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Telling Tales

Telling Tales is an exhibition that explores storytelling and a shared fascination with books and the literary world in contemporary art.

3 December 2021–6 February 2022

Each artist plays with a range of associations intrinsic to books — reading, knowledge, libraries, transformation, history, personal and collective memory. This exhibition provides rich territory in which to revalue the continued importance and powerful potential of the book form in contemporary art. Telling Tales celebrates the language of books, the stories they tell, and their shifting role in contemporary life. The works span a range of mediums including painting, book sculptures, photography, video, collage and altered books.

Charlie Sofo | Library 2019 | Digital video 0:53 mins | Courtesy of the artist and Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney
Charlie Sofo | Library 2019 | Digital video 0:53 mins | Courtesy of the artist and Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney

Curated by Diane Soumilas, the exhibition features the following artists: Chris Bond; Penelope Davis; Prudence Flint; Nicholas Jones; Victoria Reichelt; Tai Snaith; Charlie Sofo; and Deborah Walker.

A series of online artist/curator conversations and public programs including artist talks, curator talks and workshops will be presented in association with the exhibition.

In Conversation with artists Tai Snaith and Nicholas Jones

Join artists Tai Snaith and Nicholas Jones in an engaging conversation with Council’s Curator Diane Soumilas about their shared passion for books, the processes that inform their artistic practice and themes around collecting, literature, recycling and storytelling.

Tai Snaith | The Unseen Art scene 2019 | Porcelain and paper collage on found paperback book | Courtesy of the artist
Tai Snaith | The Unseen Art scene 2019 | Porcelain and paper collage on found paperback book | Courtesy of the artist
Nicholas Jones | Cheiro’s Language of the hand 2019 | Altered book | Courtesy of the artist
Nicholas Jones | Cheiro’s Language of the hand 2019 | Altered book | Courtesy of the artist

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14 December 2021 / 6:00 PM — 8:00 PM

Glen Eira Open Evenings at Rippon Lea Estate

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Rippon Lea Estate welcomes City of Glen Eira residents to enjoy a special BYO picnic event.

Rippon Lea Estate, 192 Hotham Road, Elsternwick

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Join hosts Rob Mills and Lucy Durack on Saturday 18 December as Glen Eira City Council presents Carols in the Gardens. To be held from 6pm to 9pm within the beautiful and picturesque grounds of Rippon Lea Estate in Elsternwick.

Rippon Lea Estate, 192 Hotham Street, Elsternwick