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Window on Collections: the Rural & Regional Photography Commission

18 March 2021, 12:00am31 January 2022, 12:00am
Location Victoria Gallery
Entry via North Rotunda
Accessibility Has wheelchair access

What are the unique issues facing rural and regional Victorians? What do our communities hope for and how will recent events shape the future?

The events of 2020 have had a tremendous impact on rural and regional Victorians, with years of drought culminating in a devastating bushfire season, followed by the arrival of the COVID-19 global pandemic.

This temporary display shows a selection of photographs captured in 2020 for the State Collection, by photographers working with the regional Victorian communities they were connected to.

The photographers are Tiffany Garvie, Fabiana Guerreiro, Aldona Kmieć and James Wiltshire.

Over 350 images have been captured during this project, highlighting the importance of the lived experiences of Victorians to the State Collection. A selection of 30 works are on display for public viewing in Victoria Gallery.

This project received a Highly Commended for the AMaGA Victoria Award for large museums/galleries in the 2021 Victorian Museums and Galleries Awards.

Window on Collections

For 165 years State Library Victoria has collected books, maps, ephemera, objects and artworks on almost every subject you can think of, with a special focus on Victoria. The State Collection includes almost 5.5 million items which provide a vital window into the past and record of contemporary life. Window on Collections is our new series of displays – from full galleries to surprising pop-ups – that give you a glimpse of what we’re collecting and why.

Our first Window on Collections is the Rural and Regional Photography Commission, a poignant series of photographs that document the year that was 2020 in regional Victoria. Captured through a local lens, these images share moments of regional life and its challenges in this extraordinary time. Discover more in our online gallery or see the series on display in the Victoria Gallery until January 2022. We need your support to expand this project in 2021 and capture more stories from across the state. Help us Focus on country Victoria while these experiences are still vivid.