Two to the Valley


10 Mar –
26 Mar 2022

Thursday to Friday 1–5 pm
Saturday to Sunday 11 am – 4 pm
Other times available by appointment.

The Maud Street Photo Gallery
6 Maud Street, Newstead, Qld 4006
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Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley has been through several transformations over the decades. In the early to mid 1900s “The Valley” was an elegant inner-city destination with glamorous shopfronts and the best in personal service. In the 1960s “The Valley” went from destination to desolation, following the emergence and growth of more convenient suburban shopping malls.

Two To The Valley is a photographic record, first published in 1992 by former Brisbane city councillor and now painter David Hinchliffe. His photographic work captured The Valley, its architecture and its occasionally irreverent populace as it emerged from decades of decay to become the vibrant entertainment district it is today – a journey in co-existence, co-design, the re-purposing of public facilities, and municipal co-operation.

This exhibition is curated by Maud Street Photo Gallery from the photographer’s original negatives with the help of Michael Waldron, a Fortitude Valley resident of 30 years who featured in the original Two To The Valley book as an 11-year-old. Michael’s memories reveal a story for every building, every corner and every character.

The exhibition shows how a city’s design, along with the people who inhabit it, can be treasured, moulded and altered to survive the hard times and prosper during the good.

The Two To The Valley exhibition at Maud Street Photo Gallery will be accompanied by three guided walks around Fortitude Valley:

1. Artist walk with David Hinchliffe, 3:30pm Saturday 12 March, 2022.

2. Architectural walk with local historian Gerard Benjamin, 2pm Saturday 19 March, 2022.

3. Photographic walk with Michael Waldron, 2pm Saturday 26 March, 2022.

Places for the walking events are limited – bookings required.


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