Beyond the Studio Launch: 24 March, 2pm


Coming to a wall near you…90 portraits 25 reams of paper, 18 documentary photographers and 5 buckets of glue.

The walls of Castlemaine are set to become a huge open-air gallery during March as just some of the faces of Castlemaine’s extraordinary creative community are showcased, and we’re launching this project here at Lot 19 Art Space.

Brought to you by the renowned documentary collective, MAPgroup, this innovative exhibition, Beyond the Studio, transforms the streets using large-scale pasteup portraits which provide a snapshot into the amazing diversity of the artists of Castlemaine. Paste-ups are a form of street art where images are printed onto paper and pasted directly onto walls and buildings, resulting in an accessible way for people to experience artwork.

With over 90 local artists, spanning diverse mediums including painting, installation, printmaking, writing, dance, music and circus performance, the project only just manages to scratch the surface and is the first installment of an ongoing series documenting Castlemaine’s artists. MAPgroup will install the large scale, black and white photographs as 1.8 metre panels throughout the town. The work marks the quickest route between the town’s two key performance spaces, from Mostyn Street near the Castlemaine State

Festival Hub at Theatre Royal to the Phee Broadway Theatre on Mechanics Lane as well as further exhibition sites at The Mill and Lot 19.

Launch Time: Sunday 24th March, 2pm-5pm

MAPgroup is a non-profit association of approximately forty photographers who share a passion for, and commitment to, high quality, independent documentary photography.