NGV CELEBRATES PHOTOGRAPHY
The inaugural NGV Festival of Photography is the largest display of photography in the NGV’S history. Presented across multiple galleries at both NGV International and NGV Australia, the festival comprises five solo exhibitions. These include major presentations by Melburnian Bill Henson, whose work is celebrated for its cinematic beauty around the world, and William Eggleston, who is widely regarded as a pioneer of the use of colour photography in art. There are also solo exhibitions featuring the works of Patrick Pound, Zoë Croggon and Ross Coulter. The festival also highlights new acquisitions of international and Australian photographers’ works, including the work of Elad Lassry, Sophie Calle, Polly Borland, Pieter Hugo and Thomas Demand. From 10 March, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Federation Square, Melbourne. 8620 2222. ngv.vic.gov.au
“Wild Colonial Boys: Bushrangers in Victoria” on at Old Treasury Building reveals Victoria’s long bushranging history. From the 1840s, gangs of bushrangers roamed in search of vulnerable travellers and stock, terrorising remote settlements and creating public panic. The advent of gold drew more such men to the Colony. Visitors to the exhibition can learn about the first bushrangers convicted in 1842 who were tried and executed publicly as an example to others. Then there’s the audacious gang who held up travellers on St Kilda Road in the 1850s. You’ll also learn about John (Jack) Doolan, who inspired part of the well-known bushranging song “The Wild Colonial Boy”, and the Kelly Gang including Victoria’s most famous—ned Kelly.
Ongoing, Sun–fri 10am–4pm, Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street, Melbourne. 9651 2233. otb.org.au