Gold Museum's new photographic exhibition ·

Gold Museum’s new photographic exhibition

Sovereign Hill’s Gold Museum will showcase a unique collection of photographic portraits in their new exhibition Pose, on now until Sunday 8th March, 2020.

The Gold Museum’s photographic collection represents a variety of photographic studios which operated in Ballarat from the 1870s onwards. State-of-the-art studios sprang up across the city centre, and photography was embraced immediately by Ballarat locals who flocked to have their portraits taken. Each image represented their aspirations and status within the community, as well as a desire to capture a special moment for posterity.

The exhibition will feature portraiture styles from carte de visites to celebrity postcards. The exhibition will also display an extensive selection of cameras – from the 19th century box brownie to the 21st century smartphone. While some portraits feature prominent Ballarat figures whose stories are etched in local history, other people are less well known.

The exhibition will coincide with the Ballarat International Foto Biennale (BIFB), a city-wide photographic festival. Those attending the Biennale will receive a discounted entry toPose, upon showing their festival program.

 Exhibition highlights include a Travelling Photographer’s Cart, a Photographic Montage of Women Pioneers of Ballarat, and an extensive camera display, including cameras from 1896 and 1946.

The images contained within the exhibition tell the fascinating stories of Ballarat’s history, including popular tastes, fashion choices, and the development of photographic technology.


Dates:          On now until Sunday 8 March, 2020 (9:30am – 5:30pm)

Location:     Gold Museum, Sovereign Hill

Tickets:        Adult: $14 Child (5-15): $7.40 Family (2 adults and up to 4 children) $36.60.  Special discount entry will be offered for BIFB visitors for the Gold Museum during the festival. BIFB visitors must show their festival program to staff for this special entry price.

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