December 08, 2006

BOOK | A Short Ride in a Fast Machine

Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces’ 20-year anniversary publication A Short Ride in a Fast Machine: Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces 1985 - 2005 won Best Book at the 2006 Museums Australia Multimedia and Publication Design Awards, which were held at the Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, in May.

The publication, designed by Yanni Florence, contested a strong field of entrants including publications from the National Gallery of Australia, the Museum of New Zealand and the Museum of Brisbane to take out the prize. Overall, MAPDA received 315 entries from 85 institutions within the Museums and Collections sector in Australia and New Zealand. All entries were evaluated according to the organisation’s size and short-listed for their original creative ideas and innovative concepts’ merit.

Charlotte Day, Editor of A Short Ride in a Fast Machine, says: “I am thrilled that we have won this award. A Short Ride in a Fast Machine is a visual and written ‘real time’ history of contemporary art as it unfolded in and around Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, focusing on art practices from the ground up, and told by the artists, writers, curators and critics of the time. It is a dynamic history, one of organic evolution, major events, grounded in the local arts community in combination with national and international networks.”

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