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 the University of the Sunshine Coast in 2020.
Installation view of Kim Guthrie: River's Edge at UniSC Art Gallery. Photo: Carl Warner.
6pm, Thursday 16 May 2019
Deeper conversations: Kim Guthrie and Kevin Wilson
6pm, Wednesday 5 June 2019
Panel discussion: Kim Guthrie, Lee Banfield, Steve Kelly and Claudia Baldwin
6pm, Wednesday 19 June 2019
11am, Saturday 29 June 2019
A catalogue accompanied the exhibition and included an essay by Kon Gouriotis OAM.