The People's Library 2018

Margaret Woodward (Artist), Justy Phillips (Artist)

Research output: Non-textual outputs, including Creative WorksCreative Works - Original - Visual art works


In The People’s Library we offered residents of lutruwita/Tasmania the opportunity to publish new literary works in any genre. ( Tethered in everyday acts of writing, reading and telling, The People’s Library published, digested and performed a unique living library of new and original book-length works by Tasmanian writers. Part performance library, part contemporary artwork, The People’s Library had at its core a library of 113 books across a range of genres by 150 authors from metropolitan, regional and remote locations, ranging in age from 15 to 94 years. This epic project, culminated in a month-long installation at the Long Gallery, Hobart in September 2018, where the library’s holdings were installed as an artwork and ‘performed’ through a series of live events. Visitors were invited to participate in the artwork by visiting the library, to read its holdings, or to take part in the 50 author-generated events including readings, performances, book clubs, panel discussions and workshops. During September seven readers in residence were invited to spend time in the library and in return produce a digest of its contents. These digests, along with 15 other digests by other visitors currently received will be published in 2019 by A Published Event.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationHobart, Tasmania
PublisherA Published Event
Media of outputArtwork
Size113 books and installation
Publication statusPublished - 07 Sep 2018
EventThe People's Library 2018 - Long Gallery, Salamanca Art Centre, Hobart, Australia
Duration: 07 Sep 201828 Apr 2019


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