Brisbane Festival presents

Gender Gaze Photographic Exhibition

15 - 24 Sep
Metro Arts

Brisbane Festival’s annual photographic exhibition invites both high school students and the general public to submit an original work. Anyone who loves to dabble in photography, or considers themselves a professional photographer, can participate in this rewarding experience.

This year, we invite photographs that respond to the idea of gender:

Gender is on our minds. The gap in gender opportunities and privileges. The shifts in gender roles. The increasing opening up of our understanding of gender identity. How do you see gender in the world around you?


This year’s project will again offer free artist-in-school workshops to a select number of schools. These workshops will be facilitated by artist Henri van Noordenburg, who will work with students to further their visual arts skill through the medium of photography.


This category is open to the general public. Work will be judged based on concept, technique and skill and expression and experimentation. Please see Submission Guidelines for details.


Thirty images will be selected from each category by an expert panel. These 30 images will feature on a goa billboard throughout Brisbane and in a professionally curated exhibition, as part of Brisbane Festival. 

Awards will be presented at the opening of the Gender Gaze exhibition, scheduled to take place on Thursday, 15 September 2016, 6:30pm. 

1x Overall Winner will be awarded a professional grade camera 
2x Runners Up will receive double passes to a Brisbane Festival show (TBA) 
1x People’s Choice Awards will receive a double pass to a Brisbane Festival show (TBA)

1x Overall Winner will be awarded a $2000 cash prize 
2x Runners Up will receive double passes to a Brisbane Festival show (TBA) 
1x People’s Choice Awards will receive a double pass to a Brisbane Festival show (TBA) 

People’s Choice Award 
The thirty images will be uploaded to the Brisbane Festival Facebook page and the image with the most ‘likes’ in each category will be awarded the People’s Choice Award. Voting for the People’s Choice Award will open in the week of 1 August 2016 and close on Sunday, 11 September 2016.


  • Create an original portrait through the medium of photography in response to the theme: ‘Gender’
  • Fill out an Application Form with your details.
  • Send your application, release form and image to by 5pm on Tuesday 19 July 2016.


  • Please review the Submission Guidelines before sending your application.
  • Please ensure you optimise your image for digital use.
  • Images smaller than 1MB can be submitted via email
  • Images larger than 1MB will need to be uploaded online. Please email to request access to the online folder.
  • You are encouraged to use various photo editing software to assist you in creating your image. Please ensure that copyright laws are adhered to. Brisbane Festival does not support plagiarism or the use of work without permission.


competition judges

Henri van Noordenburg, Artist & Workshop Facilitator

Henri van Noordenburg was born in Amersfoort, The Netherlands, in 1967. During his early years he developed an interest in storytelling. Moving to Australia in 1991, he completed a Visual Arts and a Creative Writing degree at Griffith University from 1994 until 1999, followed by his Master’s in Photography and Theatre at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) 2003 -2005. He works at the Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art as Project Officer for Regional Services, is a Board Member at the Queensland Centre for Photography (QCP) and is a practicing artist.


David Berthold, Artistic Director Brisbane Festival

David Berthold is the Artistic Director of Brisbane Festival (2015-2018). He was previously Artistic Director and CEO of La Boite Theatre Company. He is one of Australia's most prominent theatre directors and has directed for most of Australia's major theatres companies, as well as internationally. He has directed major productions of Australian plays by Elaine Acworth, Adam J A Cass, Brendan Cowell, Nick Enright, Daniel Keene, Caleb Lewis, Tony McNamara, Tommy Murphy, Louis Nowra, Debra Oswald, Hannie Rayson, Stephen Sewell, Alan Seymour, Katherine Thomson, Karin Mainwaring, Ian Wilding and David Williamson as well as plays by Aristophanes to name a few.


Amy-Clare McCarthy, Curator (Exhibition Program) – Metro Arts

Amy-Clare McCarthy is a curator and writer. She completed her Bachelor of Creative Industries Honours at Queensland University of Technology in Visual Art in 2010. Her honours research focused on different modes of viewer participation in contemporary art. In 2011-2012 Amy-Clare undertook internships in New York at leading contemporary art institutes, MoMA PS1 and e-flux. She is a founding member and co-director of Brisbane based artist run initiative Current Projects and formerly worked as an Exhibitions Project Officer at the State Library of Queensland. Amy-Clare enjoys discussing art over a cup of tea.


Dr Heather Faulkner– Queensland College of Art I Griffith University

Heather Faulkner (PhD) is a documentary/transmedia practitioner and researcher whose work explores the synergetic themes of identity, place and belonging. She was born in Calgary, on the edge of the Canadian Rockies, and has lived in Asia and Eastern Europe before settling in Australia with her partner. Her professional career as a photojournalist and award-winning picture editor has seen her work published broadly on an international scale. She has exhibited and published creative works nationally and internationally. She is a lecturer in Photography at QCA, Griffith University, Australia.


Gender Gaze is part of the Festival Focus. Click here to take part in the Festival Conversation about Taking Part.

Photo credit: Leah Emery
Dates Icon Dates

Exhibition open from

15-23 Sept, 10am-6pm and

24 Sept, 10am-12pm

Venue Icon Venue
Metro Arts

109 Edward Street
QLD 4000

Ticket Prices
Free Event
Getting There

Taxi: Book Yellow Cabs online
Parking: Paid parking in King George Square
Bus: King George Square busway station
Train: Central or Roma St train stations
Ferry: North Quay ferry terminal
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