Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery 

23 July - 16 October 2011

10am-5pm daily

Our books will bear witness for or against us, our books reflect who we are and who we have been, our books hold the share of pages granted to us from the Book of Life. By the books we call ours we will be judged.

Alberto Manguel, The library at night.

THE READING ROOM is now over. It was an immersive, interactive environment about the magic world of books and reading. The gallery walls were painted red and lined with around 30,000 books. There were comfortable chairs and couches where you could sit back and listen to over 100 people from all walks of life in Tasmania reading a passage from one of their favourite books, or you could pick up a book and start reading yourself. On the walls of the room, hovering above the thousands of books, was an ancient, Hermetic phrase spelled out with convex mirrors. It read:  'AS IT IS BELOW, SO IT IS ABOVE'.

On the final two days of THE READING ROOM, members of the public could select and take away books that made up the installation for a gold coin donation per book. Hundreds of people took up the offer and THE READING ROOM transformed into a giant book stall. We raised $2,150, with the proceeds going to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.



Readers Airlie Ward, The Lord Mayor of Hobart, John X and Lily Walker


Watch Brigita talking about the Reading Room on You Tube.

Click here to see images of THE READING ROOM.

Click here to listen to an Artworks ABC Radio National interview about THE READING ROOM.

Click here to listen to a Books and Art Daily interview on ABC Radio National about the Reading Room, with Michael Cathcart and Cate Kennedy.


THE READING ROOM was part of Star/Dust, a year-long series of contemporary art experiences developed by three Tasmanian artists and presented with the support of Detached Cultural Organisation. It coincided with Children's Book Week and the City of Hobart Art Prize.