PHOTO LIVE: Kate Disher-Quill and Phoebe Powell

25 February 2021
Image: Kate Disher-Quill & Phoebe Powell, [Marked], from the series Surge, 2020.

Image: Kate Disher-Quill & Phoebe Powell, Marked, from the series Surge, 2020.


25 February 2021

Thursday, 5:30-6:15pm (AEST)




MPavilion Parkade [i]
Level 7/34 Little Collins Street, Melbourne
(access via lifts on Mcilwraith Place)


Wheelchair access, Auslan interpretor

Wheelchair and general access to Level 7 is via lifts from ground floor off McIlwraith Place.

If you require an Auslan interpreter please make your booking 3 business days in advance.

Join artists Kate Disher-Quill and Phoebe Powell to discuss their compelling and emotive project, Surge, with Mary Parker, Director, Communications & Creative of the Metro Tunnel Creative Program.

Evolving over months of lockdown restrictions as the COVID-19 pandemic swept across Melbourne in 2020, Surge is a collective reflection of the nuanced and at times confronting experiences encountered by a diverse range of healthcare professionals. In referencing the dichotomy between the clinical protocols of the pandemic and the vulnerability of the human experience, Surge combines the medical with the personal, to reveal and acknowledge our capacity to endure.

Free, registrations required. This event has a limited live audience capacity and will also be live streamed.

The live stream will be broadcast on our homepage and Facebook Live (no need to book).

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  • Kate Disher-Quill & Phoebe Powell (AU)

    Kate Disher-Quill is a Melbourne-based artist working across photography, film, publication and multimedia. As a visual communicator, she is drawn to weaving stories into art to explore themes reflected in her community and the wider Australian society. Since 2010, she has exhibited in numerous group and solo shows around Australia, and her publications have been distributed in leading bookstores and art institutions, including Art Gallery of New South Wales and National Gallery of Victoria. Disher-Quill’s book Earshot, published in 2019 by Black Inc, portrays the myriad of experiences of Deafness and hearing loss, intersecting art and storytelling with health and education.


    Melbourne-based photographer Phoebe Powell’s images are motivated by curiosity and connection, and her portraiture is rooted in an ethos of compassion. Working closely with her subjects to encourage self expression and honesty in their portrayal, Powell’s work is engrained with themes of intimacy and identity. At the flattened end of the first wave of COVID 19 infections in Melbourne, Phoebe was commissioned by the Metro Tunnel Creative Program to photograph over fifty healthcare professionals working to manage the pandemic for a photographic essay titled Thank You. Exhibited publicly on the construction hoardings for the new Parkville Station, the work gained international recognition within days, bringing about a wider acknowledgement of the people dedicated to keeping Victoria safe. It is this ability to inform, educate and inspire that draws Phoebe to photographic storytelling.

  • Mary Parker (AU)

    Mary Parker manages the Metro Tunnel Creative Program which features activities and events dedicated to enhancing city life alongside the construction of the Metro Tunnel.

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