The ‘touring agency’ is Craft Queensland trading as Artisan with Barbara Heath as ‘the solo artist’ and Barbara Heath and Malcolm Enright as ‘Curators’. Having dealt with the objects and research material previously, Kirsten Fitzpatrick & Simone Jones have taken the content and flown with it extremely well. The list of ‘tin’ lenders are the Gillespie family, the Hesse & Allom families with Juan-Luis Gonzalez’s pieces and those from my own Urban Archaeology collection. The most exciting benefit will be a proper touring catalogue. The detail below confirms the catalogue content, only the designer has changed due to the tight deadlines over the holiday period.

2012 and 2013 touring catalogue – Tinsmith: An ordinary Romance. Specs: · Hard cover book with dust jacket, possibly with embossing on the cover (of silhouettes from Barbara’s work potentially, designer is still exploring options) · End papers · 40 page full colour · Spot varnishing on selected pages – possibly of tin pattern silhouettes Contents: · Foreword by artisan CEO, Liana Heath · Barbara’s essay on Tinsmithing · Essay on Barbara’s works by Miriam Carter · Barbara’s CV – we are using the full one from the website, please let me know if there is anything new to be added? · Images from original publication and new photographs of Barbara’s works. We are printing in Hong Kong in order to be able to deliver a gorgeous, high level publication. Works will be photographed this week and text will be finalized by next Wednesday to allow design over Christmas. Final files will go to Hong Kong 12 January. Melanie Schafer is designing the publication and she is going to start sending through initial design concepts soon, which we’ll forward on for your thoughts. The retail price will be $9.95 during the exhibition as this is part of the funding agreement with the Gordon Darling Foundation.

So we have a slightly reduced list of research works because of venue size, insurance & logistics, otherwise the show is put together with new studio-made objects that will tour to the following venues:

Pine Rivers Heritage Museum 31 January–1 April 2012, Bribie Island Seaside Museum 5 April–3 June 2012, Redland Art Gallery 24 June–22 July 2012, Cobb & Co Museum 10 September–17 November 2012, Gladstone Regional Art Gallery 14 December–16 February 2013, Ipswich Art Gallery 2 March–28 April 2013, Stanthorpe Regional Gallery 23 May–30 June 2013, The Centre for Scenic Rim Art and Culture, Beaudesert Mid September–October 2013.

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