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Beauty and strength: Michael Riley

Beauty and strength: Michael Riley
21 March - 17 August 2014

Influential Indigenous Australian artist Michael Riley (1960 - 2004) created these portrait photographs between 1984 and 1990 - they stand as an intricately connected group portrait of the vibrant urban-based Indigenous arts community in Sydney's inner-west at a formative moment. Image: Hetti, 1990 (printed 2013) from the series Portraits by a Window by Michael Riley


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Arcadia: Sound of the sea

Arcadia: Sound of the sea
14 August - 26 October 2014

Arcadia is an exhibition of lyrical, richly-textured photographs by John Witzig, co-founder of Tracks magazine and founder of SeaNotes, with huge ink drawings by Nicholas Harding and psychedelic film footage by Albert Falzon. Imbued with a Romantic conception of the awesome and spiritually restorative force of the sea, it expresses the free-spirited, revolutionary character of a group of young and perfectly-formed Australian surfers in the early 1970s. Image: Arcadia (Wayne Lynch and Bob McTavish) 1969 (printed 2011) by John Witzig (detail).

Macquarie Digital Portraiture Award

Macquarie Digital Portraiture Award
22 August - 23 November 2014

The Macquarie Digital Portraiture Award is an annual event intended to extend traditional notions of portraiture and reflects the National Portrait Gallery's commitment to fostering emerging artists with an interest in contemporary technology. With the generous support of The Macquarie Group Foundation, the National Portrait Gallery is offering a $10,000 bursary to the artist judged to have made the most outstanding screen-based digital portrait. The Exhibition of the awardee and selected finalists will be displayed at the National Portrait Gallery from 22 August to 23 November 2014.

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