‘Photography 500’ is an initiative developed by Monash Gallery of Art (MGA), which aims to support the careers and development of photographic practitioners in Australia. It showcases Australian photographers, acquires works of cultural significance and conserves the MGA’s collection for the enjoyment of generations to come. The MGA provides a unique and important platform for Australian photographers and is Australia’s only public collection solely dedicated to the medium in Australia.
The MGA relies on the support of the community to bring their programs to life and is inviting members to become a vital part of the story by making a tax-deductible donation to help them reach their target of raising $50,000 by 31 May 2019. Whilst ‘Photography 500’ focuses on donations of $500, financial support at any level will be celebrated and matched by Creative Partnerships Australia through Plus1. This legacy will have a significant impact on the success of the program and is an opportunity to raise a total of $100,000.
‘Photography 500’ fosters the development and careers of Australian photographers through ‘The Luminaries’ – a series dedicated to celebrating and profiling exceptional Australian artists, while inspiring audiences to embrace, explore and value the art form. ‘The Luminaries’ was launched in 2017 with ‘John Gollings: the history of the built world’, and in November 2018 welcomed ‘Robyn Stacey: as still as life’, on show until 3 March.
New acquisitions for the MGA collection and the commissioning of works directly supports artists in this field and increases the reach, profile and importance of photography locally, nationally and internationally. The protection and conservation of one of the nation’s most important and incredibly unique collections ensures that future generations will have access to this significant cultural asset.
‘Photography 500’ donors are invited to join the MGA’s Patrons Program, which brings together visionary contributors who share a passion for photography and recognise the transformative power of the arts. Patrons will enjoy exclusive access to the MGA and receive an invitation to attend VIP previews, exhibition openings and curatorial tours, as well as the public and educational programs, including artist talks and workshops.
Click here for further details and to make a donation to ‘Photography 500’.