Tuesday, October 22, 2013


Yesterday, my postman delivered a pretty blue envelope, bearing an English stamp. I must confess that, with so many other things happening this year, I had forgotten that some books are still being finished so I was pleasantly surprised to find Gillian Neish's book "When Memory Fades"  inside.

Gillian's business card, tucked under the elastic closure.

"Faded" typeface.

The cover, with colophon.

Thank you, Gillian.

Monday, October 21, 2013

I am posting this for a friend:

Call for Proposals
2014 Cheng Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project in Taiwan
“Fishing for a Better Environment”

Artists from all countries are invited to send a proposal for a site-specific outdoor sculpture installation that will celebrate the seafood producers and fishermen of Cheng Long village in Taiwan and raise awareness about environmental issues relating to seafood production, the main livelihood of Cheng Long residents.  The artworks will be created during a 25-day artist-in-residency in Taiwan working with the community and school children from April 10 to May 5, 2014.  Selected artists will receive a stipend (about US$2000), round trip airfare, accommodations and meals, volunteer help and free recycled and natural materials.  For more information and to apply, see the Blog at http://artproject4wetland.wordpress.com or contact Curator Jane Ingram Allen at allenrebeccanjanei@gmail.com

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

BAO opening in Canberra

Hello all

The exhibition of BAO books that Terence and I are putting together here in Canberra got a bit delayed while we waited for the venue to purchase some new glass vitrines; I'd put an argument forward that if they doubled their cabinets from 3 to 6, they could have many more exhibitions of special books and objects from their own collection, and that worked a treat. Unfortunately they took a couple of months to arrive!

So, finally the new cabinets arrived, as did a number of late works sent by our groups (1, 4, 6, 9) and some others that were swapped with us from other groups, and now we are on the brink of opening on Thursday evening. Here's the invite:

Doesn't it look great! What you are seeing is two sides of a DL card, conflated as one image. We chose Tara Bryan's book for the image because it was just so eye-catching, and had to laugh when we realised that the title is 'Making Bread (Not Bombs)', because the venue is a university for the Defence Forces.

The  UNSW Canberra (ADFA) Library, might be for military purposes, but it has civilian value. It has an amazing collection of Australian literature manuscripts and also a lot of art and maps and rare books. It is a also more public library than people realise, with very generous opening hours:
Monday-Thursday 8am - 9pm
Friday 8am - 5pm
Saturday and Sunday 1pm - 5pm

The opening is at 5pm, if anyone happens to be in the area, but the show runs until 28 November, so if you are in Canberra, drop in and have a look. We are tweaking the space today, and UNSW Canberra Library has mounted a webpage that will continue to develop over the next few weeks as we take more photos and provide links to artists.

I'll be back, with images of the show and the opening, later in the week. Thanks to everyone involved, and to all the artists: your work looks fabulous!