Libris Awards

2018 Libris Awards

Calling all artists to get creating!

Artspace Mackay’s biennial artists’ book awards, the Libris Awards will return in 2018 with $14,500 in prizes.

Since opening its doors in 2003, the gallery has been dedicated in its exploration and support of the artists’ book medium.

Shaking things up a little, in 2018 we are pleased to introduce the Altered Book Award, celebrating a recent focus area of the Mackay Regional Council Art Collection.

We invite you to enter the below categories.



Darlymple Bay Coal Terminal

National Artists’ Book Award (acquisitive) $7,000


Darlymple Bay Coal Terminal

Altered Book Award (acquisitive) $3,000


Mackay Regional Council

Regional Artists’ Book Award (non-acquisitive) $2,500


Artspace Mackay Foundation

Tertiary Artists’ Book Award (non-acquisitive) $2,000

In its 6th year, things aren’t quite the same so make sure to have a read of our terms and conditions.


Entries open 5 February 2018, closing 19 March 2018.

Exhibition opening event – Saturday 26 May 2018

Exhibition dates – Saturday 26 May – Sunday 19 August 2018.

HOW TO ENTER: artists are encouraged to enter online. Please revisit this page from 5 February 2018 to enter. A paper entry form can be requested by emailing

General Enquiries:  

2018 Terms and Conditions


Artspace Mackay is thrilled to welcome an esteemed judging panel for the 2018 Libris Awards including Rodger Butler AM and Helen Cole.

Roger Butler AM is Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings at the National Gallery of Australia. An expert in his field, Roger has written widely, curated and lectured on Australian prints and their place in the Asia/ Pacific region. Initiator of the Australian Print Symposium and past President of the Print Council of Australia (1986-90) are two of the many achievements Roger has made in his field. In 2011 Roger was appointed a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for services to the visual arts.

Artspace Mackay is also pleased to welcome Helen Cole, former Coordinator of the Australian Library of Art as the second guest judge for the 2018 Libris Awards. With a career spanning over 30 years, Helen is an expert in the field of rare and artists’ books. Commencing work at the State Library of Queensland in 1986, notable projects that Helen has been involved with include development of the James Hardie Library of Australian Fine Arts (with particular focus on antiquarian, botanical art and artist’s book collections) and development of the Siganto Foundation.

Artspace Mackay would like to recognise the valuable contribution made by our 2018 sponsors and thank them for their ongoing support.

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Please follow this link to view a full illustrated list of works from the 2016 Libris Awards with images supplied by the artists and Click Here to view the 2016 Judge's Notes

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.

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

George MATOULAS and Angela CAVALIERIEuropa to Oceania (detail).
Text: Antoni JACH. Letterpress,collograph, linocut,quarter binding.
26 x 23.5 x 2cm. Mackay Regional Council Art Collection.