Tagged artists’ books

Opening: ‘Between the Sheets’, 2015

Between the Sheets: Artists’ Books 2015: curatorial statement by David Forrest and opening speech by Helen Cole

7 March to 2 April 2015, Central Gallery, Aberdeen Street, Perth. Curated by David Forrest, Gallery East.

Curatorial statement by David Forrest:

Between the Sheets, Artists’ Books 2015, forms the second in a planned series of exhibitions of artists’ books organised by Gallery East in Western Australia: the first, held in collaboration with the City of Swan in 2012, was the first comprehensive commercial exhibition of its type held in Western Australia. Read more

Noosa Books: gone but not forgotten

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For about ten years, the Noosa Regional Gallery held an annual curated book arts show: anyone could enter their books, but there was a panel who selected the final exhibition. It was one of the first regular book events on the Australian calendar. Since the last exhibition, there have been many changes to the gallery staff and to their online presence; their new website has been wiped of its archives, and there is no remainder of this important activity in Australian book arts history.

There are traces of the exhibition series elsewhere: in the archives of the State Library of Queensland, in the writings of Doug Spowart and Victoria Cooper, and on various artists’ CVs and blogs. Nothing, sadly, easily accessible. Have you got memories of the Noosa exhibitions? Could you share stories or photographs of it? Get in touch with Pretext and we’ll add them here.

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Caren Florance, Sharing Book Spaces, 2014

A Codex Australia 2014 symposium presentation. The Codex Australia symposium was held over the mornings of 1 and 2 March 2014, with a fine book fair following each afternoon. An account of it is published here.  This paper, the second of the six in the symposium, was a primarily visual presentation (as were all the others) and the text has been slightly edited for ease of reading. Three of the six presenters have their papers published here on Pretext: Monica OppenLyn Ashby and this one by Caren Florance.

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Monica Oppen: Hits & Misses, 2014

A Codex Australia 2014 symposium presentation. The Codex Australia symposium was held over the mornings of 1 and 2 March 2014, with a fine book fair following each afternoon. An account of it is published here.  This paper, the third of the six in the symposium, was a primarily visual presentation (as were all the others) and the text has been slightly edited for ease of reading. Three of the six presenters have their papers published here on Pretext: Caren Florance, Lyn Ashby and this one by Monica Oppen.

Hits and misses: the challenge of realizing and enhancing content through the book’s design and the choice of production processes and materials.

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Lyn Ashby: The Hall of Mirrors, 2014

A Codex Australia 2014 symposium presentation. The Codex Australia symposium was held over the mornings of 1 and 2 March 2014, with a fine book fair following each afternoon. An account of it is published here.  This paper, the sixth of the six in the symposium, was a primarily visual presentation (as were all the others) and the text has been slightly edited for ease of reading. Three of the six presenters have their papers published here on Pretext: Caren Florance, Monica Oppen and this one by Lyn Ashby.

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The Codex Australia Book Fair 2014

Codex Australia Book Fair, 2014

This account of the Codex Australia Book Fair was written soon after the March 2014 Codex Australia Symposium and Book Fair. By October 2014 Codex Australia was wound down, and no longer exists. Many articles that were on the Codex website are now on Pretext. Pretext would like to thank Codex Australia for their invaluable activities whilst operational.

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