Friday, April 21, 2017

AddOn - Head On Photo Festival 2017

I am delighted to again participate in the AddOn exhibition of Head On Photo Festival in Sydney.

AddOn will run from 6 - 14 May 2017 at Paddington Town Hall.

For full details please go to:

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Louise Hearman Survey at TarraWarra Museum of Art

Last week I went to see the first survey of the work of Australian artist Louise Hearman curated by Anna Davis at TarraWarra Museum of Art. Through conversations with the artist the curator focused on feelings and sensations rather than a chronological or thematic configuration.

I have been intrigued by Hearman's paintings in the past. This beautiful exhibition includes more than 50 oil paintings and 25 works on paper from across her 25-year practice. I was surprised to also find in the survey two more recent larger-scale digital prints.

Louise Hearman, installation view, TarraWarra Museum of Art, 18 February – 14 May 2017
Exhibition organised and toured by the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
Photo: Andrew Curtis

On Saturday 18 March 2017 I attended the Meet the artist: Louise Hearman event. A lively discussion was held between the panel.

The panel left to right: Anna Davis, Fiona Gruber, Louise Hearman
Photo credit: Barbara Oehring 2017

Visitors to the exhibition have the opportunity to watch a studio video interview between the curator Anna Davis and the artist Louise Hearman about her work practice.

Photo credit: Barbara Oehring 2017

I ventured outside the gallery space into the wonderful grounds of the TarraWarra Estate.

Photo credit: Barbara Oehring 2017

Photo credit: Barbara Oehring 2017

Photo credit: Barbara Oehring 2017

For up-to-date information please visit:

TarraWarra Museum of Art

Monday, February 20, 2017

GAIA Exhibition

I am delighted to again take part in the annual Women Photographers' exhibition in Melbourne.

GAIA - Mother Earth is the theme for this year's show in which 19 women photographers are participating. The exhibition will be held at Magnet Galleries, Melbourne from 2 - 25 March 2017.
It promises to be a wonderful event.

A great opportunity to meet some of the exhibitors in GAIA and discuss their work.

Amy Feldtman               1-4pm

Wendy Currie                11am -3pm
Carmel  Riordan            1- 4pm

Barbara Oehring            1 - 4pm

Friday, February 3, 2017

Belgrave Survival Day 2017 - The Photos

The 10th Anniversary of Belgrave Survival Day was celebrated by a wonderful crowd of people on 26 January 2017. The many volunteers did a marvellous job both preparing for the festival and making sure the event ran smoothly.

I am following up my previous post 'Belgrave Survival Day 2017' with a selection of photos I took on the day.

Wurundjeri Elder Uncle Bill Nicholson gave a powerful speech.

© Barbara Oehring 2017

The crowd at Borthwick Park.

© Barbara Oehring 2017

© Barbara Oehring 2017

Getting the fire ready for a smoking ceremony.

© Barbara Oehring 2017

© Barbara Oehring 2017

Entering the healing smoke.

© Barbara Oehring 2017

© Barbara Oehring 2017

© Barbara Oehring 2017

Borthwick Park playground.

© Barbara Oehring 2017

Gnarnayarrahe Waitairi (Uncle Joey), a regular performer at Belgrave Survival Day.

© Barbara Oehring 2017

© Barbara Oehring 2017

© Barbara Oehring 2017

Aurelio Denasha and Uncle Bill.
© Barbara Oehring 2017

There were information stalls and displays about Indigenous culture.

© Barbara Oehring 2017

© Barbara Oehring 2017

© Barbara Oehring 2017

© Barbara Oehring 2017

MC Tim Kanoa.

© Barbara Oehring 2017

The performances by the Mullum Mullum Choir and Hip Hop crew were much appreciated.

© Barbara Oehring 2017

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© Barbara Oehring 2017

Mandy Nicholson again led her Djirri Djirri Dance Group.

© Barbara Oehring 2017

© Barbara Oehring 2017

© Barbara Oehring 2017

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Belgrave Survival Day 2017

I am looking forward to the 10th annual Belgrave Survival Day on Thursday 26 January 2017.

I will be supporting this year's Belgrave Survival Day as volunteer photographer.

The theme for 2017 is 'Know your local Indigenous culture'.

Among the displays will be a selection of my photographs of the Kulin TANDERRUM (ceremony) held at the opening of the Melbourne Festival on 5 October 2016.

For more information on Belgrave Survival Day including 3MDR's Meeghan Bell radio interview with Belgrave Survival Day's Bonnie Zuidland go to:

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Wilin Celebrate 2016 Exhibition

The WILIN CELEBRATE 2016 Exhibition curated by Tiriki Onus runs from 10 to 26 November 2016 at MAGNET Galleries Melbourne.

For over ten years Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students have come to the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne to study at the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development.
© Barbara Oehring 2016

Richard J. Frankland, Head of the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development, opened the exhibition on Thursday 10 November 2016.

Richard J. Frankland © Barbara Oehring 2016

WILIN CELEBRATE 2016 brings together work from various Indigenous artists connected to the Wilin Centre:

Well known Yorta Yorta bass baritone Tiriki Onus is a Lecturer in Indigenous Arts and Culture at the Wilin Centre. Here he is with his own exhibition piece 'Biganga' Batja wata, gaiyimarr mawo
(Brushtail possum skins and Kangaroo sinew).

Tiriki Onus © Barbara Oehring 2016

Ashley Perry, a Melbourne based artist, shows 'Refined Rauschenberg Screen', Tasmanian Oak, Digital inkjet on Paper.

Eugenia Flynn, a writer, social commentator and arts worker exhibits work titled 'Under the Microscope', Vinyl lettering, in three parts.

Khi-Lee Thorpe is a descendant of the Worimi people of Port Stephens NSW. Her series 'Home 1' and 'Home 2' are mixed media works on wooden doors.

Marley Holloway-Clarke, a Warramung woman, shows 'Why?' video 00:04:16.

Ngardarb Francine Riches has two art works in the exhibition. Emu Dreaming 'Gunangunnja', a print made from her original painting and 'Sting Rays in Shallow Water' Acrylic on canvas.

Ngardarb is the artist's Aboriginal name. She is a descendant of the Bardi/Jawi and Karajarri people from the West Kimberley coast.

Ngardarb Francine Riches © Barbara Oehring 2016

Other artists represented in the show are Richard J. Frankland with his powerful Bunjil's prayer', 'Singing to the world' and 'New Age Warrior', Vinyl lettering,

Steaphan Paton with Acrylic on wool (found tapestry) work 'Described by the British',
Courtesy the artist and Tristian Koenig Gallery,

and Sam Harrison with three pieces 'Forged Seeds 1', 'Forged Seeds 2', 'Forged Seeds 3', each
Graphite and Mechanical Pencil on wood board.

 Meleesha Bardolia and friend.

© Barbara Oehring 2016

Meleesha is a film maker. Her documentary Wilin Warriors will be launched on Thursday 24 November 2016 at Magnet Galleries.
For details please go to

John Wayne Parsons, Yugerra and Ugarem Le Baritone and Wilin Centre Staff Member at the opening of Wilin Celebrate 2016.

© Barbara Oehring 2016

Exhibition details can be found here MAGNET GALLERIES MELBOURNE

Thursday, October 13, 2016

CNAV Awards for Ferntree Gully News

I am proud to be involved with my local community paper Ferntree Gully News.

At the Community Newspaper Association of Victoria (CNAV) 2016 Awards the paper received the following awards:

Best Newspaper – Finalist

Ferntree Gully News
This entry stood out for its powerful, front-page close-up photo of a kookaburra – an arresting image by Barbara Oehring which beautifully distils the edition’s focus on appropriate development in Ferntree Gully. Quality photos were a feature generally of this newspaper, combined with readable, informative articles, news and events that residents would seek out, e.g. Scouts, Victoria Day celebrations, CFA fire advice, schools and church news. Articles were highly readable and well edited. Page designs, too, were attractive with judicious use of white space, appealing page straplines and good use of the excellent photographs. This is a community newspaper that clearly cares about its readership. And its readership also cares about the newspaper, being well-supported by local business advertisements and contributors.

Best Photograph – Finalist

Ferntree Gully News
‘Don’t Laugh!  This is Serious!’ – Photographer: Barbara Oehring
Carefully timed to capture the kookaburra’s amused expression, well lit, and with a narrow depth of field to remove distracting detail, this is an eye catching and well executed nature photograph.  In immediately grabbing your attention and directing you to the story – in this case about how council is dealing with a threat to habitat – it does exactly what a good newspaper photograph should do.

© Barbara Oehring

Ferntree Gully News is published by the Mountain District Learning Centre, 13-15 The Avenue, Ferntree Gully 3156 in collaboration with the Lower Gully Traders Inc.

The paper can be accessed online: