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LENSGC 2019 - Visual Literacy: Between Photographs & Words

In 2018, the City of Gold Coast Arts and Culture Unit piloted a new online platform for Gold Coast artists to showcase their work – LENSGC.

The LENSGC project engaged four, two-person writer plus photographer teams of ‘narrative makers’ working collaboratively to develop discourse and strong digital creative content within a Gold Coast context. Applications for LENSGC 2019 will open on 7 May (closing 20 May) and this year there will be six teams of two – writer plus photographer/videographer/sound practitioners working with high profile team leaders and cultural influencers to create new distinctly Gold Coast work around two core conceptual frameworks – food culture and sound culture. The LENSGC project aims to present Gold Coast arts and cultural activity via a new lens, framing our distinctly Gold Coast artists and art forms through a fresh approach, strengthening the visibility of local artistic voices and representing the Gold Coasts unique cultural identity.

In support of LENSGC 2019 the City is offering the opportunity for 12 Gold Coast artists to participate in a workshop*, 'Visual Literacy: Between Photographs & Words', with previous LENSGC program participant Aaron Chapman.

Aaron will introduce participants to a range of contemporary photography and narrative writing terms and techniques, which will be put into practice in a full day workshop. Participants will leave equipped with an enhanced level of visual literacy knowledge and understanding of the relationship between words and images. It is anticipated the workshop will contribute to the further development of our strong contemporary photography and writing culture here on the Gold Coast considering the city beyond the tourist gaze.

Topics covered will include:

  • The importance of adaptability and collaboration
  • Visual literacy and the 'art of seeing'
  • Authorship
  • Contextualisation – the power of an image or text
  • Ekphrasis – the detailed description of a work of visual art as a literary device.

*Note: participation in the workshop is open to all Gold Coast artists with an interest in developing skills in relation to visual literacy, you don’t necessarily need to be participating in the broader LENSGC program to register.

Key dates and details

Date: Sunday 9 June
Times: 9am - 4pm
Venue: The Lounge Room, Home of the Arts (HOTA), 135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise
Cost: Free - registration required.
Registration: Deadline midnight Friday 24 May 2019

Who can apply?

The opportunity is open to Gold Coast artists who meet the following eligibility criteria.

To be eligible for this program you must:

  • Be a Gold Coast resident.
  • Be a permanent resident or Australian citizen.
  • Be over 18 years of age at the date of application.
  • Evidence a professional creative practice.
  • Be available to attend the full day workshop on Sunday 9 June.

Additionally you are ineligible to apply for this program if:

  • You are an employee of a Council or a Council entity and/or Strategic Partner Organisation.

For more information on the workshop or if you are unsure of your eligibility, you are strongly encouraged to contact Sam Creyton on 07 5582 9220 or email to discuss your situation.

How to register

Registrations have now closed.

About Aaron Chapman

Aaron Chapman is a photographer and writer working in various modes of documentary making, with particular attention given to narrative through the combination of images and text. His work often considers people, their relation to place, and how societal forces impact the human condition. Aaron documents his hometown of the Gold Coast by considering how, as a tourist city, its subcultures and associated stereotypes influence the perception of those who live here permanently.

Chapman is previous participant in the LENSGC Program and a Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize semi-finalist in 2019. He has recently been invited to take his current book project to participate in Alec Soth’s ‘On Making a Photobook (That Matters!)’ program in July to be followed by an internship at Soth’s Minnesota based publishing studio, Little Brown Mushroom.

All enquiries:

Sam Creyton
Program Lead – Sector Development

Arts and Culture | Lifestyle and Community
City of Gold Coast
PO Box 5042
Phone: 07 5582 9220

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