artists books brisbane event (abbe)

CC BY SA Peter Brantley

Hand made books, Peter Brantley, CC BY SA

The Griffith Centre for Creative Arts Research (GCCAR), Queensland College of Art (QCA), South Bank is hosting the artists books brisbane event 2015 (abbe) in July.

The Queensland College of Art (QCA) Library will feature in this year’s abbe. The Library’s current collection of artists’ books will be on display from 14 to 24 July. The exhibition is being organised by Therese Nolan-Brown (Visual Arts Librarian) and Donald Jeffrey (Library Campus Coordinator).

The QCA Library collection will be the first stop for abbe participants as they make their way to the State Library of Queensland and Brisbane Galleries. The abbe tour is being held on Saturday 18 July from 8am to 11am.

Initiated by QCA, which offers the widest range of visual art programs in Australia, abbe is an international conference on critical thinking about artists’ books. Editors of two prominent journals, as well as leading Australian artists and scholars in the field, will be participating in the conference. Selected papers from the conference will subsequently be published in an Australian volume of JAB: The Journal of Artists Books.

According to the abbe 2015 website, the conference “will lay groundwork for the ongoing engagement of antipodean artists and scholars in the field of artists books. This conference will interest those making, writing about, collecting and exhibiting artists books.”

The conference will be supported by an artists book fair and exhibition “that will put on show the diverse range of books being made by contemporary antipodean artists, creative writers and more.”

The exhibition and book fair are open to the public.

  • Books by Artists Exhibition
    16 -24 July 2015
    Webb Gallery, Queensland College of Art, South Bank
  • Artists’ Book Fair
    Friday 17th July, 2 pm – 5 pm; and
    Saturday 18th July, 10 am – 5 pm
    Level 7, Webb Centre, Queensland College of Art, South Bank

If you would like to know more about the QCA Library artists’ book display, please contact Therese Nolan-Brown,