Centre for Contemporary Photography
The Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP), in Fitzroy, Victoria, Melbourne is one of Australia's premier venues for the exhibition of contemporary photo-based arts, providing a context for the enjoyment, education, understanding and appraisal of contemporary practice.
Established as the Victorian Centre for Photography (VCP) by the photographic community in 1986, the organisation has developed from a small community operation for local photographers to become one of Melbourne's premier contemporary art spaces. VCP changed its name to Centre for Contemporary Photography in the early 1990s when it moved to 205 Johnston Street, Fitzroy, to reflect is contemporary orientation. As a not-for-profit exhibition and resource centre, CCP has played a pivotal role in the support of photo-based arts and public engagement with photography. Artists who have exhibited at CCP include Gregory Crewdson, David Noonan, Taryn Simon, Jane Burton and Patricia Piccinini. In 2005, CCP relocated to 404 George Street, Fitzroy, in purpose-designed premises by Sean Godsell Architects. The current Director is Naomi Cass. Previous Directors include Susan Fereday, Stuart Koop, Tessa Dwyer, and Charlotte Day. Other staff have included the art historian Daniel Palmer.
CCP's exhibition program is presented across five exhibition spaces, including the Night Projection Window, viewed from 9pm to 2am, and features a diverse range of photo-based arts from emerging to established artists. The program includes individual, group and curated exhibitions representing the very best of local, interstate and international photography. CCP welcomes proposals from emerging and established artists, as well as curators and writers. Information regarding proposals can be found at the CCP website. Admission to CCP is free.
CCP presents Artist Floor Talks by exhibiting artists each Saturday following exhibition openings. CCP also presents education programs including photography courses run by Les Walkling. CCP also runs a highly regarded annual series of public lectures, with speakers including Geoffrey Batchen, Martin Parr and Victor Burgin.
In April 2009, CCP began publishing FLASH - a quarterly online journal. FLASH features reviews, interviews and commentary on photography and video in Australia by a diverse group of established and emerging writers. Currently edited by Kyla McFarlane, FLASH is a free journal.