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Reading Spaces: artists’ books, poetry and poetics


Detail from ‘Working Papers’, Caren Florance & Angela Gardner, 2015-17.

Reading Spaces is my final PhD exhibition. It features collaborative artists’ books and other print-performed poetry, predominantly produced using handset letterpress. Poets involved include Angela Gardner, Melinda Smith, Owen Bullock, Sarah Rice, and many more.

5–12 April 2017
East Space, Commonwealth Place, Lake Burley Griffin foreshore, Parkes. 
Open every day 12-5pm
Opening: 6pm, 5 April

Associated one-day symposium at the University of Canberra:
Poetry and the Artist’s Book
7 April, 10:30am-3:30pm 
Speakers TBA
After the symposium there will be a guided visit to the Reading Spaces exhibition.
For more details see here

ALSO PARTICIPATING IN THE 2017 YOU ARE HERE FESTIVAL with an exciting translation performance by Rueben Ingall. Stay tuned! 

Watch this space, this space and that space for more details.

Photographer Mark Nolan, Chalk Studio.

Be Spoken For, 2014

Bespoke: Design for the People
Museum of Australian Democracy, Canberra
November 14, 2014 to November 2015.



In collaboration with Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre and the Museum of Australian Democracy, five artists have responded to the furniture that was designed for the people who worked in and visited Parliament House. Focusing on the designs, craftsmanship, details, materials and signs of use, the artists have taken a fresh look at the rich heritage of our furniture collection.


signsPhotographer Mark Nolan, Chalk Studio.

BE SPOKEN TO is a text-based site-specific installation which engages in a playful way with the eight wooden signs in the MoAD ‘Sign Room’ at Old Parliament House. It has two elements: a ‘companion’ cluster of eight signs, and a wall-hung framed poem. Continue reading

Pattern for Plain Heart (2012)

I’m chuffed to be able to say that the 2012 edition of Matrix journal will have a feature on my work (along with the Wayzgoose Press, written by Andrew Schuller), and I was asked to produce a tip-in print for them. It’s an amazing journal, still produced completely by The Whittington Press by John Randle et al using letterpress, and judging by the fact that I had to print around 750 prints, it has a strong following.

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Book Art Object 1. Learning Absence, 1986 (2010)

Book Art Object is an ongoing project bringing together book artists around Australia to respond to a set text in the form of an editioned artist’s book. Each participant gets a copy of everyone’s work.

Learning Absence, 2010. Artist’s book of letterpress and monoprints on Kozo washi. Text is the poem Learning Absence, 1986 by Rosemary Dobson. Handprinted and bound in a hardcover Asian stab binding with either handmade denim rag endpapers (made by Katharine Nix) or blue commercial momigami endpapers. Edition of 15, made for the Book Art Object project. The poem is reproduced with permission from the poet and is taken from her Collected Poems (Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1991). Continue reading


Printing poets at Otago

Written live from my 2010 residency:

Twenty years ago, I visited Dunedin for a couple of days on a NZ touring holiday and loved it at first sight. I always hoped to get back here, and every time John Howard threatened to win an election, I would joke with my friends and family that I’d move to Dunedin if he did. I was getting quite serious when Kevin Rudd saved the day. Now I’ve made it back, thanks to a brilliant residency opportunity, and I’m telling people that if Tony Abbott wins, I may not go back to Australia. I’m getting quite serious about it. Continue reading