"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.


© 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.


© 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

New member, Cathy Ronalds

MAPgroup is pleased to welcome new member, Cathy Ronalds. Cathy is a documentary and portrait photographer based in the Dandenong Ranges, Victoria. She is motivated to produce portrait-based storytelling images that convey a sense of relationship and intimacy with her subjects. Currently, Cathy is engaged in a long-term portrait series about women. Weddings, families and commercial portrait work form the bulk of her client work. In particular, Cathy enjoys working on special projects with creative clients. She also contributes stock work to Offset and sells art prints through Superfine Prints. Cathy was recently awarded: Top 20, Documentary/Photojournalism category, Australia’s Top Emerging Photographer Awards 2018 run by Capture Magazine; Finalist, Portrait category, Australian Photography Awards 2017; Highly Commended, Australian Pro Photographer of the Year 2018; and an Honourable Mention in the International Documentary Family Awards 2017. To view Cathy's work, visit the below links:




© Cathy Ronalds

© Cathy Ronalds

ACF partnership

MAPgroup is excited to announce a new image partnership with the Australian Conservation Foundation which will see MAPgroup bringing nature to life on the pages of the ACF's publications.
To start with, the ACF recently featured the work of MAPgroup photographers in their magazine Habitat.

This partnership grew out of our previous book collaboration, Heartland- celebrating 50 years of the Australian Conservation Foundation. You can find out more about the book here: www.readings.com.au

Cover image © Annette Ruzicka

Cover image © Annette Ruzicka

Workshop, Helga Leunig

MAPgroup photographer Helga Leunig will be running a workshop called Finding the beauty in the everyday through photography with Penelope Hunt on Sunday 28 October. This workshop is designed to help participants discover their own visual language by learning to open and trust their unique intuitive vision.

The workshop will be held in St Heliers Street Gallery, located in the historic
and vibrant Abbotsford Convent, where Helga and Penelope are artists
in residence, and will coincide with their current exhibition.

For bookings: https://abbotsfordconvent.com.au