Western Australia

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

University of Western Australia – Poems on Posters

Wandering around the grounds of UWA on the weekend we noticed these Poems on Posters on the walls of the Octagon and Dolphin theatres. The 20 or so line poems make for something interesting to read during theatre intervals.
The poem “Learning to Row”, by Henry Briffa is relevant because of the university’s riverside location. And Mandy Tu, writes about love in “He Asks For Poetry”.

Poems on Posters UWA

Fremantle – Fenians

This year is the 150th anniversary of the arrival of 62 Fenians in Fremantle from the “Hougoument”, the last ship to bring convicts to Western Australia. During their 89 day journey from England to Australia, the Irish Fenians, who were political prisoners, produced a weekly newspaper called “The Wild Goose”.
As part of the Fenians, Fremantle and Freedom Festival, the Kidogo Arthhouse has an exhibition of art related to the Fenians, called “89 Days”. This papercut by Anne Gee shows activities aboard the Hougoument, including the printing of the Wild Goose newspaper.

Previous blogs about  the Fenians can be found here –

https://booksnplaces.wordpress.com/2014/07/05/john-boyle-oreilly/

https://booksnplaces.wordpress.com/2014/07/08/the-wild-goose/

 

 

Anne Gee Hougoumont