Waves and Water

Long after the last surfing yarn is retold at this year’s 25th Anniversary of the Noosa Festival of Surfing, there’ll be a national touring exhibition on our doorstep at the Noosa Regional Gallery where surfers and beach lovers will be transported back in time.

on Tuesday, 08 Mar, 2016

Waves and Water

Australian beach culture from the 1930s to today is captured in this collection of photographs from the Australian National Maritime Museum. The exhibition includes Max Dupain's iconic image,TheSunbaker, Ray Leighton's surfers posed with their longboards, images from Jeff Carter's 1960s surfing safari, and Roger Scott's "critical moment" photographs, taken as beach goers catch a wave or dive into the ocean.

Anne Zahalka explores ideas of Australian cultural identity and stereotypes by reworking familiar images from the media and the history of art in the seriesBondi: playground of the Pacific. Narelle Autio provides a different view of the ocean swimmer from beneath the surface of the waves, and Ian Lever renders the beauty and moods of Sydney's ocean pools at dawn and dusk.

The exhibition also features a travelling suitcase containing old swimsuits, beach towel, swimming cap and various articles from the 1950's to the 1980's. This prestigious exhibition is not to be missed.

25 Years of Pure Stoke: Noosa Festival of Surfing Jubilee

Surfing is synonymous with Noosa and in 2016, the Noosa Festival of Surfing celebrates its 25th Jubilee year! The Festival recognises the soul of surfing in one of the best surf locations in the world and attracts surfers from young grommets through to the seasoned over 65's, who participate in amateur, professional, team and specialty categories.

Co-curated with the Noosa Regional Gallery, this exhibition celebrates local achievements and highlights the history of this ever-popular world renowned surfing event, through photography, film, trophies, surfboards and memorabilia.

Catch the Wave

The official Jubilee Exhibition

Noosa Regional Gallery: Thursday 10 March - Sunday 1 May, 2016

Satellite Exhibitions:

- Noosa Festival of Surfing, Main Beach Noosa: Saturday 5 - Sunday 13 March 2016

Official Opening

A combined opening for both exhibitions will be launched on Thursday 10 March, 6pm at Noosa Regional Gallery. The exhibition will be officially opened by Daina Fletcher, Australian National Maritime Museum Curator - Waves and Water. Guest speakers include NFOS ambassadors Layne Beachley and Bob McTavish, and Festival co-founder Phil Jarratt.

Free event, all welcome. Cash bar available.


Max Dupain, Sunbaker, 1937, silver gelatin photograph, printed 1987. ANMM Collection

Jeff Carter, Tribal Gathering, 1964, silver gelatin photograph printed 1996. ANMM collection, reproduced courtesy Van Carter

Ian Lever, Yellow Cap Bronte, 1994, Ilfochrome photograph, edition1/4. ANMM Collection, reproduced courtesy the photographer

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