Applications closing soon for Research & Creative Artists’ Books Fellowships

State Library of Queensland (SLQ), with the generous support of the Siganto Foundation, is offering two $9,000 Artists’ Books Fellowships with applications closing 27 February.

Defined as ‘artworks that use the form or concept of a book’, artists’ books subject matter is only limited by the artist’s imagination — as is the format. The Australian Library of Art is home to State Library’s extensive and nationally significant collection of beautiful and intriguing artists’ books.

The Creative Fellowship allows a practitioner to develop a new work based on SLQ collections, while the Research Fellowship supports a  researcher to explore State Library’s artists’ books collection to generate new knowledge in the field of artists’ books.

State Librarian Janette Wright said State Library’s ongoing partnership with the Siganto Foundation provided valuable support for the promotion of artists’ books in Queensland.

She said “the Siganto Foundation has been significant in supporting artists’ books activities at SLQ including funding workshops with internationally recognised book artists, seminars to further artists’ book discourse, acquisition of collection items and fellowships for research and the creation of artists’ books.”

Doug Spowart, the 2014 Siganto Foundation Artists’ Books Research Fellow said the fellowship had allowed him to investigate trends in the use of photography in artists’ books.

Jan Davis, the 2014 Siganto Foundation Artists’ Books Creative Fellow is undertaking a three-stage project to examine diaries and farm records from the State Library collection and transfigure them as artist’s books.

Each Siganto Foundation Fellowship offers a stipend of $9,000, priority access to the collections, and research support from specialist librarians.

Fellowship applications close at 5pm on Friday 27 February 2015. Forms are available online from the SLQ website.

Media enquiries:
Cathy Stacey, SLQ Communications
07 3842 9346 | cathy.stacey@slq.qld.gov.au
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