Libris Awards

2020 LIBRIS AWARDS: THE AUSTRALIAN ARTISTS' BOOK PRIZE

Calling all artists to get creating!

Artspace Mackay’s biennial artists’ book awards, the Libris Awards will return in 2020 with $14,500 in prizes. Entries open 18 February 2020.

Since opening its doors in 2003, the gallery has been dedicated in its exploration and support of the artists’ book medium. The Libris Awards play a significant role in showcasing the very latest and best in contemporary artists’ book practice in Australia.

Key Dates

Entries open: 18 February 2020

Entries close: 4pm, 20 March 2020

For exhibition June 2020

We invite you to enter the below categories.

2020 Award Categories

1. Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal National Artists’ Book Awards (acquisitive)

  • Overall winner $7,000
  • Highly Commended $3,000

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

3. Artspace Mackay Foundation Tertiary Artists’ Book Award (non-acquisitive) $2,000

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

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2018 AWARD WINNERS

1. CATEGORY ONE
Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal
National Artists’ Book Award (acquisitive) $7,000

Clyde MCGILL Witness 2016, etching, letterpress, gold leaf, ink and graphite on BFK 270gsm, edition 3/6, 39 x 46 x 3 cm.
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2. CATEGORY TWO
Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal
Altered Book Award (acquisitive) $3,000

Michelle VINE Contested Biography I (quadrat) 2017, cyanotype on altered book, stitched, 138 x 216 cm.
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3. CATEGORY THREE
Mackay Regional Council
Regional Artists’ Book Award (non-acquisitive) $2,500

Jamian STAYT  Tagged 2018, photography, vintage library card, cardboard and cloth on paper, 111 x 68 cm.
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4. CATEGORY FOUR
Artspace Mackay Foundation
Tertiary Artists’ Book Award (non-acquisitive) $2,000

Jenna LEE A plant in the wrong place 2016, copper plate etching, image transfer, 16.5 x 13 cm.
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Follow this link to view the full 2018 Libris Awards Catalogue of Finalists’ Entries

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

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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.