Expert insight: art, fashion and photography

Explore art, fashion or photography through highlights from the State Library's rich collection.

John French, Mary Quant fashions modelled by Jean Shrimpton and Celia Hammond 1962, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
09 April 2015, 11:00am12:00pm
21 May 2015, 3:00pm4:00pm
02 June 2015, 6:00pm7:00pm
Bookings required, see links below.
Phone: 03 8664 7099
Location Red Rotunda, Cowen Gallery
Accessibility Has wheelchair access

Delve into art, fashion or photography at the Library as we reveal highlights from our incredible collection. These sessions are inspired by our exhibition Inspiration by Design: Word and Image from the Victoria and Albert Museum (from 20 March to 14 June), which showcases some of the world’s finest book art, graphics, photography and illustration.

Hear from experts and see significant State Library books and artworks up close in one of three sessions:

Focus on artists' books

Thursday 9 April, 11am

The term 'artist book' refers to a book that is intended as a work of art, ranging from rich volumes of paintings to photocopied zines to works so unique that they question the nature of the book itself. We have pieces spanning French Modernism to American photography, but the key focus of our collection is on Australian art.

In this session Steven Tonkin, Curator (Contemporary and Live Art) at the Arts Centre Melbourne, and Sasha Grishin, visual artist, historian and State Library Creative Fellow, will present specially selected books that reveal the creative possibilities of this art form and stimulate lively discussion.

Focus on photography

Thursday 21 May, 3pm BOOK ONLINE

The State Library has a vast Pictures collection, focused on photography illustrating life in Victoria. Highlights include pictures of early settlers and streetscapes, and photographs documenting the 20th century, including important works by Mark Strizic and Rennie Ellis.

Join Librarian in the Pictures Collection Susan Long and Jane E Brown from Melbourne University’s Visual Cultures Resource Centre, who both work with photography collections and practise as photographers. They will present a selection of photographs from the Library’s collection, discussing their own work and practice through them.

Focus on fashion

Tuesday 2 June, 6pm BOOKED OUT

The Library's fashion collection includes books, clothing and accessories, pictures, eresources and magazines, from historic jewellery to contemporary fashion photographs and decades of Vogue magazines.

In this session the State Library's Katie Flack, expert on our fashion collection, presents a curated selection of colourful and curious pieces that trace the history of what we wear.