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Coming of age in the Antipodes

  • J. Margaret Shaw (a1)


Since the inception of ARLIS/ANZ, Australia and New Zealand have increasingly seen themselves as part of the Asia-Pacific region rather than as a distant outpost of Britain. The impact of post-War European immigrants from countries other than Britain has been felt and immigration from the Asia-Pacific region is now equally important. These developments have contributed to a confident, diverse culture, within which indigenous art has gained greater recognition. Art librarians are benefiting from worldwide electronic communications which have equally helped overcome the ‘tyranny of distance’ within the region itself. Thus, ARLISANZ-L now complements ARLIS/ANZ News. Because of the vast distance between members, ARLIS/ANZ bases its entire central executive within a single local chapter for two years at a time. Local chapters are flourishing, most particularly around major centres. Dispersal of members is also overcome by the all-important annual conferences and workshops. Like other ARLIS groups, ARLIS/ANZ engages in advocacy on behalf of art libraries and art librarians. A major concern for ARLIS/ANZ remains the documentation of the art of Australia and New Zealand both as a result of scholarship and publishing from within the region, and in major international bibliographies and indexes.



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1. The name was changed to Arts Libraries Society/Australia and New Zealand in 1993.
2. University of Auckland, NZ.
3. Art Libraries Journal, vol. 11 no. 1, p. 1216.
4. Butler, Roger. Ed. The Europeans: émigré artists in Australia 1930-1960. Canberra: National Gallery of Australia, 1997.
5. Two have been held so far in 1993 and 1996.
6. Current populations: Australia: 18.3 million; New Zealand: 3.6 million.
7. ARLIS/ANZ Membership June 1997:
8. Executive locations:
9. College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.
10. E-mail to the author 16 June 1997.
11. University of Canterbury, Christchurch, NZ.
12. E-mail to the author 19 June 1997.
13. Conference locations:
14. For details of ARLIS/ANZ-L consult the ARLIS/ANZ Home Page at: me.html
15. See footnote 14.
16. Institute of the Arts/Australian National University.
17. See footnote 14.
18. Monash University.
19. For further information see:
20. The co-publisher was the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales.
21. National Gallery of Australia Research Library.
22. See footnote 19.
23. ARLIS/ANZ Constitution, ARLIS/ANZ News, No. 2. 1977, p.8.

Coming of age in the Antipodes

  • J. Margaret Shaw (a1)


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