The Ballarat International Foto Biennale will present the inaugural exhibition at the newly established National Centre For Photography from February 23.
Designed by architect Leonard Terry and built in 1864, the former Union Bank building at 4 Lydiard Street South will now transition into its new life as Australia’s only regional gallery dedicated exclusively to photography.
Melbourne-based interdisciplinary artist Robbie Rowlands began a three-month artist residency at the centre last month, resulting in a sculptural site intervention intricately woven from the building’s internal walls and remnant furnishings.
Rowlands’ work explores notions of stability and vulnerability through the manipulation of objects and environments. His repetitious precise cuts and the resulting distortions reflect the inescapable passing of time that affects everything around us.
The free exhibition will invite audiences to contemplate the past and envision the future at a moment of historical importance for the site.
It will be on display in the centre’s Mitchell Family Gallery from February 23 until March 10 between 10am and 4pm (closed Mondays and Tuesdays).