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Recycled Library: Altered Books

Recycled Library: Altered books is an Artspace Mackay exhibition that traces a history of altered books in Australia through the work of seventeen artists. The works featured in the exhibition incorporate existing/found books presented as sculptures, wall-based collages, artists' books, or as photographs.

The exhibition focuses on works that have a conceptual, political or social concern. Many of the works in the exhibition explore the reliance on the printed text as a vehicle for cultural migration. They question the presumed knowledge about history, philosophy, science, literature and even art that predominantly derived from their Anglo-Celtic culture.

Recycled Library: Altered books is a national travelling exhibition curated by Michael Wardell for Artspace Mackay and toured by Museum and Gallery Services Queensland. The exhibition tour is supported by the Contemporary Touring Initiative through Visions of Australia, an Australian Government program, and the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian Government and state and territory governments.

Tour Dates 2010

Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum: 18 December 2009 - 6 March

Grafton Regional Gallery: 17 March - 25 April

Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery: 12 May - 27 June

Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo: 3 July - 8 August

Civic Hall Galleries, Port Lincoln: 26 August - 10 October

Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery 29 October - 12 December

Murray Bridge Regional Gallery: 18 December - 12 February 2011

Tour Dates 2011

Wagga Wagga Art Gallery: 4 March - 29 May

Bathurst Regional Art Gallery: 24 June - 7 August

Hervey Bay Regional Gallery: 14 October - 12 November

The Centre for Scenic Rim Art & Culture, Beaudesert: 18 November - 17 December

Tour Dates 2012

Logan Art Gallery: 11 January - 18 February

State Library of NSW: 2 June - 24 June


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