Monday, April 23, 2018

Moving Words at QAGOMA 14 April 2018 with the wonderful Jarad Bruinstroo, David Stavanger, Zenobia Frost, Theresa Creed, Nathan Shepherdson, Lionel Fogarty and Margie Cronin.  Our poems were signed by Melinda Busch from Deaf Services QLD. Writing and performing WITHOUT TITLE after Untitled Gordon Bennett 1991 has had an profound impact on me and I consider it to be a significant poem in my output. The commission for a longer work enabled me to think deeply about issues arising from colonialism in the painting that still affect Australia today and to engage with a number of senior Indigenous writers. Thanks to Queensland Poetry Festival, QAGOMA and the Commonwealth Games Festival for the commission.

you'll find a link to all the poems here

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Notes to Architects

New poem online at Blackbox Manifold 

Australia Council Arts Project Grant awarded 2018 to research and write a Verse Novel

Huge thanks to the Australia Council for awarding me an Arts Project grant. This round saw strong outcomes for female artists, particularly in music, with 56% of grants awarded to women or groups including women. Next grant round for OzCo closes Tuesday 6 February for projects starting after 1 May 2018 so head to their website if you are interested in applying!

I'm off to the UK in September to start the research.

Dorothy Hewett Award for an Unpublished Manuscript 2018




Some Sketchy Notes on Matter shortlisted for the Dorothy Hewett Award for an Unpublished Manuscript 2018

from the Judges comments:
With a hovering intelligence and a laudable lack of ego, the beautifully controlled poems of ‘Some Sketchy Notes on Matter’ investigate the world with an ecstatic’s eye.

perth festival dorothy-hewett award 2018

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

NightLadder Collective Exhibition Connect-ed at Brisbane Institute of Art Oct 2017


Showing three of my works Thirteen Meditations on the Untranslatable, MAENAD: Manifesto, and Index. 

In all of my works in this exhibition I am interested in text and image and notions of manuscript. Each of the three works offers a different aspect of the relationship. INDEX is an artist Book handwritten in ink on double sided pages, however the form of the book (a concertina bookended by two Witches Stairs) deliberately makes it impossible to read the words. Maenad – MANIFESTO is an altered book, the first in the MAENAD series. It is deconstructed from its original form (Maquarie Dictionary) and repurposed so that the opened pages move from a reading as text (book) to its possibility as image (ink on paper displayed on a gallery wall). My selection of specific words offers a critique of the historical moment in which we are living. In Thirteen Mediations on the Untranslatable seriality offers a method to contemplate the temporal. The unique-state, bleed etchings are contemplative, enigmatic and uncontained, deliberately at a scale to draw the viewer in to personal encounter. The work consists of thirteen etchings and a thirteen stanza poem.

Thirteen Meditations,  is forthcoming from Axon: Creative Explorations, materiality, creativity and material poetics (2018). 

Sunday, July 16, 2017

ABBE Artist Book Masterclass with Uta Schneider & Ulrike Stoltz

Participants discuss our work after a wonderful two day Masterclass in the QCA studios

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Pleasure/Demolition by Caren Florance

The wonderful poet Owen Bullock singing my poetry in a public performance at East Space Gallery Canberra in March. The artwork is Pleasure/Demolition by Caren Florance using words from my Notes for Architects series. Pleasure Demolition was selected for exhibition in the 2017 Nonesuch Art Of Paper Awards exhibitions in Canada.

Working Papers a collaboration with Caren Florance




This project with artist Caren Florance saw me in her letterpress studio setting the type (stream of consciousness) for what would become the poem 'the future unimagine' published by Cordite. The blocks of typeset text were then worked on by Caren Florance, printed on Japanese paper and sent to me so that I could draw on the pages. This work was mentioned in the news of the print world (selected new editions) section of Art in Print (USA). Caren and I gave a paper on the collaboration "Unfolding to refold: collaborative wordings" at the ABBE conference in Brisbane July 2017. The artwork and the poem is also reproduced as a visual/poetry book published by Recent Works PressThis book and its ephemera has entered the collections of The National Art Library, Victoria and Albert Museum and The Poetry Library London. 

Definitely creating new audiences for Visual Art through Poetry and for Poetry through Visual Art.

Reading Spaces Exhibition East Space Gallery Canberra

Just back from Canberra where my collaborative poetry/printmaking project with artist Caren Florance Working Papers was being exhibited in the wonderful East Space Gallery. Also on show was her take Pleasure/Demolition on some of my poems from the Notes to Architects series. I got to do two readings while I was down there and attend the University of Canberra's Symposium on Poetry and the Artist Book.

Writer in Residence Canberra September 2019

Just heard that I will be Writer in Residence for the A.C.T. (Australian Capital Territory) in Canberra in September 2019.  

Monday, November 23, 2015

Scape



Scape - a visual response to the poetry of Angela Gardner has been showing at the Brisbane Institute of Art. Really enjoy it when poetry enters galleries and visual art responds to poetry. The work shown by The Collective was sensitive, enquiring and thoughtful. It was wonderful to read my poetry to an enthusiastic crowd of gallery goers.

Friday, May 15, 2015

‘Last Flight’ artist book from the ‘Conflict in History’ Residency at Manly and Sheffield

Manly Library Artist’s Book Award, selected by Helen Cole & Steven Miller, Manly NSW 24 March to 12 April 2015
Now selected for 
5th Sheffield International Artist Book Award – Bank Arts, Sheffield UK, Oct 2015
(This artist book was lost in-transit to the Sheffield and had to be withdrawn. Last known whereabouts Sheffield Post Office - isn't tracking marvellous - now I know where it is lost!)

Exhibition - The Spaces Between





Thursday, February 12, 2015

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Artist Book 'Intention' part of ‘Conflict in History’ Residency




Intention uses a combination of text and image to commemorate the lives of refugees drowned at Christmas Island attempting to reach Australia by boat. As a migrant I have immigrated to Australia twice, the first as a boat arrival aboard the S.S. Strathnaver, and later as an independent adult through a migrant application arriving by air.
There is a foreground image, solvent release, of geometric lines taken from Arabic geometry, skewed and disrupted, that is reminiscent of map projection lines. The background image, of offset intaglio printed etching and relief printed lino does not project any narrative but is intended to convey the emptiness and scale of the ocean. There is a vast loneliness and undifferentiated sameness to open ocean, and in rough weather a profound terror.

The text of Intention, in handwritten pencil, was written as part of my ‘Conflict in History’ Residency for the Australian Historical Association and the University of Queensland’s School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classic and the UQ Art Museum in the second half of 2014. It was published in Thing & Unthing, Angela Gardner, Vagabond Press, Sydney 2014.

Both books 21 x 13.5 x 1.2 closed and 21 x 300 open
etching, linocut, solvent release, pencil on Moleskine Japanese Album

Artist Book Last Flight, part of the 'Conflict in History Residency'





Last Flight uses a combination of text and image to explore the plight of the dispossessed, in particular refugees from Middle-Eastern conflict zones. As a migrant I have immigrated to Australia twice, once as a child ten-pound-Pom, and later as an independent adult through a migrant application. Any complications in my identity due to dual nationality pale into insignificance in relation to the distress of those forced to leave their homes and flee.
The primary sources for the solvent release images are news feeds and the internet, which is how we as Australians become informed about this conflict. It should be noted, in a blurring of boundaries, that some of the images are from war games and aerial survey maps of Australian suburbs.
The explanatory text on the meaning of the word conflict has been put through an optical character recognition software and translated between pdf and word files. The process has garbled the meaning and changed the image to text, addressing central and ongoing themes in my work of the stability of identity and meaning, between text and image. The images have been over-printed with offset intaglio printed etching.

The text of Last Flight, in handwritten pencil, was written as part of my ‘Conflict in History’ Residency for the Australian Historical Association and the University of Queensland’s School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classic and the UQ Art Museum in the second half of 2014. It was published in Thing & Unthing, Angela Gardner, Vagabond Press, Sydney 2014.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Extract from my artist book 'A Quiet Voice' published in APJ

"I particularly enjoyed the pieces with colour, especially ‘A Quiet Voice’ by Australian artist and poet Angela Gardner. In ‘A Quiet Voice’—a stunning fusion of watercolour, origami and poetry—Gardner delicately uses space and silence as an additional form of expression, and catalyst, that swings the reader between reading and viewing."

rochford street review on the concrete issue of australian poetry journal

Launch dates announced for Vagabond Press Decibel series



Sunday November 30 (3:30 for 4pm) - Sydney launch of deciBels (with Skype link up) - Gleebooks
Sunday December 7 (1:30 for 2pm) - Vagabond Press Christmas Party: launch of Jess Wilkinson (Percy), Andy Carruthers (Axis) and Chris Edwards (Naptime) - Gleebooks
Wednesday December 10 (6 for 6:30pm?) - Melbourne launch ofdeciBels - The Alderman (TBC)
Friday December 12 (6 for 6:30pm?) - Melbourne launch of Percy and Axis - Grainger Museum

Artist in Residence for ‘Conflict in History’


Currenly AHA Artist in Residence  for ‘Conflict in History’ supported by UQ Art Museum/ HPRC.

CODEX Australia Melbourne 2014


light-trap press took part in CODEX in Melbourne 2014

Monday, April 2, 2012

Swung Weight Poetry Broadsheet




Huge thanks to Caren Florance of Ampersand Duck who gave me studio time and her clean hands while I typeset the poem Swung Weight in Garamond English 12 point with title in Castellar 24 point and clouds in random woodtype. Incredible fun as always, relaxed, intelligent, generous and skilled...oh and the music in the studio keeps everything moving. Swung Weight will be published in due course by Ampersand Duck.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Poems in Cordite

Cordite 36: Electronica is now online and available for your viewing pleasure at:

http://cordite.org.au/electronica/
Look out for my two poems "Animal Light" and "We Are Called"

Saturday, July 30, 2011

I am currently working on a commission for The Red Room Company for their Clubs & Societies project. I will be reading at The Queensland Poetry Festival 27 August at 10.30am, Theatre Space Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts 420 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

I will be reading at:
Readings Carlton
309 Lygon Street, Carlton VIC 3053 (03) 9347 6633 ‎
on 11 July 2011 at 6.30pm


Pages + Poetry is Readings Carlton's monthly poetry night. It happens on the second Monday night of the month and is curated by Melbourne poet, Luke Beesley.

There will be wine, and we start 630pm sharp ...myself and...

Petra White is a Melbourne poet. Her first book, The Incoming Tide, John Leonard Press (2007) was shortlisted for a Queensland Premier’s Prize. Her second book, The Simplified World (2010), was joint winner of the Grace Leven Prize for Poetry.

Jamie King-Holden lives in Geelong and studies literature at Deakin University. Her first book of poetry, 'Chemistry' was published by Whitmore press (2011). Jamie co-edits the literary zine 'Windmills.

Happily Ever After


altered book 'The Red Shoes/Dance of Death' on show at the John Paynter Gallery in Newcastle, NSW

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Brisbane Floods

I flew into Brisbane on Sunday 9 January after three weeks in Britain. The pilot on our descent said the weather was not good. It wasn't raining as I got out of the terminal but the humidity hit me like a torpid wall. On Monday, I was just glad to be home. Jetlagged and needing to go to work early the next morning, I went to bed, unaware of the seven billion tonnes of water that had fallen in 72 hours...
to read more: London Review of Books.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Big Print in Canberra




Congratulations to Ampersand Duck and byrd for their work on Big Print. See images here. It is wonderful to see words from my Notes to Architects being used in the installation BIG PRINT, Megalo @ the Fitters Workshop, Kingston (Canberra ACT). Large scale printworks by 8 artists. Open 15-17 October 2010.

Vario Exhibtion at Bay Art Cardiff, Wales



While I was in Cardiff recently I was privileged to attend the opening of an exhibition of Vario at Bay Art. The Folio is an International collaboration between printmakers in Hawaii, USA, Virtually-6 printmaker’s in Wales, UK and Southern Highland Printmakers and Impress Printmaker’s in Australia. The exhibition also showed work by The V-6 print group (Cardiff, Wales) Annie Giles Hobbs, Sue Hunt Tom Piper, (all pictured), and Richard Cox, Chris Lloyd and by David Ferry A.R.E. The Cardiff Vario connection has put in a proposal to IMPACT 7 to be held in Melbourne Australia in November 2011 for an exhibition of the Vario portfolio.

Practicum on an Idealised Landscape


‘Practicum on an Idealised Landscape’ is a recent look at landscape. Thinking about different greens in watercolour, that whole watercolour landscape tradition and the nostalgic country names that are given to commercial green paints. My father was a watercolourist, who trained at Winchester School of Art just after WWII and exhibited with the South Wales Arts Society. He and my mother now live in a garden village, the idealised movement that flowered with Utopian Socialism and the Arts & Crafts movement. The village they live in has strict rules, due to Grade2 listing, about what can and can’t be done to the fabric of the buildings, including carefully prescribed colours of house paint. On a recent visit in September 2010 I documented the different greens on the garage doors as people do what they want while nodding in direction of these rules. The result is an artist book presented in the form of a slideshow '60 shades of green' that is presented with a poem I have been writing about Actaeon and the forest: our green youth when we enter the forest and look upon the embodiment of Love. The subjects of the work, artist book and poem, are therefore not just idealised landscape and the mythos of Youth, but also by inference ageing, which has come in this instance from thinking about my father as he was, and is.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

review of Views of the Hudson in Jacket 40

wax drawings




I've been in the studio working on some wax drawings - using the tjanting to draw as a resist.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Artist Book - Featherweight


The weight of a soul is the weight of a feather. Visible through the poem (a cover or title page) are the five blank pages, made of fine cotton lawn, that comprise the artist’s book. The poem Featherweight was written for the project by the artist and poet Angela Gardner. Featherweight is published by light-trap press in a limited signed edition of five. Featherweight will be shown as part of Barratt Galleries Hankie project.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


Lisa, Gwenn and I also held a workshop at Umbrella studios.

Night Ladder at Umbrella Studio Townsville



Night Ladder Exhibition at Umbrella Studio Townsville where Marg Naylor, Public Programs Co-ordinator at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery talking with Gwenn Tasker and Lisa Pullen at the Opening of The Night Ladder exhibition.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Yogjakarta




Just back in Australia after ten days in Indonesia. First two days were spent cross-legged on a rattan mat in a batik studio learning traditional batik methods using beeswax and a tjanting (pictured). While staying in Yogjakarta went to see the Ramayana performed in traditional Javanese style and was mesmerised... Indonesia is truly an amazing place from being woken at 4.30am by the call to prayer, the shoals of motorbikes on the streets, Borobodur (pictured), traditional dancing at the sultan's palace (pictured) to drinking ginger tea and more tofu than I have ever had in my life...oh and durian....that is a whole other story...

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Highgate Cemetery


one of my top weird things to do in London.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Small Publisher's Book Fair London


light-trap press recently had a stand at the 9th International Small Publisher's Book Fair London. We were able to show twelve labours, The Night Ladder and holding Job's hand to the many people who visited our stand.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Up coming events

Poetry Reading:


National Library of Wales Aberystwyth with Keri Finlayson lunchtime 10 November

Date: Wednesday 11 November
Venue: Menzies Centre, Australia Centre, Corner Strand and Melbourne Place, London
WC2B 4LG
Cost: Free
Please rsvp to frank.bongiorno@kcl.ac.uk for details

light-trap press will have a stand at the London Small Publisher's Fair ... 13/14 November. Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1 (tube: Holborn) Main Hall, open 11am – 7pm. Admission free. Readings (including one by Angela Gardner) 14th Nov afternoon.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Current drawing project at UWIC




I've been working in the studio at UWIC School of Art...exploring the sensory and graphic elements of the written as visual language dislocated from the sign-specific meaning of words themselves. This is seeing whether theories that originated in linguistics such as Julia Kristeva’s argument for the materiality of language through the gesture of writing have a correlation in visual language. I've also been thinking about Derrida’s absent/presence narrative and the silence of spaces whether it can be interpreted as the artworld’s ‘negative space’. How do writing and drawing relate to each other? Obviously I have a lot to learn about linguistics but thinking about how these concepts translate in the studio is proving very interesting. Drawings in the sequence are currently titled "Out of Sight (of thought)" Drawings are in unfinished works in progress.