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

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

Old time country dance band reunites to record album in western Queensland

Just Us is an old time dance band from Alpha in western Queensland. They are recently got back together to record an album at the Alpha town hall. The recording was produced and engineered by Phil Punch and Peter Tilse. The project was co-ordinated by Robyn Adams and I.

BIZOO Toowoomba street press magazine exhibition launch – exclusive video

BIZOO – The Book – was launched 24.7.2011 at the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery

Bizoo was an independent Toowoomba street press publication with a community grassroots ethic. Started ten years ago, it was founded on a love for local alternative culture and proudly supported local Toowoomba bands, the arts and events organised by the people for the people.

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