Mates, Prahran 1975

Acquisition by Stonnington City Council

23 November 2009

We are pleased to announce that the City of Stonnington has acquired eleven photographs by Rennie Ellis for its Art Collection.  The works will be on display in the new Library in Prahran, Melbourne.

Brummels Poster 1978

Brummels Photography Gallery

9 November 2009

In 1972, Rennie Ellis founded the Brummels Gallery of Photography. The gallery operated as a not-for-profit enterprise and was located above a coffee lounge in Toorak Road in the inner Melbourne suburb of South Yarra. 

Brummels was significant because it was the first 'photography gallery' in Australia and it was a venue in which established and emerging Australian photographers could exhibit and sell their work. The opening exhibition, Two Views of Erotica, showcased photographs by Henry Talbot and the then unknown photographer, Carol Jerrems and was officially launched by photographer and renowned filmmaker, Paul Cox.

Read more and view our new Brummels website page...

AC/DC, Atlanta, Georgia 1978

AC/DC Australia's Family Jewels

7 November 2009 — 29 March 2010

The Arts Centre
St Kilda Road, Melbourne

The Arts Centre in association with AC/DC Albert Music and Sony Music Announces The first ever exhibition about Australia's greatest Rock'n' Roll band AC/DC Australia's Family Jewels

AC/DC Australia's Family Jewels will augment the Arts Centre's existing AC/DC collection and borrow material from the band themselves, the Albert Music archives and many fans and private collectors. The exhibition will include important costumes, instruments, stage props, photographs and rare hand-written material such as letters, notebooks and lyrics. There will also be extensive moving image and sound material such as interviews, video clips and rarely seen performance footage, as well as published tour ephemera including exceptional early concert posters, programmes, backstage passes and AC/DC collectibles. We are delighted that AC/DC photographs by Rennie Ellis will be showcased in this extraordinary exhibition.

No Standing Only Dancing: Photographs by Rennie Ellis

2009 Winner Victoria PICA Ruby Award

1 November 2009

Only 100 copies are for sale
Price: $600 plus GST*

Purchase this unique Limited Edition Publication before the edition sells out.

No Standing Only dancing: Photographs by Rennie Ellis Published by the National Gallery of Victoria with essays by the Curator Susan van Wyk and George Negus.

This beautifully crafted limited edition 140 page publication, has been specially bound for the Rennie Ellis Photographic Archive to celebrate the exhibition held at National Gallery of Victoria, October 2008.

It includes an original Rennie Ellis photograph Dino Ferrari, Toorak Road 1976 signed by his widow Kerry Oldfield Ellis.

Carlotta, Kings Cross 1970-71

Same, Same But Different (Group Show)

10 March 2009 — 4 April 2009

Kristian Pithie Gallery
27 Gipps Street Richmond, Victoria

Kristian Pithie Gallery

Kristian Pithie Gallery

1 March 2009

We are delighted to announce that our new Victorian representative is Kristian Pithie, Director of the new Melbourne gallery, Kristian Pithie Gallery. The Gallery is located at the renowned former Christine Abrahams Gallery in Richmond.  The Kristian Pithie Gallery will stage its first exhibition Same Same But Different which opens on Tuesday, 10th March 2009.  This group exhibition will showcase works drawn from its stable of Artists including photographs by Rennie Ellis from the Kings Cross series 1970-71. We look forward to working with Kristian on a solo exhibition of Rennie's photographs planned for later this year in Melbourne.

Kristian Pithie is also the Director of the well established Chapman Gallery in Canberra which he will continue operate.  We wish  Kristian the best with the Gallery and are proud to be part of this new and exciting enterprise.

Hippie, Kings Cross 1970-71

No Standing only Dancing: photographs by Rennie Ellis

1 March 2009

We are also pleased to announce that the recent major retrospective No Standing only Dancing: photographs by Rennie Ellis at the National Gallery of Victoria was a huge success. The exhibition, which ran for four months, displayed over 200 of Rennie's photographs focusing on the 70s and 80s which delighted a vast cross section of the public from teenagers to Grannies! The accompanying NGV publication completely sold out! However there are still some terrific postcards and card packs for sale at the NGV Bookstore @ Federation Square.

Smoko, Bathurst Islanders 1973

Black & White: Documenting Indigenous Australia (Group Show)

12 February 2009 — 3 May 2009

Monash Gallery of Art
860 Ferntree Gully Road
Wheelers Hill VIC 3150