Do you know that next week’s Transit of Venus (when the planet Venus crosses the sun) will be the last in our lifetime? According to the Transit of Venus Australia website,
Transits of Venus occur in a pattern that repeats every 243 years with pairs of transits eight years apart separated by gaps of 121½ years and 105½ years. Venus and the Earth are aligned in the same direction out from the Sun about every 584 days (this is called in conjunction), however a transit does not occur each time because Venus’s orbit is usually above or below the Sun in the sky. Since the phenomena was first recognized there have only been six transits of Venus – 1639, 1761, 1769, 1874, 1882 and the most recent one in 2004. The 6th June 2012 transit is our last opportunity to observe a transit of Venus, as the next event occurs on 11th December 2117.
This is a personal research article built from email and oral interviews with Phil Day. I have spoken of the Finlay Press at a number of occasions: the Impact 7 conference in Melbourne (September 2011) and at the fine press symposium Adventure & Art (March 2012). It is an important chapter of Australian private press history, but I’ve never been able to find anything written about them in any depth, so here we go:
Finlay Press is a private press established by Ingeborg Hansen and Phil Day. They began printing in Goulburn, NSW, Australia in 1997. In 2001 the press moved to Braidwood, NSW, where they designed and printed numerous publications before closing the press in 2009.
Craft ACT in Canberra has two galleries and another, smaller space that they call the Crucible Space: essentially just two shelves set into a wall in the foyer outside the gallery. Miniaturist and collector Anna-Maria Sviatko, while doing an internship at Craft ACT, hit upon the notion of turning the two shelves into a two-tiered miniature craft gallery at 1:12 scale. The result was Call of the Small, an exhibition of (to quote my personal blog) teeny-tiny craft works, made very seriously by serious craftspeople. Continue reading →
One of my day jobs is that of Technical Officer in the Printmedia & Drawing Book Studio at the ANU School of Art in Canberra. The school is established in a workshop and studio system rather than as departments. Each workshop has a Technical Officer to organise the smooth daily running of the workshop. I am a sub-TO, looking after the unique space of the Book Studio. (Postscript: as of 2011, I am not even that, but I still teach there.)
Every few years the Technical Officers put on an exhibition to showcase the fact that they, too, are professional artists maintaining their own practice. In 2009 the show was called Art-i-Techs, and it opened on Wednesday 25 March at 6pm in the Foyer Gallery of the School of Art, Liversidge Crescent, Australian National University. Continue reading →