The Ballarat International Foto Biennale presents Robbie Rowlands in the inaugural exhibition at the newly established National Centre For Photography.

Commissioned by the Ballarat International Foto Biennale, Melbourne based interdisciplinary artist Robbie Rowlands will undertake a three-month artist residency in January 2019, resulting in a sculptural site intervention intricately woven from the building’s internal walls and remnant furnishings.

Built in 1864 to the design of architect Leonard Terry, the historically significant Former Union Bank will now transition into its new life as the National Centre For Photography, Australia’s only regional gallery dedicated exclusively to photography.

On display for two weeks only, Robbie Rowlands invites audiences to experience this new work, contemplate the past and envision the future at a moment of historical importance for the site.



Robbie Rowlands is a visual artist based in Melbourne Australia. His work explores notions of stability and vulnerability through the manipulation of objects and environments. His repetitious precise cuts and the resulting distortions reflect the inescapable passing of time that affects everything around us. Rowlands’ works have been described as spotlighting the history, humanity and function of his subjects. His manipulated objects and spaces blur the boundaries between our fabricated world and the natural world.

He is best known for his sculptural interventions into pre-demolition buildings through to utilitarian objects such as urban street poles. Writer and curator, Stuart Koop described the experience of Rowlands’ work as like removing “skin from a cadaver (or worse a living body) to show the bones – the underlying structure of nails, studs and noggins, insulation, dust, plaster…he attempts no repair, leaving a gaping incision to frame the view of the buildings prone internal structure. He exposes the integrity of tools and fixtures too by severing the key structural member in each case; one side of an A-frame ladder, the bed-frame, the leg of a chair. He cuts that very tendon which keeps a thing straight, strong, effective so that, once cut, it seems to stagger and fall.”

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  • Open Hours
    February 23, 2019 - March 10, 2019
    4:00 pm
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