An exciting exhibition showcasing artist's books across the field: from fine press to street press, made by 20 Canberra artists who don't think of themselves as 'book artists'. Opening at 6pm on Thursday 11 April at the Watson Arts Centre (with guest speaker Peter Haynes), the show runs until 28 April.
Did you know?
Books by Canberra Artists
Canberra has a long and prolific history of artistic book production, encouraged and inspired by our rich array of cultural and creative institutions. There is a vibrant community of artists here who use the book form to explore and extend their broader practice, whether it be printmaking, sculpture or any other medium.
The genre of artists’ books has been formally taught in Canberra since the early 1980s thanks to the establishment of the European-inspired Graphic Investigations Workshop at the Canberra School of Art which in 1998 became the Printmedia and Drawing Workshop of the ANU School of Art. Both workshops have released generations of book-aware artists into the Canberra art scene who were then in turn supported by more community-based printing organisations like Studio One, Raft Press and Megalo.
This exhibition, timed to coincide with the Centenary celebrations, features twenty artists with a strong connection to Canberra, showcasing their work in a way that is both snapshot and survey. Each participant has been invited to show ‘old’ work and ‘recent’ work. The pieces on show track the beginning of a professional interest in books for each artist that continues to the present day.
A sometimes surprising array of excellence...
GW Bot, Patsy Payne, Tanya Myshkin, Franki Sparke, Dianne Fogwell, Nicci Haynes, Jan Hogan, Antonia Aitken, Bernie Slater, Ingeborg Hansen, Shellaine Godbold, UK Frederick, Genevieve Swifte, Maryann Mussared, Murray Kirkland, Kirsten Farrell, Hannah Hoyne, Nick Stranks, Iona Walsh: all of whom reveal their relationship with the book form as a integral part of their practice.
Curated by Ampersand Duck (Caren Florance), this range of work will enchant book enthusiasts and perhaps challenge notions of what a book can be in an art context.
But wait! There's more...
We (fellow organiser Maryann Mussared and myself) have arranged artist's talks, workshops and a zine fair to keep the buzz going through the exhibition. We're still confirming the details, but the dates to pencil in are below:
I will keep you informed, or you can contact the Watson Arts Centre for more details: email@example.com / 02 6241 1670.
The Watson Arts Centre is on Aspinall Street, Watson ACT and is open 10am to 4pm, Thursdays to Sundays.
IT WOULD BE WONDERFUL TO SEE YOU THERE.