National Centre for Photography Residency | Robbie Rowlands

Melbourne-based artist Robbie Rowlands is the first to undertake a residency and exhibition at the National Centre for Photography’s new location in Ballarat.

Robbie Rowlands, Incremental Loss, Open Cabinet (Process Shot), Former Union Bank, The National Centre For Photography Residency, 2019

This recent acquisition is part of Ballarat International Foto Biennale’s vision to revive the old Former Union Bank building on Lydiard Street South as an arts venue. As the Foto Biennale’s key locale, it will accommodate the Mitchell Family Gallery and Martin Kantor Portrait Gallery, a photobook library, dark room and studios.

The inaugural exhibition by Rowlands takes the form of a sculptural site intervention. The work evokes an eerie presence of the passing of time, intricately woven from the historic building’s internal walls and remnant furnishings. A series of photographs document the artist’s process, and is on show until 10 March.

Robbie Rowlands, Incremental Loss – Front desk and ceiling cut – Former Union Bank – The National Centre for Photography Residency, 2019. Courtesy the artist and Ballarat International Foto Biennale, Victoria