10 January 2013

Exhibitions into the New Year

My first post of 2013 highlights some of the Australasian rare books and special collections exhibitions that opened late in 2012 and carried over into the New Year.

'Art in the Service of Science: Dunedin's John Buchanan'
Hocken Library, Dunedin
22 November 2012 to 9 February 2013

'Flowers, Fruit and Foliage: A Bouquet of Botanical Illustrations'
Sir George Grey Special Collections, Central City Library, Auckland
17 November 2012 to 17 March 2013

'From Pigskin to Paper: The Art and Craft of Bookbinding'
University of Otago, Special Collections, Dunedin
20 December to 22 March 2013

'Labels: Travel in Europe'
Monash University, Special Collections, Melbourne
14 September 2012 to 23 February 2013

'Mai i Rangiatea: The Portrayal of Maori Myth & Legend in Print'
Dunedin City Library, Heritage Collections, Dunedin
14 December 2012 to 10 March 2013

'Things: Photographing the Constructed World'
National Library of Australia, Canberra
24 November 2012 to 17 February 2013

A dynamic PDF with links to each image can be found here.

'Time in Motion: 50 Years of The Australian Ballet'
State Library of New South Wales, Sydney
10 November 2012 to 10 February 2013

'To the Ends of the Earth" Bibles in the Alexander Turnbull Library'
National Library of New Zealand, Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington
26 November 2012 to 19 January 2013

Ruth Lightbourne, Curator of Rare Books and Fine Printing, has added two insightful posts related to the exhibition on the NLNZ blog: 'To the ends of the earth' and 'All things to all men'. Both are well worth a read.


Know of an interesting exhibition that opened towards the end of last year and not listed above? If so, please leave a comment.


  1. Enchanted Dome : the Library and imagination at the State Library of Victoria until 14 July 2013 looks at artworks and literature inspired by the iconic domed Latrobe Reading Room.