It was super Friday at the Gold Coast Art Gallery beginning with an afternoon forum on The Child in Contemporary Photography with artist (and previous winner of the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award) Polixeni Papaetrou, as well as the Director of the Queeensland Centre for Photography Maurice Ortega. A hysteria free zone, Maurice and Poli delivered useful and interesting information that inspired reasonable discussion. What a relief!
And then there were not one but two two openings at GCAG.
Upstairs: The (Prestigious) Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award. Judge Judy Annear Senior Curator of Photography at the Art Gallery of New South Wales selected a rather austere but nonetheless imposing work by Lynne Roberts Goodwin as this years winner. Hard to know how she came to that conclusion because there wasn’t much between most of the finalists!
Downstairs: Flying Colours, an exhibition celebrating ten years of graduates at Queensland College of the Arts, Griffith University, Gold Coast Campus. This is an exhibition that includes some of the coolest kids in the land including Michael Zavros, Abbey McCulloch, Victoria Reichelt, Chris Bennie, Mari Hirata and Virginia Miller. It’s a class act this one, curated as it is by Donna Marcus, Marion Drew and Virginia Rigney with David Broker as the scribe. OMG what a team! Yes again it’s a case of “even if we do say so ourselves”. GCAC has had a long relationship with the art school and Flying Colours does them both proud.