Shimmer Photographic Biennale

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Shimmer Photographic Biennale is the only South Australian arts festival dedicated to celebrating the art of photography and the culture of the camera. Over the past decade the City of Onkaparinga has hosted this biennial festival throughout the McLaren Vale wine region, adding to the area's well established reputation as a premium destination for the arts, food and wine. The Shimmer Photographic Biennale 2018 (SPB2018) will be held from 14 September to 14 October. An exciting arts initiative that the City of Onkaparinga is proud to call our own!

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Spread over 4 weeks and 13 venues, Shimmer 2018 presents a series of curated exhibitions, workshops and artist talks by 35 emerging, established and amateur artists from around Australia. Download the program and take a drive to the various events. It's a fantastic way to explore our region.

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Pleaes note: the Photographica Expo 2018 scheduled for Saturday 29 September - Monday 1 October (p. 57), has been cancelled.


Shimmer Highlights 

Shimmer - official openingOfficial opening

Join us in celebrating a decade of Shimmer at the festival launch to be officially opened by Mayor Lorraine Rosenberg. Everyone is welcome!

When: Friday 14 September, 6.30pm-9pm
Where: Arts Centre, 22 Gawler St, Port Noarlunga
FREE entry


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Open Exposure: Photo Forum

Exhibiting Shimmer artists discuss their work, their exhibition and join in a lively discussion regarding social media and its incursion in the life of a professional photographer. Featuring photographers Barat Ali Batoor, Robert McFarlane, Mark Kimber (MC), Jeff Moorfoot, Illuminart, Milton Wordley and more. (pg. 8)

When: Saturday 15 September 11.45 – 4.30 

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Still Point

Experience the evocative works of acclaimed documentary photographer Robert McFarlane, featuring images from taken Roberts’s private collection. Still Point is a travelling exhibition curated by Bronwyn Coulston, Shoalhaven Regional Gallery. (pg. 24)


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South Life

 Encapsulating youth culture in a one-night only exhibition event. (pg. 54)

 When: Friday 21 September 6-9 pm



Photgraphica Expo 2018

A weekend of trade displays information and demonstrations of all types of photography for artists from all walks of life.

Something for everyone who loves or wants to  love the camera. (pg 57)

When: Saturday 29, Sunday 30 September, Monday 1 October. 

CCP Folio Reviews

Receive invaluable, honest and professional one-on-one appraisals of your photographic portfolio with Gavin Blake, Gee Greenslade or Chris Holmes, all lecturers at official Shimmer sponsor, the Centre for Creative Photography. (pg. 57)

When: Monday 1 October.  10 -4 pm

CCP Organisaing an exhibition

Learn from the best. Hosted by Gavin Blake, director of Centre for Creative Photography, this workshop teaches you the ways, the whys, the where’s and the what’s necessary, to host the best exhibition ever. (pg. 48)

When: Thursday 4 October 7- 10 pm

Swap Meet

The Shimmer Photographic Biennale Swap Meet is back!
Buy, swap, sell and trade everything photographic from vintage to digital.

Monday 1 October 2018, 10am-4pm
Arts Centre, 22 Gawler St, Port Noarlunga
FREE entry

Please contact Nerissa Galloway at (complete your details in the email form) by COB Monday 13 August.

Enquiries: (08) 8326 5577 or


Contributing artists

  • Barat Ali Batoor
  • Robert McFarlane
  • Milton Wordley
  • Alice Blanch
  • Jeff Moorfoot
  • Steve Duncan
  • Illuminart
  • Holly Wilson
  • AIPP
  • Melissa Little
  • Dave Laslett and Inkatja
  • Yusuf Ali Hayat
  • Neville Cichon
  • Raymond Mather
  • Alex Mausolf
  • Onkaparinga Youth
  • Noarlunga and Southern District Camera Club



Jaynie Langford
Coordinator Shimmer Biennale
Phone: (08) 8186 1393


Thank you to our generous sponsors


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