• Image from Bernard Appassamy's "2,422 Haircuts", acquired as part of the Library Artists’  Book Award in 2019.

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2021 Artists' Book Award Exhibition

Welcome to the opening of the 2021 Artists' Book Award Exhibition featuring speeches from our judges, Ross Heathcote and Anthea Boesenberg.

All selected works in the 2021 award will be displayed at the Manly Art Gallery & Museum from Friday 19 February to Sunday 28 March.

About the award

An artist’s book is a medium of artistic expression that uses the form or function of a 'book' as inspiration.

Every two years the Northern Beaches Library Service holds an Artists’ Book Award attracting entries from around the world. Books are selected from the entries to form an exhibition. From the exhibited books, judges then select books to be acquired and added to the 80 plus artist books the Northern Beaches Library Service holds in their collection. This collection is unique to our community and public library service.