Friday, April 1, 2022


The last couple of weeks have been rather hectic and I’ve been remiss in not publishing this post earlier. Here at last are a selection of photos from the artist talk that Bronwyn Rees and I presented at Melbourne Athenaeum Library on Wednesday, March 23 in conjunction with BOOKISH, the recent artist book exhibition curated by the Print Council of Australia and hosted by the library. Pictured above L-R are Michael Young, former Director of Sale Regional Gallery, Bronwyn and myself prior to the start of the talk.

Directly below: our wonderful audience, with still more people to come. In the foreground, left, is participating artist Bridget Hildebrand.

Huge thanks to Sue Westwood (pictured above, right) and everyone at the library for their warm welcome and tireless work in preparation for the event. Thanks also to the Print Council of Australia for inviting us to speak and to Priscilla Ambrosini, who installed the show with able assistance from Bronwyn. (Priscilla is pictured in the very last photo below).

It was such a pleasure to meet my fellow speaker, Bronwyn Rees. I’ve never enjoyed giving an artist talk so much. Among the topics covered was the various forms an artist book can take. Bronwyn stole the show by actually wearing one of hers, a splendid book in the form of a coat, made during lockdown. (See above).

Directly below I’m discussing some of my artist books, beginning with a selection of works from the Tall Tales series.

Thanks so much to everyone who came to the talk, including those who traveled long distances to join us. It was a brilliant turnout and we couldn’t have wished for a more enthusiastic audience. 

Pictured above: participating artist Lesley Duxbury (second from left), Michael Young, Bronwyn and myself.

Above: Loris Button

Above: Paul Compton.

L-R above: Shane Jones, myself and Bev Murray relaxing at the evening’s end.
(Photo credit: Angie Black).

Above L-R: Priscilla Ambrosini (who installed the show with assistance from Bronwyn), myself and 

Paul Compton. (Photo credit: James Spencer Harrison).

Congratulations to all the artists whose works were included in BOOKISH. The exhibition concluded on Saturday March 26.

Photos are by Shane Jones unless otherwise specified.