Blue Sky Portraits – Noel McLauchlin

The Residency Arts Program is proud to present Blue Sky Portraits, a celebration of our rich landscape, both human and physical, through the lens of Noel McLauchlin – the program’s inaugural Artist in Residence.

The exhibition features thirty two portraits of notable long term Central Australians who agreed to take part in a new social history display which is currently being developed by HAS for The Residency.

Brining an impressive array of lights and cameras with him from Sydney, Noel set up a small studio in a corner of The Residency and commissioned local artist, Franca Barraclough to create a 5 meter blue sky canvas back drop. His intent in using this vivid blue background was to ‘place’ each person within the context of the big blue sky we all share in Australia and which unifies us, regardless of our different life experiences. He wanted to capture the spirit and vitality of each person using colour, light and movement and so, in contrast to traditional portraiture; the resulting images are bold, lively and contemporary.

The exhibition also includes landscape images that Noel took on trips to Old Andado and along the Western MacDonnell Ranges during his two week residency. These works are evocative too, using subtle changes in light and tone to capture the softness of a landscape that is often described and depicted as hard edged and harsh.

Noel will return to Alice Springs in June to give a slide presentation about his work and in particular the work he produced during his residency. Anyone with an interested in photography and the traditional and digital techniques used by Noel in his personal and commercial work, is encouraged to come along.

About the artist – Noel McLaughlin (
Born on the South Coast of New South Wales, Australia, Noel graduated with BA in Visual Communication from KvB in Sydney & Rochester Institute of Technology, New York. Following several successful years as a Freelance Assistant & Digital Technician he moved to London in 2004 where he worked as a digital operator and re-toucher for the likes of Nick Knight, Craig McDean & Annie Leibovitz. In 2008 he began shooting commercial projects and private commissions of his own. Since then his work has been exhibited in a number of group and solo shows in London and Sydney. Noel currently lives and works between Sydney and London.

EXHIBITION: Blue Sky Portraits
DISPLAY DATES: Friday 8 May – Monday 22 June
EVENT: Noel McLaughlin – Artist Slide Presentation
DATE: Saturday 13 June
TIME: 3pm
VENUE: The Residency* corner of Parsons and Hartley Streets (next to the post office)
*Opening Hours: Week days (10am – 3pm) and Todd Mall Market Sundays (10am – 2pm)

CONTACT: Tara Leckey, Heritage Alice Springs
Phone: 8953 6073 / 0416 820 530
Email: [email protected]

Copyright Noel McLauchlin
Weekdays 10am - 3pm and Todd Mall Market Days 10am - 2pm
8 May22 June 2015
10am – 3pm
The Residency, corner Parsons and Hartley Streets