The Green Desert

Photographs of Kati Thanda – Lake Eyre by Peter Elfes

21 February – 29 March

Siltcrete Island small version

A journey through time into the ancient world of Australia’s desert interior with its infinite horizons and the ever changing landscape. This exhibition presents the Australian outback in spectacular colour, featuring low level aerial images with intricate detail that capture the beauty and remoteness of this environmentally and culturally significant part of Australia. From 2009 to 2013, Australian award winning photographer Peter Elfes documented this normally dry eco-system as it transformed with the arrival of water that travelled more than a thousand kilometres to reach Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre Basin.

The sudden and dramatic change to this desert landscape are presented with exquisitely prepared large format prints. The exhibition is both a beautiful visual record and also serves as an important educational tool of an event that is viewed with equal importance by indigenous and non-indigenous people of Australia. The flooding of the Australia’s largest lake still remains a fascination that is felt in our nations psyche.

In 2011 Elfes was recognised by the NSW Parliament with the Plein Air Prize for landscape photography for his picture of Sturts Meadow in Northwest New South Wales.

His works are included major collections including  the National Gallery Australia and The Sydney Power House Museum.

 A touring exhibition by Peter Elfes

IMAGE: PETER ELFES A topographical view of Siltcrete Island in Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre 2012, metallic print on aluminium 150 x 80 cm.

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Saturday 7 March 2:30pm – 3:30pm


Bookings appreciated at Reception or 4780 5410

Join photographer Peter Elfes for a floor talk of his exhibition The Green Desert. Gain a greater insight into the environmental and cultural significance of Lake Eyre in South Australia and the relationship between technology and his works.


Saturday 21 March 2:00pm – 3:30pm

$15/$10 InSight Members – Includes Gallery entry.

Bookings essential at Reception or 4780 5410

Join photographer Peter Elfes for an artist talk and the documentary film screening of On the Shores of the Silent Sea to discover the cultural significance of Lake Eyre in South Australia, changes to the environment and consequential environmental issues and threats.