Acclaimed photographer to tour the South East

Country Arts SA, in partnership with the Art Gallery of South Australia and the Regional Galleries Association of South Australia, present the touring exhibition Robyn Stacey: Ray of Light.

From September 2018 to September 2020, the exhibition will tour fourteen venues across the breadth of regional South Australia, from Bordertown to Roxby Downs and Goolwa to Port Lincoln.

Lisa Slade, Co-Acting Director, Art Gallery of South Australia said, ‘Internationally regarded, Robyn Stacey has spent a lifetime challenging and redefining photography. We are thrilled to be presenting her work, with her full involvement and partnered with Country Arts SA and Regional Galleries Association of South Australia to regional audiences. Like the urban centres, non-metro areas deserve the best in contemporary art.’

Steve Saffell Chief Executive Officer, Country Arts SA speaks of the importance of regional touring exhibitions, explaining ‘There is clearly an appetite for contemporary art in regional South Australia with Bordertown’s Walkway Gallery recording a five-fold increase in attendances since the introduction of exhibitions by high-profile Australian contemporary artists including Ben Quilty, del Kathryn Barton and Nell.’

For this exhibition, eight large-scale camera obscura photographs by Robyn Stacey will be on display.

First shown as part of the 2016 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Magic Object, Stacey’s photographs are made through the magic of a camera obscura, whereby the external world is trapped and inverted within the room. Included in the exhibition are camera obscura photographs of iconic and well-known sites around Adelaide, including Carrick Hill, The Cedars at Hahndorf, The Lighthouse Wharf Hotel in Port Adelaide, Parliament House and the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI).

In the artist’s words these bewildering photographs become ‘a mash up of inside and outside’.

“The magic of the camera obscura is that it makes us question what we take for granted- the everyday experience is presented upside down and in reverse, mimicking the way an image forms on the retina,” Robyn said.

A live camera obscura will be installed at six of the fourteen locations.

Visitors will be provided with a rare opportunity to immerse themselves in the wonder of the camera obscura at unique locations, including room number 8 at the Bordertown Hotel, the second storey office of Vicky Quinn Real Estate in Mount Gambier, and an adjacent exhibition gallery at Hahndorf Academy.


Walkway Gallery, Bordertown, 22 September – 25 November 2018

A Camera Obscura will be located at room number 8, Bordertown Hotel

Riddoch Art Gallery, Mount Gambier, 1 December 2018 – 27 January 2019

A Camera Obscura will be located at the second storey office of Vicki Quinn Real Estate


Naracoorte Art Gallery, Naracoorte, 2 February – 3 March 2019

Millicent Art Gallery, Millicent, 9 March – 7 April 2019

Murray Bridge Regional Gallery, Murray Bridge, 12 April – 26 May 2019

Coorong Council Gallery, Tailem Bend, 15 June – 28 July 2019