About PCPA

Pacific Centre for Photographic Arts (PCPA) (founded in 2021) facilitates positive and practical experiences in the Arts for people in regional, rural and remote areas of Australia and the Pacific.

We advocate for inclusive, participatory workshops that encourage personal expression through photography education.

PCPA delivers practical, outcome focused experiences that are both educational and enjoyable, giving participants the opportunity to express themselves and their environment though the arts.

We also undertakes exhibition, curatorial and management projects. 

If you would like to discuss a workshop or project idea with us we would love to hear from you. 

Simply reach out to us by email to info@pcpa.com.au.

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Aishah Kenton

Aishah Kenton grew up in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

Aishah graduated from the Australian National University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (2018), majoring in photography at the School of Art and Design. 

In 2018 Aishah was awarded an Emerging Artist Support Scheme Award for her graduating exhibition To Whom it May Concern. Awarded by the Goulburn Regional Gallery, this opportunity allowed for the development of a new body of work Second Exit, which was exhibited at the gallery in 2019 and made into a self-published as a book.

Aishah was a finalist in the 2017 Maggie Diaz Photography Prize for Women and in 2020 she was awarded a coveted spot in the 2020 Chcio Portfolio Review in Montana, USA.


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Sean Davey

Sean Davey has 20 years experience as a documentary photographer and educator.

Sean’s photography has been exhibited in many of Australia’s state galleries and institutions, and his photographs are held in permanent collections at the Museum of Australian Democracy, the National Library of Australia and the State Library of NSW. In 2017 Sean was commissioned by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to photographs the drawdown of RAMSI in Solomon Islands; the work of which was subsequently exhibited at Australian Parliament House in Canberra and NSW Parliament House in Sydney.

In 2020 Sean was awarded 2nd Place (Contemporary Issues) in the World Press Photo Award and was named the Overall Winner (including Best Photograph) of the National Rural Press Club Awards for Excellence in Journalism. Sean was also shortlisted for the 2020 Australian Photography Awards for his work made during the Black Summer bushfire season.

Other awards include Highly Commended in the 2016 National Photographic Portrait Prize, Highly Commended award in the Moran Contemporary Photography Prize (2009). Sean has been exhibited in the William & Winifred Bowness Photography Prize (2007 & 2001) at the Monash Gallery of Art in Victoria and the Olive Cotton Prize in 2016.

Sean has developed photography education programs, including My Space/Our Place for the Gallery of Modern Art/Queensland Art Gallery (GOMA) and Lesson for the ACT Government + Australia Council’s Artist-in-Schools program.  From 2005-2015 Sean spent a great deal of time in Papua New Guinea and collaborated with the University of PNG to facilitate photography and art workshops with communities in Port Moresby.

From 2012-2014 Sean was the Education Manager at PhotoAccess in Canberra, and in 2015 taught photography at Canberra Institute of Photography. In 2013 Sean was commissioned by the Centenary of Canberra to produce the 'Documenting the Commissions' project, managing 20 photographers and over 100 photographic assignments throughout the year of the city's centenary. 

From 2017-19 Sean was Chair of the Board of Australian National Capital Artists in Canberra and from 2011-18 he ran an independent photography gallery in Canberra.


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Sven Knudsen

From 2018-21 Sven was employed at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade as Secretariat of the Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grant Program. His role included working on public and cultural diplomacy initiatives in the Pacific region.

Prior to DFAT Sven was employed by the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, working on public programs and travelling exhibitions. Over the last two decades he has curated and toured several exhibitions throughout Australia and overseas. Sven holds an honours degree and a double major in Art History from the University of Queensland.

More recently, Sven returned to Brisbane with his young family after having lived in Canberra for fourteen years.

Sven is also currently Director of Open Editions .Co gallery and a freelance arts writer and art consultant.

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Aishah Kenton and Sean Davey are members of OCULI, the internationally recognised Australian photographic collective.


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