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SUNSHINE STATE

UPDATE ON THE QUEENSLAND CENTRE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

IN THE WAKE OF THE QLD STATE GOVERNMENT'S

DISGRACEFUL AND SAVAGE ARTS FUNDING CUTS: 

 

"Now the [QCP] Centre is trying to negotiate to break its lease, give up its venue, and somehow find sponsorship or philanthropic support to continue in 2014. Amongst other consequences, breaking the lease means the Centre loses the large bond it paid back in 2009. ‘Putting this building in was a massive investment of over $500,000, after a decade of effort by the community to try and get a centre for photography in Queensland,’  [QCP Director Maurice] Ortega laments. As things stand now, the Centre can only guarantee it will stay open until April."

Ben Eltham, Queenland art cuts: the real story, Artshub website, 3 part article, 12 - 16 December, 2013  
PART 1     PART 2      PART 3     **Part 3 has a large focus on QCP 

 

"The QCP would like to inform the community that it has reached an agreement with its partners to maintain the QCP venue open till the end of April. This would allow us to fulfill the international program at the photo l.a. art fair in January 2014, three exhibition periods at the QCP venue, the biennial Queensland Festival of Photography in April 2014 and the companion conference Photography and Fictions... The QCP will continue in its efforts to find strategic partners and will keep you informed of outcomes."
-Statement from Queensland Centre for Photography, 11 December 2013. 
Read full statement HERE

 

"We have three weeks to find new strategic partners that would allow the institution to keep its doors open." 
- Statement from Queensland Centre for Photography, 11 November 2013. 
Read full statement HERE

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We nervously wait to here about the future of the Queensland Centre for Photography (QCP) in light of the Queensland State Government's serious budget cuts.

QCP is exemplary in its support of the photography community throughout all of Australia and clearly vital for so many Queensland photographers and photography lovers. It would be a tragedy if their activities need to be reduced or if the existence of QCP becomes untenable. The creative community/industry is huge and in a country as well off as ours that vital creative institutions are under financial/political threat is quite simply heartbreaking and nonsensical.

In the coming days we will share news here about QCP as it is announced. We also plan to post some of the amazing photography currently coming out of Queensland.

Queensland photographers who would like to share their photographs in this post please email  Amy at editors@excerptmagazine.com

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"The Queensland arts sector is reeling following the announcement by the Arts Minister of the complete defunding of 15 arts organisations and cuts to a number of others estimated at 30%...  Queensland Centre for Photography (QCP), Media Art Asia Pacific (MAAP) and Feral Arts are three which have completely lost their triennial operational support."- Tamara Winikoff 

Tamara Winikoff, Savage Queensland arts cuts, Arthub website,  November 8, 2013
FULL ARTICLE 

SUNSHINE STATE- PHOTOGRAPHY COMING OUT OF QUEENSLAND

Rachel Marsden, from her new series Little Sister, Big Sister shot in rural Queensland.

Rachel Marsden, from her new series Little Sister, Big Sister shot in rural Queensland.

RACHEL MARSDEN   WEBSITE 

Kim Guthrie, Oscar, 2013

Kim Guthrie, Oscar, 2013

KIM GUTHRIE   WEBSITE 

Central Queensland Project, Workers Motel 5am, 2013

Central Queensland Project, Workers Motel 5am, 2013

CENTRAL QUEENSLAND PROJECT   WEBSITE 

Yavuz Erkan, Sugar, 2011

Yavuz Erkan, Sugar, 2011

YAVUZ ERKAN   WEBSITE

Ray Cook, For God's Sake, Somebody Throw a Pie, from 'Oblivion' 2006-

Ray Cook, For God's Sake, Somebody Throw a Pie, from 'Oblivion' 2006-

RAY COOK  WEBSITE 

Ketakii Jewson-Brown, Slide, 2010

Ketakii Jewson-Brown, Slide, 2010

KETAKII JEWSON-BROWN

Ana Paula Estrada, photograph from Grey Nomads series, 2012

Ana Paula Estrada, photograph from Grey Nomads series, 2012

ANA PAULA ESTRADA   WEBSITE 

Katelyn-Jane Dunn, photograph from the series Sugar, 2013  

Katelyn-Jane Dunn, photograph from the series Sugar, 2013

 

KATELYN-JANE DUNN   WEBSITE   BLOG

Chris Hoopmann, Untitled from the series 'Screens with a view,' 2013 

Chris Hoopmann, Untitled from the series 'Screens with a view,' 2013 

CHRIS HOOPMANN   WEBSITE

Tammy Law, Backyard Tanning, 2012

Tammy Law, Backyard Tanning, 2012

TAMMY LAW   WEBSITE 

 

Belinda Kochanowska, Melancholgy Girl, 2013  

Belinda Kochanowska, Melancholgy Girl, 2013

 

BELINDA KOCHANOWSKA   WEBSITE   FACEBOOK   INSTAGRAM- @bkochanowska

Lynette Letic, from the series Little Serbia, 2013

Lynette Letic, from the series Little Serbia, 2013

LYNETTE LETIC   WEBSITE   BLOG   

Chris Bowes, Death, 2013

Chris Bowes, Death, 2013

CHRIS BOWES   WEBSITE   FACEBOOK

Henri van Noordenburg, Composition XXVIII, 2013, Ink on Paper, Hand Carved, 17.50 x 17.50 cm (Framed)

Henri van Noordenburg, Composition XXVIII, 2013, Ink on Paper, Hand Carved, 17.50 x 17.50 cm (Framed)

HENRI VAN NOORDENBURG   WEBSITE 

Rachel Long, from the series Scarred, 2013

Rachel Long, from the series Scarred, 2013

RACHEL LONG   WEBSITE   FACEBOOK   INSTAGRAM- @memories@mud

David Symons, The Sleeper Awakes from the series The Day the Clothes Took Their Humans Off, 2008  

David Symons, The Sleeper Awakes from the series The Day the Clothes Took Their Humans Off, 2008

 

"I was recently fortunate to be selected into the QCP's mentorship program. It is sad to see such a dedicated and valuable organisation being treated this way. "- David Symons

DAVID SYMONS   WEBSITE

Louis Lim,  Anthony #5, 2012

Louis Lim,  Anthony #5, 2012

LOUIS LIM   WEBSITE 

Kale Munro, from the series Acland, 2012

Kale Munro, from the series Acland, 2012

KALE MUNRO   WEBSITE    BLOG

Keith Carey, dirty Newman, 2013

Keith Carey, dirty Newman, 2013

KEITH CAREY   WEBSITE

Vanessa Bertagnole, The Hunters, 2005, from the series The Life She Left Behind: Panguitch Utah.

Vanessa Bertagnole, The Hunters, 2005, from the series The Life She Left Behind: Panguitch Utah.

Not only is Brisbane based Vanessa exhibiting next month at  Queensland Centre for Photography (in what may be the last exhibition if strategic partners aren't found) Vanessa is also currently exhibiting two photos in an exhibition at the San Diego Art Institute. Her work was selected by Julia Dolan, Curator of Photography from the Portland Art Museum, from over 13,000 entries worldwide.

VANESSA BERTAGNOLE   WEBSITE 

Ariel Cameron, Paris, from the series Aquarians, 2013

Ariel Cameron, Paris, from the series Aquarians, 2013

Ariel is a Brisbane based photographer currently studying as well as undertaking an artist Mentorship with Camilla Birkeland from Queensland Centre for Photography.

 

ARIEL CAMERON   WEBSITE 

Xavier Ryan-McInally, portrait of Gwyn Hanssen Pigott that I photographed during a larger body of work titled Fettle & Form. Which focused on Gwyn's unique art practice and her as an individual, 2013

Xavier Ryan-McInally, portrait of Gwyn Hanssen Pigott that I photographed during a larger body of work titled Fettle & Form. Which focused on Gwyn's unique art practice and her as an individual, 2013

XAVIER RYAN-MCINALLY

Lindsay Varvari, Close Distance, from the series Return to me, 2013  

Lindsay Varvari, Close Distance, from the series Return to me, 2013

 

LINDSAY VARVARI   WEBSITE  

Lee Wilkes, The weather is now unpredictable, 2013

Lee Wilkes, The weather is now unpredictable, 2013

LEE WILKES    FACEBOOK   FLICKR

Brad Marsellos, March Depression from the series Sunken Houses (a series on flood recovery), 2013  

Brad Marsellos, March Depression from the series Sunken Houses (a series on flood recovery), 2013  

BRAD MARSELLOS   FACEBOOK

Libby Best, Untitled from the ‘i am' series, 2012

Libby Best, Untitled from the ‘i am' series, 2012

LIBBY BEST   WEBSITE   FACEBOOK 

Renata Buziak, Sesuvium portulacastrum… antibacterial… from Core Energy Series 2012.

Renata Buziak, Sesuvium portulacastrum… antibacterial… from Core Energy Series 2012.

RENATA BUZIAK   WEBSITE

Nano Kato, photo from the series Makeshift, 2013

Nano Kato, photo from the series Makeshift, 2013

NANO KATO   WEBSITE

Angus Foote

ANGUS FOOTE WEBSITE

 

"Perhaps the most compelling argument for public funding is that it’s the only way in which the pleasures, rewards and liberations of art – well known even to many of those who argue most fiercely against state subsidies – do not become merely the exclusive property of the wealthy." - Alison Croggon

Alison Croggon, Why Art? Overland Journal, Spring 2013.  
FULL ARTICLE    This article not only contextualizes the political motivations behind the Queensland Arts budget cuts, it also considers some of the mechanisms at play in ostracizing art funding when Australians are overwhelmingly in support of the arts.

 

"Beyond everything else in contemporary life we all need creative stimulation and engagement with things bigger than ourselves – Photography does that better than just about anything else, and the QCP is the most important centre of photographic thought and activity in Queensland, and perhaps even Australia." - Dr Doug Spowart

Doug Spowart, A letter to the Minister, WOTWEDID blog, September 29, 2013
FULL ARTICLE 

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