The Art Gallery of Western Australia has recently moved its 19th century paintings into the main gallery space, so that they are now seen in a, literally, new light. “Una and the Red Cross Knight” by George Frederic Watts was painted in 1869 and purchased by the gallery in 1959. It’s subject is taken from Edmund Spenser’s “The Faerie Queene”, an allegorical epic poem in praise of Elizabeth 1.
Today’s Open Day at Notre Dame University in Fremantle had the theme –“Explore Your Next Chapter”. Several book related art installations could be viewed in the heritage buildings and courtyards.
Delicate botanical drawings on paper, by Jessica Price, are also part of the “Hatched” exhibition at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA) (see previous blog post).
The “Off the Page” art installations continue to be on display until 13 May 2018. At the Empire Homewares store on Leura Avenue there is an interesting work by Los Angles based artist, Mike Stilkey, who almost always paints on the spines of books.
His painting pays tribute to Claremont’s first teacher, a Mrs Herbert, and will remain permanently on display at the local Freshwater Bay museum.
In conjunction with the Scribblers Festival (previous post), art instillations inspired by books, paper and print are being exhibited around Claremont town centre. Called “Off the Page”, the art installations by 10 artists can mostly be found in shop windows. At the Lane Bookshop, UK artist, Jennifer Collier, has recycled pages of the local “Post” newspaper, to produce a typewriter.
Coming up in May at the Goods Shed, just north of Claremont station, is the Scribblers Festival for kids and families. Celebrating both literature and art, the festival will have lots of activities for young people. A vintage caravan is already in place, its windows decorated with a book theme, and ready to act as a studio for podcasts of interviews with authors.
Built in the mid-18th century, the Radcliffe Camera was originally a science library. Now it is a reading room and part of the Bodleian Library.