Libris Awards

2018 Dates and Judges Announced  

Entries open 05 February 2018

Exhibition dates 26 May to 19 August 2018

Artspace is proud to announce the 2018 Libris Awards Judges will be Roger Butler and Helen Cole.

Roger Butler joined the National Gallery of Australia in 1981 as the inaugural Curator of Australian Prints, Posters and Illustrated Books. The Department was amalgamated with that of Australian Drawings, Watercolours and Sketchbooks in 1997. During his years at the National Gallery Roger Butler has established the foremost collection of prints, posters and book arts of the Australasian region. The collection now numbers over 37,000 prints from Australia (including Aboriginal Australia), Aotearoa New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands. The Drawing collection now holds over 30,000 works, including watercolours and artist’s sketchbooks.

Helen Cole, former Coordinator of the Australian Library of Art,  has exceptional knowledge of the Australian Library of Art collections. Her 30 year career commenced at the State Library of Queensland in 1986 and in her early career described many of the original materials collections in John Oxley Library.  In 1992 she joined the Arts Unit as James Hardie Librarian. In this role she was responsible for developing the James Hardie Library of Australian Fine Arts, in particular the antiquarian, botanical art and artists’ book collections. By 2006 the Arts Unit rare book collections were incorporated into the Australian Library of Art with Helen appointed as coordinator. Helen curated Freestyle Books, an exhibition in the SLQ Gallery showcasing our artists’ book collection, one of the most significant in Australia.  Her passion for artists’ books resulted in the very successful Siganto Foundation.

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Europa to Oceania. Images by George Matoulas and Angela Cavalieri, text by Antony Jach

2016 Winners

Click Here for the Judge's Notes

Artspace Mackay proudly congratulates the winning artists' books for 2016:

Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal
National Artists Book Award $10,000 acquisitive prize
Europa to Oceania
Images by George MATOULAS & Angela CAVALIERI, text by Antoni JACH.

Mackay Regional Council
Regional Artists Book Award $2500 acquisitive prize
Tapping the knowledge

Artspace Mackay Foundation
Youth and Student Artists Book Award $2000 acquisitive prize
The small garden

May-Britt Mosshammer. Tapping the knowledge. .Brooke Ferguson. The small garden.

Illustrated list of finalist's works

Download an illustrated list of works with images supplied by the artists.The Libris Awards is an initiative of Mackay Regional Council through Artspace Mackay. These awards seek to develop awareness of council’s significant collection of artists books, and to develop the collection further through the acquisition of new works by leading Australian artists working in this field.