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Songs of Innocence

  • Magnet Galleries Melbourne Inc. level 2, 640 Bourke St Melbourne Australia (map)

SONGS OF INNOCENCE - 2019 women photographers’ exhibition at MAGNET GALLERIES

3-30 March 2019

Opening Sunday 3 March 4.30-6.30pm


The theme of the 2019 exhibition SONGS OF INNOCENCE  is based on English poet William Blake’s highly political poem collections “Songs of Innocence and Experience” .  Written in the early 19th Century, at the height of the Industrial Revolution, these poems provide a biting commentary on the essential innocence of childhood and its abuse by an industrialised society.

The current political and social climate has also had much to do about children and young people – with the Royal Commission on child abuse, the situation of children detained on Nauru – and wider questions regarding young people and mental health in 21st Century Australian society.  By extension societal attitudes affect the vulnerable of other age groups as well.

This theme has been interpreted by the photographers in many ways – philosophy, symbolism, abstract, documentary, polemic - to produce a varied and illuminating commentary on our times.


The annual women photographers’ exhibition at MAGNET takes place in March to connect with International Women’s Day (8 March) and is a fundraiser for UN WOMEN, the development branch of the UN supporting women in third World countries.  SONGS OF INNOCENCE is the 9th annual exhibition.