PROMO: Portraits from prime time takes you behind-the-scenes and into the spotlight of the entertainment industry. Contemporary photographic portraiture shapes how we see the most recognisable Australians – comedians, musicians, presenters and actors. These images are usually absorbed in the split second between a page turn or a mouse click. Their creators reflect on the intense energy that generates an effortless and instantly satisfying portrait.
The eight photographers represent diverse styles, specialities and career paths. Abigail Varney is starting out with her photographs of up-and-coming comedians, musicians and actors in Melbourne. Peter Brew-Bevan and Martin Philbey each have twenty years in the industry, like John Tsiavis and Michelle Day, who both started their careers as on-set stills photographers. Julian Kingma began his career as a photographer with the Sunday Age before going freelance. Ben King was a camera assistant on film crews and Giovanni Lovisetto worked as an advertising producer in Europe; both now specialising in on-set stills photography.
National Photographic Portrait Prize
The National Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition is selected from a national field of entries that reflect the distinctive vision of Australia's aspiring and professional portrait photographers and the unique nature of their subjects.
Collection display galleries
The collection display includes a wide selection of portraits that tell extraordinary stories of encounter, exploration, independence, individuality and achievement in Australia. Visitors to the Gallery can follow the development of portraiture from oil painting to digital media.Entry is free.
In the flesh
In the flesh is an enthralling and immersive experience of contemporary art that confronts the concept of humanness and the experiences of consciousness and emotion. Featuring ten Australian artists including Jan Nelson, Patricia Piccinini, Ron Mueck and Michael Peck, the exhibition explores themes of intimacy, empathy, transience, transition, vulnerability, alienation, restlessness, reflection, mortality and acceptance.