OPUS: The 2017 CCP Exhibition class

Since October 2016, seven CCP Diploma students have been meeting every Friday morning for the Photography for Exhibition class. This subject is an extremely important part of the Diploma of Photography and Photo imaging which we run at the CCP. It is not a core subject as the skill sets the students pick up as a result of this experience are not necessarily where everyone wishes to go with their photographic enterprise, but it is always very rewarding.

Due to the intensity of what is covered in this class, it has to run over two Terms – Term 4 and Term 1 the following year. My task is to be co-ordinating the end event which is of course a professional exhibition of the group’s personal photographic work in a public art gallery.

I consider it a “coming out” in terms of the end result being a sustainded body of images being exhibited along with the ensuing publicity machine required to create a great opening event. This also ensures that the exhibition is not only successful, but it provides each exhibitor with an excellent opportunity to continue with the self promotion of their artistic endeavours well into the future .

The OPUS exhibition class have embarked on this journey and are certainly honing their exhibition skills to this end. It never ceases to amaze me the individual talents everyone brings to the class, and of course nothing can happen without first securing a venue. Now having secured their venue, OPUS are very pleased to announce they will be opening at Magpie Springs Winery in Willunga on Sunday April 9. The exhibition will travel back to Adelaide to its final destination at the Light Gallery at the Centre for Creative Photography in June. Stay tuned for the invitations.

All seven exhibitors are extending  themselves, creatively, artistically and already they have developed a very clear idea of just how important organisational skills are in order to successfully hold, publicise and develop a unique public exhibition of their art work. I hope to see you at the opening at Magpie Springs, as these events are always a huge celebration of the artists and their work as a coming of age. In the meantime, I hope you will visit them via the website they’ve established and enjoy the site developing. It needs a little bit more work, but as a living document please tune in and witness its evolution. Please visit their site here   opusphotoexhibition.com  and support their successes.

Gavin Blake

CCP DIRECTOR and Cat Juggler