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Example pages (pdf format)

Table of Contents


Dr Rex Butler essay

ALMA: A Brief History

Artists page layout

Cultural Context Essays

The Writer's Language -
Jānis Balodis

Australian Latvian Community
and its Development -
Ivars Mirovics


Coastal Pathways
Juris Ceriņš 2006
Oil on linen 97x97cm


Pēteris Ciemītis 2008
Mixed media on canvas



Book to be launched in Rīga, Latvia on 24 September, 2009
Following the Sydney launch in Decemebr 2008, the book will be launched in Latvia in 2009. The launch will take place in Rīga on Thursday 24 September 2009 from 5-7pm at the Latvian National Museum of Art, K.Valdemara Street 10a. The book will be launched by the Director of the Museum, Māra Lāce.

Click here to see the invitation to the book launch in Rīga. If you would like to attend the launch in Rīga, please RSVP as shown on the invitation.

The book
The book presents brief biographic details, artists statements and examples of the work of 103 Australian Latvian artists. An introductory essay by art historian Dr Rex Butler provides an artistic context for the artists and works featured in the book, and nine additional essays about the Latvian community in Australia provide a cultural context.

  • In English and Latvian
  • Hard cover, 256 pages, size 210mm x 259mm, printed on quality art paper.
  • Features over 200 colour reproductions of artists works, statements and biographies.
  • Essays by art historian Dr Rex Butler, playwright Janis Balodis
  • Additional essays on the Latvian Community and its development, Latvian choral tradition, Latvian theatre in Australia, Latvian handcrafts, Latvian Sport, Latvian fraternities and sororities, and Latvian folk dancing


Price AUS$65 plus postage. The book can be ordered from the Australian Latvian Artists Association. Please click here to download the order form.

Payment by cheque, money order, or electronic bank transfer. Sorry, at present we cannot accept credit card payments

The book was launched on 27 December, 2008 by Dr Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga.
Click here to listen to the speeches and see photos of the book launch.

In order to raise money for publishing the book, ALMA held a raffle.
Click here to see the results of the draw.

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