Bas reopens with Light Years exhibition

The Bas will make its triumphant return to real-life exhibitions with two larger than life contemporary offerings.

At the Bas gallery proper, Light Years assembles 12 of Australia’s leading contemporary photographers, each having made significant contributions to the direction of global photo-media.

Presented in partnership with Australia’s leading photographic gallery Michael Reid Sydney + Berlin, Light Years introduces a heightened viewer experience thanks to innovations in lightbox display.

Eurobodalla Council’s creative arts officer Sue Blackburn said each of the images were selected by the artists as those that best highlighted the colour, detail and visual ambition capable with the new technology.

“We’re thrilled to be reopening the Bas with this visually stunning exhibition that examines the important place of photography in Australian contemporary art,” she said.

“Advancements in framing and LED illumination have delivered a contemporary rebirth of the lightbox, which has been a staple display for photo-based media for decades.

“We can now see hilltops and oceans pulsate with energy, astounding birds with glowing plumage, and the awesome spectrums of the sky that bathe us in a warm and familiar glow.”

Light Years opens at the Bas Saturday 6 November and continues Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 4pm, until Friday 5 December. Exhibiting artists are Trent Parke, Narelle Autio, Nici Cumpston, Tamara Dean, Joseph McGlennon, Polixeni Papapetrou, Catherine Nelson, Gerwyn Davies, Derek Henderson, Fabian Muir, Luke Shadbolt and Petrina Hicks.

Meanwhile, the latest Bas About Town exhibition, Time Stretches My Limits by award-winning local artist Natasha Dusenjko, opened on Saturday at Moruya’s Mechanics Institute.

Incorporating large-scale video projection and photography, the exhibition explores time in the context of self-isolation as a psychological and visceral experience.

Time Stretches My Limits runs until 13 November, Wednesday to Sunday, 10am-2pm at the Mechanics Institute on Page Street, Moruya.

Ms Blackburn said the two exhibitions missed during Covid lockdown – Kurt Sorenson and Raewyn Lawrence – would be rescheduled.

In the meantime you can check out past virtual exhibitions, as well as dates for exhibitions and arts workshops, at

Above: Tamara Dean’s In Bloom is one of the stunning images to be displayed using the latest lightbox technology in Light Years at the Bas.

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