2023 Artists' Book Award

Exhibition dates: Friday 3 March to Sunday 16 April 2023 at Manly Art Gallery and Museum

2023 Acquisitions 

The 2023 acquisitions were announced by judges Ben Brown and Katherine Roberts on Thursday 2nd March 2023 at the Manly Art Gallery and Museum

Laura Castell (QLD)




Viola Dominello (NSW)

‘Sea Horses of Manly’



Caren Florance (ACT)




Jeff Gardner (VIC)

‘Lucy the Dragon’



Kim Herringe (QLD)

‘Sky dancers’



Jude Hungerford (NSW)




Fran Ifould (NSW)

‘Homage to a New Dawn’



Roslyn Kean (NSW)




Margaret Manchee (VIC)

'The Wheel'



Karen Neal (VIC)

'Australian Magpie'



Glenda Orr and Kathy Boyle (AUS/NZ)

'Exquisite Causes'



Kat Parker (VIC)

'The Tragic Tale of the Bramble Cay Melomys'



Selected works in the exhibition

Tara Axford - Stories from the Neighbourhood

Elizabeth Banfield - an autobiography of sorts

Susan Baran - Diamond Bay

Lenore Bassan - Cornerstone

Sara Bowen - Narrative Codes

Darren Bryant - The Time Travellers Manual (here, not here)

Laura Castell - Fragmented Memories

Yvonne Cleave - Queen of the Night

Jen Conde - Metaphor for Life

Erica Covola - Holding

Rachel Dun - Fieldnotes

Johanna Ellersdorfer - lines of location

Caren Florance - DisRemembering

Wendy Ford and Trudy Goodwin - Rain and Fire

Monica Goldstein - The Exit

Geoff Harvey - Gallipoli Series

Nicole Hayes - ‘Flow’

Joanna Kambourian - Ripples/Reflections

Louis Lim - Rolling Clouds

Adrian Lockhart - Monotypes in Blue

Debbie Mackinnon - I Will Be Back (Outback Concertina)

Gita Mammen - Transient

Monica Oppen - Of Property, Of Nature

Jacobus Oudyn - Points of Reference

Dinesh Pasupathyrajan - Font Memories

Sharon Peoples - Canary in the Coalmine

Janice Riley - Within 5 Kilometres

John Ryrie - Strangers on a Train

Julia Sample - Precious

Patrick Shirvington - Telluric

Theo Strasser - Aqueous

Ruth Thompson - Gurrundurrung

Peter Ward - Corio Idyll

Marama Warren - Overflow

Kylie Watson - The Day of the Dead

Sandra Williams - There’s No Place Like Home

Trish Yates - Forest Glow

Aliki Yiorkas - A Time for Mourning

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 100 plus artist books the Northern Beaches Library Service holds in their collection. This collection is unique to our community and public library service.

All selected works in the 2023 award will be displayed at the Manly Art Gallery & Museum from 3 March to 16 April 2023. Works selected for acquisition will be purchased as part of the Northern Beaches Libraries’ collection.

Acquired Artists’ Books on display

A selection of our artists’ book collection is on display at our libraries until Sunday 30 April. Click here for more info.

More information

For further information contact: ArtistBookAward@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au