NGV Public Programs presents

Photography Symposium: Stormy Weather

Sat 25 Sep, 10am-1.30pm

Nici Cumpston Nookamka - Lake Bonney 2007 watercolour and pencil on colour inkjet print on canvas 74.2 x 203.0 cm Purchased, Victorian Foundation for Living Australian Artists, 2008 © Nici Cumpston

The NGV is holding a a stimulating and informative symposium to mark the opening of the new photography exhibition Stormy Weather.

Several of the artists included in the exhibition will present talks in which they discuss their working methods and how the Australian environment has influenced  their practice.

Introduction: Dr Isobel Crombie, Senior Curator, Photography, NGV

Speakers: Anne Ferran, Jill Orr, Harry Nankin, Sir Hayes, exhibiting artists

Cost: $42 Adult/ $40 NGV Member / $39 Concession and Students (Includes morning tea. Bookings essential

Venue: Theatre, NGV Australia (Federation Square)

For Bookings phone 8662 1555, 10am-5pm daily (Event Code P10113).

Exhibition Description – Open 24 September to 20 March 2011.

Stormy Weather: Contemporary Landscape Photography

Stormy Weather charts some contemporary approaches to the landscape through the work of eleven Australian photographers.

Photographers’ interest in the landscape has increased in the last few years. Perhaps as a result of heightened environmental awareness, or an evolution in our engagement with Australian history, practitioners are again turning to the natural world as a site for critical practice and inspiration.

Drawn from the permanent collection the National Gallery of Victoria, the selected photographers in this exhibition have a particular focus that comes from their active relationship to various environments. The artists displayed here reveal history in a landscape; provoke ecological concerns; use the landscape as a site of performance; or reveal the distinctive beauty of a place.

Frequently underpinning these works of quiet intensity and considerable beauty is an undercurrent of disruption and contradiction that suggests all is not as it may first appear

Photographers include Rosemary Laing, Harry Nankin, David Stephenson, Richard Woldendorp, Nici Cumpston, Anne Ferran and Jill Orr.