February 13, 2016

Friday Round Up - 12th February, 2016

This week on Friday Round Up the 70's show at Magnet Galleries is extended by popular demand, Robyn Beeche Retrospective for Black Eye Gallery and Peter Elliston at Colour Factory.

Sneak Peek:
Albatross Island
Matthew Newton

Next week read the interview with Matthew Newton and see more of his extraordinary images of this little known Bass Strait island off the coast of Tasmania.

Living in the 70's
Melbourne - Magnet Galleries

Shirley Strachan Skyhooks © John Casamento

This group show features an eclectic selection of photographs of Melbourne during the 1970s. Michael Silver, the co-founder of Magnet, reports that crowds have been flowing through. "It's like the NGV," he says. The show has been so popular that it's been extended until 20th February. 

Black land rights demonstration Bourke Street 1978 © Colin Abbott

Muhmmad Ali and Bert Newton at the Logies 1979 © Bruce Postle

Doc Neeson, The Angels © Mark Hopper 

Red Rattler Jolimont Station © Bob Wilson

St Kilda Fair 1973 © Glen O'Malley 

Bob Hawke fields for Gough Whitlam Richmond 1977

In Conversation at Magnet
On Thursday 18th February Magnet is hosting an In Conversation with legendary Australian architecture photographer John Gollings, pictured below, and Dr. Rory Hyde curator of contemporary Architecture and urbanism at the V&A in London. Gollings was made a Member of the Order of Australia in this year's Australia Day honours. Check out the website for details.

Magnet Galleries Melbourne
Level 2
640 Bourke Street


Robyn Beeche Retrospective
Black Eye Gallery, Darlinghurst

"London gave me the freedom to go ballistic," said Robyn Beeche, the Australian photographer who was considered the "Andy Warhol of London'" and a central figure in that city's counter-culture during the seventies and eighties.

Beeche's studio in Thurloe Square, opposite the Victoria and Albert Museum, was a magnet for creative souls. Drag queen and cult movie star Divine was a close friend, as was designer Zandra Rhodes and founder of the Alternative Miss World Pageant, artist Andrew Logan.

Steve Strange, lead singer of Visage and owner of the New Romantics nightclub Blitz, regularly worked with Beeche on new concepts.

Her collaborations with make-up artists Richard Sharah, Phyllis Cohen and Richard Sharples, where models' faces and bodies were used as an artist's canvas, resulted in some of the most groundbreaking trompe-l'loeil photography of the pre-digital era…" to read the rest of Alison Stieven-Taylor's feature on Robyn Beeche in the Australian Financial Review Weekend click the link.

Above: Beeche also documented the Holi festival in India for 30 years. 
Read the story for more details. 

Peter Elliston - Southern Shores

This series shot in 1993 on the South Coast of England by Peter Elliston is the first exhibition in 2016 for Fitzroy's Colour Factory Gallery. It's a quirky collection of black and white images that echo the 1970s more than the 1990s.



Isle of Wight


Colour Factory
409-429 Gore Street

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