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[BKARTS] Australian Artists' Books Conference

Registration and conference details for the 3rd Australian Artists' Books Forum are now available on the Artspace Mackay website at www.artspacemackay.com.au

Details below:

February - March 2006 Artspace Mackay
> conference > exhibitions > masterclasses > displays > workshops > residencies

An Artspace Mackay project celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Print Council of Australia and Imprint magazine

FOCUS ON ARTISTS' BOOKS is an Artspace Mackay program which aims to stimulate critical dialogue about artists' books and the book arts in Australia, provide professional development opportunities for artists working in the field and generate broader awareness of the artform within our region and nationally. 

Exhibitions & displays

Exhibition opening and award judging 
6.00pm Friday 24 February 2006  Artspace Mackay

The 1st Libris Awards
Australian artists' books prize and exhibition

Bringing together the best artists' books from around Australia this exhibition provides book artists with the opportunity to win a number of specialist prizes and awards including the Mackay City Council National Artists' Book Award; the Blue Horizons Regional Artists' Book Award and the Mackay Queensland Homes Young and Emerging Artists' Book Award. The award will be judged by Roger Butler, Curator, Prints and Illustrated Books, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

An Artspace Mackay exhibition
Presented by: Artspace Mackay, Mackay City Council, Blue Horizons , Mackay Queensland Homes 

Scripta Manent
New works by Angela Cavalieri
Melbourne based artist Angela Cavalieri explores the art of writing and storytelling in a visual form. The text and imagery of her works have originated from literary, religious and personal sources. Printed text is enlarged, fragmented and layered onto canvas and the scale of her work and the her hand-printed technique gives the word the concreteness of speech. 

An Artspace Mackay exhibition


3rd Australian Artists' Books Forum
Saturday 25 February & Sunday 26 February 2006 
Mackay Entertainment Centre

The premier conference on artists' books and the book arts in the southern hemisphere will include a number of international presenters and guest artists alongside leading speakers from throughout Australia.

If you are interested in artists' books, the book arts or printmaking you cannot miss this two day conference with a range of speakers including artists, curators, librarians, collectors and researchers. Topics to be covered will include international artists' books practice, definitions of artists' books, collections and institutions, artists' books in Australia and a series of discussion panels. 

The conference program will include keynote papers, panel discussions, conference papers and artists talks with a range of presenters including: 
- Jacqueline Armitstead, public art curator, Cox Rayner Architects, Brisbane
- Sarah Bodman, Centre for Fine Print Research, University of Western England, Bristol, UK 
- Linda Caroli, cultural writer, researcher and consultant, Brisbane
- Angela Cavalieri, artist, Melbourne
- Helen Cole, Librarian, Australian Library of Art, State Library of Queensland
- Des Cowley, Rare Books Librarian, State Library of Victoria, Melbourne
- Professor Diana Davis, President, Print Council of Australia & Lecturer, James Cook University, Townsville
- Malcolm Enright, artist and collector, Brisbane 
- Nola Farman, artist, Sydney
- Noreen Grahame, Grahame Galleries + Editions, Brisbane
- Juli Haas, artist, Melbourne
- Narae Kim, Korean Book Arts Fair, Seoul, South Korea
- Odine Lang, artist and lecturer, Braunshlag University, Germany
- Ron McBurnie, Monsoon Publishing, James Cook University, Townsville
- Scott McCarney, artist and lecturer, Rochester, New York, USA
- Courtney Pedersen, freelance curator, Brisbane
- Glen Skien, artist, Silent Parrot Press, Mackay
- Keith Smith, artist, New York
- Andrea Stretton, Contributing Editor, Books for Art and Australia, ABC & SBS TV presenter
- Steve Tonkin, freelance curator, Melbourne
- Judy Watson, artist, Brisbane 
- Marshall Weber, artist and curator, Booklyn Artists Alliance, Brooklyn, USA

The conference venue will include an area for artists to show their own works to other delegates. 

Conference registration includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. 

Conference fee: 
Full fee: AU$198.00 / Concession: AU$132.00 (inc Goods & Services Tax)

Concessions are available to Members of the Print Council of Australia; Flying Arts Inc; Friends of the Mackay City Library; Friends of Mackay Entertainment Centre; Friends of Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens and Friends of Greenmount Homestead; Printbank Mackay; tertiary students and the unemployed. 

Please send proof of concession status with your registration form. 

Conference Dinner 
Saturday 25 February 2006 
Artspace Mackay 

Join speakers and presenters for dinner at Foodspace on the evening of Saturday 25 February 2006. This is a great opportunity to meet fellow delegates and discuss artists' books in the informal surroundings of Artspace Mackay's licensed café. 

Dinner: AU$49.50 per person (inc. GST) 
Drinks available from the bar

A series of two day advanced workshops on printmaking, bookbinding and book arts with leading Australian and international artists. 

MASTERCLASS 1 Asian style books with Narae Kim (South Korea)
Date: Thursday 23 & Friday 24 February 2006 
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm 
Venue: Old Town Hall, Sydney St, MACKAY 
The masterclass will explore traditional and contemporary styles of Asian bookbinding and construction. 
About the artist:
Narae Kim is the organiser of the 1st Seoul International Artists' Book Fair and has been involved in organising book arts exhibitions in Korea, the UK, Germany and Japan. 
Cost: AU$209.00 / concession AU$176.00 (inc. GST)  
Fee includes a $20 materials levy, morning and afternoon tea plus lunch.

MASTERCLASS 2 Out of the Box: creating multidimensional boxworks with Glen Skien
Date: Thursday 23 & Friday 24 February 2006 
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm 
Venue: Silent Parrot Press, 162 Wood St, MACKAY 
Students will discover the techniques required for creating a multi-dimensional boxwork which incorporates mixed media works and found objects. 
About the artist:
Glen Skien is a Mackay based artist who studied Visual Arts at James Cook University. His work as in mixed media and printmaking has been shown throughout Queensland.
Cost: AU$209.00 / concession AU$176.00 (inc. GST)  
Fee includes a $20 materials levy, morning and afternoon tea plus lunch.

MASTERCLASS 3 Quick Leather Bindings  with Keith Smith & Scot McCarney
Date: Monday 27 February & Tuesday 28 February 2006 
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Venue: Old Town Hall Studio, Sydney St, Mackay 
Using binding techniques that simplify and de-mystify the use of leather for binding artists' books. Participants will produce two - three hard cover quarter leather bindings without glue or paste. 
About the artists:
Keith Smith is a leading American book artist who has published extensively on bookbinding and book structures and has created over 200 artists' books since 1977. Scot McCarney works collaboratively with Keith Smith to develop contemporary interpretations of book forms and structures. 
Cost: AU$220.00 / concession AU$187.00 (inc. GST) 
Fee includes a $30 materials levy, morning and afternoon tea plus lunch.

MASTERCLASS 4 Drypoint etching with Julie Haas
Date: Monday 27 February & Tuesday 28 February 2006
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm 
Venue: Silent Parrot Press, Wood St, Mackay 
This workshop is designed to get participants hooked forever on the wonderful medium of drypoint. The workshop will conclude with  a handcoloring demonstration followed by a practical session for all.
About the artist:
Juli Haas is a Melbourne based printmaker and painter who creates watercolors, self published  artists books and limited edition drypoint prints that explore a very personal interior world of memories, dreams, literature and music. 
Cost: AU$209.00 / concession AU$176.00 (inc. GST) 
Fee includes a $20 materials levy, morning and afternoon tea plus lunch.

Masterclass bookings are essential as only limited places are available.  Further information about artists and workshops is available on the website.

Advanced Workshops: 

Two practical workshops on papermaking and book and paper conservation. 

Workshop 1 Conservation and the Artist Book - Connecting Principles with Disciplines
Date: Monday 27 February 2006
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Venue: Seminar Room, Artspace Mackay
Conservation principles can be applied sympathetically to Artist Books and altered books which communicate through conventional or experimental media. This one-day workshop will focus on developing and applying solutions to preserve individual artist books.
About the presenter:
Julia Retschlag is an experienced conservator who is the proprietor of The Whole Story, a conservation consultancy based in Clermont. 
Cost: AU$165.00 / concession AU$132.00 (inc. GST)  
Fee includes morning and afternoon tea plus lunch.

Workshop 2 Kenaf Papermaking with Keith & Lysbeth Gould
Date: Monday 27 February 2006
Time: 10.00am - 3.00pm
Venue: Art & Design Studio, Mackay TAFE, Wellington Street, Mackay
This is an action-packed workshop and is suitable for beginners and for those who wish to take their papermaking skills further. It will focus on the use of tropical plants as feedstock in plant-fibre papermaking especially the fibre crop kenaf..
About the artist:
Keith and Lysbeth Gould run Kenaf Australia and market a range of papers, fibrepaks and hydrapacks from their property near Proserpine. 
Cost: AU$77.00 / concession AU$66.00 (inc. GST)  
Fee includes morning and afternoon tea plus lunch.

Artist in Residence Projects: 

Meet international book artists in a series of artist-in-residence projects at leading book arts and artists' books studios and workshops throughout Australia. Each artist will take part in public programs and activities in each location in association with partner organisations and institutions in the two weeks following the Forum (Thursday 2 March - Thursday 16  March 2006) at James Cook University, Townsville; Southern Cross University, Lismore; Australian National University, Canberra and the Studio West End, Brisbane. 

Getting to Mackay 

Mackay receives direct flights from Brisbane, Sydney, Gladstone, Rockhampton, Townsville and Cairns. Regular flights specials are available from the websites of the major airlines that service Mackay - Jetstar (www.jetstar.com.au); QANTAS (www.qantas.com.au) and Virgin Blue (www.virginblue.com.au). 

Accommodation (within walking distance to the meeting venue) has been reserved for the conference. Mackay Tourism are managing accommodation bookings on our behalf. For an accommodation booking form, visit www.mackayregion.com and click on the Artists' Book Forum link on the home page, or ring Anna at Mackay Tourism on (07) 4951 4803 for a copy.


To register please download, complete and return website's registration form with payment to:

3rd Australian Artists Books Forum
Artspace Mackay
PO Box 41
Mackay Queensland 4740
Tel: 61 (0)7 4957 1722
Fax: 61 (0)7 4957 1794
Email: artspace@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 

An Artspace Mackay project www.artspacemackay.com.au

supported by

Mackay City Council www.mackay.qld.gov.au

Print Council of Australia  www.printcouncil.org.au

The Australia Council www.ozco.gov.au

The Regional Arts Fund www.dcita.gov.au/arts/arts/regional_arts_fund

Southern Cross University www.scu.edu.au/schools/arts/visarts/studios/print/index.html

Australian National University www.anu.edu.au/ITA/CSA/book/

James Cook University www.jcu.edu.au/flbca/public/comvat/visualarts.shtml

Studio West End

Blue Horizons Property Consultants www.bluehorizonsproperty.com/

Mackay Queensland Homes 

ABC Tropical North www.abc.net.au/tropic/

Tourism Mackay www.mackayregion.com

The Regional Arts Fund is an Australian Government initiative supporting the arts in regional, remote and very remote/isolated Australia.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. 

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