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Artist Book Group

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Artists’ books can be defined as works of art that utilise the form of the book. They are often published in small editions, though they are sometimes produced as one-of-a-kind objects. Artists’ books have employed a wide range of forms, including scrolls, fold-outs, concertinas or loose items contained in a box.

I would like to hear from any members interested in meeting as part of this new group. There will be no member or meeting costs involved for members of QBG. Outside interested people will need to join or rejoin the QBG to participate in the group.

We meet every month to discuss our interest and have a show and tell session, followed by information sharing in the form of demonstration or mini workshop.There is time to work on your own projects most of the time.

We meet on the second Tuesday of the month at BVAC hub, Taragindi, The meeting starts at 1pm.

Events, Workshops & Courses

QBG Calendar of Activities:

Our next meeting will be our regular visit, this time to the State Archives at Runcorn on Wednesday 8th May. Our tour begins at 10.30 am and will take 90 minutes, which will be all standing and walking (no seating available). Please assemble at 10.00 am in the main reception area so that passes can be issued, and phones and cameras stored securely (no photography or phones allowed in the behind-the-scenes areas). The maximum number for a group is 20 so Sarah will need names by the morning of Friday May 3rd   
(details of Archives from website www.qld.gov.au/recreation/arts/heritage/archives/contacts)

June: Open Day on 30th June: held at BVAC from 9.00am – 12. 00pm


Please note some courses and workshops shown here are for the exclusive benefit of QBG members:

On Sunday April 28th Fred Pohlmann will teach a course on Edge Decoration at his home studio at Camp Mountain. There is one place left on this course. Please contact Jenny Jorgensen to book the final spot. The course will cover: Edge Preparation, Coloured Edges, Graphite, Speckled Edges, Gauffering and a little on Edge Painting. (Gilding will be for another day). It will be held at Fred’s studio at 43 Sutton Court, Camp Mountain (9.00am to 4.00pm) costing $70, including a pre-prepared book block

Introductory Courses:

(Held at: BVAC, Wellers Hill) 

Course cost: $180

Time:  9.00 am to 4.00pm (both days)

Please use application form and payment details for courses: here

Learn the basic and essential skills of bookbinding by making a handmade casebound book at our 2 day weekend course.

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Equipment you will use              Book you will make

You will learn and practice simple techniques of bookbinding so that you can make  book, with it’s cover, from decorative  materials. These techniques will help you restore books, create artist books, bind simple sheets, rebind paperbacks and create beautiful volumes in your own style. In two days with the teaching and assistance of tutors you will learn the basics of making a book. You can then apply these skills to book restoration, book arts, rebinding treasured volumes, binding family histories, magazines, photo albums, poetry and self published books. Course fees : include tuition, materials, notes, some tools and our instructional DVD. & 1 year membership for non members. Course venue: BVAC


No meeting in December – Christmas party on 12 Dec.

13 Feb: 7pm – Extended Show and Tell.

Open Door Days:

These are an opportunity for members to access the QBG shop and equipment with the assistance of the QBG Committee members.  (Gold coin donation appreciated)


Open Days:

These are a wonderful opportunity for members to view demonstrations as well as access the QBG shop, equipment and senior member’s expertise.  (Gold coin donation appreciated).


Northern Suburbs Meetings: