Graham Miller: Playing the Man

Bunbury Regional Art Gallery

June 11 to August 14

About this exhibition

Childhood memories are the trigger for Graham Miller’s photographic series Playing the Man.

The playful and humorous images are a celebration of football and a nostalgic look at the past. Referencing Scanlens bubble-gum football cards from the 1970s and 80s, as well as press images from the era, Miller recreates himself as boyhood football heroes to explore issues of masculinity, identity, and cultural difference. Compared to today’s highly stylised and groomed celebrities on Instagram and social media, football luminaries on cards from this period are refreshingly unmanicured. Larrikin grins, dishevelled hair, hammed up poses and indifferent photography coalesce into comical portraits which defy the revered status with which these players were held. Hard men look surprisingly soft.

Miller emphasizes the absurdity through the use of masquerade, using it as a strategy to question ingrained ideals of Australian masculinity and to comment on the difficulties of conforming to traditional notions of Australianness growing up as a person of mixed heritage.

Visit the Playing the Man website here

Image Credit: Graham Miller, Playing the Man, Installation view, Turner Galleries, September 2019. Courtesy the artist.

Act-Belong-Commit | Playing the Man by Graham Miller

Footage courtesy of Peacock Visuals
ART ON THE MOVE is supported by the State Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.
The Act-Belong-Commit Engagement Program presented by ART ON THE MOVE is funded by Healthway promoting the Act-Belong-Commit message.

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Bunbury Regional Art Gallery


64 Wittenoom Street, Bunbury WA 6230


Graham Miller (WA)


Installation, photographic print


Approx. 20 running meters


Act-Belong-Commit Artist on the Move in schools and galleries
Act-Belong-Commit ARTBUS
Act-Belong-Commit Learning Resource (includes activities, ideas and background)
Act-Belong-Commit Public programs


Marketing Kit (includes e-invitation template, artwork for hard copy invitation, media release, promotional images, logos and acknowledgements)


Exhibition and sponsorship panels
Artwork labels
Exhibition brochures (free for distribution)


March 2021 – August 2022. Available WA and interstate.

Cost Share

ART ON THE MOVE Members: $4,000 (inc. GST)
Non-Members: $4,500 (inc. GST)

Interstate Venues: Contact to discuss.



January 17 - February 14
Beach Street Gallery
May 15 - June 19
Goldfields Art Centre
August 14 - September 19
Geraldton Regional Art Gallery
September 24, 2021 - January 28, 2022
Ningaloo Centre


June 11 - August 14
Bunbury Regional Art Gallery
August 22 - September 17
Katanning Art Gallery

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