Well it's been a bit of a day, really. I drove up to Lismore bright and early this morning to collect the books from Edition One that were exhibited in the Southern Cross University Acquisitive Artists' Book Awards 2011, only to find the gallery shut and no-one answering the phone. Clearly the exhibition had been taken down (it finished on Friday) because another show was partly installed... Luckily I had Shelagh's phone number and she was able to tell me that the State Library of Queensland has purchased Edition One in its entirety, to add to its growing collection of artists' books!
(Gratuitous photo of clouds above my house this evening)
Now... here's the slightly embarrassing bit: I can't remember if I told you what I'd put as a price for the collection. I'm fairly sure I said $200 per book i.e. $1,600 for the edition. I haven't had any further details yet but I presume that the lovely Helen Cole from the State Library of Queensland will be in touch with me shortly, and I will give her email addresses for all you lovely artists who took part in Edition One. Technically I can't act as your agent in selling the work (i.e. the money can't come to me in one big lump for distribution); instead I think what will probably happen is that Helen will need an invoice from each of you for $200 plus details of an account into which she can pay the money. I don't believe there is any commission so you should receive the full $200 minus bank charges. Australian residents will be required to provide an ABN number or a statement for tax purposes. It may be a slow process but it will all work out in the end!
My individual piece didn't sell, but as Shelagh didn't have a key for the gallery today, it can't be posted and I ain't driving all the way up there again, I just donated the damn thing to the SCU collection. On the plus side, it was a lovely drive in the early morning, through the autumn mists between Nana Glen and Casino, with Beethoven and Garbage in the CD player and the windows wound down.
I am thrilled we're going to be at SLQ: we'll be in elevated company! Looking through their existing works reveals 65 artists' books by the likes of Judy Barrass, G.W. Bot, Dianne Fogwell, Noreen Grahame, Wei Guan, Peter Lyssiotis, Ron Mc Burnie, Scott McCarney, Adele Outteridge and Wim de Vos, among other luminaries. So there you go. Thank you very much for sending me your books; I'll let you know when I hear from Helen. I'll also let you know about sending out the exhibition catalogue once I've organised myself: thanks to everyone who offered to cover the postage costs; I'll email you with PayPal details in due course.