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Glebe Transformed into Outdoor Art Gallery to Debut 150 Locals Exhibition

Life-size photographic display runs from October 24th to November 28th
at the Grand Tour gallery, Glebe’s new outdoor exhibition venue

**See the Official Map and Walking Guide for a location guide and list of Glebe locals photographed (courtesy glebe .com.au)

For the first time, an entire Sydney suburb is being transformed into an art exhibition to debut the Grand Tour Gallery, a new outdoor exhibition space that spans the entire suburb of Glebe. To celebrate the launch, 150 life-size photographic portraits showcasing Glebe’s vibrant community will be displayed throughout the suburb as part of a unique exhibition titled 150 Locals, which will run from the 24th October to 28th November 2009.  

The photographs, taken by well-respected Australian photographers North Sullivan and Tom Psomotragos, will be exhibited across nearly 60 locations, including outdoor public spaces, apartment facades, shop windows and cafes, to literally transform Glebe into an outdoor art gallery for one month. With a number of photographs as large as 1600mm x 1000mm, 150 Locals is set to become one of the largest photographic exhibitions of its kind in Sydney.  

Artist Reg Mombassa, honky-tonk piano player Bridie King, and author Peter Corris of the Cliff Hardy series are among the 150 Glebe locals that will be featured in the exhibition. Nearly 110 photographic portraits will be displayed outdoors on 1600mm x 1000mm canvas sheets while the remainder will be exhibited on 1095mm x 1095mm canvases in numerous cafes and retail outlets.

The Grand Tour Gallery is a new annual initiative of the Glebe Chamber of Commerce to provide a public space for Australian photographers to showcase their photographic artworks. 150 Locals was chosen as the theme for the inaugural Grand Tour exhibition to coincide with Glebe’s 150th birthday, and celebrate the suburb’s diversity.

“The Grand Tour Gallery is a new initiative that will bring the entire suburb of Glebe to life by taking art to the streets versus a conventional gallery environment,” says Paul Angell, president of Glebe Chamber of Commerce.

“Glebe is the perfect venue for the Grand Tour because of the suburb’s creative roots and rich artistic history, and will provide a platform for photographers around the country to showcase their work in an unconventional setting.”

The 150 Locals exhibition showcases 50 photographs by North Sullivan and 100 black and white photographs by Tom Psomotragos. Both photographers are passionate Glebe locals, and have taken a unique approach to their work.

As one of Australia’s most respected advertising photographers, North Sullivan launched the famous Qantas Choir, the GMC Envoy and the AMP's Olympic Torch Relay, and is also the founder of The Fuji ACMP Australian Photographers' Collection.

“Glebe is an eclectic suburb with a strong identifiable culture, making it the ideal canvas for a photographic exhibition,” says North Sullivan. “The portraits are life-size to enable visitors to connect with the subject and get to know its people.”

Creating images that have been described as revealing inner, mythical, worldly and intensely human concerns, Tom Psomotragos is a respected photographer with a breadth of experience. His works have been shown in the National Gallery of Victoria, Christine Abrahams Gallery in Melbourne and the Art Gallery of NSW.

“The portraits present a unique opportunity to see the suburb of Glebe through the eyes of the local community,” says Tom Psomotragos. “The exhibition not only documents the culture of Glebe, but is an expression of its people.” 

Paul Angell adds that 150 Locals is a celebration of Glebe’s social fabric: from activists, volunteers, and the new age through to the quiet achievers, poets, and families. “It’s the locals, such as James who sells the Big Issue outside the Commonwealth Bank to Peter Travis who is the designer of Speedos, who really define the suburb of Glebe and bring it to life.”  

150 Locals will be the first of many photographic exhibitions hosted by the Grand Tour Gallery, which will take place annually. The artistic community will be invited to curate future exhibitions, which will have a different theme each year. More details about submitting artworks for future exhibits will be made available by the end of this year.  

The 150 Locals exhibition is set to attract approximately 150,000 visitors, and will also run in tandem with the annual Glebe Street Fair held on the 15th November, 2009. 

HP is the production sponsor for the 150 Locals exhibition, and will be producing all 150 life-size portraits using the latest environmentally friendly printing technologies. The outdoor displays will be produced using HP Latex Ink Technology, which enables the production of high quality signage that is gentle on the environment, while the indoor photographs will be produced with the HP Designjet Z3200 photo printer.

For more information, see the website of the exhibition.  

About Glebe Chamber of Commerce

Representing commercial and community interests in the village of Glebe, the Glebe Chamber of Commerce is the organiser of the highly successful Glebe Street Fair (attracting 125,000 visitors annually) and hosts the Annual Business Awards. In collaboration with the Friends of Benledi it organizes the Glebe Book Fair; and the annual Jazz at the Library. It also works with Tourism New South Wales and the Sydney City Council to promote Glebe as a destination for tourists and visitors to Sydney. For more information, visit its website.

About North Sullivan

In his 30-year career as one of Australia ’s most respected photographers, North has chalked up an enviable resume of credits. He has sold his beloved country to the world (four hugely successful campaigns for the Austra

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