This website uses cookies to improve your experience navigating our site. By continuing to browse, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

OK, I understand

Image – works by Bill Henson. Left: Untitled 61/153. Right: Untitled 57/138.

A Profound Exhibition Offering Unparalleled Insight Into Bill Henson

25th July, 2019

The renowned Australian photographer captures his home suburb of Glen Waverley alongside images taken 30 years prior in this major exhibition at Monash Gallery of Art.

Monash Gallery of Art (MGA) have engaged one of Australia’s most prolific photographers, Bill Henson, for a reflective exhibition of works spanning multiple decades, The light fades but the gods remain, to celebrate the gallery’s 25th anniversary.

The legendary Australian photographer returned to his childhood suburb of Glen Waverley to produce a new body of work, documenting the place he grew up. This new commission recalls an earlier series created in the mid-80s, Untitled 1985-86 (colloquially known as ‘the suburban series’), where Bill captured Glen Waverley in its early development, interspersed with dark, intimate portraits. Taken more than 30 years apart, both series will be shown alongside each other in a major exhibition this month at MGA, offering a profound insight into the revered artist as well as a reflection on Australian life.

‘As the majority of Australians grow up in suburbia, the new body of work speaks to a shared history, harking back to childhood, and capturing something of Australia’s national identity, our sense of place, belonging and home’, MGA’s Director Anouska Phizacklea describes of the important exhibition.

In reflecting on this new Glen Waverley series, Bill ruminates on memory and the desire to ‘capture and hold on to’ a place which no longer existed. ‘The possibility of photographing the landscape of memory and in so doing return to the “lost domain” of childhood seemed both beguiling and yet so unlikely’, he describes.

This groundbreaking exhibition will remain on show until late September.

The light fades but the gods remain by Bill Henson
July 27th – September 29th
Opening celebration July 27th, 2-4pm
Monash Gallery of Art
860 Ferntree Gully Road
Wheelers Hill, Victoria

25th July, 2019

This Week

News

An International Japanese Design Exhibition Opens in Launceston

Explore the work of 58 Japanese architects in this Design Tasmania exhibition.
Amelia Barnes

Food

Julia Busuttil Nishimura's Seasonal Flavours : Citrus

One of our FAVE foodies, Julia Busuttil-Nishimura joins TDF this month as a columnist! First up, she shares a flavour-packed roasted caulifl...
Julia Busuttil Nishimura

Gardens

A Factory Rooftop Turned Lush Penthouse Garden

SJB director Adam Haddow’s Sydney apartment opens to a stunning rooftop garden, designed by William Dangar of Dangar Barin Smith.
Amelia Barnes

News

Tamara Dean, Bill Henson + Janet Laurence In Conversation With The Planthunter

Georgina Reid of The Planthunter sits down with artists Tamara Dean, Bill Henson + Janet Laurence in a new conversation series connecting ar...
Amelia Barnes

News

Join The ‘Garden Party’

A star-studded group exhibition at BSIDE Gallery from August 21-25th of illustration, textiles and ceramics that celebrates growing together...
Miriam McGarry

Interiors

Brown Is The New Neutral

Brown is back! Lauren Li gives us the lowdown on how to add warmth and texture to your home, with this somewhat divisive colour.
Lauren Li

Architecture

A California Bungalow Reconfigured For Light And Practicality

Project 12 Architecture has renovated a Northcote home to overcome its southern orientation and previously disjointed rooms.
Amelia Barnes

Art

Balenciaga Comes To Bendigo!

Direct from the Victoria and Albert museum in London, the ground-breaking exhibition ‘Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion’ arrives at the Bendig...
Miriam McGarry

Architecture

The Apple Crate Shack On The Apple Isle!

A $60,000 budget goes a long way in this ambitious project in Flowerpot, Tasmania.
Miriam McGarry

News

Up-cycling, With A Global Flair!

Kyoto-based, French designer Clementine Sander is helping you up-cycle Japanese textiles, in collaboration with The Social Studio.
Miriam McGarry

Interiors

Saying Goodbye To A Local Icon!

After over a decade of operations, the beloved Brooklyn Arts Hotel in Fitzroy is closing - and its iconic building is for sale.

Homes

A Prahran East Atelier Adorned With Layers Of History

Revered Melbourne interior designer Tigger Hall shares her artistic home, filled with objects from all over the globe.

Art

Shifting Time And Space With Jasmine Mansbridge

Explore the artist’s new exhibition ‘Your Time For The Moon’, showing at 19Karen gallery.

News

All Are Welcome At North Melbourne School Of Displacement

Learn about and honour the First Nations in this accessible North Melbourne discussion series.
Amelia Barnes

Travel

A Stylist's Guide To Downtown Los Angeles

Sydney stylist Sarah Ellison shares her guide to all things design in Downtown LA!
Sarah Ellison

A month of TDF News. Keeping you up to date on art & cultural events, design awards, and other great happenings across Australia.

VICTORIA

Up-cycling, With A Global Flair!

Kyoto-based, French designer Clementine Sander is helping you up-cycle Japanese textiles, in collaboration with The Social Studio.
Miriam McGarry

TASMANIA

An International Japanese Design Exhibition Opens in Launceston

Explore the work of 58 Japanese architects in this Design Tasmania exhibition.
Amelia Barnes

VICTORIA

Join The ‘Garden Party’

A star-studded group exhibition at BSIDE Gallery from August 21-25th of illustration, textiles and ceramics that celebrates growing together...
Miriam McGarry

NEW SOUTH WALES

Tamara Dean, Bill Henson + Janet Laurence In Conversation With The Planthunter

Georgina Reid of The Planthunter sits down with artists Tamara Dean, Bill Henson + Janet Laurence in a new conversation series connecting ar...
Amelia Barnes

VICTORIA

All Are Welcome At North Melbourne School Of Displacement

Learn about and honour the First Nations in this accessible North Melbourne discussion series.
Amelia Barnes

VICTORIA

Buxton Contemporary Reflects On 100 Years Of Bauhaus Design

See archival footage and contemporary works inspired by the Bauhaus movement in this Melbourne exhibition.
Amelia Barnes

NATIONAL

Australian Ceramics Open Studios Is On Again This Weekend!

Clay artists around Australia are opening their doors this weekend for Australian Ceramics Open Studios 2019.
Amelia Barnes

VICTORIA

Nine Of Australia's Leading Photographers On Show At CCP

View and purchase works from nine leading photographers at a new annual CCP event.
Amelia Barnes

VICTORIA

What Does Travelling Solo Really Look Like?

A solitary holiday to Italy inspired Bri Hammond to capture the images in her first solo exhibition, Nuoto da sola.
Amelia Barnes

NEW SOUTH WALES

The Young Archie 2019 Winners Are Announced!

Keep your eye on these incredible eight to 16-year-old artists who have taken out the Young Archie 2019 competition!
Amelia Barnes

VICTORIA

Pop And Scott’s Massive Warehouse Sale!

Run, don’t walk, and snag some massive bargains on homewares, furniture + lighting from the Melbourne legends next weekend!
Sally Tabart

Australia

Support Your Local Bookstore This Weekend For A Great Cause!

Celebrate ‘Love Your Bookstore’ day with in-store events, special offers and charity initiatives including at one of our favouri...
Amelia Barnes

VICTORIA

Purchase Pieces From Den Holm's First Capsule Collection!

The in-demand stonemason presents a series of 10 one-of-a-kind side tables at this rare event. 
Amelia Barnes

Victoria

A Cabinet Of Curiosities In This New Exhibition

See stunning ceramics and visual art pieces taking a contemporary approach to ancient treasures in this group show curated by Glenn Barkley....
Amelia Barnes

VICTORIA

Enjoy Collage, Conversation + Coffee With Artist Maximillian Malone

Learn the basics of collage making in a laidback workshop hosted by artist Maximillian Malone.
Amelia Barnes

VICTORIA

Spacecraft’s Annual Studio Sale Is Happening This Saturday

Head to Collingwood’s Spacecraft Studio for locally-made artwork and textiles at a discounted price!
Amelia Barnes

VICTORIA

See Works By This Esteemed Artist In A Secret House-Gallery Location

Janet Laurence brings her multidisciplinary art to Melbourne for The Palm At The End Of The Mind.
Amelia Barnes

VICTORIA

Shop Handmade Wares At This Melbourne Mini Market!

Local artists will be selling their unique pieces over two August weekends at Fitzroy’s Outré Gallery.
Amelia Barnes

VICTORIA

Start Your Own Edible Garden With This Beginners Workshop

Learn how to grow an edible garden with sage advice from a permaculture expert!
Amelia Barnes

VICTORIA

Ten Melbourne Ceramicists Join Forces To Celebrate Community

View works by some of Melbourne’s favourite ceramicists under the one roof for Form + Assemble!
Amelia Barnes

VICTORIA

Leif And Heide Team Up For Exclusive Porcelain Collaboration

The botanical body care brand releases an elegant collection of shoppable ceramic pieces with Heide MOMA.
Amelia Barnes

VICTORIA

An Idea Needing To Be Made

Heide brings together a range of ceramic artists with vastly different styles to explore the humble vessel.
Sally Tabart

VICTORIA

A Curated Selection Of Designer Brands At The Big Design Trade

Melbourne’s premium trade show for original design and gifts is back for its second year!
Sponsored

NEW SOUTH WALES

This Designer Pop Up Store Is Open For Three Months Only!

Shop iconic pieces from Cult styled to perfection by Michelle Macarounas of Infinite Design Studio.

NEW SOUTH WALES

A Showcase Of Architectural Sculptures + Urban-Inspired Artworks

The Koskela Gallery presents new ceramics by Jane McKenzie and Saxon Quinn inspired by the built environment.
Sally Tabart

VICTORIA

An Exhibition Celebrating Humankind's Giant Leap

Geelong Gallery is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with a captivating showcase, bringing together artistic responses
Elle Murrell

VICTORIA

Sunday Life Drawing Classes In Seriously Lush Surrounds

Fitzroy-based creatives Ladies of Leisure team up with artist Lani Mitchell for a dreamy life drawing series in July!
Miriam McGarry

VICTORIA

Time Travel To The Quintessential 1970s Motel In Melbourne

Tim Ross and Kit Warhurst bring their hilarious, nostalgia-infused live show to a classic Melbourne motel next month.

This Week

Travel

A Stylist's Guide To Downtown Los Angeles

Sydney stylist Sarah Ellison shares her guide to all things design in Downtown LA!
Sarah Ellison

Homes

A Prahran East Atelier Adorned With Layers Of History

Revered Melbourne interior designer Tigger Hall shares her artistic home, filled with objects from all over the globe.

Food

Julia Busuttil Nishimura's Seasonal Flavours : Citrus

One of our FAVE foodies, Julia Busuttil-Nishimura joins TDF this month as a columnist! First up, she shares a flavour-packed roasted caulifl...
Julia Busuttil Nishimura

News

Tamara Dean, Bill Henson + Janet Laurence In Conversation With The Planthunter

Georgina Reid of The Planthunter sits down with artists Tamara Dean, Bill Henson + Janet Laurence in a new conversation series connecting ar...
Amelia Barnes

Architecture

A California Bungalow Reconfigured For Light And Practicality

Project 12 Architecture has renovated a Northcote home to overcome its southern orientation and previously disjointed rooms.
Amelia Barnes

Interiors

Brown Is The New Neutral

Brown is back! Lauren Li gives us the lowdown on how to add warmth and texture to your home, with this somewhat divisive colour.
Lauren Li

News

Up-cycling, With A Global Flair!

Kyoto-based, French designer Clementine Sander is helping you up-cycle Japanese textiles, in collaboration with The Social Studio.
Miriam McGarry

Gardens

A Factory Rooftop Turned Lush Penthouse Garden

SJB director Adam Haddow’s Sydney apartment opens to a stunning rooftop garden, designed by William Dangar of Dangar Barin Smith.
Amelia Barnes

Art

Shifting Time And Space With Jasmine Mansbridge

Explore the artist’s new exhibition ‘Your Time For The Moon’, showing at 19Karen gallery.

News

Join The ‘Garden Party’

A star-studded group exhibition at BSIDE Gallery from August 21-25th of illustration, textiles and ceramics that celebrates growing together...
Miriam McGarry

News

All Are Welcome At North Melbourne School Of Displacement

Learn about and honour the First Nations in this accessible North Melbourne discussion series.
Amelia Barnes

Interiors

Saying Goodbye To A Local Icon!

After over a decade of operations, the beloved Brooklyn Arts Hotel in Fitzroy is closing - and its iconic building is for sale.

News

An International Japanese Design Exhibition Opens in Launceston

Explore the work of 58 Japanese architects in this Design Tasmania exhibition.
Amelia Barnes

Architecture

The Apple Crate Shack On The Apple Isle!

A $60,000 budget goes a long way in this ambitious project in Flowerpot, Tasmania.
Miriam McGarry

Art

Balenciaga Comes To Bendigo!

Direct from the Victoria and Albert museum in London, the ground-breaking exhibition ‘Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion’ arrives at the Bendig...
Miriam McGarry
CONNECT WITH TDF