Head On Photo Festival 12 May – 8 June 2014
Both the Head On Photo Festival and Head On Portrait Prize are innovations of the non-profit organisation Head On Foundation. The foundation aims to promote photography, to encourage excellence and innovation and to raise awareness of important issues through photography.
Monday 5th May
Tuesday 6th May
A world without words – Peter Coad
@ Foyer level, Sofitel Wentworth Hotel – 61-101 Phillip Street, Sydney
Nick Hall Exhibition- The Great Unlearners
@ 39 Gurner Street, Paddington
Peter Coad – A world without words
@ Wentworth Galleries – 61-101 Phillip Street, Sydney
Notation – Southern Printmakers Association
When: Monday to Friday – 9:30am to 7pm – Saturday – 10am to 4pm, Sunday – 10am to 1pm
@ Kogarah Library – Kogarah, New South Wales, Australia
Nobody Claps Anymore – Alec Dawson
@ He Made She Made – 70 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst
Mamapalooza Art – Stolen Moments
@ Tap Gallery Sydney – 45 Burton Street, Darlinghurst
Nicholas Fintan – No Rides Left
@ Butchers Hook – 52 William Street, Paddington,
PASCALE BOULLE. Light and Life
@ ESD Gallery – 102 Burton Street Darlinghurst, Sydney
ALASKA Cinema Club Film #1: Do The Right Thing (1989)
@ UTS Bon Marche Studio – 755 Harris St, Ultimo
Wednesday 7th May
PETER SIMPSON – Still Life
Kendal Murray – The Collecter
@ Art house Gallery – 66 McLachlan Avenue, Rushcutters Bay
Anna Carey – Blue Angel
@ Artereal Gallery – 747 Darling Street, Rozelle
The Collectors Sale 2014
@ Defiance Gallery – 47 Enmore Road, Newtown
Blue Angel – Anna Carey
PLOMP! – Louise Zhang
IS THIS ART? – a selection of emerging artists
@ Artereal Gallery, 747 Darling Street, Rozelle
Double Take – Dominic Byrne, Catherine Clayton-Smith, Lauren Greenhalgh, Samuel Shepherd, Sean Wadey
@ Library Stairwell Gallery – National Art School, Forbes St, Darlinghurst
NATALYA HUGHES – BACHELOR’S PADS
@ Alaska Projects – Level 2, Kings Cross Car Park, 9A Elizabeth Bay Road, Elizabeth Bay
STUDIES – Thomas Jackson
@ The Tate – 345 Glebe Point Road, Glebe,
WILL TO KEEP
@ 107 Projects – 107 Redfern Street Redfern, Sydney,
Sirens by the Seaside – Moonshine in May
@ Upstairs Steyne – 75 The Corso, Manly
Thursday 8th May
ELIZABETH THOMSON ‘VOYAGE SAUVAGE’
ERICA SECCOMBE ‘GROW’
@ Dominik Mersch Gallery – 75 McLachlan Ave, Rushcutters Bay,
A billion billion – a MOP Project hosted by Breezeblock
@ Breezeblock – Shop 10 24-30 Springfield Avenue, Potts Point
THE COLLECTORS’ EXHIBITION
@ Liverpool Street Gallery – 243a Liverpool Street, East Sydney
Broken Stopwatch – Rully Zakaria
@ Chrissie Cotter Gallery – Pidcock Street, Camperdown
Antoine Aguilar – What Stays Behind
@ Stylecraft – 223-225 Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst
Zoe MacDonell Solo Art Exhibition
@ Art Equity Gallery – Level 1 66 King St Sydney
MISTINTS – James Lieutenant & Kate Vassallo
@ ARCHIVE Space – 5 Eliza Street, Newtown, Sydney
IS THIS ART?
@ Artereal Gallery – 747 Darling Street, Rozelle
Friday 9th May
FAIR ISLE – Phase 5
Lisa Andrew, Criena Court, Beata Geyer, Virginia Hilyard, Anna Jaaniste, Gillian Lavery, James Nguyen, Diane McCarthy, Margaret Roberts, Alexandra Spence/Katrina Stamatopoulos, Ioulia Terizis and India Zegan.www.articulate497.blogspot.com.au/
@ Articulate project space – 497 Parramatta Road, Leichhardt Sydney
Mary Teague – Language of Art
@ The Commercial – 148 Abercrombie Street, Redfern
Saturday 10th May
Kitchen Sink and Other Domestic Disturbances
@ Sheffer Gallery – 38 Lander Street, Darlington
@ Gallery Blackheath – 88 Govetts Leap Road, Blackheath
Megan Yeo, Anne Bentley – Kitchen Sink and other Disturbances
@ SHEFFER GALLERY – 38 Lander Street Darlington
Trevor ‘Turbo’ Brown – deadly depictions of the dreamtime
@ Kate Owen Gallery – 680 Darling Street, Rozelle,
Sunday 11th May
Creativity Unleashed Expo Parramatta
@ Parramatta Town Hall – 182 Church Street Mall, Parramatta
THINGS OF INTEREST and Artist opportunities
This year’s Copyright Agency | Viscopy John Fries Award, which is a platform for some of the most engaging and experimental works from emerging Australian and New Zealand artists, opened for entries on Monday 3 March.
The annual non-acquisitive award of $10,000 is open to emerging artists of all ages and disciplines, who are Australian or New Zealand citizens or who have been resident in Australia or New Zealand for the 12 months prior to 6 May 2014. In 2014 the entry criteria has been simplified and only requires that entrants self-identify as emerging artists.
For the first time, the Award and Finalists’ Exhibition in August will be held at Galleries UNSW, COFA – the Award’s new venue partner in Paddington, Sydney.
Viscopy director, John Fries Award judge and daughter of the late John Fries, Kath Fries, says the Award has “gone from strength to strength each year with many previous winners and finalists continuing to achieve other significant milestones in their careers. The Exhibition offers a glimpse of what’s occurring at the dynamic ‘emerging’ edge of the contemporary art scene, and heightens our expectations of the future.”
Once again, the Award’s Guest Curator is Sebastian Goldspink, whose experience leading initiatives like Alaska Projects and Art Month has helped to mature the Award to become a significant event in Australia’s arts and cultural calendar.
The 2013 John Fries Award was won by Jess Olivieri and Hayley Forward for their collaborative video work Harlequins Vs Visitors, which the judges described as directly reflecting the spirit of the award.
The award has been donated by the Fries family in memory of former Viscopy director and honorary treasurer, John Fries, who made a remarkable contribution to the life and success of Viscopy. The Award’s sponsors include: International Art Services, 10 group, Little Creatures Brewery, and Small Acres Cyder.
For the fifth consecutive year running the TAP Gallery is running the very successful Nudes on TAP as part of the Head On Photo Festival. Head On Photo Festival is Sydney’s major innovative showcase for Australian and international photography of all genres and is the largest event of its kind in Australia and the second largest in the world.
“Nudes on TAP” is one of the Festival’s events and is essentially a nude portraiture photographic competition that showcases the work of photographers who are passionate about capturing the sensuality and beauty of artistic nudes. The exhibition is an invitation to photographers of all abilities to enter the photography exhibition that celebrates both classic and contemporary expressions of the naked human figure in stylish, exquisite compositions and interpretations.
As one of the events of the Head On Festival, the competition is open to everyone and anyone and provides an excellent opportunity for emerging photographers and photo artists to gain exposure, raise their profile within the creative community and be recognised amongst their peers of the photographic industry.
@ TAP Art Gallery – 45 Burton Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Dates: 26 May – 8 June 2014
Time: 12pm – 6pm (daily)
Start Planning a month of heaven and are you up to a portfolio review?
PORTFOLIO REVIEW WORKSHOP ON 21 MAY
No new parent wants to be told their baby isn’t quite as beautiful as they believe but sometimes they need to know before they spend a lot of time and effort entering them into “beautiful baby” competitions.
A portfolio is like that ‘baby’. It’s about getting real feedback for things that you’ve nurtured. A portfolio review is about sitting down with a number of photographic experts, showing each expert separately 20 to 50 of your images and getting their feedback. Each session takes about twenty minutes.
It’s a challenging process; you show images you believe are good to experts and risk being rejected. So why expose yourself?
Well, because it teaches you about your craft and helps you learn and develop, no matter how sensitive and defensive you might feel about your work.
Jonny Lewis summed up the purpose of a portfolio review as follows, “If you write a poem in English you don’t want five lines of Japanese in it”. For Jonny, a portfolio review is about developing your photographic style, often you may have one but it takes an experienced reviewer to cull elements foreign to your style leaving a personal language behind.
For Moshe Rozensveig, the question to ask is, “Do you know why you do photography and if you do, are you getting to where you want to be?” Your goal could be to gain more work, find an outlet to show your work or network within the photographic community. Whatever your goal, if you feel you aren’t getting to where you want to be, a portfolio review is essential.
For Sally Brownbill, without a portfolio you may be stuck in the slow lane: “The industry we’re involved in is very much people-based and having a portfolio gives you the opportunity to cross that line and start meeting people…. it is really lovely – from the perspective of the art director, designer and photographer – to have an opportunity to actually meet with someone.”
So how can Jonny, Moshe and Sally all be right?
The answer, at least for Head On’s 21 May Portfolio Review Day, is because the ten photographic experts have a variety of perspectives. National Geographic photographer Chris Rainier is a seasoned pro photographer who has spent a lifetime honing his style. Sally Brownbill, photographer, lecturer and creative consultant, is ideal for photographers wanting to understand how to pitch their work to the commercial world. For over 20 years, the activist, lecturer and photographer Jonny Lewis has gently assisted photographers develop their styles. Moshe Rozensveig, creator of HeadOn and much more, is a gateway into the photographic community. Benjamin Lowy….the list goes on.
With such a smorgasbord of experts, 21 May is a great event that might be what you need to restore your appetite for photography, continue to steer you on the course you’re already on, or let you think about approaching your photography in a different way. Whatever the comments on your “baby” are, however, you will be enriched.
What to bring?
Twenty to Fifty images – if printed, any size from A5 to A3 – in electronic, 20 to 50 images on an iPad is ideal. Do not bring a website (or links to one) as internet connections may let you down.
An idea of what you want help with – think in advance what is impeding your photography and select reviewers who may be able to help you.