Community means being part of something bigger. It can be inherited from family or grow out of work, play or shared beliefs. This exhibition showcases different communities around Victoria, Australia, from the late 19th Century until today. It was drawn from the Victorian State Government's archived photo collection and submissions from street photographers.
In 2013, 300 participants dressed as acclaimed musician Kate Bush, gathered in the seaside British town of Brighton to reenact her iconic 1978 Wuthering Heights video clip. Since then the phenomenon has spread across the globe, including to Melbourne, Australia.
The Bourke Street Mall in Melbourne, Australia attracts street performers and protesters all vying for the attention of passers by.
The 'Babies' advertising campaign was developed by State Bank of Victoria, the state-owned bank for Victoria, Australia, which operated from 1842 until 1990. By exploiting positive associations with family, the advertising executives sought to place their product squarely in the home, the most intimate space in many people’s lives. Playing upon positive feelings associated with childhood was a clever strategy for a bank which naturally had an interest in creating lifelong relationships with its customers.
Photographer James Henry helps to document the experiences of today's Aboriginal peoples at community events and ceremonies across Melbourne and Victoria, Australia.
On 2 February 2017, Carlton Football Club faced off against longstanding rivals Collingwood Football Club in a game with a difference – the first in the Australian Football League Women’s competition held at Princes Park, Melbourne. The establishment of the league comes from a long tradition of women’s participation in Australian Rules Football, a high-energy and popular sport homegrown in Australia. Since the early 20th Century, women’s teams and competitions have grown out of country clubs and workplaces, similar to this 1970s State Bank of Victoria Loans and Legal Department match photographed here.
Relationships with the professional men's clubs laid the groundwork for the development of the women's Australian football league:
“In 1933, while Melbourne was still in the grip of the Great Depression, the Carlton and Richmond Football Clubs hosted a women’s football match at Princes Park for charity. Carlton recruiters were over-run by young girls, older women and those in between, who were eager to wear the Blues’ guernsey" (Rob Hess, The Conversation, 2017).
Melbourne is often touted as the sports capital of Australia and fans converge on the city's stadiums for games in droves. On 7 May 2010, AAMI Park held its very first event, the 2010 Rugby League ANZAC Test. The night match was marred by rain, so stadium management handed out clear plastic ponchos to fans sitting beyond the shelter of the roof. This photograph depicts dry fans under cover and those exposed to the rain.
Activists Shareena Clanton and Aretha Brown before a 50,000 strong crowd in Melbourne. The group gathered to protest the date of national holiday Australia Day and to commemorate the anniversary of British colonisation of Aboriginal land.
Of Kin and Kind is based on a larger physical exhibition displayed at the Victorian Archives Centre in Melbourne during 2017.
The curators were Elise Bradshaw and Carly Godden. The exhibition was produced by the VAC Gallery team and the exhibition was adapted for Google Arts and Culture by Carly Godden and Kate Follington.
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