Walawaani Njindiwaan.
Ngayaga bundj nguumbun muladha gumara muruul yuwinj wanggan njin dhugandha.


We recognise Aboriginal peoples as the first people and custodians of Country.

South East Centre for Contemporary 
Art acknowledges and pays respect to the traditional custodians of the lands, waterways and airspace of the Bega Valley Shire.

Ruth Maddison : An Abundance of Caution

12 Apr — 19 Jun 2024


SECCA : Chambers Gallery

Ruth Maddison, An Abundance of Caution, 2022, cotton and linen thread, dimensions variable

Ruth Maddison (b. Melbourne, 1945, lives and works in Eden NSW) is one of Australia’s foremost senior feminist photographers. Best known for her hand-coloured series, Christmas Holidays with Bob’s Family, Mermaid Beach, Queensland (1977–78), for over 40 years Maddison has been exploring ideas surrounding relationships, working lives, and communities through portraiture and social documentary photography.
An entirely self-taught practitioner, Maddison shot her first roll of film in 1976 under the encouragement of longtime friend Ponch Hawkes, and has hardly put down a camera since. Maddison’s work is represented in major public collections, including the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the National Library and the State Libraries of Victoria and New South Wales.
This new body of work, produced for exhibition at the newly redeveloped SECCA, was initiated throughout the pandemic years of 2020/21 and has continued to grow as a meditation on language, heritage and personal connection.