Current Exhibitions

Allusion & Illusion: the fantastical world of Valerie Sparks

29 September 2018 to 18 November 2018

This exhibition is the first in a series presented by MGA that profiles and explores the work of William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize alumni.

Valerie Sparks won the Bowness Photography Prize in 2016 for her work ‘Prospero's Island – North East’ from the series Prospero's Island (2016). Sparks creates magnificently beautiful large-scale works that entice the viewer with perfectly impossible landscapes. Each scene is meticulously constructed using her photographs of different landscapes, flora, fauna and taxidermied animals from museum collections. These composite images, which could never exist in nature, draw attention to concerns over the destruction of landscape, post-colonialism and globalisation.

This exhibition draws together key works, charting Sparks's significant practice and hinting at the exciting, immersive and innovative installations that will come next.

Curator: Anouska Phizacklea

Current Exhibitions

  • William & Winifred Bowness Photography Prize
  • Allusion & Illusion: the fantastical world of Valerie Sparks

Upcoming Exhibitions

  • Robyn Stacey: As still as life

Past Exhibitions

Travelling Exhibitions

  • Australian exotica
  • John Gollings | The history of the built world

Bowness Prize

  • William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize
  • William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2015 Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2014 Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2013 Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2012 Bowness Photography Prize
  • William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize 2011
  • William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize 2010
  • William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize 2009
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