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Res Artis X PHOTO 2024 Melbourne Residency

We’re excited to announce a residency collaboration with Res Artis: Worldwide Network of Arts Residencies. It’s a new 4-week residency based at Res Artis in Collingwood, Melbourne culminating in an exhibition at PHOTO 2024 International Festival of Photography (March 1 – 24). The successful artist will receive up to $2,500 in support. Applications open May 11 and close May 30 2023.


Volunteers play an important role in the successful delivery of the biennial, with a focus on our lively events program. We will be looking for friendly and passionate people to help us make PHOTO 2024 an unforgettable experience.


International Curators Program

Delivered by Photo Australia in partnership with Australia Council for the Arts, the International Curators Program showcases Australian artists participating in the biennial to international tastemakers. The aims of the program are to raise the profile of Australia’s contemporary artists, and develop long-term relationships which will enable new partnerships, collaborations and market development.

Participating international curators have included:

Mariama Attah, Curator, Open Eye Gallery / LOOK Biennial, Liverpool
Christine Barthe, Senior Curator, Head of the photographic collection, musee du quai Branly-Jacques Chirac, Paris
Bi Xin, Executive Director, Chronus Art Center, Shanghai
Natasha Cristia, Freelance curator, writer and educator, Spain
Fei Jun, Professor, Art+Technology Program, School of Design, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing
Varun Gupta, Co-Founder and Biennale Director, Chennai Photo Biennale, Chennai
Gwen Lee, Co-Founder and Director, Singapore International Photography Festival
Alona Pardo, Curator, Barbican Art Gallery, London
Holly Roussell, Curator, UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing
Kathrin Schönegg, Curator, C/O Berlin, Berlin
Mark Sealy, Director, Autograph ABP, London
Tanzim Wahab, Director, Chobi Mela Festival, Dhaka
Yamada Yuri, Curator, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Tokyo
Soojung Yi, Curator, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul



PHOTO Lab is a free, online and in person professional development opportunity for emerging photographers and recent graduates programmed and delivered in partnership with Magnum Photos. It is aimed at preparing emerging photographers for international professional practice through a comprehensive series of guided talks and workshops by industry specialists and Magnum photographers that have included Rafal Milach and Mark Power. Working in small groups, participants have access to national and international curators, artists and educators at the forefront of photography from diverse institutions, experience and backgrounds.


Photobook Market

We are seeking expressions of interest from photographers, artists, publishers and students to be participate in a Photobook Market at PHOTO 2022’s Photobook Weekend, which will also feature a full program of talks, book launches, publishing workshops and exclusive displays of some of the world’s most important photobook awards. This is your opportunity to promote, sell and network all things photobooks. As a participant, you will be joining a line-up of leading artists, publishers, designers, and photobook advocates.


Open Call

The open call invites emerging, mid-career and established artists and photographers to submit proposals to work with Photo Australia in the delivery of temporary public artwork that transform Melbourne’s streets, laneways and public spaces into an outdoor gallery of contemporary photography for PHOTO 2022.

Entries are reviewed by PHOTO 2022’s curatorial advisors:
Mariama Attah (Curator, Open Eye Gallery/LOOK Biennial, Liverpool)
Daniel Boetker-Smith (Dean of Photography, Photography Studies College, Melbourne)
Dr Léuli Eshrāghi (visual artist, writer, curator and researcher)
Varun Gupta (Co-Founder & Biennale Director, Chennai Photo Biennale, Chennai)
Pippa Milne (Senior Curator, Monash Gallery of Art)
Alona Pardo (Curator, Barbican Art Gallery, London)
Isobel Parker Philip (Senior Curator, Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney)

Applications by First Nations artists, or addressing First Nations issues are reviewed by PHOTO 2022’s First Nations Advisory Committee.