal fromresidents ConnectEast, gallery’s Hotel Sofitel, Faber-Castell, Art Guide, Art up-to-date with our exhibitions and events Encounters,the andyear. Roger Real Estate for throughout TheDavis Age consistantly their annual communitymost eventnotable Masterpeice covered our exhibitions, beingin a day. Coslovich’s feature on Brummels ‘Times Gabriella a-changin’ caught on camera’, Jacky Redgate’s Amanda Thornton win in the Bowness Photography Prize, In the spotlight: Anton Bruehl photographs 1920s–1950s, Notorious: Duffy’s celebrity portraits and Hoppé portraits: society, studio and street. Daniel Browning Awaye on Radio National covered Djon Mundine’s exhibition Cold eels and distant thoughts and Jennifer Kalinonis reviewed Afterglow: photography and performance art in Eyeline magazine. Mark Hislop

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Micky ALLAN Making camp – Wade’s mistake, NSW 1980 from the series Travelogue gelatin silver print 37.5 x 48.0 cm donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Christine Godden 2012 MGA 2012.068

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n delivering its core capability of excellence in photography for the community, MGA is dependent on seeking the means and resources to sustain its operations and development of initiatives in order to maintain both current and new audiences. Its link with the community is based on a mutually supportive relationship to develop programs and initiatives generating discussion around Australian photography whilst creating loyal community support through gallery visits and patronage of MGA’s revenue generating business operations. The gallery shop has maintained its reputation as the destination for quality photographic publications where visitors can browse the bookshelves for the latest in photographic titles. Despite the decline in book sales in traditional bookshops, sales have remained steady and very popular amongst our core clientele. MGA’s shop is also a drawcard for the gallery visitor looking for a unique piece of jewellery or special gift and has also defied the odds of lagging retail sales in a depressed retail market. The end of financial year saw a sale in the MGA shop with a view to generating sales, increase cash flow in order to refresh the product range for the coming year. Café@MGA has been extremely popular and is very much part of the gallery visit. Community groups, educational tours and mothers’ groups have thoroughly enjoyed the current menu and excellent customer service. The café continues to build on its strengths and in May the café closed for major renovations supported by the

Council’s capital works program. However, not to disappoint our loyal customers, a coffee cart was set up in the breezeway offering the best in Crevilli coffee prepared by Jen, the gallery’s barista. As a temporary measure, it exceeded expectations despite the decline in revenue due to the café closure. The café reopened with a beautiful new kitchen and service area. Professional development of MGA staff is an important and ongoing activity to ensure that MGA is dedicated to promoting organisational expertise, process improvement and innovative practices. MGA staff attended a variety of courses and seminars related to specific roles within the organisation with the aim of developing expertise and implementing new initiatives. MGA staff attended 11 professional development programs over the year, including specialised training in subjects related to our work in museums, technology and compliancerelated issues.

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DEVELOPMENT ‘MGA staff attended eleven short external training courses directly applicable to position responsibilities and enhancement’

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TRAVELLING EXHIBITIONS

TRAVELLING EXHIBITIONS BILL HENSON: EARLY WORK FROM THE MGA COLLECTION TRACEY MOFFATT: NARRATIVES BLACK & WHITE: DOCUMENTING INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIA AUSTRALIAN RULES: AROUND THE GROUNDS SUE FORD: TIME MACHINE PAUL COX: THE AGE OF AQUARIUS

BLACK & WHITE: DOCUMENTING INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIA Drawing primarily on material in the MGA Collection, and featuring work by some of Australia’s best-known photographers, this exhibition examines the representation of Indigenous Australians in black-and-white photography from the nineteenth century through to the present. This exhibition includes images produced by Indigenous and non-Indigenous photographers, working in a range of different historical and professional contexts. In a variety of ways, all the photographers in this exhibition demonstrate an interest in using the camera to document Aboriginal Australia. Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, Victoria 20 May–10 July 2011 Days open: 43 Attendance: 3 268 FUNDING AND SPONSORSHIP: Arts Victoria, City of Monash, Museums Australia (Victoria) Regional Exhibitions Touring Initiative (RETI).

PAUL COX: THE AGE OF AQUARIUS Paul Cox (1940–) is an award-winning Australian film director and photographer. Cox was born in Venlo, Limburg, the Netherlands, and migrated to Australia in 1965. He taught photography at Prahran College in the 1970s, where his students included Carol Jerrems and Robert Ashton. Cox is well known as a film maker and his films have won many Australian and international awards. MGA holds one of Australia’s most significant collections of Cox’s photography. This exhibition of work from the Monash Gallery of Art collection brings to light an aspect of Cox’s career that is relatively under appreciated. The exhibition will also provide an opportunity to screen a selection of Cox’s films alongside his photographic work. Whitehorse Art Space, Victoria 19 April–31 May 2012 Days open: 29 Attendance: 1 291 FUNDING AND SPONSORSHIP: Arts Victoria, City of Monash.

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SUE FORD: TIME MACHINE Sue Ford was one of Australia’s most important photographers and filmmakers. Her Time series (1960s-70s) is one of the key moments in late modernist Australian photography. Ford passed away in late 2009, before her death she was working with MGA on an exhibition of her work which would include photographs of women from 1960s-70s and her Time series. Time machine provides an excellent opportunity for Australian audiences to view Ford’s important work and think about the relationship of photography, time and memory La Trobe Regional Gallery, Victoria 25 February–22 April 2012 Days open: 58 Attendance: 2 907 Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, NSW 12 May–24 June 2012 Days open: 45 Attendance: 7 897 FUNDING AND SPONSORSHIP: Arts Victoria, City of Monash, NETS Victoria’s Exhibition Development Fund (EDF), Arts Victoria Touring Program

BILL HENSON: EARLY WORK FROM THE MGA COLLECTION With its concentration of work from 1977–92 the MGA Collection provides a significant survey of Henson’s early career. The exhibition features twenty-nine iconic images from many of Henson’s major series from the 1970s through to the early 1990s. Swan Hill Regional Gallery, NSW 15 August–2 October 2011 Days open: 38 Attendance: 1 407 Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, SA 14 October–16 December 2011 Days open: 55 Attendance: 3 319 Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, Victoria 27 January–4 March 2012 Days open: 37 Attendance: 2 177 FUNDING AND SPONSORSHIP: Arts Victoria, City of Monash, NETS Victoria’s Exhibition Development Fund (EDF).


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TRACEY MOFFATT: NARRATIVES Tracey Moffatt: narratives features three important photographic series from the MGA Collection by the internationally recognised Australian photographer Tracey Moffatt. Each engages story telling: Up in the sky (1997), Invocations (2000) and the searing 1994 series Scarred for life. These three series are linked by their filmic references and the way they speak of the human psyche, dealing with emotions, memories and the subconscious. Wangaratta Exhibitions Gallery 24 July–29 August 2011 Days open: 37 Attendance: 1 150 Dubbo Regional Gallery, NSW 10 September–20 November 2011 Days open: 54 Attendance: 13 710 Grafton Regional Gallery, NSW 8 February–25 March 2012 Days open: 41 Attendance: 5 824 Gosford Regional Gallery, NSW 25 May–15 July 2012 Days open: 51 Attendance: 18 086 FUNDING AND SPONSORSHIP: Arts Victoria, City of Monash.

Paul COX Age of Aquarius (Carol Jerrems, Jan Hurrell) (detail) 1970 gelatin silver print Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection donated by the artist 2000 courtesy of the artist Tracey MOFFATT Up in the sky 1 1997 offset print 61 x 76 cm Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection donated by Simon Rosenthal through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program 2008 courtesy of the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery Sue FORD (1943–2009) Self-portrait 1974 (detail) 1974 selenium toned gelatin silver print 2011 courtesy Sue Ford Archive

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EXHIBITIONS ‘Visitors experienced a who’swho of stage and screen through photographs of Marlene Dietrich, Gene Tierney and James Cagney to Katherine Hepburn’

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uring 2011–12 MGA delivered 16 exhibitions across the MGA’s major exhibition spaces, many of which highlighted Australian photography of the 1970s. The most viewed exhibition of the year Brummels: Australia’s first gallery of photography, curated by MGA curator Stephen Zagala, drew on the MGA Collection and loans from public institutions and artists. The exhibition paid tribute to Brummels Gallery of Photography established in 1972 by the prominent photographer Rennie Ellis and allowed audiences to reflect on the artistic styles and concerns of this important era in the history of Australian photography. In the Focus Gallery, The Godden gift: works from the MGA Collection celebrated the generous donation of 69 photographs to the MGA by the photographer and curator Christine Godden. Most of these photographs were taken during the 1970s by some of Australia’s most important photographers and the exhibition of selected pictures from Ms Godden’s gift acknowledged this act of generosity and its significance to the collection.

Izabela PLUTA Displaced images of distant objects 2011 latex-based ink-jet print 270 x 620 cm courtesy of the artist and Dianne Tanzer Gallery + Projects, Melbourne

MGA was the host venue for two significant and exclusive travelling exhibitions; In the spotlight: Anton Bruehl photographs 1920s–1950s and Hoppé portraits: society, studio and street. Direct to MGA from the National Gallery of Australia In the spotlight: Anton Bruehl photographs 1920s–1950s was the first major retrospective of this important Australian

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photographer. Bruehl was a photographer to the stars and was hugely influential during his lifetime. Visitors to the exhibition experienced a “who’s-who” of screen and stage through photographs of Marlene Dietrich, Gene Tierney and James Cagney to Katherine Hepburn. Hoppé portraits: society, studio and street comprised of rare photographs from the collections of the National Portrait Gallery, London and the EO Hoppé Archive in Pasadena, California, and celebrated Hoppé as a pivotal figure in photography in the first half of the twentieth century. During his time, Emil Otto Hoppé was the most famous photographer in the world. Everyone wanted to be photographed by him. He was, as Madrid’s El Mundo newspaper has recently written, ‘the Leibovitz of the early 20th century’. MGA also presented the work of Australian photographers Tim Handfield, John Street and Hedy Ritterman (Melbourne), Izabela Pluta and Prudence Murphy (Sydney), and Tasmanian photographer David Stephenson in significant solo exhibitions across the Wilbow and Focus galleries. Australia’s most important photography collective Oculi was the subject of Sandy Edward’s Terra Australis Incognita, a comprehensive exhibition comprising works from Australia’s most notable documentary photographers: Donna Bailey, James Brickwood, Tamara Dean, Jesse Marlow, Nick Moir, Jeremy Piper, Andrew Quilty, Dean Sewell, Steven Siewert and Tamara Voninski. Mark Hislop


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1 JUNE–17 JULY 2011: FOCUS GALLERY BOYS WITH GUNS: PRUDENCE MURPHY 25 JUNE–11 SEPTEMBER 2011: SPECIAL EXHIBITION GALLERY AND WILBOW GALLERY IN THE SPOTLIGHT: ANTON BRUEHL, PHOTOGRAPHS 1920S–1950S 20 JULY–21 AUGUST 2011: FOCUS GALLERY PRESERVATION: HEDY RITTERMAN 20 JULY–21 AUGUST 2012: FOCUS GALLERY MELBOURNE GIRLS GRAMMAR SCHOOL (FUNDRAISER) 16 SEPTEMBER–16 OCTOBER 2010: SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS GALLERY 2011 WILLIAM AND WINIFRED BOWNESS PHOTOGRAPHY PRIZE 16 SEPTEMBER–16 OCTOBER 2010: WILBOW GALLERY TRANSCENDENCE: PHOTOGRAPHS BY DAVID STEPHENSON 21 SEPTEMBER–16 OCTOBER 2011: FOCUS GALLERY IZABELA PLUTA: DISPLACED IMAGES OF DISTANT OBJECTS 22 OCTOBER–11 DECEMBER 2011: FOCUS GALLERY JOHN STREET: SLOW PHOTOGRAPHY 22 OCTOBER 2011–22 JANUARY 2012: SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS GALLERY BRUMMELS: AUSTRALIA’S FIRST GALLERY OF PHOTOGRAPHY 22 OCTOBER 2011–22 JANUARY 2012: WILBOW GALLERY TIM HANDFIELD: DEEP SKIN 14 DECEMBER 2011–11 MARCH 2012: FOCUS GALLERY THE GODDEN GIFT: WORKS FROM THE MGA COLLECTION 27 JANUARY–25 MARCH 2012: SPECIAL EXHIBITION GALLERY AND WILBOW GALLERY OCULI: TERRA AUSTRALIS INCOGNITA A PHOTOGRAPHIC SURVEY 15–23 MARCH 2012: FOCUS GALLERY 2012 FUNDRAISING DINNER & AUCTION PREVIEW EXHIBITION 27 MARCH–3 JUNE 2012: FOCUS GALLERY NOTORIOUS: DUFFY’S CELEBRITY PORTRAITS 9 JUNE–29 JULY 2012: SPECIAL EXHIBITION GALLERY AND WILBOW GALLERY HOPPÉ PORTRAITS: SOCIETY, STUDIO & STREET

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BOYS WITH GUNS: PRUDENCE MURPHY FOCUS GALLERY 1 JUNE–17 JULY 2011 SUPPORTERS: Arts Victoria, City of Monash, Wilbow Group, ATTENDANCE: 3 349 (1JUN–17 JUL 2011) Murphy’s exhibition Boys with guns presented a series of photographs depicting children’s spontaneous weapon play. Most of the images were photographed in Rhyl, a small coastal town in North Wales, while others, depicting the artist’s family, were taken in New South Wales. Murphy states, ‘In play we shape the world, and children develop the impulse to play with weapons from an early age. They master their world through such imaginative and dramatic play.’ OTHER EVENTS: (from 1 July 2011) 1. WORDfest event: speaker Kate Holden (14 Jul)

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: ANTON BRUEHL, PHOTOGRAPHS 1920S–1950S WILBOW GALLERY AND SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS GALLERY 25 JUNE–11 SEPTEMBER 2011 SUPPORTERS: National Gallery of Australia, Australian Government National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program, American Friends of the National Gallery of Australia Inc, Arts Victoria, City of Monash, Wilbow Group ATTENDANCE: 8 210 (30 JUL–11 SEP 2012) Anton Bruehl was one of the most successful celebrity portraiture, advertising and fashion photographers in New York from the 1920s to the 1950s. His photographs appeared on front covers and in advertisements for publications such as Vogue, The New Yorker and Vanity Fair. This National Gallery of Australia travelling exhibition is the first major retrospective of this important Australian photographer. RELATED EVENTS AND PROGRAMS: In the spotlight: fashion and the swimsuit; guest speaker Dr Christine Schmidt (30 Jul) In the spotlight: Say it with music; Cook & Co concert (7 Aug) Friends of MGA morning coffee program: speaker Melwitz Folino (15 Aug) Film screening: Shanghai Express 1932 (dir Josef Sternberg) (21 Aug) In the spotlight: Lights! Camera! Action!: with photographer Jeff Busby (3 Sep) OTHER EVENTS: 1. WORDfest event: speaker Kate Holden (14 Jul) 2. Friends of MGA morning coffee program: speaker Shaune Lakin (18 Jul) 3. Suzuki Music Playathon (7 Aug) 4. Sir John Monash Lecture with speakers Bryan Dawe, Prof. Ruth Rentschler, Julie Shiels and Stephen Zagala (10 Aug)

Prudence MURPHY Rhyl #1 from the series Boys with guns 2011 archival pigment print courtesy of the artist

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PRESERVATION: HEDY RITTERMAN FOCUS GALLERY 20 JULY–21 AUGUST 2011 SUPPORTERS: Arts Victoria, City of Monash, Wilbow Group ATTENDANCE: 6 160 Ritterman’s exhibition examined the complexities of the contemporary photograph and the institutions such as Monash Gallery of Art that exhibit and collect photography. The work embraced the objectness of the photograph and the desire to collect photography. Preservation was designed to create an open space where the photograph can be reconsidered anew, with room to think about its future possibilities and limitations In the exhibition Ritterman presented the visitor with images of innocuous gallery items - usually hidden from view - such as bollards, white gloves and temperature gauges. Ritterman transformed these humble objects into spectacular images, with rich and seductive surfaces. One photograph measured 2 x 4 metres! The exhibition asked us to consider our relationship with photography. Preservation created a space where something as ubiquitous as the photograph can be reconsidered anew, with room to think about its future possibilities and limitations. RELATED EVENTS AND PROGRAMS: Exhibition opening: opened by Dr Daniel Palmer, Senior Lecturer, Art Theory Program Faculty of Art & Design, Monash University (23 Jul) Artist talk: with Hedy Ritterman (23 Jul)

Anton BRUEHL Portrait of Marlene Dietrich, Hollywood (detail) 1935 direct positive colour photograph National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Gift of American Friends of the National Gallery of Australia Inc., New York, NY, USA made possible with the generous support of Anton Bruehl Jr, 2006

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MELBOURNE GIRLS GRAMMAR SCHOOL (FUNDRAISER) FOCUS GALLERY 24 AUGUST–18 SEPTEMBER 2011

2011 WILLIAM AND WINIFRED BOWNESS PHOTOGRAPHY PRIZE SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS GALLERY 16 SEPTEMBER–16 OCTOBER 2011

TRANSCENDENCE: PHOTOGRAPHS BY DAVID STEPHENSON WILBOW GALLERY 16 SEPTEMBER–16 OCTOBER 2011

SUPPORTERS: Arts Victoria, City of Monash, Wilbow Group, Rae & Bennett, Fine Art Printers, Melbourne Girls Grammar School

SUPPORTERS: Arts Victoria, City of Monash, MGA Foundation, Wilbow Group, Crumpler, Sofitel Melbourne, Adobe. Montalto Vineyard

SUPPORTERS: Arts Victoria, City of Monash, MGA Foundation, Wilbow Group, Montalto Vineyard

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As part of the artist-in-residence program at Melbourne Girls Grammar School, photographer Georgia Metaxas was invited by the school to select a series of portraits from MGA’s collection of Australian photographs. These included formal and candid portraits of Australians and self-portraits of artists.

The William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize is Australia’s most coveted photography prize and is ranks as one of Australia’s ten most significant art prizes. Established in 2006 to promote excellence in photography, the annual non-acquisitive $25 000 prize presents a career-defining opportunity for an Australian photographer. In 2011, 34 photographers were shortlisted for the prize which was won by Jacky Redgate. Judges were Geoffrey Smith, Chairman of Sotheby’s Australia and Trustee of the MGA Foundation, Robyn Stacey, eminent Australian photographer and Shaune Lakin, Gallery Director. An MGA Foundation event.

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By giving an overview of the genre, Georgia Metaxas aimed to equip students with an understanding of the different aspects, both technical and compositional, that can come together to make an interesting and effective portrait. Students from Years 10 and 11 researched a selected portrait from the collection and from that research created their own work. This collaborative exhibition is an outcome of the 2010 MGA Fundraising Dinner and Auction. RELATED EVENTS AND PROGRAMS: Exhibition opening: opened by Georgia Metaxas, artist-in-residence with an introduction by Peter Horacek, MGA Committee of Management (27 Aug)

RELATED EVENTS AND PROGRAMS: Exhibition opening and announcement: speakers Geoffrey Smith, Trustee MGA Foundation, Shaune Lakin, Julian Burnside AO QC (15 Sep) Friends of MGA morning coffee program: speakers Jagath Dheerasekara and Gallery Director Shaune Lakin (19 Sep) Artist talk: with Claudia Terstappen (25 Sep) Closing event: 2011 Bowness Photography Prize, Crumpler People’s Choice Award announcement and artists party (15 Oct)

David Stephenson’s photographic career spans over 30 years. Throughout his career, Stephenson has photographed a range of subjects in countries around the world. These have included landscapes, skyscapes, cityscapes and cathedral ceilings. While the immediate subject of his works has varied, the underlying themes and ideas within his photographs have remained consistent. This exhibition included works from a range of Stephenson’s series, focussing on his colour works from 1993 to the present. It draws on MGA’s nationally significant collection of Australian photographs and includes work generously loaned from the artist’s own collection. RELATED EVENTS AND PROGRAMS: Exhibition opening: speaker Shaune Lakin (15 Sep) Artist and curator talk: with David Stephenson and Stella Loftus-Hills (17 Sep) OTHER EVENTS: 1. WORDfest event: short story awards (8 Oct) 2. Friends of MGA morning coffee program: speaker Martin Semken, Chelsea Flower Show (17 Oct)

OTHER EVENTS: 1. Bill Henson in conversation with Natalie King: a MGA Foundation fundraising event (13 Oct) 2. Artist talk with Cliff Burtt (25 Sep)

Letitia ATKINSON The tourist with the pink umbrella (detail) 2011 1 of 3 pigment ink-jet prints reproduction courtesy of the artist and Melbourne Girls Grammar School

Jacky REDGATE Light throw (mirrors) #4 (detail) 2011 from the series Light throw (mirrors) 2009–11 chromogenic print courtesy of the artist, WILLIAM WRIGHT // ARTISTS, Sydney and Arc One Gallery, Melbourne

David STEPHENSON Madonna degli Angeli, Torino (detail) 1993 from the series Domes 1993–2005 chromogenic print Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection courtesy of the artist, John Buckley Gallery, Melbourne, Boutwell Draper Gallery, Sydney and Bett Gallery, Hobart


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IZABELA PLUTA: DISPLACED IMAGES OF DISTANT OBJECTS FOCUS GALLERY 21 SEPTEMBER–16 OCTOBER 2011

BRUMMELS: AUSTRALIA’S FIRST GALLERY OF PHOTOGRAPHY SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS GALLERY 22 OCTOBER 2011–22 JANUARY 2012

SUPPORTERS: Arts Victoria, City of Monash, Wilbow Group, Montalto Vineyard

SUPPORTERS: Arts Victoria, City of Monash, Wilbow Group, Rennie Ellis Archive, Montalto Vineyard

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In this exhibition Izabela Pluta transformed the Focus Gallery with a stunning photomural showing a salvage yard with towering piles of debris. This man-made landscape of sorted debris evokes a sense of order and purpose, even though it is composed of waste materials that have been displaced from their original function.

Brummels Gallery of Photography was established in 1972 by the prominent photographer Rennie Ellis. As such, it was the first gallery dedicated to showing photography in this country. Over an eightyear period Brummels not only hosted a remarkable range of exhibitions by many artists, but it was also the social scene and campaign headquarters for a generation of photographers lobbying for artistic recognition.

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TIM HANDFIELD: DEEP SKIN WILBOW GALLERY 22 OCTOBER 2011–22 JANUARY 2012 SUPPORTERS: Arts Victoria, City of Monash, Wilbow Group, Montalto Vineyard ATTENDANCE: 15 639

Pluta is interested in how this decorating device is used to create a sense of belonging in the home while simultaneously emphasising a disjunction between where one lives and where one would like to be. In Displaced images of distant objects, Pluta confounds this idea of wallpaper as presenting an image of beauty and desire: the natural landscape has been replaced by displaced objects. RELATED EVENTS AND PROGRAMS: Exhibition opening: opened by Emma Mayall, Assistant Curator, Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (24 Sep) Artist talk: speaker Izabela Pluta (24 Sep)

MGA’s exhibition paid tribute to this important moment in the history of Australian photography, and allowed audiences to reflect on the artistic styles and concerns of the time. RELATED EVENTS AND PROGRAMS: Exhibition opening: opened by photographer and film-maker Paul Cox with Shaune Lakin (22 Oct) Floor talk: Brummels: remember when with Stephen Zagala, Rod McNicol, Ponch Hawkes, Robert Ashton and Manuela Furci (19 Nov) Artist talk: with Join Godwin Bradbeer and Warren Breninger (3 Dec) Event: Brummels last drinks (22 Jan)

Tim Handfield’s Deep skin tracked the photographer’s work alongside the significant changes in colour photography over the past three decades. A Melbourne photographer, Handfield has been working at the forefront of new colour photographic processes since the late 1970s and this exhibition presented a total of 32 prints produced over this period. As well as engaging cutting-edge technological innovation, Handfield’s photographs from the 1970s and ‘80s reveal a poetic beauty in the urban setting, often finding strange beauty in Melbourne’s suburban edges. RELATED EVENTS AND PROGRAMS: Exhibition opening: speaker Shaune Lakin (22 Oct) Artist talk: with Tim Handfield (5 Nov) OTHER EVENTS: 1. Friends of MGA morning coffee program: Essex Heights Primary School musical performance (21 Nov) 2. Sparkling Christmas shopping evening (7 Dec)

OTHER EVENTS: 1. Art in the Park: A Friends of MGA event (27 Nov)

Izabela PLUTA Displaced images of distant objects (detail) 2011 latex-based ink-jet print 270 x 620 cm courtesy of the artist and Dianne Tanzer Gallery + Projects, Melbourne

Rennie ELLIS Athol Shmith, Rob Imhoff & Carol Jerrems at Brummels (detail) 1975 selenium toned gelatin silver print © Rennie Ellis Photographic Archive

Tim HANDFIELD Weatherboard wall & wire, Fitzroy 1977-78 (detail) from the series Colour photographs 1977-78 cibachrome print 16.5 x 24.5cm courtesy of the artist and M.33


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JOHN STREET: SLOW PHOTOGRAPHY FOCUS GALLERY 22 OCTOBER –11 DECEMBER 2011 SUPPORTERS: Arts Victoria, City of Monash, Wilbow Group, Ilford, Montalto Vineyard

THE GODDEN GIFT: WORKS FROM THE MGA COLLECTION FOCUS GALLERY 14 DECEMBER 2011–11 MARCH 2012 SUPPORTERS: Arts Victoria, City of Monash, Wilbow Group, Montalto Vineyard

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OCULI: TERRA AUSTRALIS INCOGNITA A PHOTOGRAPHIC SURVEY WILBOW GALLERY AND SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS GALLERY 27 JANUARY–25 MARCH 2012 SUPPORTERS: Arts Victoria, City of Monash, Wilbow Group, Manly City Council, Montalto Vineyard

ATTENDANCE: 13 668 John Street is one of Melbourne’s leading practitioners in photographic processes and produces original and experimental images of rare beauty. For this exhibition Street’s custommade camera was brought into the gallery space. Custom-made by Street the camera can produce unique one-off prints measuring 50 x 60 cm in a process the photographer refers to as ‘painting with light’. Each work in the exhibition was produced by exposing photographic paper to the back of the camera for up to 45 minutes. The paper is then removed from the camera in a light-tight box and processed in a series of chemical baths. The printing technique employed with this type of paper is known as a ‘dye destruction process’. In an era when many photographers are now forgoing film altogether and turning to purely digital means Street’s traditional approach to image making is rare and unique. RELATED EVENTS AND PROGRAMS: Exhibition opening: speaker Stephen Zagala (22 Oct) Artist talk: with John Street (10 Nov)

ATTENDANCE: 11 629 This exhibition celebrated the generous donation of 69 photographs to MGA by the photographer and curator Christine Godden. Most of these photographs were taken during the 1970s by some of Australia’s most important photographers of the period. During 2011, MGA’s exhibitions have highlighted Australian photography of the 1970s. During this decade, photography underwent a transformation in this country. A new wave of photographers who had trained in art schools and universities used photography to explore a range of contemporary issues. Christine Godden was part of this generation. Ms Godden’s donation reflects her close association with Australia’s leading photographers of this period. This exhibition of selected pictures from Ms Godden’s gift acknowledged this act of generosity and its significance to MGA’s nationally significant collection of Australian photography. RELATED EVENTS AND PROGRAMS: Floor talk: with Shaune Lakin (15 Dec)

OTHER EVENTS: Art in the Park: A Friends of MGA event (27 Nov)

OTHER EVENTS: Jazz on the Deck: A Friends of MGA event (26 Feb)

John STREET Magnolias 2 (detail) 2010 silver dye bleach print 50 x 60cm courtesy of the artist

installation view The Godden gift © Monash Gallery of Art

Curated by Sandy Edwards, Oculi: Terra Australis Incognita comprised around eighty photographic images of Australia from the photography collective Oculi. Formed ten years ago and committed by a united vision to represent contemporary Australia and its regions, Oculi embraces a range of distinctive styles and perspectives that include a strong documentary focus. Photographers included: Donna Bailey, James Brickwood, Tamara Dean, Jesse Marlow, Nick Moir, Jeremy Piper, Andrew Quilty, Dean Sewell, Steven Siewert, Tamara Voninski RELATED EVENTS AND PROGRAMS: Exhibition opening: opened by Michael Coyne, Adjunct Professor of Photography, RMIT University and eminent Australian photojournalist (4 Feb) Floor talk: Picturing contemporary Australia; speakers Donna Bailey, Jesse Marlow and Andrew Quilty (18 Feb) Workshop: Street photography with Jesse Marlow (3 Mar) Workshop: Mobile street photography with Misho Baranovic (3 Mar) OTHER EVENTS: 1. MGA Volunteer morning tea (15 Mar)

Donna BAILEY Blanche and Serene (detail) 2005 from the series Unconditional, printed 2011 chromogenic print 68 x 101 cm courtesy of the artist


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2012 FUNDRAISING DINNER & AUCTION PREVIEW EXHIBITION FOCUS GALLERY 15–23 MARCH 2012

NOTORIOUS: DUFFY’S CELEBRITY PORTRAITS FOCUS GALLERY 27 MARCH –3 JUNE 2012

COLD EELS AND DISTANT THOUGHTS SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS & WILBOW GALLERIES 30 MARCH–3 JUNE 2012

SUPPORTERS: Arts Victoria, City of Monash, Art and Australia, Australian Ballet, The European restaurant, Montalto Vineyard, Neoz Lighting, Sofitel Melbourne, Food & Desire

SUPPORTERS: Arts Victoria, City of Monash, Wilbow Group, Montalto Vineyard

SUPPORTERS: Arts Victoria, City of Monash, Wilbow Group, Montalto Vineyard

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ATTENDANCE: 11 480

ATTENDANCE: 3 400

The English photographer Brian Duffy helped to define the visual style of Britain in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Alongside Terrence Donovan and David Bailey, Duffy rewrote the rule book on fashion photography. Leaving behind the formal conservatism of the 1950s, Duffy introduced a new style of documentary fashion photography, one perfectly suited to the cool, sophisticated place that was Britain in the 1960s and ‘70s.

Cold eels and distant thoughts brought together the work of eight of Australia’s leading Aboriginal photographers. Curated by Indigenous curator and writer Djon Mundine OAM, the exhibition explored many of the stereotypes associated with Aboriginal masculinity from a range of viewpoints including documentary photography.

This year, the works of 20 Australian photographers were auctioned, as well as other nonphotographic works, including: the chance to curate your own exhibition, a weekend package at the Sofitel on Collins and an opportunity to have your portrait taken by celebrated Melbourne photographer Ponch Hawkes. MGA’s gala event of the year saw $65 000 raised from the sale of artworks generously donated by many of Australia’s leading practicioners. RELATED EVENTS AND PROGRAMS: Special event: 2012 Annual Fundraising Dinner and Auction, speakers Cr Stefanie Perri, Mayor of City of Monash, Bryan Dawe MC, Heidi Victoria MP, Paul Sumner, Mossgreen and Shaune Lakin (23 Mar) OTHER EVENTS: 1. Friends of MGA morning coffee program: speaker Terry Lane (19 Mar)

This exhibition, drawing on work from the Duffy Archive in Britain, presented a selection of Duffy’s portraits. He photographed many of popular culture’s coolest people, including Jean Shrimpton, David Bowie, The Beatles, Terrence Stamp and the world’s greatest actor, Michael Caine RELATED EVENTS AND PROGRAMS: Artist talk: Discover Duffy: talk with Rob Imhoff (5 May) Special event: The Beatles come to MGA! Rubber Soul: the Beatles Show concert (13 May) Exhibition opening: Swinging: the Fashion Photography of Brian Duffy, Sofitel Melbourne (1 Mar) OTHER EVENTS: 1. Friends of MGA morning coffee program: speaker Bruce Postle (16 Apr) 2. Paul Cox and Stephen Zagala in conversation at Whitehorse Art Space: an MGA travelling exhibition event (21 Apr)

2012 MGA Annual Fundraising Dinner & Auction photograph: ©Ari Hatzis

Brian DUFFY (Great Britain 1933–2010) David Bowie: Aladdin Sane (detail) 1973 digital print, printed 2011 38.2 x 38.2 cm courtesy Duffy Archive, London

The exhibition included work by Michael Aird, Mervyn Bishop, Adam Hill, Gary Lee, Ricky Maynard, Peter Mckenzie, Michael Riley and Jason Wing, each of whom tell the story of the experience of Indigenous men. RELATED EVENTS AND PROGRAMS: Artist talk: with Djon Mundine OAM, Michael Aird and Mervyn Bishop (14 Apr) Exhibition opening: guest speaker Gary Foley (14 Apr) Film screening: Toomelah 2011 (dir. Ivan Sen) (3 Jun) OTHER EVENTS: 1. Friends of MGA morning coffee program: speaker Bruce Postle (16 Apr) 2. depARTure event: visit to Montalto Vineyard & Olive Grove & Montalto Sculpture Award, speaker Shaune Lakin (28 Apr) 3. International Museum’s Day floortalk: Building MGA’s Collection: speaker Stephen Zagala (17 May) 4. Friends of MGA morning coffee program: speaker Ray Sutton from Victorian Jazz Archive (17 May) 5. WORDfest launch event (31 May) Michael AIRD Vincent Brady leads a protest march (detail) from the series Everybody is important: elders, leaders and other important people 1987 inkjet print, printed 2008 54.0 x 77.0 cm courtesy the artist


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HOPPÉ PORTRAITS: SOCIETY, STUDIO & STREET SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS & WILBOW GALLERIES 9 JUNE–29 JULY 2012 SUPPORTERS: Arts Victoria, City of Monash, Wilbow Group, Montalto Vineyard ATTENDANCE: 4 984 (9–30 JUNE 2012) Rare photographs by the man Cecil Beaton called ‘The Master’. During his time, Emil Otto Hoppé was the most famous photographer in the world. Everyone wanted to be photographed by him. He was, as Madrid’s El Mundo newspaper has ecently written, ‘the Leibovitz of the early 20th century’.

RELATED EVENTS AND PROGRAMS: (to 30 June 2011) Exhibition opening: guest speakers Gael Newton and Graham Howe (9 Jun) Hoppé brunch: speaker Shaune Lakin (30 Jun) OTHER EVENTS: 1. Community Space exhibition opening: Museum of Indonesian Art (10 Jun) 2. Friends of MGA morning coffee program: speaker Melwitz Folino (18 Jun)

E O HOPPÉ Ezra Pound (detail) 1918 gelatin silver print 16.2 x 10.5 cm © 2012 The E.O. Hoppé Estate Collection, Curatorial assistance, Inc.

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EXHIBITIONS

RAMP GALLERY

A TASTE OF THAILAND: PEOPLE AND PLACES: JESSICA SPARGO 22 JUNE–17 JULY

BOTTLES AND BALLOONS: KAREN HINDE 24 JANUARY–25 MARCH 2012

A collection of photographs showing people and places in Thailand.

This exhibition showed a series of abstract photographs by Karen Hinde exploring the shape, form, and colour of everyday objects.

HUEY ART CENTRE 19 JULY–21 AUGUST 2011 This exhibition comprised paintings by children at the Huey Art Centre, including still lifes and renditions of the Mona Lisa.

ASHWINI KHIANI 30 MARCH–10 JUNE 2012 This exhibition showed paintings by local artist and designer Ashwini Khiani.

WORKING SOCIETY: LEE BECH 23 AUGUST–11 SEPTEMBER 2011

REFLECTIONS ON WATER: HOLLY XU 8 JUNE–15 JULY 2012

This exhibition comprised paintings of people in their places of work by local artist Lee Bech.

This exhibition showed a series of photographs by local artist Holly Xu, using water as a metaphor for the constantly changing nature of life.

SENIORS FESTIVAL PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION 14 SEPTEMBER–16 OCTOBER 2011 This exhibition was the result of a state-wide photography competition in conjunction with 2011 Seniors Festival.

SYRIA: JUNE ORFORD 19 OCTOBER–4 DECEMBER 2011 This exhibition comprised a series of photographs documenting Orford’s travels through Syria in 2006.

MONASH VOLUNTEER RESOURCE CENTRE PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION 7 DECEMBER 2011–22 JANUARY 2012 Organised by the Monash Volunteer Resource Centre, this exhibition celebrated the tenth anniversary of the UN International Year of Volunteers with a photography competition that focussed on volunteering.

June ORFORD Shepherd girl with Donkey, Palmyra 2006 inkjet print 98.0 x 67.0 cm courtesy of the artist

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Lee BECH The podiatrist Watercolour and ink on Chinese rice paper courtesy of the artist

Holly XU Charming Feng Huang (Phoenix) inkjet print courtesy of the artist


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MULGRAVE PHOTO COMPETITION 28 JUNE–17 JULY 2011

NEAMI SERVICES VICTORIA 13–25 MARCH 2012

During May 2011 Mulgrave residents were invited to take photographs of their local area focusing on the themes ‘What do I like?’ and ‘What would I change?’. A selection of the photographs were displayed at MGA to showcase the work of participants.

This display was organised by Neami Services Victoria, which is a non-government mental health organisation that provides rehabilitation and recovery support to people with serious mental illness. The exhibition showed ceramics by participants of their programs.

HUEY ART CENTRE 19 JULY–21 AUGUST 2011 This exhibition comprised paintings by children at the Huey Art Centre, including still lifes and renditions of Mona Lisa.

This display showed artworks created by Ashwini Khiani’s students.

MUSEUM OF INDONESIAN ART 5 JUNE–29 JULY

This display was organised by the Waverley Gem Club, highlighting their collection of jewellery and gem stones.

This display was organised by the Museum of Indonesian Art. It showed a collection of Indonesian objects from the museum’s collection.

JUNIOR CHAMBER OF INTERNATIONAL 18 OCTOBER–4 DECEMBER 2011

COMMUNITY EXHIBITION SPACE

ASHWINI KHIANI’S STUDENTS 30 MARCH–10 JUNE 2012

WAVERLEY GEM CLUB 18 SEPTEMBER–16 OCTOBER 2011

This display was organised by Junior Chamber of International.

HOLLY XU 14 DECEMBER 2011–31 JANUARY 2012 This exhibition showed a series of photographs by local artist Holly Xu.

PINK CHAIR CHARITY AUCTION 1 MARCH–11 MARCH 2012 This exhibition showed wooden chairs painted by celebrities and artists. The display preceded an auction, which saw the chairs sold with proceeds going to breast cancer research.

Huey Art Centre Mona Lisa project acrylic on canvas

Neami Services Victoria Ceramics exhbition

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Pink Chair Charity Auction installation


MGA ANNUAL REPORT 2012

ACQUISITIONS

ACQUISITIONS Micky ALLAN Making camp – Wade’s mistake, NSW 1980 from the series Travelogue gelatin silver print 37.5 x 48.0 cm donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Christine Godden 2012 MGA 2012.068 Del Kathryn BARTON the stars eat your body 2009 gelatin silver print with acrylic paint 53.8 x 40.5 cm donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by William Bowness 2012 MGA 2012.031 Lyndell BROWN and Charles GREEN View from Chinook, Helmand Province, Afghanistan 2007–08 pigment ink-jet print on cotton paper 111.5 x 151.5 cm acquired 2011 MGA 2012.017 Lyndell BROWN and Charles GREEN Hoist 2, propeller change on flight line at night, military installation, Gulf 2007–09 pigment ink-jet print on cotton paper 34.9 x 35.0 cm donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by the artists 2012 MGA 2012.018 Lyndell BROWN and Charles GREEN Trolley 2, propeller change on flight line at night, military installation, Gulf 2007–09 pigment ink-jet print on cotton paper 34.9 x 35.0 cm donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by the artists 2012 MGA 2012.019 Lyndell BROWN and Charles GREEN Two aircraft on flight line at night, military installation, Gulf 2007–09 pigment ink-jet print on cotton paper 34.9 x 35.0 cm donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by the artists 2012 MGA 2012.020

Lyndell BROWN and Charles GREEN Dawn, flight line with five planes and floodlights, Gulf 2007–09 pigment ink-jet print on cotton paper 25.3 x 38.1 cm donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by the artists 2012 MGA 2012.021 Lyndell BROWN and Charles GREEN Two shadows with powerlines (double selfportrait), Southern Iraq 2007–09 pigment ink-jet print on cotton paper 25.3 x 38.2 cm donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by the artists 2012 MGA 2012.022 Lyndell BROWN and Charles GREEN Plane landing in a cloud of dust, late afternoon, Tarin Kowt, Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan 2007–09 pigment ink-jet print on cotton paper 28.1 x 42.4 cm donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by the artists 2012 MGA 2012.023 Lyndell BROWN and Charles GREEN Field of rubbish, late afternoon, Tarin Kowt, Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan 2007–09 pigment ink-jet print on cotton paper 25.4 x 38.1 cm donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by the artists 2012 MGA 2012.024 Lyndell BROWN and Charles GREEN Flight line with cargo, late afternoon, Tarin Kowt, Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan 2007–09 pigment ink-jet print on cotton paper 28.1 x 42.4 cm donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by the artists 2012 MGA 2012.025 Lyndell BROWN and Charles GREEN Afghan flag on mountain, view from Chinock, Helmand Province, Afghanistan 2007–09 pigment ink-jet print on cotton paper 25.4 x 38.1 cm donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by the artists 2012 MGA 2012.026

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Lyndell BROWN and Charles GREEN Afghan trader turning to smile, market, Tarin Kowt, Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan 2007–09 pigment ink-jet print on cotton paper 38.2 x 25.3 cm donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by the artists 2012 MGA 2012.027 Lyndell BROWN and Charles GREEN Night propellor change, Gulf 2007–09 pigment ink-jet prints on cotton paper 38.2 x 25.3 cm donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by the artists 2012 MGA 2012.028 Lyndell BROWN and Charles GREEN Dusk with approaching Humvee and flag, Gulf 2007–09 pigment ink-jet prints on cotton paper 38.0 x 25.5 cm donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by the artists 2012 MGA 2012.029 Jane BURTON Tarraleah (film still) 2007 ink-jet print 29.0 x 20.0 cm donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by William Bowness 2012 MGA 2012.032 Michael COOK Undiscovered #2 2010 from the series Undiscovered pigment ink-jet print on cotton paper 124.0 x 100.0 cm acquired 2011 MGA 2011.144 Brenda L CROFT A hostile landscape 2003 from the series Man about town pigment ink-jet print on cotton paper 80.1 x 118.5 cm donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Brenda L Croft in memory of Mrs Dorothy Jean Croft (1938–2010) 2012 MGA 2012.042


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ACQUISITIONS

Brenda L CROFT A place for us 2003 from the series Man about town pigment ink-jet print on cotton paperr 79.9 x 118.6 cm donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Brenda L Croft in memory of Mrs Dorothy Jean Croft (1938–2010) 2012 MGA 2012.043

Brenda L CROFT My mother recognised the man in the little boy 1998 from the series Colour b(l)ind silver dye bleach print 50.8 x 74.1 cm donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Brenda L Croft in memory of Mrs Dorothy Jean Croft (1938–2010) 2012 MGA 2012.048

Boy from the bush 2003 from the series Man about town pigment ink-jet print on cotton paper 79.7 x 118.8 cm donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Brenda L Croft in memory of Mrs Dorothy Jean Croft (1938–2010) 2012 MGA 2012.044

Paul DUNN Collingwood vs Carlton 2005 from the series The Faith 2002 gelatin silver print 34.0 x 23.0 cm donated by the artist 2011 MGA 2011.142

Don’t look now 2003 from the series Man about town pigment ink-jet print on cotton paper 79.7 x 119.4 cm donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Brenda L Croft in memory of Mrs Dorothy Jean Croft (1938–2010) 2012 MGA 2012.045 Brenda L CROFT Landlocked 2003 from the series Man about town pigment ink-jet print on cotton paper 79.9 x 118.8 cm donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Brenda L Croft in memory of Mrs Dorothy Jean Croft (1938–2010) 2012 MGA 2012.046 Brenda L CROFT Don’t go kissing at the garden gate 2 1998 from the series Colour b(l)ind silver dye bleach print 50.0 x 76.5 cm donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Brenda L Croft in memory of Mrs Dorothy Jean Croft (1938–2010) 2012 MGA 2012.047

John EATON Untitled [still life with ballerina figurine] c1940 gelatin silver print 26.6 x 36.6 cm donated anonymously through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program 2012 MGA 2012.057 John EATON Beach landscape 1922 gelatin silver print 31.3 x 23.3 cm donated anonymously through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program 2012 MGA 2012.058 John EATON The white monarch c1920–30 gelatin silver print 35.5 x 27.7 cm donated anonymously through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program 2012 MGA 2012.059 John EATON Gum trees c1920–30 gelatin silver print 24.1 x 29.6 cm donated anonymously through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program 2012 MGA 2012.060

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Cherine FAHD Alicia 2003 Ashley 2003 Camouflage 2003 Into the invisible 2003 Justine 2003 Kate 2003 Madeleine and Stephanie 2003 Mel and Majka 2003 Suzie 2003 from the series A woman runs nine gelatin silver prints 50.0 x 60.0 cm (each) donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by the artist 2011 MGA 2012.008–16 Cherine FAHD Day 53, Day 73 and Day 97 from the series ‘Hiding’ self portraits 2009–10 three chromogenic prints 26.0 x 31.0 cm (each) donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by William Bowness 2012 MGA 2012.033.a–c Anne FERRAN Rydalmere vertical I–IV 1997 four chromogenic prints 138.3 x 107.8 cm (each) donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by the artist 2011 MGA 2012.003–06 Gerrit FOKKEMA Dover Heights 1982 30.4 x 50.6 cm donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Christine Godden 2012 MGA 2012.066 Gerrit FOKKEMA ‘Sheepdog’ Brenton Key, crane driver, Mt Gunson, South Australia 1984 gelatin silver print 43.1 x 33.1 cm donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Christine Godden 2012 MGA 2012.067 Fiona FOLEY HHH#2 2004 from the series Bring it on aka HHH chromogenic print, printed 2010 101.8 x 76.1 cm donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by the artist 2011 MGA 2012.007


MGA ANNUAL REPORT 2012

ACQUISITIONS

David HEMPENSTALL Blackhawk, near Karbala, June 2006 gelatin silver print 17.5 x 17.5 cm donated by William Bowness 2012 MGA 2012.037 Carol JERREMS Vale Street 1975 gelatin silver print 20.2 x 30.3 cm donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Susan Hesse 2012 MGA 2012.030 Mark KIMBER Bedding shop 2008 ink-jet print 80.0 x 80.0 cm donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by William Bowness 2012 MGA 2012.034 Paul KNIGHT 14 months #01 2008 chromogenic print 90.0 x 75.0 cm donated by the artist 2011 MGA 2011.143 Christopher KÖLLER Montacute House, Somerset 1998 from the series Winter gardens chromogenic print, printed 2009 85.0 x 107.0 cm donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by William Bowness 2012 MGA 2012.035 Kathy MACKEY Reliquary 1 2006 pigment ink-jet print on cotton paper 75.0 x 45.0 cm donated by the artist 2011 MGA 2012.002 David MOORE Cars on Warringah Expressway 1, July 1971 1971 gelatin silver print, printed 1973 24.2 x 36.7 cm acquired with assistance from the Robert Salzer Foundation and the Rennie Ellis Photographic Archive 2012 MGA 2012.049

David MOORE Cars on Warringah Expressway 2, July 1971 1971 gelatin silver print, printed 1973 24.3 x 36.7 cm acquired with assistance from the Robert Salzer Foundation and the Rennie Ellis Photographic Archive 2012 MGA 2012.050 David MOORE Cars on Warringah Expressway 3, July 1971 1971 gelatin silver print, printed 1973 24.4 x 36.8 cm acquired with assistance from the Robert Salzer Foundation and the Rennie Ellis Photographic Archive 2012 MGA 2012.051 David MOORE Volkswagen in snow, Perisher Valley, day 1, August 1971 gelatin silver print, printed 1973 24.1 x 36.8 cm acquired with assistance from the Robert Salzer Foundation and the Rennie Ellis Photographic Archive 2012 MGA 2012.052 David MOORE Volkswagen in snow, Perisher Valley, day 2, August 1971 1971 gelatin silver print, printed 1973 23.7 x 36.7 cm acquired with assistance from the Robert Salzer Foundation and the Rennie Ellis Photographic Archive 2012 MGA 2012.053 David MOORE Volkswagen in snow, Perisher Valley, day 3, August 1971 1971 gelatin silver print, printed 1973 23.5 x 36.8 cm acquired with assistance from the Robert Salzer Foundation and the Rennie Ellis Photographic Archive 2012 MGA 2012.054 Deborah PAAUWE Hidden peak 2008 ink-jet print 75.0 x 75.0 cm donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by William Bowness 2012 MGA 2012.036

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Patricia PICCININI Waiting for Jennifer 2003 from the series SO2 (series 1) chromogenic print, printed 2001 80.0 x 80.0 cm donated anonymously through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program 2012 MGA 2012.040 Jacky REDGATE Light throw (mirrors) #4 2011 from the series Light throw (mirrors) 2009–11 chromogenic print 126.5 x 159.0 cm acquired 2011 MGA 2012.001 Jacky REDGATE WORK-TO-RULE IV 1986–87 from the series WORK-TO-RULE silver dye bleach print 98.4 x 78.5 cm donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by the artist 2012 MGA 2012.041 Robyn STACEY Jet 1989 from the series Redline 7000 silver dye bleach print 164.0 x 103.0 cm donated anonymously through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program 2012 MGA 2012.038 Robyn STACEY Ice 1989 from the series Redline 7000 silver dye bleach print 104.0 x 175.3 cm donated anonymously through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program 2012 MGA 2012.039 Wesley STACEY Koorie mates in the tea trees 1980 gelatin silver print 16.5 x 40.5 cm donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Christine Godden 2012 MGA 2012.063 Wesley STACEY Koories looking down to Nadgee 1980 gelatin silver print 16.5 x 40.6 cm donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Christine Godden 2012 MGA 2012.064


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Wesley STACEY Driving thru kitsch 1976 artist’s book, includes 24 chromogenic prints 18.8 x 25.3 x 1.0 cm donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Christine Godden 2012 MGA 2012.065 David STEPHENSON Star drawing 1996/402 1996 Star drawing 1996/1902 1996 from the series Star drawings 1995–2006 two chromogenic prints 56.0 x 56.0 cm (each) acquired with the funds raised by Friends of MGA Inc 2012 MGA 2012.055–56

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Laurie WILSON Point Lonsdale 1975 gelatin silver print 21.1 x 50.5 cm donated anonymously through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program 2012 MGA 2012.061 Laurie WILSON Moon and sea 1976 gelatin silver print 21.6 x 35.7 cm donated anonymously through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program 2012 MGA 2012.062

Brenda L CROFT Don’t look now 2003 from the series Man about town pigment ink-jet print on cotton paper 79.7 x 119.4 cm donated by Brenda L Croft in memory of Mrs Dorothy Jean Croft (1938–2010) 2012 MGA 2012.044


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FRIENDS OF MGA

FRIENDS OF MGA INC

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011–12 proved to be another interesting and varied year for the Friends of MGA Inc.

On the fundraising front our Morning Coffee program raised important funds throughout the year and brought in a range of wonderful speakers including fashion designer and lecturer Melwitz Folino; Martin Semken, from the award-winning Semken Landscaping; Terry Lane, best known for his radio programs on 3LO and Radio National; and Bruce Postle, a legend of Australian photojournalism. Thanks to Barry Sanders, our Vice President for organising such a stimulating and engaging program. Our main musical event of the year was a fantastic February concert by the wonderful Kelly Auty, and I hope she will come back again. We had an audience of 120 and this helped us to raise $2 200. In November, we held another big event – Art in the Park – and despite unsettled weather it was a great success with hundreds of families visiting the gallery across the day. It was a fun day with painting, photography, musical events, school bands, a classic car display, Suzuki piano concerts and children’s art programs – all free. We will hold a similar event again this year and I hope it will be just as successful. Many thanks to the City of Monash who helped make it possible through their community grants program and to the MGA staff and volunteers, especially Amanda Thornton, Stephanie Richter and Mark Hislop for their hard work. Friends of MGA raised nearly $25 000 throughout the year. I am very pleased that the committee, on behalf of the Friends were able to donate $7 000 to the gallery for the purchase of two David Stephenson photographs from his Star drawings (1995–2009) series. These works are from a significant artist and join the other works donated by the Friends to the Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection. I thank the Friends of MGA for making this possible. This year there were a couple of changes to the Friends of MGA committee. Stanley Goricane, who did a great job as our Treasurer stepped down, as did David Morris – I thank both of them. John Callahan took over as Treasurer and Anna Murchie also joined the Friends committee. In advance I would also

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like to acknowledge Irma Dymke and Stan Paul who will resign at this year’s AGM. Both Irma and Stan have been on the committee for many years and I thank them for all their hard work and dedication to the Friends of MGA Inc. A special thanks to all the committee and to our secretary, Glenys Goricane. This year the Friends of MGA and the gallery lost a vital member, Gill Clare. Gill was a founding member of MGA’s Committee of Management, on which she served from 1998–2009. Gill also served on the Friends of MGA Committee, and was Vice-President for five years before she retired in 2009. Gill and her husband Russell were also generous donors to the MGA Foundation. Gill was Mayor of the City of Monash in 1998–99. As a Councillor and community representative, Gill played a leading role in the fight to save the gallery from closure in 1999 and her significance to the gallery in the decade that followed cannot be underestimated. She will be missed. Finally, thanks to Gallery Director Shaune Lakin who is a great supporter of the Friends, Stella Loftus-Hills and all the gallery staff for their work and help throughout the year. Godfrey Clay President, Friends of MGA Inc August 2012


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MGA FOUNDATION REPORT

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collection of Australian photography. These funds were raised through a range of fundraising events, the last of which was a question-and-answer session with eminent Australian photographer Bill Henson and curator Natalie King that brought 170 people to the gallery for a very informative discussion. Foundation trustees will formally handover the works to the MGA for its collection in November 2012. The Jerrems Aquisition Appeal saw a pleasing increase in income received by the Foundation. Trustees are delighted with this result.

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he MGA Foundation has seen another positive year of operations in 2011–12.

The annual Bowness Photography Prize saw its most successful year yet. Julian Burnside QC joined MGA Foundation Trustee Geoffrey Smith, Sydney-based photographer Robyn Stacey and MGA Director Shaune Lakin to select Sydney photographer Jacky Redgate as the 2011 winner of the $25 000 prize. The judges awarded Adobe Honourable Mentions to Elaine Campaner, Sean Fennessy and Alex Wisser. Phillip George took away the $1 000 Crumpler People’s Choice Award. The MGA Foundation acknowledges the hundreds of artists who submitted their work for the prize and congratulates those who were shortlisted. We also acknowledge the contributions made by our event sponsors – Sofitel Melbourne, which provided accommodation for our judges and Adobe and Crumpler for making prizes available for Honourable Mention and the People’s Choice Awards. The gallery’s wine sponsor Montalto Vineyard again provided a range of beautiful varieties from their range. The Foundation also successfully concluded its fundraising for the Jerrems Acquisition Appeal. Based on the generous support of a number of donors, the Foundation raised $37 000 for the acquisition of two iconic photographs by Carol Jerrems for the MGA’s nationally significant

There was some sadness for trustees during the year, with the passing of a generous donor to the Foundation, former Mayor of the City of Monash and proud MGA supporter, Gill Clare. Our thoughts are with Russell Clare and the Clare family. On behalf of trustees I would like to thank MGA Director Shaune Lakin for his hard work as Foundation Secretary. I would also like to thank the team at MGA for their work in promoting the Foundation and organising the Foundation’s events. I also recognise the strong support the Foundation continues to receive from the Friends of MGA and the City of Monash.

Cr Geoff Lake Acting Chair, MGA Foundation

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MGA FOUNDATION TRUSTEES CR GEOFF LAKE, ACTING CHAIR Lawyer and former Mayor, City of Monash Current Councillor, City of Monash President, Australian Local Government Association

BILL BOWNESS Member and immediate past Chair, MGA Committee of Management Chairman and CEO, Wilbow Group Pty Ltd

GEOFFREY SMITH Chairman, Sotheby’s Australia

BARBARA THOMPSON OAM Former Councillor and Mayor, City of Monash Immediate Past President, Friends of MGA Inc

FOUNDERS Bill Bowness Tony Lee

BENEFACTORS Barbara Thompson OAM and John Thompson OAM Friends of MGA Inc

PRINCIPAL DONORS Gill and Russell Clare Godfrey Clay Geoffrey Smith and Gary Singer

FELLOWS Belinda Ainsworth Ryan Brown Pat Corrigan Peter Holdsworth Dr Alison Inglis Trevor Nixon MBE Bruce Parncutt and Robin Campbell Lady Potter AC Ailsa Ramsden Peter di Sciascio Penelope Seidler AM Barbara Tucker


MGA ANNUAL REPORT 2012

MGA FOUNDATION REPORT

FINANCIAL REPORT FOR THE PERIOD ENDED 30 JUNE 2012

NOTE 2012 2011 INCOME REVENUE 1 25 320 28 500 DONATIONS 2 7 815 24 069 INTEREST EARNED 3 29 119 29 411 TOTAL INCOME 62 254 81 980 EXPENSES PROGRAM EXPENSES 4 26 000 69 156 ADMINISTRATION EXPENSES 5 31 631 29 168 OTHER EXPENSES 6 80 254 TOTAL EXPENSES 57 711 98 578 SURPLUS/(DEFICIT) 4 543 (16 598) NET POSITION OPENING BALANCE 7 501 043 517 641 SURPLUS/(DEFICIT) 4 543 (16 598) TOTAL 8 505 586 501 043

NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL REPORT

2012

2011

$’000 $’000 NOTE 1 REVENUE Bowness Prize Entry Fee 21 500 23 750 Jerrems Acquisition Appeal Dinner 3 820 4 750 Total 25 320 28 500 NOTE 2 DONATIONS Jerrems Acquisition Appeal Donations 7 815 18 469 Other Donations - 5 600 Total 7 815 24 069 NOTE 3 INTEREST REVENUE Investment Interest 28 937 28 905 Other Interest 182 506 Total 29 119 29 411 NOTE 4 PROGRAM EXPENSES Bowness Prize money 26 000 26 000 Jerrems Acquisition Appeal Expenses 43 156 Total 26 000 69 156 NOTE 5 ADMINISTRATION EXPENSES Bowness Prize- Administration Expenses 31 631 29 168 Total 31 631 29 168 NOTE 6 OTHER EXPENSES Audit Bank Confirmation Fee 70 70 Bank Fees- ANZ operating Account 10 184 Total 80 254 NOTE 7 FOUNDATION FUNDS ANZ Bank Account (Operating) 5 523 29 917 ANZ Bank Account (Gift Fund) 1 126 1 126 Short Term Deposits 498 937 470 000 Total 505 586 501 043 NOTE 8 NET POSITION Accumulated Surplus 501 043 517 641 Surplus/(Deficit) for the year 4 543 (16 598) Total 505 586 501 043 NOTE 9 MGA FOUNDATION DIRECTORS Names of persons holding the positions at the MGA Foundation during the reporting period are: Trustee : Mr William Bowness Acting Chair: Cr Geoffrey Lake Trustee: Mr Geoffrey Smith Trustee: Mrs Barbara Thompson

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