LIGHT is opening.

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In 2011, we approached our clients to put together a joint exhibition that could travel to one of Australia’s most important art festivals. By 2013, we were ready for the Ballarat International Foto Biennale (BIFB).

For the BIFB we staged the successful DARK exhibition, drawing a lot of interest with a strong collection. From this showing, the idea was cemented, and for some members, the first rung in the ladder was struck on their climb as exhibiting photographers.

Upon returning from the BIFB, the show had jagged the attention of the Adelaide Town Hall, who were just transitioning a space into a dedicated public art venue. DARK was enlarged allowing all artists to submit more work, and rehung for several months, in this remarkable space.

From this success, we made the call to be a part of the 2014 Shimmer Photographic Festival here in South Australia’s Southern Vales. Our new show is called LIGHT, and it is being held at the Red Poles Gallery.

We cherish our involvement with artists in photography. It’s become a passion for all parts of our business. We are a pro lab, so we deal with many businesses, dealing with artists is a different experience. However, for us, we are in the business of building relationships. We don’t just print the work, we want to know the intention of the artist, their vision, and we will not rest until it is achieved to the highest level of perfection.
We are proud to present this collective of Adelaide Photographic Artists. Each one has a fascinating story, each one on their own journey.


More than any definition of the word, it is the feeling that impresses me. When I think of “light”, I feel the warmth of a morning sunrise reaching into my bones, filling me with energy. It is that fullness that I enjoy so much.

Of course without light, there is nothing to see, and certainly no photographs. But “light” here in the exhibition title, is the story of this energy, how it moves us, how it fools us, how it fills us, how it is our everything.

Where: Red Poles Gallery. McMurtrie Road, McLaren Vale SA
When: Opening, Saturday August 30 2014 at 3pm. Then through until October 12th
Cost: Free

LIGHT has been reviewed by Haydn Radford of Weekend Notes:

Change to our Payment Terms and Conditions

As a part of the ongoing restructuring Atkins, we have decided to move to prepayment of jobs where possible.

The decision was based on these two problems faced when running a small custom manufacturing facility, or professional photo lab.

  1. A percentage of orders are not being picked up.
  2. We cannot resell the materials used.

We do offer a money back guarantee, and a long trading history indicating we please our clients.

One of the unexpected benefits of this move has been the clarification of the orders before production begins. We deal with a lot of complex orders, often resulting in phone calls along the way, because payment is now brought forward, these questions are being sorted immediately.

In some circumstances, where work cannot be costed up front, we will ask for a deposit before commencing the order.

If you wish to look at our Terms and Conditions, follow this link.

You will notice more changing over this next year, one of the key tweaks will be the separation of our ‘professional’ or ABN registered clients. If you are a professional photographer, and have are a registered ABN holder, please let us know but filling out the form at this link.

Keep an eye out for these changes and let us know if there is anything we can do to serve you better.

APPA printing

APPA Deadline 2014The AIPP Australian Professional Photography Awards entry deadline is 21st of August, 5pm, Eastern Time Zone. This is for the entry and upload of digital image files.

Mounted and matted prints need to be in NSW by the 29th of August at 5.00pm

This awards cycle we have reduced our production times to help you, we will be working long hours to see the work looks it’s best. Our new awards production deadlines are:

  • August 18th for files needing manipulation.
  • August 22nd for files ready to print.
Email or call 08 8431 6755 to arrange the printing of your award image.

Kent Town Connected

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©2014 Pam Anders

Two artists, two hundred views (at least!).

As a result of a collaboration between Atkins and the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters, Sam Oster was engaged to mentor two students of photography from Marden Senior College, Pam Anders and Krystal Hayden, and together produce a story of Kent Town.

The resulting exhibtion will be hung at Atkins for the 2014 SALA Festival.

Exhibition opening: Friday August 15th 6-9pm, and runs to September 19th 2014.

Link to Exhibtion flyer
Link to SALA 2014

To keep updated with other SALA shows we are involved with, click here.

Hidden places, hidden lives

A thought-provoking photographic narrative reflecting the experiences of people living in Adelaide’s Supported Residential Facilities. This collection of photographs is a collaborative project, created by residents mentored by four well-known local photographers, who have built up the confidence and enhanced the photographic skills of residents.

The exhibition explores inclusion and citizenship of this generally unknown community.

Join us for the complementary community forum.

A SALA Festival event, co-presented with Seniors Information Service

Where: The Hawke Centre’s Kerry Packer Civic Gallery is open 9am-5pm weekdays, Hawke Building Level 3, UniSA City West campus, 55 North Terrace, Adelaide.
When: 28 July – 27 August 2014

Fundraiser for the Ballarat International Foto Biennale

BIFB Biennale beta collection adEvery two years the Ballarat Biennale festival brings Australian audiences the best of the world’s photographic art in some of the most beautiful heritage venues in Ballarat in a month long photo extravaganza. This August is the Gala fundraiser, the Collection 2014 provides an ideal opportunity to support the BIFB and ensure it’s ongoing success as Australia’s premier festival of photography.

For more information, click on this link.

When: Sunday August 31st from noon to 4:00pm,
Where: Gallery Eleven40, 1140 Malvern Road, Malvern, Vic 3144 03 8823 1140
Cost: $125 [red dot purchasers free]

The Sea and Me

The Sea and MeAtkins are very proud to be a part of Che Chorley’s The Sea and Me this SALA.

The Sea and Me is a bold intimate series of portraits of the ocean from the eyes and imagination of Che Chorley. Find yourself immersed at sea level on a winter’s evening at The Mill Gallery as part of SALA 2014.

Opening night August 1st at 6pm for 6.30 official proceedings.

The exhibition runs August 1-12, Mon-Sat 10am – 5pm and then tours to Jack Ruby throughout September 2014.

August 9th at 2pm Che is conducting and artists’ talk.

This quote is from Paul Atkins’ opening speech on 1st of August, and is a reading from Herman Melville’s Moby Dick.

“Call me Ishmael. Some years ago – never mind how long precisely – having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world. It is a way I have of driving off the spleen, and regulating the circulation. Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people’s hats off – then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can.”

Here a media quote on Che’s work from Rip It Up, March 2014:

“…His ocean photographs, rich and deep with brilliant, unexpected colour, are particularly striking. Seizing moments of rare peace or humour, Chorley’s pictures are one-of-a-kind moments in time.”

There are few words that can describe this exhibition, so please, get to the Mill and don’t miss this opportunity.


SALA festival Tours and Talks

Photo of SALA guide by Art Gallery of SA

Make the most out of your SALA experience by joining one of the walking, cycling, or bus tours happening across the state, or by joining South Australian artists in a day of discussion and debate about the state of visual arts in SA now and in the future.

Read about the tour program here and forum day here.

CBD tours
Bring the baby art tour
North Terrace Cultural Precinct art tour
Open Studio Walking Tour
Chocol-ART Walking Tour
Bi-lingual Chinese art tours
ART AFTER DARK West End walking tour (no bookings required)
Adelaide Botanic Garden Botanic Art Walking tours (no bookings required)

Regional Art Bus Tours
Palmer Sculpture Landscape in the Murrylands
Day trip to Loxton for Arts on Terrace Day 
Barossa Valley Art Trail 
McLaren Vale Art and Wine 

The Artist’s Voice Forum Day
Pursuing the Muse, artists reflect on the development of core concepts in their work  
Curators and artists, two parts of the whole?
How to make your own art opportunities and make the most of them – DIY 
Practice and endurance, how artists work

Business buy in

Build-A-Bear children

Our buy in.

Having young children means toy stores become a tricky place. On our recent trip to the USA, we crashed and burned at a over-populated Disney Land, and found ourselves wandering the forecourt of Disney at the attached mall.

The girls were really let down by their Disney experience and were hunting for something good…
After dropping into several stores, we came to Build-A-Bear, a franchise that exists in Australia, and a potential to save the day. Read more »

SALA is open at Atkins

Marc Bowden's Paeonia Invite

Marc Bowden’s Paeonia exhibtion

We are very proud to be hosting Marc Bowden’s Paeonia this evening as our first SALA show for 2014.

Marc’s most recent work looks closely at our relationship to flowers and their true and implied purpose. The work is visually beautiful and fills our recently renovated front space with colour.

Marc’s show runs from July 18th to August 14th 2014, with a private opening Friday July 18th at 6pm.

Link to Marc’s website:

Link to SALA 2014: