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MGA NEWSLETTER SPRING / SUMMER 2012 #44


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MONASH GALLERY OF ART NEWSLETTER Published 3 times/year Edition no. 44 ISSN 1444-4577

MONASH GALLERY OF ART 860 Ferntree Gully Rd Wheelers Hill Victoria 3150 T: 61 3 8544 0500 E: mga@monash.vic.gov.au www.mga.org.au

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COVER IMAGE: Ingeborg TYSSEN Ryde Pool, Sydney 1981 gelatin silver print Collection of the Estate of Ingeborg Tyssen, courtesy John Williams & Sandra Byron Gallery

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CHAIR AND DIRECTOR’S REPORT

MGA’s strategic plan for 2012–15 has been written and will guide the gallery towards becoming the home of Australian photography. This is a tremendously exciting period for the gallery, as we consolidate and 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. There’s a lot happening over the next few months to help us on our way. We have just experienced our busiest month at the gallery in well over a decade, with 8 180 people visiting during June to see the amazing exhibition Hoppé portraits: society, studio & street. Many made return visits to absorb the rich detail and texture of EO Hoppé’s amazing photographs of London and Australia from the 1910s–40s. We are grateful to Graham Howe and the wonderful team at Curatorial Assistance, Pasadena, for making this important exhibition available to us. No doubt many of you who visited during June also came to check out our reopened cafe, now fitted out with a state-of-the-art kitchen and new service area. Thanks to the City of Monash urban planning team who facilitated this redevelopment project; it is already making a huge difference

to the experience of gallery and library visitors. If you haven’t seen the ‘new’ cafe yet, come in and try one of Jen and Jane’s great coffees. While we work to make the experience of visitors as engaging and entertaining as possible, we also strive to promote and celebrate Australian photography. Two important events over the next couple of months will contribute to this endeavour: our current exhibition Photographic abstractions, and the forthcoming announcement of the winner of the prestigious Bowness Photography Prize. Curated by MGA’s Stephen Zagala and Stella Loftus-Hills from our nationally significant collection of Australian photographs, Photographic abstractions is the first major survey of photographic abstraction in Australia. Yet another ‘first’ for our curatorial team. Be sure to join us on Thursday 4 October for the announcement of the winner of the Bowness Photography Prize. This is Australia’s pre-eminent photography prize and we received record entries this year. The cocktail party on 4 October will celebrate the achievements of the finalists and the success of the winner of the $25 000 non-acquisitive award. The company of MGA Patron Penelope Seidler AM, judges Isobel Crombie and Trent Parke and many of the artists in the running for the prize, along with beautiful wine by MGA partners Montalto Vineyard and Olive Grove and Australia’s finest contemporary photography on the walls will surely make it a great celebration. At a cocktail party on 15 November, the trustees of the MGA Foundation will conclude their fundraising appeal, which has raised

$37 000 for the acquisition of two photographs by the great Australian photographer Carol Jerrems. The trustees will hand over the photographs to MGA and formally thank all those who gave so generously to the appeal. The photographs will be on display for the event. Our holdings of work by this iconic photographer have grown substantially, thanks to the enormous generosity of the trustees, the many people who made donations to their appeal, and Susan Hesse who recently donated her extremely rare print of Jerrems’s Vale St (1975) to MGA (see MGA newsletter #43). Keep an eye out for the exhibitions we have planned for summer, which is thankfully just around the corner. From late November we celebrate the work of two of our greatest photographers, the late Ingeborg Tyssen and Tasmania’s Pat Brassington. These exhibitions will open around the same time as the Friends of MGA’s major annual family day Art in the Park (Sunday 25 November), when our community comes together to make art, listen to music and enjoy our beautiful site. As ever, there’s a lot to see and do at MGA. Debra Knight, Chair of MGA Committee of Management Shaune Lakin, Gallery Director


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EXHIBITIONS

PHOTOGRAPHIC ABSTRACTIONS

3 AUGUST–30 SEPTEMBER 2012 PHOTOGRAPHIC ABSTRACTIONS 3 AUGUST–30 SEPTEMBER 2012 RESPONDING TO WALLACE 29 AUGUST–30 SEPTEMBER 2012 WILLIAM AND WINIFRED BOWNESS PHOTOGRAPHY PRIZE 4 OCTOBER–18 NOVEMBER 2012 CAROL JERREMS: WORKS FROM THE MGA COLLECTION 4 OCTOBER–18 NOVEMBER 2012 INGEBORG TYSSEN: PHOTOGRAPHS 23 NOVEMBER 2012–3 FEBRUARY 2013 PAT BRASSINGTON: IT’S JUST A HEARTBEAT AWAY 23 NOVEMBER 2012–3 FEBRUARY 2013

Drawing on MGA’s nationally significant collection of Australian photographs, this exhibition highlights the work of artists who use photography to achieve abstract effects. The images in this exhibition are less concerned with documentation and more concerned with engaging the senses, exciting the imagination and challenging the way we look at the world.

RESPONDING TO WALLACE

29 AUGUST–30 SEPTEMBER 2012 Responding to Wallace features the work of years 10 & 11 Melbourne Girls Grammar School students and photographs by Wallace Richards from the MGA Collection. The students worked with Melbourne photographer and MGA Collection artist Georgia Metaxas as part of MGGS’s artist-in-residence program. The program took inspiration from the work of MGA Collection artist Wallace Richards.

David MOORE Blue collage 1983 chromogenic print collage 22.0 x 30.0 cm Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection courtesy of the Estate of David Moore

WILLIAM AND WINIFRED BOWNESS PHOTOGRAPHY PRIZE 2012

4 OCTOBER–18 NOVEMBER 2012 The winner of the $25 000 prize will be announced at MGA on Thursday 4 OCTOBER 2012. Three finalists will be awarded an Adobe Honourable Mention prize. One of Australia’s most eminent cultural figures, Penelope Seidler AM, will join the judging panel to announce the winner of the 2012 Bowness Photography Prize. This year’s eminent judging panel, Magnum photographer TRENT PARKE, NGV’s Senior Curator Photography ISOBEL CROMBIE, and MGA Gallery Director SHAUNE LAKIN have selected 42 photographs from approximately 2 500 entries – the largest number received in the history of Australia’s most coveted photography prize. With a record number of entries and an extraordinarily high caliber of work more finalists than usual were selected for the exhibition. The finalists represent the best in contemporary Australian photography. See pp4-5 in this newsletter for more information.

Chris BUDGEON Untitled 2 2012 from the series Last summer pigment ink-jet print 78.0 X 100.0 cm courtesy of the artist


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CAROL JERREMS: WORKS FROM THE MGA COLLECTION

INGEBORG TYSSEN: PHOTOGRAPHS

PAT BRASSINGTON: IT’S JUST A HEARTBEAT AWAY

4 OCTOBER–18 NOVEMBER 2012

23 NOVEMBER 2012–3 FEBRUARY 2013

23 NOVEMBER 2012–3 FEBRUARY 2013

Carol Jerrems was one of a number of Australian women whose work during the 1970s challenged the dominant ideas on what a photographer was and how they worked.

Ingeborg Tyssen’s works have the rare ability of being able to acutely observe people within their environment. Her earliest photographs, taken in the city streets, fun parks, and suburbs of ‘70s Australia and America, radiate a gentle surrealism mixed with urban isolation.

Pat Brassington is one of Australia’s leading photographic artists. For three decades, Brassington has constructed photographic images that share an interest in Surrealism, collage and experimental processes. This exhibition features work from the MGA Collection alongside Brassington’s most recent major work A heartbeat away.

Jerrems adopted a collaborative approach to making photographs that included friends and associates. Although she was just 30 years old when she passed away in 1980, Jerrems is now recognised as a very significant Australian photographer and her work is the subject of substantial curatorial and critical interest. This exhibition includes works from the MGA Collection including Jerrems’ most famous photograph, Vale Street 1975 and images of Jerrems by her contemporaries Paul Cox, Rennie Ellis and Athol Shmith.

Carol JERREMS Vale Street 1975 gelatin silver print 20.2 x 30.2 cm Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection donated by Susan Hesse 2012 courtesy of the Carol Jerrems Estate

Tyssen arrived in Australia in 1957 as a child from her native Holland. She initially found it difficult to connect with the new language and landscape, and this feeling of dislocation persisted in her art. In 1995 the Art Gallery of New South Wales presented a midcareer survey of her work and she continued to exhibit in commercial galleries and museums in Australia and abroad until she died as a result of a motor accident in 2002. In her obituary, critic Robert McFarlane wrote: ‘With Tyssen’s death, Australia has lost one of the most talented photographers from the postwar generation…The originality and lack of ego in these images will ensure their enduring place in the history of the medium.’

Ingeborg TYSSEN Ryde Pool, Sydney 1981 gelatin silver print collection of the Estate of Ingeborg Tyssen, courtesy John Williams & Sandra Byron Gallery

A heartbeat away treats audiences to a towering encounter with Brassington’s uniquely arresting visual world. Adorning a wall in grid-like formation, 18 hanging images bring the viewer into a claustrophobic experience of stark domestic rooms each inhabited with surreal characters and objects. The rooms and their contents seem to repeat and distort like frames from a horror movie or fragments of a bad dream, until the strange becomes familiar and the familiar strange. By evoking the uncanny and the unconscious A heartbeat away invites a sense of malaise, a nagging miscomprehension, which plays with our desire to make sense of what we see. Pat BRASSINGTON Twins from the series Gentle  2001 ink-jet print image size 70.0 x 55.5 cm, paper size127.0 x 90 cm Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash collection courtesy of the artist and Stills Gallery, Sydney.


4 images top left down Lynne ROBERTS-GOODWIN Cloud #9 2012 from the series Swarm ink-jet print 162.0 X 162.0 cm Joseph MCGLENNON Australian Trooper 1 2012 from the series Troooper ink-jet print 100.0 x 100.0 cm Lani SELIGMAN Cradle 2011 from the series Body blow duratran print 130.0 x 102.5 cm Hannah RAISIN Foxy chicks 2011from the series Seperation anxiety pigment ink-jet print 50.0 x 70.0 cm

PREVIEW WILLIAM AND WINIFRED BOWNESS PHOTOGRAPHY PRIZE THE MGA FOUNDATION WILL ONCE AGAIN SHOWCASE THE WORK OF SOME OF THE NATION’S BEST PHOTOGRAPHERS IN AUSTRALIA’S MOST COVETED PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD. FOURTY TWO FINALISTS HAVE BEEN SELECTED FROM A FIELD OF 495 ENTRANTS FOR THIS YEAR’S BOWNESS PHOTOGRAPHY PRIZE

BOWNESS PHOTOG PRIZE 2012 The animal in all of us Australia’s best photographers are in the running for this year’s prestigious $25 000 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize. MGA’s big annual photography prize will again showcase contemporary Australian practice. This year’s judging panel, Magnum photographer TRENT PARKE, NGV’s Senior Curator Photography ISOBEL CROMBIE, and MGA Gallery Director SHAUNE LAKIN have selected 42 pictures from approximately 2 500 entries – the largest number received in the history of Australia’s most coveted photography prize. There were a number of strong themes among the photographs submitted for the prize this year. These included our relationship with landscape; Asia and its global influence; and photography and fiction. Animals also featured as subjects across many entries and this is reflected among the pictures selected by our judges. As the great anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss once said, ‘animals are good to think with’. As well as being great subjects in and of themselves, it seems that animals continue to help us to think about and make sense of our place in the world. The winner of the $25 000 Bowness Photography Prize will be announced at a cocktail party at MGA on Thursday 4 October 2012. Three finalists will be awarded an Adobe Honourable Mention prize. One of Australia’s most eminent cultural figures, Penelope Seidler AM, will join the judging panel to choose the winner of the 2012 prize.

4 OCT–18 NOV 2012


5 images top right down Kirsten BOWERS Prey drive 2012 from the series The darker side pigment ink-jet print 35.0 x 35.0 cm Jagath DHEERASEKARA Untitled 2012 from the series Living Airds pigment ink-jet print 60.0 x 90.0 cm Elaine CAMPANER Landscape with camels 2011 from the series Of Middle Eastern appearance (the visual guide) pigment ink-jet print 93.0 x 140.0 cm Valerie SPARKS Unnatural migration #1 (detail) 2012 pigment ink-jet print 60.0 x 183.0 cm

GRAPHY Robert ASHTON Daniel BOETKER-SMITH Kirsten BOWERS Jane BROWN Chris BUDGEON Elaine CAMPANER Rowan CONROY Jagath DHEERASEKARA Stephen DUPONT Cherine FAHD Jacqueline FELSTEAD Siri HAYES Christopher HOLT Tim JOHNSON Francis KEOGH Bronek KOZKA Jesse MARLOW Joseph MCGLENNON Georgia METAXAS Michael MILLER Phuong NGO Simon OBARZANEK Gerard O’CONNOR and Marc WASIAK Polixeni PAPAPETROU Izabela PLUTA Clare RAE Hannah RAISIN Lynne ROBERTS-GOODWIN Tobias ROWLES Julie RRAP Rodney SCHAFFER Lani SELIGMAN Martin SMITH Valerie SPARKS David STEPHENSON Darren SYLVESTER Claudia TERSTAPPEN Christian THOMPSON Stephanie VALENTIN Justine VARGA Daniel VON STURMER William YANG


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! S T O H S P O T The best of photomedia work produced by VCE Art, Media & Studio Arts students in 2011

REVIEW TWO PRINCES HILL SECONDARY COLLEGE STUDENTS FROM 2011, DANIEL SUTTON PREECE AND BONNIE ROBINSON WERE SELECTED AS FINALISTS FOR MGA’S TOPSHOTS EXHIBITION, AND DANIEL TOOK OUT THE TOPSHOTS AWARD! MARK HISLOP TALKS WITH PHSC PHOTOGRAPHY TEACHER JULIE DAVIES.

Daniel and Bonnie’s work showed a sophisticated knowledge of, and dialogue with contemporary photography. How does the school foster and develop students’ interest and engagement with photography, and what processes do students use to connect their photography with their own lives? TOPSHOTS winner Daniel Sutton Preece

The students’ knowledge of art is fostered from three main sources. Princes Hill offers an extensive art / technology program from Year 7 to Year 12 that allows students access to a wide variety of disciplines. This encourages an awareness of both historic and contemporary art practices. Princes Hill is located in the inner city allowing students access to several major contemporary art spaces. The Centre for Contemporary Photography is within walking distance and ACCA and the National Gallery are not far way. Senior students are encouraged to visit exhibitions on a regular basis. And last, parents play an enormous role in the cultural capital they provide for their children.

Your students’ workbooks and folios were extensive. Can you describe the research process students use to develop their work? Photography at Princes Hill Secondary College has a long history – long before my time – and this has allowed the school to run a Studio Arts program dedicated to lens-based practice. Students start in Year 11 to develop an individual practice where research is considered a critical part of the process. From Year 7 onwards all art and technology subjects require students to record and reflect on their production and this provides


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a solid base for us to work with students at VCE level. MGA’s Behind the scenes program for VCE students directly engages with the VCE curriculum. How would you like to see the partnerships between public galleries and secondary colleges developing in the future? What is needed for these partnerships to work well? Public galleries are providing an extensive array of possibilities for secondary school students. Exhibitions like TOPSHOTS are encouraging as are the seminars that address the study of design. Artists talking about their work is an area that interests me and I have found them to be very beneficial for the students, especially early in the year when they are developing the direction of their folios and research projects. An important aspect of professional practice as a photographer is the public exhibition of work. TOPSHOTS

provides the opportunity for students to exhibit their work in a public gallery whilst at secondary school. How did your students relate to exhibiting their work in a gallery such as MGA?

a must-see before committing to arts study. I also encourage students to consider a broader approach and think about multiple study disciplines, art in isolation could be an outdated approach.

Both Daniel and Bonnie were very excited to be selected for the TOPSHOTS exhibition. Both students had committed a lot of time and energy to produce their folios, so it was fantastic for them to see their work in a professional context. Julie, you are an established artist with a recognised career that includes photography. How important is it for there to be clear pathways between secondary school, tertiary institutions and a career in the arts? A career in the arts is something no-one should pursue unless they have an absolute passion. If they must then Melbourne has several good art schools and most students are familiar with them well before they apply. Open days and final year exhibition are

Daniel SUTTON PREECE Princes Hill Secondary College VCE Studio Arts Wear and tear 2011 three ink-jet prints 47 x 32 cm (each)


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RECENT ACQUISITIONS

Brenda L Croft Boy from the bush 2003 from the series Man about town 83.8 x 123.0 cm pigment ink-jet print on cotton paper edition 1/10 courtesy of the artist A hostile landscape 2003 from the series Man about town 83.8 x 122.8 cm pigment ink-jet print on cotton paper edition 1/10 courtesy of the artist Don’t look now 2003 from the series Man about town 84.0 x 122.7 cm pigment ink-jet print on cotton paper edition 1/10 courtesy of the artist A place for us 2003 from the series Man about town 84.2 x 123.0 cm pigment ink-jet print on cotton paper edition 1/10 courtesy of the artist

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RENDA L CROFT is of the Gurindji/Mutpurra people. She was a founding board member of the Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative and she worked for a time as Senior Curator of Indigenous Art at the National Gallery of Australia. Throughout her career, Croft has maintained a significant photographic practice. Her works have been widely exhibited in solo and group exhibitions since 1986 and they are held in a number of important collections nationally. Man about town (2003) is a series of photographs drawn from Croft’s father’s personal slide collection. The photographs were taken by and of Joseph Croft (1926–96) and found by his daughter while going through his personal effects after his death. Joseph Croft, himself a significant Indigenous public servant, took/collected these photographs during the 1950s. When she discovered the slides, Croft realised that they depicted a period of his life which she knew very little about. While she knew that he was a member of the Stolen Generation and a man who made an important impact on Indigenous affairs in the country, Joseph Croft’s early adult life remained a complete mystery to her. So in scanning and digitally manipulating a selection of images from her father’s collection, Croft sought to re-imagine his early adult life.


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AVID STEPHENSON’S Star drawings show patterns based on the movement of stars and planets through the night sky. Stephenson took these photographs in Central Australia, using as many as 72 multiple exposures. Referencing the techniques of conceptual artists, Stephenson used a list of rules for each photograph, deciding on the length and amount of exposures as well as how far he would rotate the camera between each exposure before embarking on the creation of each image.

The images, each of which took a couple of hours to produce, were therefore pre-planned; however, the number of variables involved, including the movement of the earth and the stars during each shoot, meant the result always incorporated an element of chance. In creating these works, Stephenson was interested in the idea that photography is essentially drawing with light. These abstract patterns, which wouldn’t actually exist in reality,

are therefore not so much about the night sky as they are about light, time and photography itself. David Stephenson’s Star drawings were acquired with the funds raised by Friends of MGA Inc 2012.

David STEPHENSON Star Drawing 1996/402 1996 from the series Star drawings 1995-2009 76 x 61 cm chromogenic print Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection acquired with the funds raised by Friends of MGA Inc 2012 courtesy of the artist


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EVENT

To celebrate the end of MGA’s exhibition NOTORIOUS: Duffy’s celebrity portraits, over 200 fans packed into MGA’s Special Exhibitions Gallery to dance the night away with one of Melbourne’s best tribute bands, RUBBER SOUL – THE BEATLES SHOW. RUBBER SOUL faithfully recreated the sound of The Beatles – from harmonies to on-stage performance, costumes and musical instruments. The band performed hits such as ‘Please Please Me’, ‘Day Tripper’, and other classics such as ‘Strawberry Fields’ , ‘Get Back’ and ‘Hey Jude’. Promoted especially for Mother’s Day, guests had the opportunity to take photographs of the band

and get autographs from their favourite performers. The event marked the end of MGA’s NOTORIOUS: Duffy’s celebrity portraits. An English photographer, Brian Duffy helped to define the visual style of Britain in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Duffy photographed the ‘who’s who’ of music, fashion and film in the 1960s and 1970s including The Beatles.


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FRIENDS OF MGA INC presents

LIGHT An evening of

CLASSICS SUNDAY 14 OCTOBER

Robin Baker PIANO Susan Pierotti VIOLIN Robert Ekselman CELLO performing works by

Gershwin, Piazzolla & Haydn


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VOLUNTEER INTERVIEW

WITH MARY-ANNE BRASH

Mary-Anne has been a dedicated MGA volunteer since April 2011, devoting her Wednesday mornings to working at the gallery. Mary-Anne assists at the gallery’s front desk, greeting visitors, answering phones, taking event bookings, sorting mail, collecting media references and helping with other administrative tasks including mail-outs. ‘A long held interest in art and art history’ inspired Mary-Anne to volunteer at MGA. ‘Having been a Friend of the gallery for some time, and a regular visitor’ she decided she’d like to become more involved. ‘As a volunteer I feel as if I am making a small contribution

and at the same time gaining some insight into the workings of a public gallery.’ Mary-Anne enjoys her Wednesday mornings at MGA. ‘It is a great way to see the work of some of Australia’s most talented artists; I enjoy some of the thoughtful discussions that ensue with visitors and staff members; I also enjoy the sense of energy that circulates throughout the building from the galleries to the café.’

a Graduate Diploma in Italian language and culture. Mary-Anne also enjoys travelling regularly and seeing art overseas. We are extremely grateful for Mary-Anne’s continued support and hard work and look forward to many more Wednesday mornings with her. —Stella Loftus-Hills, Gallery and Curatorial Assistant

Volunteering at MGA has complemented Mary-Anne’s return to study. She recently completed a Bachelor of Arts with a focus on art history and is currently completing

art in the park


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MONTALTO

Vineyard and Olive Grove MONTALTO IS MGA’S WINE SPONSOR AND ONE OF THE MORNINGTON PENINSULA’S LEADING WINE MAKERS, SPECIALISING IN PREMIUM PINOT NOIR AND CHARDONNAY AS WELL AS SPARKLING AND RIESLING. Montalto’s picturesque Red Hill vineyard and sculpture park is host to the annual Montalto Sculpture Prize which was judged this year by MGA Gallery Director Shaune Lakin. Visit Montalto’s website for information on their wines and estate produce, a blog, what’s on and cellar door specials www.montalto .com.au

Montalto Sculpture Prize

ENTRIES NOW OPEN FOR $30 000 2013 MONTALTO SCULPTURE COMPETITION. ENTRIES CLOSE 26 OCTOBER 2012 Visit http://www.montalto.com.au/sc/montalto-sculptureprize.html for more details.

Art in the park SUNDAY 25 NOVEMBER 2012

Come and enjoy MGA’s parklands for a day of FREE art and photography classes for all, wonderful music, gourmet food and children’s activities. More information will be available closer to the date


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We’ve had some great exhibitions here in the last few months, including NOTORIOUS: Duffy’s celebrity portraits with great photographs of the 1960s and some of the stars of that time.

FRIENDS OF MGA FRIENDS OF MGA INC. IS A LARGE GROUP OF ENTHUSIASTS DEDICATED TO SUPPORTING THE CONTINUED GROWTH OF MGA AND ENCOURAGING AN INTEREST IN THE VISUAL ARTS.

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Our Morning Coffee in May featured Ray Sutton from the Victorian Jazz Archive. In June one of our favourite guests Mel Folino talked about fashion in the period of Hoppé. July featured the Director of the Johnston Collection, Louis le Vaillant and in August Photographic abstractions artist Bruno Leti gave us a wonderful insight into his photography, painting and artist books. Upcoming talks will feature our Gallery Director Shaune Lakin and Education and Public Programs Coordinator Stephanie Richter in September. Shaune and Steph will tell us about their recent trips to Berlin and Tokyo respectively. In October our guest will be John Gollings, one of Australia’s best architectural photographers, and Neville Turner will entertain us in November with his piano playing and talk, all with a Christmas theme. Many thanks to Barry Sanders for our program. If you know of someone who would be an interesting speaker, please let him know by contacting the gallery. Dave O’Neil gave us a good laugh in August which was our first Comedy@MGA night and in October we will have an ‘Evening of light classics’. This will be with Robin Baker (piano), Susan Pierotti

(violin) and Robert Ekselman (cello). They have all played at MGA before, but this is the first time that they have played here together. Our AGM will be held on Monday 15 October after the Morning Coffee. This year we will be losing some of our long-standing committee members due to their other commitments, and so we will be short on numbers. If you or anyone you know can spend a few hours a month helping us and the gallery, please nominate! I am very pleased to tell you that the committee, on behalf of all Friends of MGA, has donated $7 000 to MGA to acquire two photographs by David Stephenson from his Star drawings 1995–2009 series. (see p9) These are featured in Photographic abstractions and are a permanent and tangible contribution to the significant collection of MGA. They will join the other wonderful photographs that the Friends of MGA have donated. Many thanks to all the Friends who have made this possible. Our final event for the year will be Art in the Park. This will again be a free fun day at the gallery with painting, drawing and photography classes for adults, a school band, as well as children’s activities including painting classes and Suzuki piano concerts. Kind regards Godfrey Clay President, Friends of MGA Inc. A0037650N


MORNING COFFEE PROGRAM

FRIENDS OF MGA COMMITTEE

MONDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 2012 TRAVELS IN JAPAN AND BERLIN with MGA’s Education and Public Program Coordinator Stephanie Richter and Gallery Director Shaune Lakin

PRESIDENT: Godfrey Clay VICE PRESIDENT: Barry Sanders SECRETARY: Glenys Goricane TREASURER: John Callahan MINUTES SECRETARY: Glenys Goricane GENERAL COMMITTEE MEMBERS: Brian Aldington Roberta Ametrano Marion Butt Irma Dymke Stan Paul

MONDAY 15 OCTOBER 2012 JOHN GOLLINGS One of Australia’s best architectural photographers MONDAY 19 NOVEMBER 2012 NEVILLE TURNER Well-known pianist and writer on jazz 10.00am: morning tea 10.45am: talk Friends: $10/$5 talk only non-members: $12/$6 talk only Bookings essential: (03) 8544 0500

ART IN THE PARK SUNDAY 25 NOVEMBER 2012

Come and enjoy MGA’s parklands for a day of FREE art and photography classes for all. Enjoy wonderful music, gourmet food and children’s activities. More information will be available on MGA’s website, enews or by calling the gallery closer to the date.

WELCOME TO NEW FRIENDS Anna Murchie Carol Gilmore Sally Brownbill Tracey Gardner Tim Lewis Matthew Daly Tammy Boyce Peter Sloan Grace Leung Warwick Reeder & Carole McWilliam Maureen Lucas Felicity Lawson Tina Waite Jennifer Foley Rosemary Hermans Trevor Corran



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