About PCPA

Pacific Centre for Photographic Arts (PCPA) was founded in 2021 as a non-profit organisation primarily concerned with providing positive and practical experiences in the Arts for people in regional, rural and remote areas of Australia and the Pacific.

PCPA facilitates photography workshops and courses that aim to increase personal and community development through access to photography education and participation.

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.

PCPA also undertakes exhibition, curatorial and management projects. 

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

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

We'd love to hear from you!

Who We Are @ PCPA

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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.

www.aishahkenton.com

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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 top 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 document 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.

In 2016 Sean was awarded Highly Commended in the National Photographic Portrait Prize and was a finalist in the Olive Cotton Portrait Prize. In 2009 he received the Highly Commended award in the Moran Contemporary Photography Prize, and has been exhibited in the William & Winifred Bowness Photography Prize (2007 & 2001) at the Monash Gallery of Art in Victoria. 

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.

www.seandavey.com.au

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OCULI

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

www.oculi.com.au

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