May is poster month in Melbourne

Published:  April 19, 2013
May is poster month in Melbourne

May promises to be a big month for poster lovers in Melbourne, with no less than six poster-related events taking place. All events are free, but some require reservations, so be sure to read through all details carefully.

This series of events is part of the extended Australian Poster Biennale program presented by AGDA, which includes the Glob-All Mix poster exhibition from Rio, Alain Le Quernec’s poster exhibition, a Polish poster lecture and of course the opening night of the APB finalist exhibition. All events aim to celebrate the art of the poster, as well as examine the possibilities of the medium for ideological communication.

Selected GlobALL Mix posters from Isidro Ferrer, Gunter Rambow, Mark Gowing & David Tartakover

Kicking things off is the Glob-All Mix exhibition, featuring 30 sustainability posters designed for the Rio+20 Summit. This exhibition includes works by Alain Le Quernec, Isidro Ferrer, Jonathan Barnbrook and many more. The event is free and runs from April 19 — May 7 at Swinbourne Gallery, Building PA Level 2 144 High Street, Prahran.

For more information about this exhibition visit Glob-All Mix or Swinburne University.

Selected posters by Alian Le Quernec

agIdeas presenter Alain Le Quernec will be exhibiting a collection of his posters at the State Library of Victoria, co-hosted by AGDA. Le Quernec is a distinguished professor of art and eminent graphic designer, who works mainly for cultural, social and political purposes. Alain is a member of Alliance Graphique Internationale and participates as a presenter and jury member at graphic design festivals and competitions around the world. Le Quernec’s work has been shown in Israel, Japan, Belgium, Germany and his native France, and they will be show in Australia for the first time from April 29 – May 20 at State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston St, Melbourne.

Visit agIdeas for more information.

Selected Polish posters from the Gerard Herbst Poster Collection.

As previously announced, Plakat Polski is a panel discussion about Polish poster design featuring Alain Le Quernec, Mark Gowing and Glen Wallis to be held at the Ian Potter Museum of Art. The event will run from 6pm to 7:30pm on April 30th. This event is now booked out so hopefully you reserved your place!

APD trophies. Design by Mark Gowing using handpicked stones from the Nepean River in Sydney.

Alain Le Quernec will also be opening the 2013 Australian Poster Biennale. As an esteemed guest juror, Le Quernec will present the Foundation Stone award for outstanding work by a professional, as well as the Stepping Stone award for the best work by a student.
Opening night starts at 7pm on May 2nd, and is happening in the foyer of the Monash Art Design & Architecture Building G, 900 Dandenong Road
, Caulfield East.

A month long exhibition of the Australian Poster Biennale winners will follow this event. Designers were invited to create posters as a response to the theme “A mother’s life is precious”. The 40 finalist posters deal with a range of issues surrounding women’s rights, women’s health and maternal mortality. These posters assemble a vibrant and diverse set of works and opinions from around the globe, marking a significant step by AGDA into the international poster arena.

The exhibition runs from May 6 – 20 at Studio 7, Monash Art Design & Architecture Building G, 900 Dandenong Road
, Caulfield East.


Selected ideological posters by Mark Gowing

And finally, Mark Gowing will be present Music Art Film, a lecture and exhibition of his own work. Gowing has been designing identities, books and posters for 25 years and is driven by th e
belief that design is as much about feeling as it is about understanding. Mark has won numerous awards for his work. and in 2008 Mark became the first Australian to win the Gold Medal at the Warsaw International Poster Biennale.

Mark will present a lecture as part of MADA Volume Control about his process, which will be followed by the opening of an exhibition of his poster work for the arts industry over the past decade. This will take place on May 6, from 6pm – 8pm at Lecture theatre G1.04, Monash Art Design & Architecture Building G, 900 Dandenong Road Caulfield East. Mark’s exhibition will then run from May 6 – 20 at Studio 7, also at MADA.

Visit MADA for more details on all of the above APB events.


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