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Manly Library Artists’ Book Award 17

This Thursday 30th March is the opening night of the 2017 Manly Library Artists’ Book Award Exhibition.


My book “Tales of the Wolf Girl” was amongst the selected works to be exhibited in the show and it is a pleasure to have a work in this show alongside works some fantastic artists including Julie Barratt, Doug & Victoria Spowart and Kay Watanabe!

Opening night with acquisitions announced: Thursday March 30, 6pm at the Creative Space, 105 Abbott Rd, Nth Curl Curl, NSW 2099.


Exhibition: 3 days only, Friday 31 March – Sunday 2 April 2017, 10am – 4pm at the Creative Space, 105 Abbott Rd, Nth Curl Curl, NSW 2099.


The Artists’ Book collection in Manly Library reflects in a challenging and thought provoking way the long tradition of enquiry, curiosity and innovation that books signify when placed in the hands of artists. 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.


The biennial Artists’ Book 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.


Any artists’ book created within the past two years was eligible for entry to the Manly Library Artists’ Book Award 2017. There were over 90 entries from national and international artists. The works were selected and judged by Ben Rak and Dr Michael Hedger.


Ben Rak is an artist and independent curator holding a BFA in printmaking and a MFA from the UNSW Art & Design. He is co-founder and director of Throwdown Press, lectures at the University of New South Wales Art & Design, and whose work explores the relationships between cultural symbols and consumer culture.


Dr Michael Hedger is the Director Manly Art Gallery and Museum. Dr Hedger has long been an arts advocate, with previous incarnations as Director of the Campbelltown Arts Centre, Education Officer at the Newcastle Region Art and, art critic for The Newcastle Herald. He has a PhD from the UNSW Art & Design with a thesis on Land Art in the United States.