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Don’t miss looks@books


Zoe Satherley
1 August 2007
A visual feast of books made by artists will be on display at the Southern Cross University library at the Lismore campus throughout August.

The exhibition, called looks@books#2, is the second part of the three-part looks@books series, which celebrates the creative vision of artists who choose to develop and present their work in a book format – whether the pages are ceramic plates, recycled paper, canvas, plastic or any other medium.

The month-long exhibition, which is being opened by Professor Paul Clark, Southern Cross University Vice-Chancellor, at 4.30pm next Monday, August 6, features the work of visual arts students from the University of Southern Queensland which earlier this year hosted an exhibition of artists’ books by Southern Cross University’s visual arts students – looks@books#1. The exhibition runs during library hours until August 31.

Looks@books#3 will be a combined exhibition of selected works from the students of both universities which will go on display at the University of the West of England, in Bristol, in October this year.

Another big event in the artists’ books calendar also happening next week is the judging of Southern Cross University’s annual Acquisitive Artists’ Books award on Thursday, August 9, at 5.30pm at the SCU nextart Gallery, Goodman Plaza, Lismore campus.

The award is being judged by nationally recognised artist and printmaker Richard Tipping. Richard is a media lecturer in Newcastle and has published three books of poems. He is represented in many anthologies, including the Penguin Book of Modern Australian Poetry and the New Oxford Book of Australian Verse.

Southern Cross University is recognised as a leader in the field of producing art graduates with a passion and expertise in producing artists’ books with two recent graduates, Joanna Kambourian and Julie Barratt, learning last week that they have just been sponsored by the Noosa Regional Gallery to attend an international artists’ books conference being held in September this year.

Photo: Artists’ books – over 50 entries have been received from all over Australia, including from some of Australia’s most respectable artists, for year’s Acquisitive Artists’ Books award.