An Australian artist, based in Berlin has recently launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise money to set up a gallery of contemporary Australian photography.
Michael Dooney an artist, architectural lighting designer and photography enthusiast has announced his ambitious goal of establishing Europe’s first art gallery dedicated to displaying Australian photography.
Mr. Dooney has named the gallery, Galerie Pavola and he has located an ideal space for the gallery in Linienstrasse in Berlin Mitte. The first show is planned to feature renowned Melbourne-based photographer Polixeni Papapetrou’s haunting series, “Between Worlds.”
With Galerie Pavlova, Mr. Dooney is providing a new opportunity for both Australian and New Zealand contemporary photographers to get wider exposure for their work outside the traditional Australian channels. As an expatriate Australian living in Europe, he has seen first hand the increased level of competition the artists encounter in Europe as opposed to what they face in the homeland.
Mr. Dooney, as an architectural lighting designer, is very aware of the importance of a well-lit Gallery. Proper lighting is especially important, when it comes to illuminating exhibitions of photography. On his Indieggo campaign page he explains that the majority of the 5000.00 Euros ($6892.00 USD) he is looking to raise is earmarked for the state-of-the-art lighting system.
The short-term plans for Galerie Pavlova, include participation in the “2014 European Month of Photography” as well as the “2014 Unseen Photofair” in Amsterdam. In the long term Dooney plans to organize workshops and conferences where Australian and New Zealand photographers can meet and collaborate.
Mr. Dooney also offered some fantastic rewards for early contributors to the Indiegogo fundraiser. The rewards included a limited edition Michael Dooney photograph, Galerie Pavlova membership, a professional architectural lighting consultation, and a one on one portrait photography session for contributors who live in Germany.
We wish Mr. Dooney much success in providing his fellow Australian artists a fantastic new showcase in Europe.