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Mary CALLAHAN

Year of Award: 1998 Award State: Victoria Arts - Visual > Literature And History
The Victorian Churchill Fellows' Association Churchill Fellowship to study book design practices - UK, Italy
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Mary Callahan designs the beautiful book covers that tell the story of what is inside a book. Before we read a book we can gain an accurate impression of its contents and be intrigued enough to open up those covers and start reading.

Mary embarked on a Churchill Fellowship in 1998 to study book design in Europe and the United States. She met designers, gallery curators and publishers. She writes in her report, ‘I wanted to see as much art as I could, to learn about scale, balance, colour and rhythm as elements that are crucial to both the artist and the designer.’

After her Fellowship she was inspired to study more. Mary attained an Honours degree in Fine Arts, which was a turning point. She was among the first group to study at Monash University’s campus in Prato near Florence. The Churchill Fellowship opened up new worlds to Mary and expanded her horizons.

Mary has broadened her client base since the Churchill Fellowship, designing stamps for Australia Post and exhibitions for the National Trust, and teaching, as well as designing books such as Richard Flanagan’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North, The Sound of One Hand Clapping, Gould’s Book of Fish, Delia Falconer’s The Service of Clouds and Drusilla Modjeska’s Stravinski’s Lunch. She was on the panel of judges for the ABDA Book Design Awards and has appeared on panels at writers’ festivals.

Excerpt from “Inspiring Australians” written by Penny Hanley (2015)

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