Perth – Turner Galleries

West Australian artist Kati Thamo currently has an exhibition at the Turner Galleries in Northbridge. Her prints include a set painted on pages from old encyclopedias.

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Sydney – May Gibbs – Snugglepot and Cuddlepie

We were in Sydney last month for the Vivid Festival and were delighted to see Snugglepot and Cuddlepie up in lights on the exterior of the Customs House at Circular Quay. This year is the hundredth anniversary of the publication of May Gibbs first book featuring the gumnut babies.

Vivid Snugglepot Cuddlepie 1

Claremont – Off the Page 2

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.

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Claremont – Off the Page

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.

Off the Page 1

Claremont – Scribblers Festival

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.

Claremont Scribblers Festival

 

Oxford – Lewis Carroll 2

Opposite Alice’s Shop (see previous post) is Christ Church College with its impressive main gateway topped by the Tom Tower. Designed by Christopher Wren and built in 1681, the tower houses Great Tom, a huge bell weighing more than six ton, which is rung every night.
Charles Dodgson lived in sight of the Tom Tower when he was a mathematics lecturer at Christ Church. Using the pseudonym, Lewis Carroll, he published Alice in Wonderland, after first telling the stories to Alice Liddell, the 10 year old daughter of the dean of the college.Christ Church Oxford

Oxford – Lewis Carroll

Just about everything in the English city of Oxford has a literary connection, but one of the most obvious is Alice’s Shop in St Aldates, which claims to be the original of the Old Sheep Shop which Alice visits in “Through the Looking Glass”. In the book it is a sweets shop, but it is now selling all sorts of Alice in Wonderland stuff.

Alice Shop Oxford