Opening at the Monash Gallery of Art (MGA) on 29 May is a new exhibition, STAGES: photography through the pandemic, by five commissioned artists.

The exhibition, which is free to view, runs from 29 May to 29 August.  It was created in response to the social, environmental and economic impacts of the COVID-19 global pandemic on Australian artists and society at large and contains new works by Jane Burton, Cherine Fahd, Isobel Knowles & Van Sowerwine, Phuong Ngo and James Tylor. The commission enabled MGA to provide financial support directly to practicing artists at a time of great need for the arts sector in Australia. As the health situation changes, the economic imperatives remain. Over the last year these artists have created bodies of works that respond creatively to the social, environmental and economic impacts of the COVID-19 global pandemic on society at large. These newly commissioned works will feature in online and gallery-based exhibition outcomes as part of MGA’s 2021 Luminaries series. A selection of the commissioned works will join the MGA collection.

Children and their families can enjoy the exhibition with the integration of a dedicated children’s space designed by artist Sean Meilak. Working with exhibition artists Van Sowerwine & Isobel Knowles, the area will be an immersive space programmed for hands on making activities, inspired by and in response to the ideas, themes and techniques found in the artists’ work and in the exhibition more broadly. In addition an array of public programs both online and at MGA will be presented including an artist ‘In conversation’ series, curator floor talks and creative workshops all designed for further exploration, inspiration and discussion. Click here for more information.