Wildlife Photographer of the Year + Victoria Lovecchio (visual artist)

May 02, 2022
The spider room by Gil Wizen, Israel/Canada Winner, Urban Wildlife

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is one of the most prestigious competitions for Wildlife Photographers. Developed and produced annually by the National History Museum of London, the finalists are now on display at the National Maritime Museum in Darling Harbour, Sydney.

Bedazzled by Alex Mustard, UK Winner, Natural Artistr

Events Coordinator, Nicole Dahlberg, chats to Arts Wednesday about the exhibition that is on now until March 2023. She tells us how the finalists were chosen and how the exhibition came to be on in Sydney. We also discuss what makes a great photo and why these finalists stand out from the pack.

There are several Australian artists amongst the finalists, and their works portray Australian animals and habitats under threat. The exhibition is also a call to arms for us to respond to the needs of threatened species and ecosystems.

Face-off, from Cichlids of Planet Tanganyika by Angel Fitor, Spain Winner, Portfolio Award

The exhibition runs until March 2023. Tickets and more info here.





Victoria Lovecchio: Approaching Hidden Valley

Also we speak to visual artist, Victoria Lovecchio, on the eve of her solo show at Gaffa Gallery.

The exhibition is entitled Cartographie and was inspired by a long walk she did with her sisters along the Larapinta Trail in Central Australia. In these works, Victoria seeks to map not only the physical landscape, but also the emotional memory of her experience in country and with her family.

The stitching that tie the panels of her works together “can be read as literal threads or ties binding the persons to the place and to each other. They are also metaphors for steps taken through the landscape.”

She was raised in Papua New Guinea, lived in Tasmania and studied at the National Art School in Darlinghurst. She lives and works in Orange NSW. Living in so many diverse locations has heightened her sense of place and informed her art practice.

The show runs May 5 – May 16 at Gaffa Gallery
281 Clarence Street, Sydney.

Arts Wednesday 4 May 2022

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