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