Libris Awards


We sincerely thank all entrants and are thrilled with both the high calibre and volume of entries received for this year’s Libris Awards.

Click here to view the 2018 Libris Awards Catalogue of Finalists’ Entries


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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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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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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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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Exhibition dates – Saturday 26 May – Sunday 19 August 2018
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Artspace Mackay is thrilled to welcome an esteemed judging panel for the 2018 Libris Awards including Roger 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 Artists' Book Workshop series.

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

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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.