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(Sc)air B & B / Jill O’Sullivan
Bib ID 7898733
Format BookBook, OnlineOnline [still image, text, sheet]
O'Sullivan, Jill, 1941- artist
Online Versions
Description Townsville, Qld, Australia : Respectfully printed in the studios of Red Rag Press, 2017 
1 broadside : black and white ; 65 x 42 cm 

One of sixteen limited edition posters produced as part of a project in which North Queensland printmakers were invited to produce a letterpress poster using their own imagery and the type and letterpress printing equipment available at Red Rag Press. This poster is a mock advertisement for accommodation at the dramatic ruins of Whitby Abbey, with the two prints showing a view of the ruins under a dark sky and a spooky graveyard. A textual pitch appears bottom right: “For the discerning spiritualist. Irriguous chambers. Bleak views to die for. Spirited & nebby spectres. Break fast: Layers for meddlers. Contact: St Hild or B. Stoker, by seance only.” Saint Hild of Whitby (c. 614–680) was the founding abbess of the monastery and Bram Stoker (1847-1912) was the author of the novel Dracula (1897), inspired by the atmospheric locations he encountered in a visit to the English coastal town of Whitby in 1890.


Red Rag Press was formally established by Sheree Kinlyside in 2006, and has generally produced fine press artists books along with some limited-edition poetry, broadsides and the occasional poster. In 2016, Sheree Kinlyside approached fourteen other Townsville artists to contribute to a poster project using the resources of her press. Arts Queensland provided a grant to help the project along with paper and to pay each artist for their production costs. Caren Florance, an artist, letterpress printer and arts lecturer from Canberra, also visited the studio for a week as artist in residence, and assisted many of the project participants to achieve their text–image collaborations. Sometimes the letterpress printed text (essentially relief printing with words instead of images) is original, sometimes the artist has used found text, written by a poet or prose writer. Sheree Kinlyside and Caren Florance also each produced a poster as part of the project, making a grand total of sixteen.


Two etchings with aquatint and hand set type.

Limited edition of 11 copies.

National Library of Australia's copy is no. 3/11.

Also available online Broadside 1312 copy

Subjects Whitby Abbey (Whitby, England) -- Pictorial works.  |  Ruins -- Posters.  |  Bed and breakfast accommodations -- Posters.  |  Etching -- Queensland -- Townsville -- Specimens.  |  Letterpress printing -- Queensland -- Townsville -- Specimens.  |  Broadsides -- Queensland -- Townsville -- Specimens.  |  Whitby (England) -- Pictorial works  |  Australian
Other authors/contributors Kinlyside, Sheree, printer  |  Florance, Caren, 1967- printer  |  Red Rag Press, issuing body  |  Arts Queensland, commissioning body
Also Titled

Scare bed and breakfast, Whitby Abbey, Yorkshire

Terms of Use Copying allowed for research, study or personal use; permission required for publishing and other public use. 
Exhibited Commentary: Hand-printed Posters from North Queensland Artists, Umbrella Studio, Townsville, Queensland, 9 November 2018 - 16 December 2018. 

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