100 Books: A Personal Histories International Artists' Book Exhibition
has opened to a very enthusiastic audience at
Redland Art Gallery Cleveland (Queensland, Australia).
Congratulations to all the contributing artists involved.
It was an honour and a pleasure to have Jan Davis officially, and very eloquently,
open the exhibition with Redland Art Gallery Director Stephanie Lindquist (in the blue dress below) acting as MC.
Exhibiting artist's books since the late 1980's,
Jan Davis has undertaken duties as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Southern Cross University, is Vice President of the Print Council of Australia and is one of two Siganto Foundation Fellows currently based at the Australian Library of Art ( State Library of Queensland). As part of her fellowship, Jan has chosen to research historical diaries and farm records from the John Oxley collection which she will transfigure into artists' books.
The Redland Art Gallery exhibition holds 110 works in total
with contributing artists from 16 countries.
100 works form the main body of the exhibition along with 10 works in an adjunct display which focuses on the centenary of WWI from a perspective of personal/family connections.
As the exhibition coincides with school holidays here, there is a dedicated area for children to create and display book art, with books referencing childhood in close proximity (all safely under perspex covers - of course). We already have some wonderful examples after an enthusiastic response from the young people in attendance last night.
There is a reading table area where books are able to be read and touched.
I will be hosting a floor talk at the gallery at 11.30am Sunday 29 March 2015.
Helen Malone will host a floor talk focusing on the WWI artworks at 11.30am Friday 24 April 2015.
Workshops are planned for this afternoon as well. For details contact the gallery directly.
There are also artists' groups who have organised guided, white gloves tours throughout the run of the exhibition after having had tours of the first Personal Histories exhibition at Redland Museum in October 2014.
Many thanks to the Redland Art Gallery staff for their tireless efforts and skill in making exhibitions like this a reality.
Exhibition runs through until Sunday 10 May.