River's Edge was an exhibition of photographs of Johns Landing Camping Ground in Noosa by Sunshine Coast-based artist Kim Guthrie.
In 1892, the Johns family purchased a pristine tract of Noosa riverfront land. From the 1950s, Ben and Pat Johns operated the land as a low-cost private camping ground until late 2017 when it was sold to Noosa Regional Council. In addition to welcoming campers, Johns Landing had many long term residents; it was a sanctuary for the homeless and those otherwise marginalised in the community. Guthrie visited Johns Landing over a number of years and with more frequency in the lead up to the sale.
The exhibition brought together a selection of moving portraits and documentary photographs that capture this unique community. The photographs were donated to USC in 2020.
A catalogue accompanied the exhibition and included an essay by Kon Gouriotis OAM.
6.00pm Thursday 16 May 2019
Exhibition opened by Kon Gouriotis OAM.
6.00pm Wednesday 5 June 2019
Kim Guthrie and Kevin Wilson in conversation.
6.00pm Wednesday 19 June 2019
Kim Guthrie, Lee Banfield and Steve Kelly discussed why John's Landing provided more than shelter for its long term residents. Chaired by Associate Professor Claudia Baldwin, USC.
11.00am Saturday 29 June 2019
Installation view of Kim Guthrie: River's Edge at USC Art Gallery, 17 May to 29 June 2019. Photo: Carl Warner.