"Recently we were approached to expand upon the past winners exhibition that was shown at Smith & Singer last year. The exhibition Bowness Photography Prize celebrates 15 years in this new iteration features two of your works from the MGA Collection (detailed below) and it is due to open this weekend at Wangaratta Art Gallery"
STRAIGHTCUT #12 2002 from the series STRAIGHTCUT chromogenic print 75.0 x 95.0 cm Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by William Donald Bowness 2017 MGA 2017.32 courtesy of the artist, ARC ONE Gallery (Melbourne) and Gallery Sally Dan-Cuthbert (Sydney)
Light throw (mirrors) #4 2011 from the series Light throw (mirrors) 2009–11 chromogenic print 126.5 x 159.0 cm Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection acquired 2011 MGA 2012.001 courtesy of the artist, ARC ONE Gallery (Melbourne) and Gallery Sally Dan-Cuthbert (Sydney)
In 2020 the Bowness Photography Prize marked its 15th year. To celebrate Monash Gallery of Art (MGA) curated an exhibition that celebrates the past winning artists (2006–20) with a selection of their works drawn from the MGA Collection which showcases contemporary photography in Australia.
As the only public institution dedicated to the collection and promotion of Australian photography, MGA holds a special place in the nation’s network of art galleries and museums. The Bowness Photography Prize plays an important part in MGA’s role as ‘the Australian home of photography’, one that recognises exemplary work and champions Australian photographic artists.
The annual Bowness Photography Prize reveals artists’ continued fascination with exploring and pushing the boundaries of the photographic medium, embracing its capacity to explore a diversity of voices and perspectives.
Curator: Anouska Phizacklea, MGA Gallery Director
Artists: Hoda Afshar, Pat Brassington, Ray Cook, Lee Grant, Petrina Hicks, Concertina Inserra & Nat Thomas, Paul Knight, Katrin Koenning, Kathy Mackey, Jesse Marlow, Joseph McGlennon, Polixeni Papapetrou, Jacky Redgate, Valerie Sparks, Christian Thompson
MGA would like to acknowledge exhibition supporters the MGA Foundation, City of Monash and Creative Victoria