The Chronic Diaries by Tyler Grace

Exploring the emotions and experiences of being a chronically ill child, teenager and adult, this ongoing conceptual photographic self-portrait series takes the viewer inside the often unbearable world experienced by the artist, as well as many others who experience chronic illness. This visual chronicle explores the seen and unseen impacts of both physical and mental illness, and specific themes include, but are not limited to chronic pain, isolation, anxiety and loss of identity.

Faceless, from the series, The Chronic Diaries. © Tyler Grace.
Faceless, from the series, The Chronic Diaries. © Tyler Grace.

Grace's aim for this exhibition is to not only tell his story, but for those stories to help those who don't suffer gain a small insight into what it can be like being chronically ill, and to help others that do suffer with the topics covered realise that they aren't alone, and that they can achieve their dreams despite their limitations.

The Chronic Diaries first opened at the Murray Art Museum in May 2017. It then toured to the Sydney Fringe Festival in September 2017, where out of over 350 shows that were held at the festival, it won one of the five "Critics Pick" awards given by the Fringe.

Ashes to ashes, from the series, The Chronic Diaries. © Tyler Grace.
Ashes to ashes, from the series, The Chronic Diaries. © Tyler Grace.

Opening night

The opening event for the exhibition will be held on Friday the 17th of May from 6pm-9pm.

Future shows

The second Melbourne show will be at the St Albans Community Center and Bowery Theatre from 6 September to 3 November.

The Clouded Mind, from the series, The Chronic Diaries. © Tyler Grace.
The Clouded Mind, from the series, The Chronic Diaries. © Tyler Grace.

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March

An ancient rock shelter in remote Arnhem Land decorated with complex x-ray figures and naturalistic animals is one of a number of extraordinary Indigenous sites featured in this exhibition of work by acclaimed Melbourne photographer, John Gollings.

April

The National Photographic Portrait Prize is an annual event intended to promote the very best in contemporary photographic portraiture by both professional and aspiring Australian photographers.

May

A series of intimate portraits depicting the same group of men as they evolve from childhood to adulthood - from boyhood in 2005, through adolescence in 2012, and into the young men they are today in 2019.

The Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize 2019 exhibition features the 30 finalists from over 3,000 entries, including the winner who took out the $50,000 first prize.

The exhibition will be Bill Henson's first in Sydney in seven years.

Now in its fourth year, Refocus Retreat is the premier conference aimed at women in the business of photography. It runs over 4 days and 3 nights (24-27 May).

'Shot in the Heart of Melbourne' is a street photography exhibition by the members of the Australian Association of Street Photographers, exploring the decisive and often indecisive moments that occur in the gritty, yet beautiful city of Melbourne