by Cherie McNair, Bonnie Rubenstein, Karen McQuaid, Dr. Shane Hulbert

How do the growing number of international photo festivals support emerging photographers in an age of mutable boundaries and strengthening borders? Join an international panel in their discussion on notions of place and the transmission of photography through the mechanism of the ‘festival’. The panel will discuss the perception and level of engagement with Australian photography in an international context and what effect it has for both emerging and established photographers.


Cherie McNair
Director & CEO | Australian Centre for Photography | Sydney 

Cherie McNair, educated in Melbourne, holds an MA in Gallery and Museum Studies, together with a Post Graduate Diploma in Art History and Film Studies and a BA in Media Arts. McNair has over fifteen years’ experience in the visual arts sector in Australia and internationally and has delivered major photography exhibitions with institutions and photographers throughout her career. Previous roles have included Head of Exhibitions and Creative Services at the Queensland Museum Network, Head of Exhibitions and Design, National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh, Project Manager, National and International Partnerships Tate, London, Director of Exhibitions Museum of Architecture (London Festival 2012), Curator/Exhibitions Manager Anthony d’Offay, London, and Project Manager, Contemporary Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and Senior Exhibitions Coordinator National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.

She is currently the Director & CEO of the Australian centre for Photography (ACP), Sydney. ACP is the leading institution in Australia dedicated to the art of photography and photo media. Since 1974, the ACP has been a creative force in the cultural life of Australia, presenting the work of our most dynamic and diverse artists. Under McNair’s leadership ACP has embarked on an exciting transition to become a more agile and responsive organisation that actively courts new creative partnerships and avenues for audience engagement both from within and outside the traditional infrastructure for art.  


  • Bonnie Rubenstein

    Artistic Director | Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival | Canada

    Bonnie Rubenstein has been a director at CONTACT since 2002 and is responsible for the Festival’s artistic programming and publications. In 2003 Rubenstein established CONTACT’s public installation program and since then has overseen more than 130 projects by both emerging and established artists from Canada and around the world. Each year she curates several high profile, large scale installations of photographic images in public spaces throughout the city, from street billboards and subway platforms to building façades and architectural spaces. In addition, Rubenstein has curated numerous solo and group exhibitions of photo-based works by Canadian and international artists for the Festival at major museums and galleries throughout Toronto, some of which have toured internationally.
    Bonnie Rubenstein holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and studied art Education at the Philadelphia College of Art. She previously held positions at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and Lisson Gallery, London, UK. Rubenstein has represented numerous artists and coordinated major public art commissions, monographs and catalogues, and exhibitions in galleries and museums internationally.

  • Karen McQuaid

    Senior Curator | The Photographers' Gallery | London

    Karen McQuaid is Senior Curator at The Photographers’ Gallery, she has an MA in Photographic Studies from the University of Westminster under Prof. David Bate.
    She has curated exhibitions including Jim Goldberg, Open See (2009); Fiona Tan, Vox Populi, London (2012); Claire Aho: Studio Works (2013), Andy Warhol, Photographs: 1976 – 1987 (2014); Lorenzo Vitturi, Dalston Anatomy (2014) and Rosângela Rennó, Río-Montevideo (2016). She co-curated Geraldo De Barros, What Remains (2013) with Isobel Whitelegg and Made You Look, Dandyism and Black Masculinity (2016) with Ekow Eshun. Karen has curated external exhibitions such as Simon Roberts, Landscape Studies of a Small Island (2014) at The Moscow House of Photography and Lala Meredith Vula Blood Memory (2015) at The National Gallery of Kosovo.
    As well as working on the exhibition’s programme, Karen has worked extensively on the talks and lecture strands at the gallery in the past. She co-organised the symposium Contemporary Vernacular Photographies with the Institute for Modern and Contemporary Culture in 2011. She inaugurated the FreshFacedandWildEyed graduate programme and Folio Forum reviews while at the gallery, and she is currently working on the Bar Tur First Book Award.
    She is on the board of PhotoIreland Festival and has reviewed portfolios at festivals as diverse as Phototriennale DK, Odense (Denmark); PhotoIreland Festival; Stockholm Photography Week; Daeugu Photo (South Korea); Houston Fotofest and Thessaloniki (Greece).

  • Dr. Shane Hulbert

    Associate Professor of Photography and Deputy Head of School | RMIT University

    Dr Shane Hulbert is an artist, curator and academic. He is the Associate Professor of Photography and Deputy Head of School (Higher Education) in the School of Art at RMIT University. His recent exhibition highlights include Melbourne Now at the National Gallery of Victoria as well as shows at the Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP), Perth Centre for Photography and Monash Gallery of Art. In 2017 he curated an exhibition celebrating 130 years of photography at RMIT, and has curated shows internationally, most recently in China.


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  • Photography Panel
    August 20, 2017
    10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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