Events and Public Programs

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The Australian Centre for Photography (ACP) presents a range of Events and Public Programs which take place alongside the exhibitions. The programs aim to engage visitors with the artworks, artists and concepts in the exhibitions and to provide a greater understanding of photography. Programs include talks by artists, curators and industry professionals, masterclasses, guided tours and other special events.

ACP also provides an extensive range of photography courses.

Dream Worlds

Dream Worlds

1–2pm Saturday 5 February 2011
Free Admission

Polixeni Papapetrou and Catherine Nelson take us on a guided tour through two enchanting exhibitions. Conjuring dream worlds of great visual beauty, each artist also grapples with profound philosophical ideas in a deeply humane way.

IMAGE © Polixeni Papapetrou Miles from Nowhere 2008


Olympia’s Picnic

Olympia’s Picnic

3–4pm Sunday 6 February 2011
Free Admission

Olympia (14) and Solomon (12) invite you to a family picnic. Hear what it’s like being Alice in Wonderland, Hansel and Gretel or terribly, terribly old. With them will be their mother, Poli (the internationally acclaimed artist Polixeni Papapetrou), whose fairytale photographs feature her children in the leading roles.

IMAGE © Polixeni Papapetrou The Encounter 2006


Mapping Adland

Mapping Adland

1–2pm Saturday 19 February 2011
Free Admission

Whether photographer, advertiser or consumer, the creative communications industry plays an increasing role in our life, in how we think of ourselves and the choices we make. Join this lively discussion as we explore the world of Adland as shaped by some of Australia’s top creatives.

IMAGE © Photographer: Toby Burrows, Agency: Jay Grey, Retoucher: Cave Client


The Male Nude in Photography - Mardi Gras Event

The Male Nude in Photography - Mardi Gras Event

Mardi Gras Event - Talk

7–8:30pm Thursday 3 March 2011

Please note: there has been a date change for this event

The eminent photographer William Yang, the team behind Dirty Queer magazine and special guests will discuss the shifting styles and taboos around the male body in photography.

Each guest will discuss their work in a Q&A format hosted by Alasdair Foster, Director of the Australian Centre for Photography and author of the seminal 80s book and exhibition on the male nude in photography Behold the Man.

IMAGE © William Yang Patrick #1


Place and Imagination

Place and Imagination

1–2pm Saturday 19 March 2011
Free Admission

Join curator Irina Tchmyreva and photographers from Crossroads: Contemporary Russian Photography along with Victorian artist Sean O’Carroll to discuss the culture of place and the realm of the human imagination. From the penetrating observations of Oleg Videnin’s portraits to the mysterious dreamscapes of Gregori Maiofis and O’Carroll’s studies in introspection we explore the relationship between shared culture and individual imagination in our understanding of the world and of ourselves.

IMAGE © Andre Polushkin Territory of Memory


What Price Equality?

What Price Equality?

1–2pm Saturday 26 March 2011
Free Admission

In this informal gallery talk Queensland artist Ray Cook will discuss the challenging ideas that lie behind his evocative imagery. Cook grew up in a turbulent period when public hostility to homosexuality and the counterculture of individual freedom spawned a radical Queer politics.

IMAGE © Ray Cook Right Hand 2009


Head On Portrait Prize

Head On Portrait Prize

1–3pm Saturday 7 May 2011
Free Admission

Join Head On Photo Festival Director Moshe Rosenzveig and the 2011 Portrait Prize winners, as they discuss the stories behind their award winning images and the history of the Festival.

IMAGE © Joseph McGlennon Head On Portrait Prize Finalist 2011


Head On Festival Hub

Head On Festival Hub

4–6pm Sunday 15 May 2011
Free Admission

Running over the first two weekends of the Head On Photo Festival (5 May – 11 June), the Head On Festival Hub delivers exactly what it says on the tin, and more! Acting as the heart of the festival, the Hub offers visitors a relaxed, informal environment housing a diverse program of photo-based experiences encompassing informal talks, presentations, portfolio exchanges and screenings. Complete with a notice board and wireless internet for laptops, it’s the hot spot for visitors to meet, chat and conduct business.

Dates & Times

  • Friday 6 May: 12:00-18:00
  • Saturday 7 May: 10:00-18:00
  • Sunday 8 May: 10:00-18:00
  • Friday 13 May: 12:00-19:00
  • Sunday 15 May: 16:00-18:00

John Ogden

John Ogden

Telling the Story in Images

1–2pm Saturday 11 June 2011
Free Admission

Join photography book publisher John Ogden as he discusses storytelling through picture books and photojournalism.

John Ogden is a renowned Director of Photography who has worked in every genre of filmmaking. He is also a widely collected photographer, an author, and publisher. As the creator and sole director of Cyclops Press, Ogden has specialised in small edition art books that promote Australian photography.

Presented with Head On Photo Festival.

IMAGE © Tim Hixson


True Identities

True Identities

Luke Roberts and Dulce Pinzón

1–2pm Saturday 18 June 2011
Free Admission

Join Queensland photographer Luke Roberts and international guest Dulce Pinzón to discuss motivations behind their photographic works. From Roberts’ experimentation in self-portraiture along with Pinzón’s comic-book superhero mythology, fantasy and costume prove capable of constructing true identities and cultural critique.

IMAGE © Luke Roberts Australian Gothic (from Australian Story) 2009


Lloyd Godman Artist Talk

Lloyd Godman Artist Talk

11am–12pm Saturday 30 July 2011
Free Admission

Lloyd Godman has explored environmental issues through photography since the 1980s. Join Lloyd as he discusses his Entropy series, which incorporates triptychs, randomized computer projection and complex mosaics to present images of the effects of the devastating 2009 Victorian bush fires.

IMAGE © Lloyd Godman Centre Detail, entropy triptych frame 692 2009


Traces of the Past Floor Talk

Traces of the Past Floor Talk

1–2pm Saturday 30 July 2011
Free Admission

Disappeared but Remained is an exhibition inviting photographers who understand photography as traces of 'disappeared' past and, at the same time, of 'remained' memories that are still alive within individual's specific time and space.  Join Sunyoung Kim, curator at The Museum of Photography, Seoul, as she discusses the works of Woon-Gu KANG, Ki-Chan KIM and Gap-Chul LEE.  This exhibition was curated especially for ACP to mark the Year of Friendship between the Republic of Korea and Australia.

IMAGE © Ki-Chan KIM After ten years, we met again at the gate of the house, Seoul 1982


Dreams and Realities

Dreams and Realities

11am–12pm Saturday 3 September 2011
Free Admission

Bronek Kozka’s work involves reconstructing memories, real or imagined. Join the artist as he discusses the ambiguous nature of memory and the creation of his elaborate scenes. Also speaking is Australian social documentary photographer Claire Martin. Find out how she discovered the inhabitants of Slab City and what it was really like to spend time in a place that is outside the norms of society.

IMAGE © Bronek Kozka Pre-Dinner Drinks 2008


The Bigger Picture

The Bigger Picture

11am Saturday 15 October 2011
Free Admission

Experience the stories behind the images, as a selection of Australia’s most talented press photographers discuss the biggest moments in the year’s news.

Following the Walkleys, Murray Fredericks will speak about his breath-taking series depicting a ‘landscape without landscape’. Discover more about the artist’s solo journeys to the remote centre of Lake Eyre and gain an insight into the making of his award-winning documentary SALT.

IMAGE © Murray Fredericks Salt 101 2006, Image courtesy of ARC One Gallery, Melbourne


Join Conor O’Brien, Lee Grant & Rebecca Dagnall

Join Conor O’Brien, Lee Grant & Rebecca Dagnall

11am Saturday 3 December 2011
Free Admission

Join Conor O’Brien, Lee Grant and Rebecca Dagnall for an informal talk as they discuss their artistic process and works contained in their exhibitions. Gain a perspective of the relationship the artists have with their chosen subjects and what photography means to them.

IMAGE © Rebecca Dagnall There is unrest in the forest; there is trouble in the trees #8 2011