Kate Disher-Quill & Phoebe Powell (AU)


Image: Kate Disher-Quill & Phoebe Powell, [0-95].

Image: Kate Disher-Quill & Phoebe Powell, 0-95.




City Square, Town Hall Station precinct [i]
Cnr Swanston St and Collins St, Melbourne
Outdoor work – accessible all hours


Wheelchair access

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 a time when photographic work was restricted and the healthcare worker experience was heavily politicised, Zoom conversations between the subjects and artists became central to developing the project using a collaborative, practice-led approach. A space to share stories and exchange ideas, these conversations became a means of catharsis and a place of connection for both the participants and artists.

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.

Commissioned by Photo Australia and the Metro Tunnel Creative Program for PHOTO 2021

On display from 18 February 2021

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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