Martin Kantor Portrait Prize, Ponch Hawkes and Tobias Titz

Congratulations to MAPgroup photographers Ponch Hawkes and Tobias Titz for being finalists in the 2019 Ballarat International Foto Biennale Martin Kantor Portrait Prize. Named in honour of the late portrait photographer Martin Kantor, the $15,000 prize is awarded for an exceptional photographic artwork of a significant, living Australian in the fields of art, letters, science, sport or politics. The finalists' portraits will be exhibited at Ballarat Town Hall in Ballarat, Victoria from 24 August – 20 October. We wish both of them luck.

https://ballaratfoto.org

© Ponch Hawkes

© Ponch Hawkes

Olive Cotton Award, Annette Ruzicka and Krystal Seigerman

Congratulations to MAPgroup photographers Annette Ruzicka and Krystal Seigerman who are finalists in the Olive Cotton Award for Photographic Portraiture, a biennial national award for excellence in photographic portraiture dedicated to the memory of modernist photographer Olive Cotton. The exhibition of the finalists’ work will be shown at Tweed Regional Gallery in Murwillumbah, New South Wales from 12 July until 22 September. We wish them luck.

For more information: https://artgallery.tweed.nsw.gov.au

© Krystal Seigerman

© Krystal Seigerman

Maggie Diaz Prize, Cathy Ronalds

Congratulations to MAPgroup photographer Cathy Ronalds who is a finalist in the Maggie Diaz Photography Prize for Women with her image Foreign Places. An exhibition of the finalists' work will be on show at Brightspace in St Kilda from 2 - 17 August. We wish Cathy luck.

For more information: http://www.maggiediazprize.com

© Cathy Ronalds

© Cathy Ronalds

"Beyond Borders" at Mildura Arts Centre

MAPgroup's ongoing project, Beyond Borders, will be exhibited at Mildura Arts Centre in north-west rural Victoria. This extensive body of work documents the experiences of asylum seekers and refugees seeking a safer life under exceptionally challenging circumstances, through photographs and multimedia.

Beyond Borders will open at 6.00pm, Thursday 13 June, followed by a floor talk at 6.30pm with MAPgroup photographers Silvi Glattauer and Helga Leunig. The exhibition will run until 11 August.

www.milduraartscentre.com.au

© Jim McFarlane

© Jim McFarlane

Nillumbik Prize, Silvi Glattauer and Tobias Titz

Congratulations to MAPgroup photographers Silvi Glattauer and Tobias Titz who are finalists in the Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary Art. An exhibition of the finalists’ work will be on show at Montsalvat in Eltham, VIC from 30 May until 21 July. We wish both of them luck.

www.nillumbik.vic.gov.au

© Silvi Glattauer

© Silvi Glattauer

© Tobias Titz and Eunice Napanangka Jack

© Tobias Titz and Eunice Napanangka Jack

"Beyond the studio" RRR interview

Recently, Richard Watts from Smart Arts on RRR interviewed MAPgroup President Brian Carr and Vice President Naomi Herzog about our current exhibition, Beyond the studio. To listen, click on the below link, hit play and scroll to approximately 1 hour 30 minutes: www.rrr.org.au

ABC interview, "Beyond the studio"

Recently, MAPgroup Vice President Naomi Herzog chatted with Emma Nobel from ABC Central Victoria about Beyond the studios, an innovative paste up exhibition of documentary portraits of artists, which will soon open in Castlemaine. To listen, click on the arrow below.

Paste up exhibition, "Beyond the studio"

Coming to wall near you...90 portraits, 25 reams of paper, 18 documentary photographers and 5 buckets of glue. MAPgroup are proud to launch Beyond the Studio, an innovative exhibition that will transform the streets of Castlemaine using large-scale paste up portraits that provide a snapshot into the amazing diversity of the artists of this community. The project is part of Open Studios, a component of the Castlemaine State Festival.

Exhibition dates: 22 - 31 March

Locations: Mechanics Lane, Bendigo Bank, Frederick Street including the Town Hall, The Mill and Lot 19

Launch event: Sunday 24 March, 2 – 5pm, Lot 19, 19 Langslow Street, Castlemaine, Victoria

Everyone is welcome to attend the launch. Please RSVP by 17 March to: mapgroupinfo@gmail.com.

Thank you to the Mt Alexander Shire, Bendigo Bank, The Mill and Lot 19 for their support.

Further information:
Lot 19: www.lot19art.com
Castlemaine State Festival: https://castlemainefestival.com.au

Photo: Dancer, Edna Reinhardt © Brian Carr

Photo: Dancer, Edna Reinhardt © Brian Carr

Commission, Nicole Marie

In 2018, the National Wool Museum in Geelong commissioned award winning MAPgroup photographer Nicole Marie to travel across Victoria to take a series of portraits of female farmers.

Titled Women in Wool, these photos will be unveiled on Friday 8 March from 12.30 - 1.30pm to celebrate International Women's Day and will then be put permanently on show. Bookings: http://nationalwoolmuseumgeelong.eventbrite.com

Nicole will also be running a hands-on portrait masterclass for beginners on Saturday 16 March. Bookings: http://nationalwoolmuseumgeelong.eventbrite.com

© Nicole Marie

© Nicole Marie

Exhibition, Mike Reed

Eyes on the market is a new exhibition at Brunswick Street Gallery by Image Chasers, which includes MAPgroup member, Mike Reed. The group have documented the Queen Victoria Market, a precious pocket in the heart of Melbourne – the only surviving 19th century market in the CBD and the largest open air market in the southern hemisphere.

Exhibition showing from 8 - 24 March.
For more information, visit: http://brunswickstreetgallery.squarespace.com

© Mike Reed

© Mike Reed

Call out for photoshoot, Ponch Hawkes

Renowned MAPgroup photographer Ponch Hawkes is currently working on a project called Flesh after Fifty which involves photographing 500 nude portraits of women over 50.

Ponch is looking for women to participate- if you’re interested, please use the details below to make contact. For further information, please visit: http://fleshafterfifty.com/

Finalist, Nicole Marie

Congratulations to MAPgroup photographer Nicole Marie for being a finalist in the Documentary category of the Australian Photography Awards.

This portrait is part of a series Nicole is currently working on highlighting the underrepresented roles and contributions of women to the modern wool industry in Australia. The portraits are of female shearers, wool handlers, wool classers, breeders and shearer’s cooks, past and present. This is Leearna Cook, a shearer from Baddaginnie, Victoria.

© Nicole Marie

© Nicole Marie