Monday, March 21, 2011

Hooray for Edition One!

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.

13 comments:

Amanda said...

Sara!Sara!Sara! That's fan-bloody-tastic!!! I'm so excited I'm doing a dance around the bedroom despite having been in bed today with a headache. What a shame you had to drive all the way up there to find out!
Ew! that dance was a bad idea (she says crawling back to bed) I'm still excited tho!

ronnie said...

hooray indeedy!

golly that's come from left of field eh? actually that's the very best of the best outcome for the little edition - WOW! (who'd thunked it?)

just a pity as amanda says that no one mentioned this to you before the drive (?????)

p.s. we are on the cusp of a flood here at sams creek - (oh don't worry guys - floods in our part of the world are NOTHING like the things just seen in queensland and elsewhere - just a bit of an inconvenience rather than a threat to life and property) so your bright news has made my day! hooray for sara and BAO!

Sara Bowen said...

It's great news, isn't it?! I'm so pleased. WELL DONE! Now you've all got another line on your CV/Resume. It's fantastic that they've been looking at us: I presume they've done a bit of research and at least looked at this blog - I'm sure they're already familiar with people like Ronnie and Caren's work, but they didn't cherry-pick, they bought the whole lot. That says to me that they're interested in the 'whole' of what we're doing and who knows, maybe their interest will continue and they'll carry on looking at what we do? I don't know, but I DO know that I'm going to visit they at SLQ when I'm next in Brisbane (and maybe Amanda would like to come too!). Congratulations everyone, Sara x p.s. well worth the driving

Anna Mavromatis said...

BAO rocks and so does Sara!
Congratulations!!!

Abigail Thomas said...

well done all you edition ones!

Angela said...

WooHoo Sara! Fantastic! Very exciting. Well done and thanks for all your hard work with this. It is very flattering to be in such good company too, I feel really honoured :-) My little book all those miles away in Australia. Hoorah!

Hope the flood isn't too bad for Ronnie!

Carol said...

Thanks, Sara, for all that driving back and forth, and for putting us in this exciting position. Still sinking in...

Amanda said...

I'd love to go to SLQ with you Sara! Is there a possible visit in the offing, or are you just saying?

Ida said...

that is such a surprise ....a very nice one. thanks sara for all your work.

Fiona Dempster said...

Hi Sara and congratulations to you all! I'm thrilled the first edition has ended up in the SLQ - its a wonderful collection and a worthy home for the works. I know the decision would have been a very considered one as well. It sounds as if Helen had thought thrut he value of the pieces as well as the project as a whole and all it offers - great recognition. A toast of bubbles to you all!

Ampersand Duck said...

That is truly terrific!

I have a little confession, which is that Helen has already bought a copy of my book! They have a standing order for everything I print, and so I sent her a copy soon after I sent everyone's around.

The one that she has is probably a better copy than the AP I sent you for the show, so I'm wondering if it can be incorporated into the group collection and I can have the AP back?

Maybe I'll write to Helen about it as well...

dinahmow said...

I've been off-line, but was tickled pink to read about the purchase. Sucks to Prof.W!

alison said...

Congratulations to everyone involved with the first edition . The sale of it says something to Prof. W. Now that I am involved for the first time with this project I can really appreciate the whole process,what it entails to create something beautiful from another artist's poem.Keep up the good work creating wonderful pieces.