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Manly Library Artists Book Award

Dark of the moon - my latest fan book.

Dark of the moon – my latest fan book.

I was delighted to learn this week that my work has been accepted for exhibition in The Manly Library Biennial Artists’ Book Award 2013. This event is an acquisitive prize. Each acquired book will be available to be viewed in the Library and will be digitally available on the Library website. Entries were received from around the world.
Works were selected and will be judged by by Noreen Grahame, Director of the Centre for the Artist Book and Monica Oppen, writer, printmaker, photographer and bookbinder.

Detail of my fan book accepted for the Manly exhibition.

Detail of my fan book accepted for the Manly exhibition.

My fan book is an original design as far as I know and consists of digital prints on handmade flax paper from Zizania Paper Mill  near Dargaville in New Zealand. The poem was written when I stayed at Arthur Boyd’s NSW property, Bundanon as Artist in Residence a few years ago. Now I am making a box to put the fan book in, using paper made by Katharine Nix from recycled flanelette pyjamas. What fun!

Another view of my Fan book, closed.

Another view of my Fan book, closed.

The opening night of the exhibition will be held at Manly Library Friday 15th March at 6pm, where the acquisitions will be announced.
Works will be displayed in the library from Monday 18th March-Thursday 28th March 2013.

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The library website states: ‘This Award has provided Manly Library with the opportunity to develop an artists’ book collection and in so doing also contributes to the development and awareness of artists’ books as an art form. Artists’ books are naturals for libraries, stressing the creative potential of the book medium and restating the long standing relationship between the book and the library.’

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3 comments on “Manly Library Artists Book Award

  1. sandyaureli
    February 16, 2013


  2. Chris Mansell
    February 17, 2013

    Wow wow! Noreen Grahame really knows her stuff – so of course she’d pick out your work. Very exciting Marama.

  3. greengaze
    February 17, 2013

    That’s wonderful. It’s such a beautiful book. I am happy to hear of another library recognising the value of artist’s books and expanding it’s collecion. You deserve to win!

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