We are thrilled to partner with design agency U-P on Spaced Apart – an online design, art, photography and sound symposium that brings us closer together while we are spaced apart, exploring the oscillating forces of isolation and connectedness in relation to creative practice.

Spaced Apart features live presentations and exhibitions from local and international creatives, including PHOTO 2021 artists Felicity Hammond (UK), Aaron Christopher Rees (AU), Lucas Blalock (US) and Brook Andrew (AU). It will be live streamed and free for all at spaced-apart.com between 21 May and 30 June 2020.

Other presenters include The Rodina, Ghetto Gastro, James Goggin, Tin & Ed, Yuri Suzuki, OSW (Scott Mitchell, Terri Bird, Bianca Hester), OPEN Architecture Beijing, Roseanne Bartley, Pretziada, Georgia Nowak and Tamar Shafrir with more to be announced. Visit Spaced Apart website for the full program.

Spaced Apart is an initiative by U-P and co-curated by PHOTO 2021, RMIT Design Hub, Denise Neri (Aesop), Keinton Butler (Powerhouse Museum) and Molonglo. Presenting partners: PHOTO 2021 and RMIT Design Hub.


Spaced Apart is generously supported by Sonos.

PHOTO 2021 Featured Artists


28 May, 8pm AEST

Felicity Hammond is an artist and educator based in London. She received an MA in Photography from Royal College of Art in 2014 and is currently undertaking TECHNE funded research in the Contemporary Art Research Centre at Kingston University on digital representations of the built environment and their relationship with site. Through her research, she has developed an approach that both uses and critiques photography, fusing the photographic image with installation. Her expanded approach to photography has been widely recognised through awards such as British Journal of Photography’s International Photography Award and Foam Talent.


2 June, 10am AEST

Aaron Christopher Rees’ practice explores the mobilisation of vision through the internalisation of the camera and the ubiquity of the screen. Generating work through process based photographic and structuralist video techniques of making.

Rees graduated from the VCA in 2015 with honours and has been the recipient of a number of prizes, amongst them the VCA Emerging Artist prize, The Blair Trethowan TCB Art Inc Award and the Orloff Family Charitable Trust award.

Rees has exhibited internationally and interstate – recent exhibitions include: Vanishing Point- Incinerator Gallery; Tencome ‘Eyes of the hand, First Draft (NSW); Conditional Surplus- Channels Video Art Festival at Federation Square; Speculative Foundations- Sutton Gallery Project Space; Impressions of Mars- Visual Bulk (TAS); Transference- Bus Projects; The Bathhouse Show- Space Space Gallery (JPN); Is/Is not- West Space; 1/60; 5/5.0 – TCB;In the Epoc of the Near and Far- Grey Gardens Projects.


22 June, 10am AEST

Lucas Blalock’s work over the last ten+ years has explored falseness and evident mechanics in photography. Blalock recently staged his first solo museum exhibition in the United States, An Enormous Oar at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and his first in Europe, . . . Or or, at the Museum Kurhaus in Kleve, Germany. Recent group shows include: NEW VISIONS: The Henie Onstad Triennial for Photography and New Media, Henie Onstad Art Center, Oslo, Norway (2020), The Extreme Present, Moore Building, Miami, FL (2019), The 2019 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (2019), and All the Marvelous Surfaces: Photography Since Karl Blossfeldt, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA USA (2019). Blalock has also made a number of artist books with titles including Towards a Warm Math (Hassla, 2011), Windows Mirrors Tabletops (Morel, 2013), Inside the White Cub (Peradam, 2014), Making Memeries (SPBH, 2016), and A Grocer’s Orgy (Primary Information, 2018). He is also active as a writer and has published interviews and essays in catalogues and periodicals including IMA, Aperture, Foam, Mousse, and Objectiv. Blalock, originally from Asheville, North Carolina, holds a BA from Bard College, attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and received his MFA from UCLA.


23 June, 10am AEST

Brook Andrew is a Wiradjuri/Celtic artist who has been exhibiting internationally since 1996. His interdisciplinary practice critically examines dominant narratives related to global histories of colonialism and modernity. Through museum and archival interventions, he offers alternate visions of images and objects and different means for interpreting history in the world today. Apart from drawing inspiration from vernacular objects and the archives, he travels internationally to work with communities and various private and public collections. Brook Andrew is Associate Professor Fine Art at Monash University, Artistic Director of Nirin, the 22nd Biennale of Sydney, and is represented by Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne, Roslyn Oxley9, Sydney and Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris and Brussels.

Founding Partners
  • Bowness Family Foundation
  • Naomi Milgrom Foundation
Major Government Partners
  • City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program
  • Creative Victoria
Major Partners
  • Maddocks

PHOTO Australia respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands upon which we work and live, and the rich and diverse Indigenous cultures across what is now called Australia. For over 60,000 years, Indigenous arts and culture have thrived on this sacred land, and we honour Elders and cultural leaders past and present. This was, and always will be, Aboriginal land.

01–24 March