Personal Histories Artist Book Exhibition

Bringing together artists from around the globe to share their own stories in artist book form. Sharing similarities, diversities and individual perspectives. Highlighting the dynamic world of artist books.

REDLAND MUSEUM: 12 October - 30 November 2014
REDLAND ART GALLERY: 29 March - 10 May 2015
UNSW CANBERRA: 28 September - 11 December 2015

For more information please contact the Coördinator, Robyn Foster (email:

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Feature Artist - FIONA DEMPSTER

is a calligraphic and book artist based in Maleny, in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland of Queensland, Australia.

Fiona loves books, words, marks and text, and her work is generally elegant, spare and restrained; seeking the essence of things rather than an elaborate and complex expression of them.

Fiona has studied calligraphy since she was young and has developed skills in both calligraphy and as a bookmaker.  Her work is often paper-based and takes the form of books; however, she also works with metal, timber and perspex to express words and texts in ways that take calligraphy off the page and into the outdoors.


In addition to her studio work Fiona also teaches calligraphy and book-making to both adults and children.  She has exhibited with her husband Barry Smith and in group exhibitions across Australia.  Her work has also been juried into exhibitions in Australia and the USA. 

Fiona is a member of the Australian Society of Calligraphers; the Collaboration of Maleny Artists (COMA); Papermakers of Queensland; and the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA).

In 2002 Fiona was one of the first three Australians to be awarded the Intermediate National Diploma of Calligraphy (UK). In 2006 Fiona completed Certificate III in Design Fundamentals. 
Fiona was a finalist in the 2010 and 2013 Libris Book Awards, the 2009 and 2011 Southern Cross University's Acquisitive Artists' Book Award and the 2011 and 2013 East Gippsland Artist Book Award.  Her work is held in private collections in Australia, the USA and Japan and in many public  collections in Australia and the USA.  

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