Canberra to become photography mecca in 2008

Canberra to become photography mecca in 2008
8 July 2007

The announcement of Vivid, Australia's first ever National Photography Festival, by Jackie Dean, National President of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography will take place at 10.30am on 11 July 2007 in the National Library Theatre.

The Festival, to be held in Canberra in one year's time from 11 July to 12 October 2008, celebrates photography's vital role in Australian life and history. It also highlights the national capital's rich photographic collections through exhibitions, conferences, and events.

Vivid is a ground-breaking collaboration with 28 participating institutions hosting 36 exhibitions. Festival participants comprise the national collecting institutions, many of Canberra's smaller community organisations and galleries, as well as professional photographers and photography students.

The exhibitions range from historical to contemporary work. They include: Asia-Pacific photography from the 19th century to the 1940s at the National Gallery of Australia; provocative work by indigenous photographer, Dianne Jones, at Canberra Contemporary Art Space; images taken by street people shown in a 'Homeless Gallery'; and 'digital story telling' at Tuggeranong Arts Centre.

An accompanying events program features image projections onto the external walls of the Australian War Memorial and the National Library and an international conference on photography at the Australian National University. Public lectures and gallery talks in a range of venues and a photographic trade show are incorporated in the program.

The diverse Festival will cater to differing ages and levels of engagement ranging from child-friendly and adult tours of exhibitions to master classes and displays of student and graduate work as well as networking opportunities for professional photographers.

Participation in Vivid is still open. Conference organisers would like to hear from institutions and groups interested in taking part. Requirements for participation are as follows: the exhibition or event must be based on still photography, located in Canberra during the festival dates, and be self-funded.

More information on the Festival at http://www.nla.gov.au/pict/photofestival.html

Media contact: Yvonne Kennedy, Tel: 02 6262 1353; 0411 753 891; ykennedy@nla.gov.au