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:

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Doug Spowart and Victoria Cooper document Personal Histories at UNSW

Fellow Australian book artists

Image: Doug Spowart + Victoria Cooper wotwedid blogsite

have posted a wonderful reference to their experience of 
the Personal Histories Opening Night Event at UNSW Canberra on their wotwedid blog site.

The post includes a written overview of their thoughts on the exhibition, documentary photographs including images of participating artists Judy Bourke and Tracie Toohey, also links to video footage of a walkthrough of some of the exhibition -
including a guest appearance by Canberra based artist
 Caren Florance and opening speeches from Selena Griffith, Lisa Morisset (UNSW Library) and Robyn Foster.

This is a marvellous resource for any one who could not physically get to visit the exhibitions and I highly recommend following the link to have a look at this post and to explore the wealth of information in other posts.

I can't thank Doug and Victoria enough for making the journey to the Canberra opening and for generously creating and sharing this documentary resource with all of us.

Doug Spowart was 2014 Siganto Foundation Research Fellow at the Australian Library of Art, State Library of Queensland.

Dr Victoria Cooper is 2015 Siganto Foundation Research Fellow at the Australian Library of Art, State Library of Queensland. 

(footnote re footage: I was a little disturbed to see one lovely person's blatant disregard for gallery etiquette, but I can assure everyone {especially Janet Braun-Reinitz - whose artwork was in imminent peril}, no artworks were harmed during the making of this footage)