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8 May, 2022

Small is Beautiful

THE title of the exhibition “Small is Beautiful” has been taken from a book of the same name, written by E. F. Schumacher.


Exhibit from Small is Beautiful at Douglas Art Studio Mossman

Although written almost 50 years ago, its message is still very relevant in todays world. 

It calls for the end of excessive consumption and champions small “appropriate technology” that will empower people in contrast to the philosophy of “bigger is better”. 

Economic growth must be balanced with the needs of both the community and the environment. 

In the current climate of dealing with the effects of COVID on businesses, our major supply chains and delivery services have been hugely disrupted, while our small local shops, butchers, markets, etc. are generally able to continue to supply their produce and goods. 

In addition to considering the concepts discussed in Schumachers book when submitting artwork for the exhibition, to further illustrate the “small is beautiful” theme, artists are required to limit the size of all artwork to be no bigger than A4. 

In addition to keeping the artwork small, we have encouraged artists to think about different aspects of the “small is beautiful’ theme, and include an Artist’s Statement. 

There is the opportunity to make social commentary, but also thinking that small allows you to focus, a chance to look at the detail. 

‘It’s the details that are vital. Little things make big things happen’ (John Wooden). 

‘A journey of a thousand miles begins with one small step’ (Lao Tzu). 

‘One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind’ (Buzz Aldrin) 

DAB’s first Exhibition for the year “Small Is Beautiful” is on now and will run until Saturday May 28.  


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