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Retold - Retelling the Story of Books
Wulgurukaba & Bindal Country (Townsville)

Retold - Retelling the Story of Books

Sonia Ward

'The library is open ~ pushing the boundaries of craft and art-making.'

Explore and contribute to an evolving installation of altered books and sculptural forms in Sonia Ward's pop up. The artist has reimagined and retold stories from discarded books, and will guide visitors through the process of her transformations.

The space will also present Ward's artist books, sculptures and wearable-art made from books. The artist aspires to bring the charm and joy of books to the viewer and reader, including their ability to transport the reader to other worlds.

About the Artist

Sonia Ward is a multi-disciplinary artist who uses and recycles common materials and objects to extend the boundaries of her practice and of usual art-making processes. She is a prolific maker who constantly develops her work through research, experimentation and making. Ward's work is also informed by the regular workshops she facilitates at the Townsville Women’s Centre.

Event Information

Pop Up Workshop Demonstration
Workshop Details:

Wearable Art with Book Pages - Sonia Ward
$25 per person | 2hrs | 8 participants | 15+
12-2pm Sunday 1 August 2021
Make your own earrings and necklaces with simple cutting, folding and origami techniques with the guidance of experienced book artist Sonia Ward. Participants are encouraged to bring their own book/s (with pages and colours that appeal to them) to dismantle and repurpose. All other materials, tools and fastenings are provided.

Altered Book Cover - Sonia Ward
$25 per person | 2hrs | 8 participants | 15+ 
3-5pm Thursday 5 August 2021
Alter a hardcover book into a sculptural piece in this transformational workshop with Sonia Ward. Participants will be encouraged to add diverse media to their book, including paper, fabric and wool. Weaving techniques with wool will also be shown and used to transform the cover. Participants can use a hard cover book provided or bring one from their own collection. All other materials and tools will be provided.

Folded Book Page Sculpture - Sonia Ward
$25 per person | 2hrs | 8 participants | 15+
2-4pm Saturday 7 August 2021
Fold, origami, cut and illustrate book pages to make a sculptural form with multidisciplinary artist Sonia Ward. Participants are encouraged to bring either a hard or soft cover book that they wish to repurpose. Other materials and tools (including a limited supply of books) will be provided.

Location Details

390 Flinders St, Townsville CBD, QLD 4810

Venue Accessibility

This venue’s conditions include:

  • Nearby accessible parking.
  • Nearby accessible public transport (bus stations).
  • Accessible third-party scooter options throughout CBD city centre (for travel).
  • Nearby street drop-off points.
  • Wheelchair accessibility.
  • An accessible entrance (both ramp and stairs) and no obstructions to the path upon entering.
  • Signage indicating it is a PUNQ program.
  • Venue is close to accessible public bathroom facilities that offer wider doors, adequate floor space to move around in the bathroom, and fixtures designed for comfort including hand railings and low-effort tap handles (in Flinders Square).
  • Quiet spaces available for participants, this location will have ambient or no music playing.
  • There are nearby animal rest facilities (in Flinders Square).
  • Venues have been strategically designed for clear pathways throughout with a focus on minimising clutter.
  • If participating in workshops, interactions, or artist talks at a pop up there will be an array of seating options provided.
Opening Hours

Mon-Thurs 11am - 5pm
Fri 4-7pm
Sat 9am - 2pm
Sun 9am - 5pm

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COVID Safe Visits

PUNQ asks that visitors adhere to social distancing, visitor logs, and other COVID Safe directives and procedures as directed.

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Acknowlegement of Country

PUNQ respectfully acknowledges the Wulgurukaba of Gurambilbarra and Yunbenun and the surrounding groups of our region; Bindal, Gugu Badhan, Nywaigi, Warrgamay, Bandjin and Gudjal as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we gather, share and celebrate local creative practice. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as the first people of Australia. They have never ceded sovereignty and remain strong in their enduring connection to land and Culture.

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