You will be able to book tickets from 9:30am on Monday 30th January.
Lecturers: Kim Spooner and Clare Humphries
Location: State Library of New South Wales, Macquarie Street, Sydney
Whether you’re interested in the physical spaces of libraries, the knowledge that they store or the systems that libraries use for organising information, this project will let you spend four days in the magnificent State Library of NSW. You will have the opportunity to draw in the historic Mitchell Library as well as the intriguing modern sections of architecture that make up the complex. Library staff will introduce you to the vast wealth of geographic maps, architectural plans, historic prints, photographs and drawings as well as archives of the personal papers of significant Australian artists.
If libraries are your ‘place’ here’s your opportunity to get to know this important building and collection intimately. If the ‘archive’ project in second year was (or will be) your driving force, then come and explore the depth of possibilities that research based drawing can offer. A week spent here could fuel a life long love and association with one of our most intriguing and diverse resources.
Materials to bring on first day:
paper, eraser & dry drawing materials (eg pencils, charcoal, pens, markers).
NO BOTTLED INK, PAINT OR WATERCOLOUR ALLOWED IN LIBRARY
Resources and References:
All pictures on this page courtesy State Library of New South Wales. Photographer: Joy Lai.
To see what the collection contains, view the Library’s general website https://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/
You can see curated stories about the collections at https://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/stories
Pictorial material can be found in the manuscripts and pictures catalogue at https://acmssearch.sl.nsw.gov.au/s/search.html?collection=slnsw. If you select the button records with images you will only see collection material that has been digitised.
There is a site on the Holtermann collection at https://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/stories/holtermann-collection – if you scroll down to the bottom of these pages, you can see images from the collection which can be zoomed in on, for their detail. You can also find these images in the pictures catalogue by searching using the words holtermann and hill end.
Kim Spooner is an established artist who has had 19 Solo Exhibitions throughout Australia. She is represented by Annandale Galleries, Sydney. Her work is held in the National Collection, The German Embassy Sydney, as well as notable Private Collections in Australia and overseas. She has won the Portia Geach Memorial Award, Campbelltown Art Prize and her work has been exhibited in the Archibald, Sulman, Dobell Prize Exhibitions and many others. She is known for her incisive paintings and drawings which allude subtle narratives relating to literature and the traditions of painting, as well as a mastery of traditional mediums including egg tempera and encaustic painting. Kim’s most recent drawings are a personal conversation with iconic artists. Kim is a respected lecturer in painting and drawing at the National Art School.
Clare Humphries, You are somewhere, 2016, hand burnished and sanded linocut print, 38 x 39 cm
Clare Humphries is an Australian artist who has recently returned from living in the UK and working at the Royal College of Art and Norwich University of the Arts. Her practice looks at the ways an intangible experience of ‘aura’ can be revealed through image and materiality. Drawing on the idea of aura as a sensation of distance brought near, Clare explores experiences of unsettled perception, where notions that appear to be opposing are brought together, such as close and far, or past and present. Working with drawing and printmaking she depicts objects in transition between one state and another, in order to explore how encounters with things ‘in-between’ can re-animate our felt connections to the world around us