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Perth – Pica 2

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).

Hatched 2

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Perth – Pica

“Hatched” at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA) is an interesting exhibition of works by graduating arts students from around Australia.
In her work, Sacha Barker has sewn, with black thread, text from her own diaries onto pieces of fabric that look like pages from a book.

Hatched 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.

Off The Page Claremont 5

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

 

Shenton Park – Book Bazaar 2

Just a second mention that the second-hand books on sale at the Book Bazaar (see previous blog) are an interesting selection and are well-displayed in sections in alphabetical order. Under Australian fiction, found these two interesting novels.
“Gang of Four” by local writer, Liz Byrski, is her first published novel in which she establishes her style of serious chic lit for 50 plus women. “Watershed” by Adelaid-based Indigenous writer, Fabienne Bayet-Charlton is set on the iconic Murray River.

Book Bazaar Shenton Park 2

Shenton Park – Book Bazaar

This weekend, the Book Bazaar at 10 Selby Street, Shenton Park has a half-price sale running until 5pm today and from 10am to 2pm tomorrow (Saturday) morning. During the sale paperback fiction sells for $1 each. This store is also normally open Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 3.30pm. The huge array of books have mostly been discarded by the State Library and are all in good condition. If you can’t make it this weekend, the next sale will be held on 20 and 21 April 2018.
The Book Bazaar is run by the Spine and Limb Foundation Inc.

Book Bazaar Shenton Park

Perth – Corsini Collection

The Art Gallery of Western Australia in central Perth is holding an exhibition of paintings from the Palazzo Corsini in Florence, Italy. Along with some masterpieces by Caravaggio, Tintoretto and Botticelli, the exhibition also has some more personal items that belong to the Corsini family, including this late 19th century book with recipes that have been hand written by Antonietta Corsini.

Corsini Collection Recipe Book

Blue Mountains – Charles Darwin

Today is the birthday of Charles Darwin. Currently reading “Evolution in the Antipodes” by Tom Frame which does give some details about the time Charles Darwin spent in Australia but is more generally a discussion of the history of creationism.
According to Frame, Darwin didn’t find much to interest him when he travelled on horseback from Sydney across the Blue Mountains to Bathurst in 1836. But we do have this quote which can be read on a plinth at the famous spot for viewing the Three Sisters and the Jamison Valley at Katoomba.
“Below is the grand bay or gulf, for I know not what other name to give it, thickly covered with forest.”

Charles Darwin Katoomba