My recent trip to Canberra unfortunately didn’t allow much extra time for gallery hopping but generally there’s always a show or two worth checking out. With very little time to spare, my first port of call is The National Portrait Gallery
On 11 September to 15 November 2009, Portraits + Architecture seems like a cool concept for a show. Here’s what the curator had to say about it.
“The National Portrait Gallery exhibition Portraits + Architecture is an experiment. The participants have been asked to think about their creative practice in a new way. The exhibition explores the relationship between creative thinking and identity and incorporates new photographic portraits of creative individuals and groups.
The exhibition presents the work of seven leading Australian architect teams with commissioned photographic portraits by seven Australian photographers. The architect teams are known for their contemporary and highly distinctive work. They have made significant contributions to Australian architecture and design culture. The photographers work across a spectrum of fine art, commercial, and design practice and have produced bold and original photographic portraits for the exhibition.” – curator Christopher Chapman
Also hosted by the NPG is the forthcoming National Photographic Portrait Prize, which this year is offering an amazing $25,000 prize for the winner. This contest is fast becoming the Archibald Prize of photography.
National Photographic Portrait Prize 2010 Call for Entries
The National Portrait Gallery invites all Australian residents to enter the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2010. The exhibition will be displayed in the National Portrait Gallery building from 19 February to 26 April 2010 and will subsequently tour to a select number of Australian capital cities and regional centres. The Prize is an annual event intended to promote the very best in contemporary photographic portraiture by both professional and aspiring Australian photographers. Entries close 1 November 2009.
With the generous support of Visa, the National Portrait Gallery is offering a prize of $25,000 for the most outstanding photographic portrait.
Start planning your portraits and remember. “You’ll never never know, if you never never go!”
Entry fee is $25 p/entry
by Daniel Linnet
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