Gifted Country: everything you need to know

Gifted Country, my new photography exhibition of portraits of people who make Australian music is now showing. Visit Caboolture Regional Art Gallery from now until June 23 2012. The Gallery is open Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm and Saturday 9am to 3pm. Best of all it’s free!

See below for more pictures and exclusive audio interviews with artists.

Gifted Country invite
Gifted Country invite

Gifted Country video

This video gives you a sneak peak of some of the portraits in the exhibition.

Gifted Country artist interviews

This is an exclusive series of interviews with people who make Australian music. The interviews form an online extension to my new photography exhibition, Gifted Country. Have a listed to hear about how:
– Slim Dusty came to be called Slim Dusty
– Old Man Emu helped John Williamson’s career along, and
– Don Walker and Cold Chisel got started touring.

You can stream these interviews over the web, or download them as MP3s and put them on your phone to listen through headphones as you browse the Gifted Country exhibition.

Audio tour – John Elliott’s journey

In this podcast I talk about some of my favourite stories from my 30 years of photographing singers and songwriters from Australia and beyond.

Tell your friends about Gifted Country

Visit my Facebook page and click ‘like’ to let your friends know about Gifted Country and to stay up to date on new Gifted Country events and news.

John Elliott’s online store

If you want to own your own piece of Gifted Country, check out the books and photographic prints available in my online store.

OFF THE WALL – celebrating slightly off the wall photography

The sort of photographs I make don’t have a lot to do with photography. They are the by-products of living an interesting life. I have given up on the decisive moment and am collecting lots of indecisive moments – the bits in between.

I have a photo in OFF THE WALL, an upcoming group exhibition at Lux Gallery at JCU in Cairns, a celebration of off the wall photography – and photographers.

Exhibition curator Glen O’Malley says of the show, “What I feel the photographers have in common is a passionate, almost obsessive, wonder about the photographic image, and a continuing enjoyment of producing work that is slightly off the wall.”

OFF THE WALL has a great line up with Jenn Brazier, Victoria Cooper and Doug Spowart, Peter Kelly, Robert Mercer, Glen O’Malley, Ian Poole and Kellie White all having pics in the show.

The exhibition runs 5 April to 5 May 2012. You can find it at MacGregor Road, Smithfield, Cairns. 07 4042 1853. Open Tuesday – Saturday 10am-4pm.


John Elliott's pic in OFF THE WALL
My pic in OFF THE WALL


Gifted Country – John Elliott’s portraits of people who make Australian music

The Caboolture Regional Art Gallery. 4 Hasking Street, Caboolture. Queensland. May – June 2012.

This collection of portraits is of singer songwriters who inspire me with their songs.

These people make music that celebrates a sense of place and the Australian landscape.

The songs help define who we are and where we fit in the world.

The exhibition, in the very new Caboolture Regional Gallery will feature large-scale prints, memorabilia, moving images, data projection, virtual reality, performance and workshops.

Many images in the exhibition have never been shown before and some come from my archives throughout the years. Other images have been shot over the last couple of months especially for the exhibition.

John Elliott

elliottcountry at hotmail dot com

Gifted Country flyer, Chad Morgan & Tex Perkins
Chad Morgan & Tex Perkins

Australian Institute of Country Music

The Australian Institute of Country Music (AICM) is a not-for-profit incorporated association comprising of representatives of the Gympie business, education and general community. It was formed in 2001 and grew from an interest by local community members in value adding to the economic benefits brought to the region by the National Country Music Muster. One of the key aims of the AICM is to extend the duration and scope of country music events and activities and assist in building a stronger country music industry in Australia. The corner stone of the AICM’s aim is the creation of an integrated campus for the study, performance, manufacturing and commercialisation of Australian Country Music.

The new campus for AICM opens at the court house in Gympie on Friday night. I am pleased to exhibit a collection of country music legends at the AICM. My statement in support of the exhibition:

Country music and photography are two passions that drive my life. Photographing country artists is my way of saying ‘thank you’ to the singers for the music that sustains me.

All great country music has a respect for the past and I hope my photographs help young artists connect with what came before.

Lauire Cokell, Juliet Wookey and John Elliott at AICM