• Judy Hungerford’s ‘Going, going, gone’ was acquired as a part of the Manly Library Artists’ Book Award 2017

Artists’ books are an art form, and every two years since 2011 Manly Library has held an Artists’ Book Award attracting entries from around the world.

All selected works will be displayed at The Manly Art Gallery and Museum. Winning works will be purchased as part of the Northern Beaches Libraries’ collection.  

Important Dates

  • Closing date for entry: 5pm Monday 11th March 2019
  • Successful entrants notified by: 5pm Friday 29th March 2019
  • Selected works to be received between: Monday 1st April and Thursday 18th April 2019
  • Opening & announcement of acquisitions: 6.00pm Thursday 2nd May 2019 at Manly Art Gallery and Museum, 1 West Esplanade & Commonwealth Parade, Manly NSW
  • Exhibition dates: Friday 3rd May to Sunday 9th June
  • Works to be collected from Manly Library or returned as instructed: between Monday 17th June and Friday 5th July

Who Can Enter

If you’ve created an artists’ book in the past two years you’re eligible to enter (2017, 2018 or 2019).

How to Enter

Entries for the 2019 award are now closed.

More information

For further information contact:

Acquired Artists’ Books

You can view some of our acquired artists’ books in Manly Library.

Our 2017 Acquisitions

The 2017 acquisitions were announced by judges Ben Rak and Michael Hedger on 30 March at the Creative Space:

Guy Begbie (Wales, UK)‘Brisbane Dérive’ (Route 9) 2016$1,500
Gregory Day & Jiri Tibor Novak (Vic.)‘A Smile at Arm’s Length’ 2016$2,800 
Nicci Haynes (ACT)‘…in my drawing costume…’ 2017$70
Gita Mammen (Vic.)‘Feverfew’ 2015$1,650
Alan Purdom (NSW)‘Silence’2017$950
Bronwyn Rees and Elizabeth Banfield (Vic.)‘A Different Path’ 2015$1,200
Michaela Stoneman (NZ)‘The Menagerie’2016$900

Our 2015 Acquisitions

Helen Malone and Jack Oudyn‘Chance’2014$500
Rob Kovitz‘According to Plan’2014$65
Caren Florance'The One Who Stopped’2014$350
Bronwyn Rees‘Country’2014$1,200
Bernard Appassamy‘The Book of Asylum’2013$1,500
Elizabeth Banfield‘Collected Dead Letters, Volume 2’2014$900
Mark Wingrave‘A Journey from One Reality to Another’2014$35
Annique Goldenberg‘Living Water: the river hid, logbook, codex’2014$750
Deanna Hitti‘Assimilated Museum’2015$2,200

Our 2013 Acquisitions

Danielle Creenaune (NSW)‘Unsent Letters 1’   
Anne-Maree Hunter (NSW)‘Suburban Democracy’   
Georgia Thorpe (Vic.)‘In Praise of Shadows / Ties that Bind’   
Sandra Winkworth (NSW)‘Hot Pie Portland’   
Nicci Haynes (ACT)‘The Articulate Body’   
Deanna Hitti (Vic.)‘The Country Justice: containing the practice of the justices of the peace out of their’   
Lyn Ashby (Vic.)‘Ideo(t) Grammatica’   

Our 2011 Acquisitions

Deidre Brollo (NSW)‘Untitled’   
Angela Cavalieri (Vic.)‘Certe Cosse non si dicono’   
Gwen Harrison and Sue Anderson (NSW)‘Someone Somebody Run II’  
Clyde McGill (Vic.)‘Atlas: Strongman’  
Lise Melhorn-Boe (North Bay, Ontario, Canada)‘Body map’  
Janis Nedela (WA)‘Palindrome No. 39 – MA/AM’  
Alan Purdom (NSW)‘Homage to Homage’   
Barbara Schmelzer (NSW)‘A Collection of Australian Animals’