resale royalty scheme at risk

NAVA urgently asks all artists to sign the online petition calling for continuation of the Australian Artists Resale Royalty scheme.

We are in imminent danger of losing this hard won right for artists.

Don’t let this happen by putting it off until it’s too late!


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Collected Connected & Cut Opens – UOW Library

Curators Liz Jeneid and Judy Bourke watch Project Contemporary Artspace President, Laura Crichton carefully turn the pages of the Book Dancing over Dark Waters

Picture: Kirk Gilmour

Leafing through book masterpieces


   AN exhibition of beautifully crafted artists’ books has been unveiled at the University of Wollongong.

   Artists’ books are not books with art in them, or books about artists, but where the actual book is a piece of art in itself.

   From scrolls to painted paper that concertinas across a podium, to wall hangings and entire volumes, where each page is a piece of art in itself, curator Judy Bourke said the art form was one without an agreed definition.

   ‘‘It is so varied, it can’t be defined. It could be paper, it could be video projected on a screen – if an artist says it’s a book, then it’s a book,’’ she said.

   ‘‘All fabrics, all materials. Soft, scrolls, in a box. There is no proper definition for it.’’

   Sydney artists Gwen Harrison and Sue Anderson have contributed several pieces to the exhibition, including exhibit centrepiece Dancing Over Dark Waters.

   A giant tome of a book, each page folds out to twice its size to tell the story – through both words and through art – of Cockatoo Island in Sydney.

   ‘‘Books are a way to tell a story in a rich way, to give more impact and surprise,’’ Ms Harrison said.

   Pages use steel-etched text and pressed letters to tell a poem, while plaster, ink and more illustrate the story more than words alone could.

   ‘‘It’s about telling the story in words, but with art and images as well,’’ Ms Anderson said.

   The exhibit, Collected, Connected & Cut, is on show at the UOW library until May 8.

Collected Connected & Cut

    The Artists Book Exhibition at the UOW library,  website is now live and can be found at:

 You can also link there from the Library news page:

Congratulations Julie Donnelly- Winner first prize Thirroul Festival

A sculpture has been chosen as the First Prize in the Thirroul Seaside and Arts Festival. Julie has created one of her  wonderful cut glass tall sculptures. Paul Ryan was the Judge this year and Moira Kirkwood the curator.

Barracks Art Studios Thirroul – Open Days

Barracks Art Studios Thirroul will be open to the public for the first time on the weekend of the Thirroul Seaside and Arts Festival 2014.

Studio 1 – Kendal Heyes, Studio 2 – Judy Bourke, Studio 4 – Scott Clement, Studio 5 – Maylee Jones, Studio 6 – Jeremey Keighery (Artist In Residence) Studio 8 – Mary Wingrave.

Saturday 5th April 10 – 4 pm, Sunday 6th April 10 – 4 (depending on artists availability in the afternoon).

Public transport, bike or walking are the best methods of transport on Saturday. On Sunday there will be on street parking near the studio at 1 Church Street, Thirroul.

A variety of works will be for sale. Please like BAST studio new FB page



THE GONG at Tortuga Studios


Opening 6:30pm 28th March

28th March to 11th April 2014 at Tortuga Studios

31 Princes Highway, ST Peters, Sydney

Featuring the work of Anita Larkin, Peter Hewitt, Jasmin Carter, Tamara Elkins, Nina Kourea, Lillian Masters, Carolyn Nowacczyk, Brock Piper, Leonie Watson and Joshua Wiffen, THE GONG resounds with the eclectic creativity of the Illawarra and brings to life the juicy arts culture of Australia’s ninth largest city. Struck squarely, THE GONG emits the steady thrum of artists working collaboratively to make things happen, a surging frontline that has a powerful impact on the contemporary culture and creative landscape of Wollongong. The deep echo of reverberation is designed to draw attention, to call people together, demanding you bear witness to something of note. So, listen up… THE GONG is the sound of ten highly acclaimed artists in one space, in a show curated to exhibit the bright young things of the Illawarra. It rages with fierce creativity and is spliced with a rich soulful beauty. Works include video installation, sculpture from found objects, performance and fine art, fresh from the Art Gallery of NSW, Studio 19 and the ABC.