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Arcadia Sound of the sea
Previous exhibition
from Thursday 14 August until Sunday 19 October 2014
Nat Young, c. 1968 by Albert Falzon
Nat Young, c. 1968 by Albert Falzon

‘By simply surfing we are supporting the revolution.’ - Nat Young.

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.

John Witzig's Arcadia: a chat in the photography studio
Video: 5 minutes 41 seconds

11 portraits

1 Nigel Coates and Murray Smith, WA, 1972. 2 Ted at Bells Beach, 1971. 3 Bells steps, c. 1975,. 4 Prevelly Park (Geoff Sedovic and Nigel Coates), 1971. 5 Dogs at Cactus, 1975. 6 Wayne Lynch at Possum Creek, 1969. All by John Witzig.

Related people

Nat Young

John Witzig

Dr Sarah Engledow (curator)

Related information

Arcadia learning resource

Learning resources

A great addition to themes such as Australian History, Sport, Australian Studies, Cultural Studies, English and Visual Arts. For Year 9 – 12 students.

Nat Young

'How to be a surfing legend'

Portrait story

Albert Falzon's photograph of Australian surfer Nat Young captures what it is to be a surfing hero.

Hugo at home (Hugo Weaving)
Hugo at home (Hugo Weaving)
Hugo at home (Hugo Weaving)
Hugo at home (Hugo Weaving)

Nicholas Harding

28 Portraits

Previous exhibition, 2017

Nicholas Harding: 28 portraits features paintings of Robert Drewe, John Bell and Hugo Weaving alongside gorgeously coloured recent oil portraits, delicate gouaches and bold ink and charcoal drawings.

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