Aboriginal Programs

On Side

10 June – 17 July 2005

On side was a community photographic project celebrating contemporary culture and, in particular, the Aboriginal community’s pride in their football players.

Using Jesse Marlow’s Centre Bounce as inspiration, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community members were guided through the issues and aesthetics involved in documentary photography by Marlow and prominent Aboriginal photographer Mervyn Bishop.

The participants practised their skills by watching and photographing local rugby league matches featuring Aboriginal players. The result was a fascinating snapshot of local footballers, their clubs and the role sport plays in the Lake Macquarie community.


  • Debbie Andrew
  • Douglas Archibald
  • Mervyn Bishop
  • Louise Charles
  • Cheryl Farrell
  • Lanelle Lee Chin
  • Rachel Mallaby
  • Jesse Marlow
  • Juanita Sheenan
  • Linda Swinfield

A gallery project in consultation with the ARG, coordinated by Susan Ryman and supported by Museums & Galleries NSW

Photo: Allan Lebroq with Glendale Silverbacks

Louise Charles, Allan Lebroq with Glendale Silverbacks
(Shortland Oval)
(detail) 2005,
digital image,
courtesy the artist