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"Call for Artists: National Photographic Purchase Award"
2003-04-25 until 2003-05-09
Albury Regional Art Gallery
Albury, NW, AU Australia

Each year of the National Photographic Purchase Award, work for inclusion has been selected by a Jury chaired by a prominent figure in the Australian Photographic scene. 1983 Gael Newton Art Gallery of NSW and Helen Ennis National Gallery of Australia. 1985 Martyn Jolley Australian Centre for Photography. 1987 Merryle Johnson Lecturer in Photography, Prahran Institute. 1988 Isobel Crombie Curator Photography National Gallery of Victoria. 1991 John Cato Senior Lecturer in Photography Prahan Institute. 1995 Gael Newton Senior curator of Photography National Gallery of Australia. 1997 Isobel Crombie Senior Curator of Photography National Gallery of Victoria. 1999 Judith Annear, Senior Curator Photography Art Gallery of NSW . 2001 Alasdair Foster, Director of the Australian Centre for Photography.


The National Photographic Purchase Award began in 1983 after the Committee of Management decided to make the collection of Australian Photography a major part of the collection Gael Newton and Helen Ennis advised on the establishment of the award and selected the body of work shown in that year. Amongst the work purchased in 1983 were prints by Max Dupain, Mark Strizic, Richard Woldendorp and Philip Quirk. In 1989 the Albury photographic firm FOTO SUPPLIES sponsored part of the Award and in 1991 AGFA Film came on board as a joint sponsor with Foto Supplies. AGFA continued to support the Award until 1997 but changes in the companys corporate structure has meant the withdrawal of their sponsorship. The Albury Wodonga Regional Art Foundation is sponsoring the 2003 Purchase Award, recognising that the Award, in various guises, has enhanced the reputation of the Art Gallery and its standing, as a leading supporter of photographic practice in Australia.


Guest Judges: Dr. Isobel Crombie and Mr Robert McFarlane Ms Mary Jane Griggs is senior lecturer in Visual Art at the Albury Campus of the Riverina College of TAFE and has a wide experience, as both a lecturer and an arts practitioner. Ms Audray M Banfield AM is Director of the Albury Regional Art Gallery and throughout her career has been a keen promoter of photography both as an art form and as a means of communication. Ms Banfield first showed photography in Benalla in 1972. John and Margaret Baker Memorial Fellowship In 2001 the inaugural John and Margaret Baker Memorial Fellowship was awarded to Glenn Sloggett. The John and Margaret Baker Memorial Fellowship will be awarded to a photographer with less than five years exhibiting experience who is judged to have promise in the field.

The Award will be for $1,500 cash and a condition of the Fellowship will be that the photographer must give the Albury Regional Art Gallery an example of the work produced with the Fellowship funds. A separate entry form will be sent to photographers at the time of selection for exhibition.


Each entrant is asked to submit no more than six (6) slides or working prints for consideration by the jury. Each image in a suite constitutes one work. The image must be the original work of the artist and have been created within two years of July 2003. All still photographic media is acceptable including digital. The finished work must be no larger that 1.5 metres in height or width and must be ready for display. Slides and/or prints must be numbered and the artists name printed either on the side of the slide or in pencil on the reverse of the prints. A return address must be provided. Albury Regional Art Gallery will accept no responsibility once the slides/prints have been dispatched to the nominated address. An entry fee of $20 is payable by each artist and must accompany the entry form which must be lodged at the Albury Regional Art Gallery by 12 May 2003. Entries postmarked 12 May will be accepted.

The jury will select approximately fifty (50) works for display. The successful entrants will be notified by 23 May. The selection of the works and the final display will be at the discretion of the jury and no discussion or correspondence will be entered into. Final catalogue details must be submitted by 2 June 2003 including the dimensions of the finished work, the title, medium and price for sale.

Works must be for sale and a 33% handling fee will apply to all sales except purchases by the Albury Regional Art Gallery. The sale price must allow for commission and GST. It will be the artists responsibility to remit the appropriate GST to the Australian Tax Office. All artists must provide an ABN or a statement by a supplier. The finished prints must be lodged with the Albury Regional Art Gallery by June 25 2003 clearly marked on reverse with artists name, title of work and medium. Artists may elect to have their work framed in our standard frames (51x61cms, 41.5x31.5 or 41x51cms) or agree to the work being pinned to the wall with steel shank pins The work will be insured in situ but freight and insurance in transit will be the responsibility of the artist.

Works must be available for reproduction for promotional purposes. No work may be removed from the exhibition until the closing date. It is the responsibility of the artist to arrange return freight within four [4] weeks of the conclusion of the exhibition. Works may be collected from the Art Gallery, after 4 August 2003, weekdays before 4.30pm. Albury Regional Art Gallery will not accept any responsibility for the return of any works. Any works unclaimed by 31 August 2003 will be disposed of at the discretion of Albury Regional Art Gallery.


May 9 Working prints and/or slides to be lodged at the Albury Regional Art Gallery.

May 14 Works for exhibition will be selected. Artist will be notified by email, fax or mail.

June 2 Catalogue details must be at the Albury Regional Art Gallery.

June 25 Finished work to be at the Albury Regional Art Gallery clearly labelled with name of artist, title and medium of work, sale price and return address.

July 4 Exhibition Opens

July 5 National Symposium 10.30am-4pm Two Decades

August 3 Exhibition Closes

August 31 All works returned.

Address for entries:

P.O. Box 664
546 Dean Street

If you are sending glazed work please send with a reputable carrier, protect corners and tape glass. If work is under perspex please note on reverse of work.


Number of prints/slides attach list of details

Registration of interest in the John and Margaret Baker Memorial Fellowship
YES/NO (please circle)

I have had .......years of exhibition experience
I understand the conditions of entry and agree to abide by them


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