Curated by Christine Willcocks and Meredith Cusack of Byron School of Art
Presented in collaboration with the Byron Writers Festival 2017 and Lone Goat Gallery.
Byron Writers Festival and Byron School of Art are excited to announce a collaborative exhibition of Artists Books titled The Image Unbound. This exhibition held at the Lone Goat Gallery offers insight into the ways artists deconstruct our understanding of how books carry meaning and what actually constitutes a book.
Whilst artists have illustrated books since the 1400s, the book as an art object itself is only a fairly recent phenomenon dating back to the 1950s.
Curators Christine Willcocks and Meredith Cusack from the Byron School of Art point out that “many people are not familiar with Artist Books, yet the State Library of Queensland has a collection of 1500 works from Australia and overseas, and a number of the artist exhibiting in The Image Unbound, have works in that collection.
What makes Artist Books so fascinating is the way artists mesh text and imagery, or how they manipulate the form of the book itself from the fairly traditional binding to more fluid conceptual frameworks that will really challenge people’s ideas of what a book can be.”
Christine Willcocks and Meredith Cusack
Byron School of Art
Co Curator Christine Willcocks
Christine is a Director and teacher at the Byron School of Art. Christine is a well-known artist and printmaker, having won many awards both nationally and locally. Her work can be found in many collections throughout Australia including Artbank, The Print Council of Australia, Canson Australia Pty Ltd, the State Library of Victoria and Queensland as well as numerous Regional and City Galleries, Universities and Schools. Christine has four Artists Books in the Queensland State Library.
Christine has studied at Southern Cross University Lismore and Monash University in Victoria. She taught at Lismore TAFE for 13 years and is currently teaching at Southern Cross University. Trained as a printmaker, with over 20 years of experience, her work often includes cross disciplines such as drawing, painting, photography and 3D. Christine runs highly motivated workshops across Australia.
She is represented by Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria. Christine has curated numerous exhibitions and was one of the original founders of Piece Gallery, c.a.s.e. Inc, the Industrialists and the Bryon School of Art.
Co Curator Meredith Crowe
Meredith is the coordinator of the BSA Project Space. Meredith began her studies with a BA in Modern Languages at Canberra University and the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, before completing a social work degree in 2000. After moving to the Northern Rivers in 2003, Meredith studied Fine Arts at TAFE, continuing her studies at Southern Cross University.
Although primarily a painter she also works across multiple disciplines such as works on paper, 3D and video. Meredith has had solo exhibitions at Tweed Regional Gallery and Arts Northern Rivers and has participated in numerous selected group shows, receiving a number of awards. Her work is held in private collections in UK, Europe and Australia.
Meredith is a founding member of the Industrialists and the Byron School of Art.