Gavin Blake, CCP Director:
Some of the great things I get to do as a result of the CCP when I’m not teaching photography is to see a lot of art work, visit like-minded spaces and to open exhibitions. During the Term 3 break this was no exception when I went to Trentham in Victoria to open the Victorian leg of the “Time Element” exhibitionat the Gold Street Studios and Gallery – this wonderful opportunity availed to me the opportunity to do all three things.
The Gold Street Studios was founded in 1999 (2 years after the CCP) by Ellie and Alan Young and has become the centre for alternative photographic print processes in Australia. It is not a private RTO as the CCP is, but they offer a huge range of workshops in slow, traditional, darkroom-based processes.
The “Time Element” exhibition was shown at the Light Gallery in October 2014 and featured the work of six artists using the photo polomergravure process. Half were Victorian based and half were South Australian, one of which is our own Sarah Huffen who showed a wonderful range of coloured images of her patrent’s garden magically lit by her hand and process. The link besides process that placed these diverse artists together is that (with the exception of Stephen Tester), the artists have been taught this unique, contemporary process by Dianne Longley who has since “migrated” to Trentham not long after the first showing at the Light Gallery. You can see Dianne's work at her site, Agave Print Studio.
The Gold Street Studios is an ambitious photographic project, not dissimilar to the CCP in that it receives no funding and is based on what is described as a Fee For Service Organisation. Set on Ellie and Alan’s own property it offers a peaceful and bucolic atmosphere along with fabulous catering, conversation and culture. My wife Joanna and I were welcomed royally by the proprieters as well as the guests and artists and Trentham (we were assured) turned on a wonderful weekend of mild, early spring weather.
If you missed the first installment of this great and diverse exhibition, I’d highly recommend you make the time to take a well-deserved weekend break, hit the road and go east to the Gold Street Studios to see some exceptional photography-based work in this show. The artists featured are Sara Huffen (CCP Diploma Graduate), Dianne Gall, Jim Thalassoudis (South Australia), Ellie Young, Stephen Tester, Silvi Glattauer with Dianne Longley kinda between states, but often back here at the CCP to run her Photo polymergravure workshops.