AVALON: ART & LIFE OF AN APARTMENT BUILDING

"Avalon looks at the history and occupants of a Brisbane apartment block, a utopian half-timbered collection of 26 flats constructed back in 1929. Each flat has a letter, rather than a number, and this monograph presents itself as a journey through the alphabetised apartments, examining residents past and present. Felipe, who also lives in the building, mixes reminiscences with images of the often eclectic interiors, reflecting the artistic community that has grown up with the building."
— Jonathan Bell, 'Alphabet City', Wallpaper, October 2005

"The book (and the exhibition on which it was based) takes off from the enchanting premise that a building can provide a kind of genius loci for a group of artists, that a subtle commonality pervades all those who live and work there. Seen another way, Avalon is a touching tribute to all that is left behind in history – not only the apartment block itself, which architect Timothy Hill says in one of the book's essays is 'more like the sort of building Brisbane tends to demolish rather than create', but also to the artists themselves."
— Rex Butler, excerpt from 'Art's hot spots', The Courier Mail, 30 June 2005

Avalon was a multifaceted project that became an obsession. It included a publication; exhibitions at the Museum of Brisbane and the burger shop at Avalon; and a song by The Avaloners. Below is more information about the book.

Researched, edited and designed by Ricardo Felipe
Co-published under Vanity Publishing with the Museum of Brisbane, 2005
288 pages, 210 x 148 mm, hardcover, over 260 illustrations, 1000 copies, both local and international distribution, out of print

CONTRIBUTORS
Includes texts by Ross Gibson, Leonard Brown, Luke Roberts, Skye Raabe, Robert Riddel, Bojan Darveniza, Timothy Hill, Courtney Pedersen, Jane Grigg, Bryan Ferry, Alice-Anne Boylan and Ricardo Felipe. Photo-report by Tom Burless

FEATURED ARTISTS
Lincoln Austin, Melinda Jane, Troy-Anthony Baylis, Leonard Brown, Jun Chen, Li Juan Chen, Donna Confetti, Miles Hall, Greg Nelson, Jane O'Neill, Sean Phillips, Skye Raabe, Sandra Selig, Luke Roberts, Elmar Verwer, Heather Winter

REVIEWS IN 2005
The Weekend Australian, Radio National’s Saturday Breakfast, The Courier-Mail, Lino, Artichoke, Wallpaper, Vogue Living, Modern Painters
The Art Life (June 2005)
M/C Reviews (12 July 2005) by Christina Schmidt

AWARDS IN 2006
Best Book in the Museums Australia Multimedia and Publication Design Awards
Best Designed Non-fiction Illustrated Book in the Australian Publishers Association Awards
Finalist in the Mohawk Fine Papers annual awards (USA)

CREDITS
This project received funding from the Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane City Council and a grant from the Queensland Government, through Arts Queensland.

Editing & design: Ricardo Felipe / Copy editing: Jo Spark / Proofreading: Peter Denham (MoB), Jane Grigg, Jim Hillman, Virginia Kellett and Luke Roberts / Production assistance: Katrina Stubbs / Copyright assistance: Chris Handran (MoB) / Research & interviewing: Ricardo Felipe / Transcribing: Virginia Kellett and Siobhan Thakur / Main photographer: Ricardo Felipe / Image treatment & photo reproductions: Jon Linkins, Matt Malt and The Scanning Man / Printing: Printpoint / Text stock: 118 gsm Options Recycled PC100 (Raleigh Paper) / Distribution: Modern Journal and Idea Books

RELATED TITLES
The Astor Macquarie Street Sydney: the biography of a building edited by Jan Roberts (Ruskin Rowe Press, Avalon 2003)
Homes in the Sky: apartment living in Sydney by Caroline Butler-Bowdon and Charles Pickett (exhibition catalogue, Historic Houses Trust, Sydney 2007)
740 Park: the story of the world's richest apartment building by Michael Gross (Broadway, New York 2005)


Front cover 


Title page 


Contents 

excerpt from Ross Gibson text
In retirement: excerpt from Ross Gibson text

photo-report by Tom Burless
Interior exterior: photo-report by Tom Burless

redrawn for the project
Avalon floor plans: redrawn for the project

in between tenants
Flat A: in between tenants

Leonard Brown, Flat B, 1995-2000
B for Brown: Leonard Brown, Flat B, 1995-2000

excerpt from Leonard Brown text
Hermitage of St Mary of Egypt: excerpt from Leonard Brown text

Jane O
B for Be: Jane O'Neill, Flat B, 2000–03

Sandra Selig, Flat B, 2003–04
B for Boat: Sandra Selig, Flat B, 2003–04

door C and three reflections
C for (public) Curator: door C and three reflections

Sean Phillips, Flats DPN,1995–2002
D for Dee: Sean Phillips, Flats DPN,1995–2002

a vacancy
Flat F: a vacancy

recollections from three others
G for Good old days: recollections from three others

apartment of Jono Hartley, 2004
Flat I: apartment of Jono Hartley, 2004

text by Brenda Cross, Flat J, 1997
House of secrets / Door J: text by Brenda Cross, Flat J, 1997

Diane Moon, Flat L, since 2004
Flat L: Diane Moon, Flat L, since 2004

with original reception counter
Avalon vestibule: with original reception counter

photo series by Luke Roberts
Furniture in the Valley: photo series by Luke Roberts

Ricardo Felipe, Flat M, 1999–2005
Flat M: Ricardo Felipe, Flat M, 1999–2005

Donna Confetti, Flat N, 1999
N for Nuance: Donna Confetti, Flat N, 1999

artworks by Donna Confetti
Explaining Sculpture / Fools Lament: artworks by Donna Confetti

Billerwell Daye, Flat O, since 2005
Flat O: Billerwell Daye, Flat O, since 2005

F.Tritton invoice, 24 July 1930
Kapoc pillows & poplin curtains ...: F.Tritton invoice, 24 July 1930

Recollection by Bridgette
S for Streetwalker: Recollection by Bridgette

Leif Williams, Flat W, since 2003
Flat W: Leif Williams, Flat W, since 2003

Luke Roberts, Flats KYX, since 1992
Flat X: Luke Roberts, Flats KYX, since 1992

excerpt from Luke Roberts text
From A to Z and back again: excerpt from Luke Roberts text

Skye Raabe, Flat Y, 2002–04
Flat Y: Skye Raabe, Flat Y, 2002–04


Door Z 

photo by Jon Linkins, 2004
Original Brunswick St entrance: photo by Jon Linkins, 2004

excerpt from Robert Riddel text
A brief history: excerpt from Robert Riddel text

excerpt from Timothy Hill text
An ordinary marvel: excerpt from Timothy Hill text

excerpt from Bryan Ferry interview
From close up inside a single room: excerpt from Bryan Ferry interview

painting by Leslie Edwards, 2004
From Sunflower Estate: painting by Leslie Edwards, 2004

by Ricardo Felipe
Afterwords: by Ricardo Felipe


Some past & present tenants 

The Brisbane Courier / Courier Mail
Classifieds 1930/2004: The Brisbane Courier / Courier Mail


Back cover 


Book launch invite 

Pope Alice perfomance by L. Roberts
Avalon Tea Ceremony, Act I: Pope Alice perfomance by L. Roberts

Pope Alice perfomance by L. Roberts
Avalon Tea Ceremony, Acts II–III: Pope Alice perfomance by L. Roberts

Pope Alice perfomance by L. Roberts
Avalon Tea Ceremony, Act IV: Pope Alice perfomance by L. Roberts

photography by Jane Grigg
Book launch social pics: photography by Jane Grigg