EXHIBITION: Bill McAuley - 'Mud Bricks, Music and Art'

An exhibition of black and white photographs exploring our local history. Barn Gallery, 26 April - 28 May.

'Mud Bricks, Music and Art’ is a photographic essay comprised of 50 black and white portraits that showcase the people involved in the hub of creativity that Eltham had become during the 70s and 80s. Subjects include well-known local characters such as Alistair Knox, Judy Jacques, Margot Knox, Neil Douglas, George De Nemes, Reg Evans, Robert Marshall, Bernie Bragg, Peter Laycock, Daniel Kahans, Pat Reynolds, Gaye Johnston, David Williamson, Greg Macainsch, Sebastian Jorgensen, Pete Steedman, Maura Naughton, Peter Wallace and Peter Naughton.
The photographs depict the various activities of the day such as a blacksmith working his forge, horse riders, the hippy atmosphere of St Andrews Market, painters, potters, mud brick builders, politicians, people at work and children at play. Musically speaking there are images of classical guitar players, a piano builder, jazz and rock musicians, pub bands, an Australian Bush Band, a cellist, a washboard player, an accordion player in the public bar at St Andrews Hotel and free spirited children dancing to the beat. The pictures in the collection are honest, humorous, poignant and most importantly, they comprise a significant social document.
“This collection is dedicated to my talented friends, who were unafraid to show their vulnerability and allowed me to take their portraits.” Says Bill. “The energy of the Eltham mud brick, music and art scene lives on in these images, they are a preserved slice of the Diamond Valley’s history. Thank you my old mates, to me; you are all larger than life.”

Barn Gallery, 26 April - 28 May

Exhibition Opening: Saturday 29 April, 2pm - 4pm
All welcome, light refreshments provided
RSVP to Montsalvat on (03) 9439 7712 or montsalvat@montsalvat.com.au

Artist Floor Talk
Thursday 27 April, 10.30am
All welcome

Image: Bill McAuley, Neil Douglas 1978,  archival pigment ink on acid free cotton paper, 38cm x 27cm

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