Back to business. What do we do next? I've been admiring my burgeoning collection of Rosemary Dobson books, and it's great. The Southern Cross University Acquisitive Book Arts awards has - with very little publicity - changed from being an annual exhibition and prize, opening in August each year, to a biennial exhibition and prize, alternating with Artspace Mackay's Libris awards in autumn. I only found out by accident when I was up at Mackay in April and I swear I haven't seen any publicity about it in any of the arts-related paper or on-line publications to which I subscribe. This is good news for those participants aiming for the SCU Awards! You don't have to finish your books until the end of this year!
However... there are other exhibition opportunities earlier than that, if you're interested. For example, there's a new gallery space in Brisbane called Myrtle Street Studio. I found out about the gallery on Amanda's blog, dropped an email to Jay Dee and had a very positive response back saying our work is just right for the gallery and that we might be able to do something there towards the end of this year or the beginning of 2011. Jay Dee's website is under construction but you get a good feel for what she's doing at the gallery's blog.
Additionally I remember Ronnie talking about exhibition opportunities that she might be able to tap into PLUS we've been vaguely talking about putting together a paper for delivery at Impact 7 in Melbourne next year...
I guess my ideal would be as follows:
- Work towards a paper at Impact 7 (I'm particularly interested in collaboration in art, of which our project is a good example) - the deadline for submission of proposals isn't until December but with geographic distance and the slow pace of my brain it might take a while!
- Exhibit our first round of work at Myrtle Street Studio in October
- Exhibit Round 1 again at the SCU Awards in February 2011 (probably at Barratt Galleries in Alstonville)
- Start a second round of BookArtObject in October this year, aiming to have it finished by this time next year
- Exhibit rounds 1 & 2 at Impact 7, to go with the conference paper
- Rounds 1 and 2 could then go to the Libris Awards in 2012 if we wanted to... while we work on round 3!
The real motivator for me will be finding another great piece of text to use as inspiration for the next round of books. I think it would be good to put another call out for participants: we have this blog and a growing band of followers, and if we had lots of interest we could run two streams.
I must admit I'd like to get the call for participants out soon and also ask people to look for texts to use because I really enjoyed the process of thinking about what/how to make my books and would really like to get into it again! Personally I also like the fact that we've taken such different approaches to the form of the books, and I don't particularly wish to place constraints on what we make. If you want to do a book that is a folded piece of paper, do it! If you want to do a 3-part codex binding, do it! The joy of using a text to link the works is that the text does link the works so I don't have a problem with diverse outcomes.