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

An artist’s book is a medium of artistic expression that uses the form or function of “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 acquisitioned and added to the 80 plus artist books the Northern Beaches Library Service holds in its collection. This collection is unique in our community and public library service.

All selected works in the 2021 award will be displayed at the Manly Art Gallery & Museum from Friday 19 February to Sunday 28 March. Winning works will be purchased as part of the Northern Beaches Libraries’ collection.

Important Dates

  • Entries open from: 9am Monday 21 September 2020
  • Closing date for entry extended to: 9am Monday 30 November 2020
  • Successful entrants notified by email by: 5pm Monday 4 January 2021
  • Selected works to be received between: Tuesday 5 January and Friday 5 February 2021
  • Opening & announcement of acquisitions: 5pm Saturday 20 February at Manly Art Gallery and Museum
  • Exhibition at Manly Art Gallery & Museum: Friday 19 February to Sunday 28 March
  • Works to be collected from Manly Library or returned as instructed between: Monday 5 April and Friday 23 April

Who Can Enter

Any artists’ book created within the past two years is eligible for entry to the Northern Beaches Libraries Artists’ Book Award 2021. The award is acquisitive.

How to Enter

Entries are now closed.

More information

For further information contact:


Acquired Artists’ Books

You can request to view our acquired artists’ books at Manly Library.

Our 2019 Acquisitions

The 2019 acquisitions were announced by judges Geoff Harvey and Katherine Roberts on Thursday 2 May 2019 at the Manly Art Gallery and Museum

Bernard Appassamy (NSW)'2,422 Haircuts'2019$1500
Hannah Caprice (VIC)'Animalgamations'2018$800
Josephine Duffy (NSW)'Postcards from the edges: from Sydney and Cork to Santander2018$1650
Salvatore Gerardi (NSW)'Coastal Lagoon'2019$2200
Monica Oppen (NSW)'All Human Beings'2019$500
Wendy Sharpe (NSW)'Moroccan Scroll'2019$3000
Sandra Williams (NSW)'Life in the Splash Zone'2019$200
Lindy Yates (VIC)'Draw the line'2018$400

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’