Grant Matthews Jimmy Barnes at the Coogee Bay Hotel 1984
- Type C photograph
About the exhibition
The pub rock phenomenon that spread across Australia throughout the 70s and 80s resulted in an evolution of music and culture that had a lasting impact on the nation’s identity. This vibrant (sometimes sweaty) exhibition of homegrown rock ‘n’ roll, punk and pop features works from the National Portrait Gallery collection alongside images by leading Australian music photographers.
Kicking off in the early 70s, pub rock developed into a uniquely Australian genre of blues-y, hard rock, characterised by catchy guitar riffs and drums. Experiences of going to gigs are entrenched in the memories of a vast amount Australians, and many towns have histories attached to music events. The influence of the pub rock sound and identity prevailed throughout the following decades and continues to do so.
The exhibition gives a glimpse into the careers of Australia’s most iconic rockers and the influences that shaped their music legacy: Pub rock has left a lasting influence on Australian music. The evolution of music and its impact on social issues is explored through portraits of pivotal artists from the 1960s to today.
Artists and Curator
Bob King, Gary Ede, Juno Gemes, 'pling, Stu Spence, Tony Mott, Wendy McDougall, Rennie Ellis,Ern McQuillan, Warwick Orme, Michael Lawrence, Grant Matthews, Jim Rolon, Peter Brew-Bevan, Robin Sellick.
Available Dates and
- Available dates
- 01/07/2023 - 31/01/2024
- Exhibition size
- Between 75-100 sq or running metres
- Originating state
- Organised by
- National Portrait Gallery of Australia
- $2,000 (inc. freight) - Contact to discuss
- Web Site
- Other materials
- Playlists and music The exhibition has its own Spotify playlist which visitors can download via QR code in the gallery. This QR code and signage will be provided to all touring venues.
- Primary contact
- Tara James
- Travelling Exhibitions Coordinator
- National Portrait Gallery
- 02 6102 7069
- Secondary contact
- Sheridan Burnett
- 02 6102 7033
- Jimmy Barnes at the Coogee Bay Hotel 1984 (detail) Grant Matthews Gift of John McLean 2008