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Giving Life

  • MAGNET Level 2, 640 Bourke St Melbourne, 3000, Victoria Australia (map)

A visual journey of organ and tissue donation for transplantation


What if one simple decision you made could transform the lives of 10 or more people?

Accomplished Australian photographer Andrew Chapman’s life was saved when he received a liver transplant at the Austin Hospital in 2011.

Andrew now combines his perspective as a transplant recipient and his decades of experience as a photojournalist to showcase the powerful stories of families and medical professionals touched by organ and tissue donation.

Given rare behind-the-scenes access, this special series captures the intense emotions of families involved in supporting their loved one’s decision to help others after their death.

Moving and ultimately inspiring, the exhibition also hones in on people who receive the news they have an organ or tissue match, and are on a journey towards the life-changing transformation as a recipient.

Finally the exhibition features some of the many dedicated health professionals involved in making the logistically complex process of organ and tissue donation for transplantation possible.

Coinciding with the annual organ and tissue donation week, DonateLife Week
(July 31st - August 7th).

Register for the special VIP Preview exhibition launch on July 31st from 230pm to 4pm.

Andrew Chapman is an accomplished Australian photographer, with a long-held interest in documentary photojournalism and landscape photography. With over three decades’ experience, Andrew has been a regular contributor to Australian magazines including Time, BRW and the Bulletin. He has published seven books on politics and rural Australia and exhibited his work nationally and abroad.

DonateLife Victoria co-ordinates organ and tissue donation in 21 hospital sites across Victoria, as well as raising awareness for organ and tissue donation within the community. The Lions Eye Donation Service and the Donor Tissue Bank of Victoria co-ordinate eye and tissue donation respectively. A record 126 Victorians became organ donors in 2015, however many Victorians are still waiting for their chance for a new start.

Australia needs more people to sign up to the Australian Organ Donor Register and talk to their families about their decision.

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Earlier Event: July 7
Later Event: August 13
"Grief and Glory" at the MRC