2014 Siganto Foundation Fellowships

The recipients of the 2014 Siganto Foundation Fellowships have been announced.

The Siganto Foundation Artists’ Books Creative Fellowship has been awarded to Jan Davis. Her project One thing becoming another: labour-infused artist’s books which investigate lives of toil in nineteenth and early twentieth century rural Queensland will look at farm and station diaries held in the Original Content Collection in the John Oxley Library. Jan says “For the authors, they were a record of quite mundane things; planting times, harvest quantities, calving dates and income generated on the farm. Over time however, they transform into a record of the relationships built between early settlers and the land on which they worked, a record of a way of life and of lives lived. I will subject them to a further transfiguring. … I intend to incorporate photographs of the original materials which show, for example, the nature of the handwriting or the fine blue lines upon which the handwriting sits, with my own drawings inspired by reading the diaries. These papers will then be folded, shaped, stitched and fashioned into new forms inspired by the content of the original material but consistent with my theme of transformation. These folded shapes will be scanned and re-integrated as book pages.”

The Siganto Foundation Artists’ Books Research Fellowship has been awarded to Doug Spowart. His research entitled Photos+ Books: Towards a nomenclature for the photograph in the artists’ book and the photobook will involve investigation of the Australian Library of Art Artists’ Books Collection. Doug’s intends that  “This research will define a process by which the uses of photography in the creative productions of artists’ books and photobooks can be defined and compared…. My aims in this research are to create an approach to the development of a flexible and dynamic nomenclature for the photo and the book. This preliminary strategy will provide a way in which books from a variety of makers, media, structures and motivations can be compared.”

The result of Doug’s research will be presented at the Siganto Foundation Artists’ Books Seminar in 2015. Both fellows will be contributing posts about the progress of their work at State Library to this blog.

We are very grateful to the Siganto Family Foundation for their support in offering the Artist’s Book Fellowships and look forward to working with the recipients of the awards.



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Great news! There should be tonnrs of interesting material!

Great news! There should be tons of interesting material!