Art exhibition tells the stories of books

A new exhibition at Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland explores the connections contemporary artists share with books and the emotional response they bring to our lives.

100book: A personal histories international artists’ book exhibition is on display at Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland from Sunday 29 March – Sunday 10 May 2015 and aims to reconfigure and reignite viewer’s relationship with books.

Redland City Council’s cultural spokesperson Cr Lance Hewlett said the exhibition was particularly timely as we moved into an age where books were being overtaken by modern technology.

“The 100book exhibition highlights that books are so much more than words on a page, often works of art in their own right,” Cr Hewlett said.

“With contributing artists from more than 16 countries, 100book shows the dynamic world of contemporary artists’ books.

“It explores various structures and content, inviting us to look at our own relationship with books and how the same emotions and feelings they draw from us cannot be replicated by modern technology.”

The exhibition is curated by Robyn Foster and contains a section of works created by Australian artists to commemorate the centenary of Australian involvement in World War I.

Editions of some works were also included in the Pieces for Peace exhibition in Ypres, Belgium in 2014.

A free opening event will be held to celebrate 100book: A personal histories international artists’ book exhibition, from 6pm on Friday 27 March 2015. Special guest Jan Davis, artist and 2014 Siganto Foundation Artists’s Book Fellow at State Library of Queensland, will officially open the exhibition.

Exhibition floor talks with morning tea will also be held at 11.30am on Sunday 29 March and Friday 24 April 2015.

To attend any of these events, RSVP by Wednesday 25 March 2015, phone (07) 3030 4163 or email

Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland is located at Cnr of Middle and Bloomfield Streets, Cleveland.  For more information on this and other Redland Art Gallery exhibitions visit


Redland Art Gallery 100Book

Image: Elsi Vassdal Ellis (USA), What’s in a name cowgirl blues (detail) 2014, archival inkjet on Mohawk Superfine 100# text; pamphlet sewn, soft cover artists’ book. Courtesy of the artist.