The Biblio Art Prize
Established in 2009, the Biblio Art Prize enters its 12th year in 2020. This competition and exhibition was originally set up as a way of giving surplus vintage books (not valuable, just old and unwanted) a new life. We put out the old books in a literal wheelbarrow in-store and invited artists to select a book and create an artwork inspired by - and using - the book of their choosing.
Over the years, the competition has changed a little each year, and in this Covid year, we have again re-formatted the prize. This year, we wanted to throw our support behind the authors who have published works in the last year or two - in what is a really difficult time to give birth to a book baby - when launches and festivals and everything else a writer relies on to promote their book are no more. So we have pre-selected books published in the last 12 - 18 months, and artists have been randomly allocated their title to use as inspiration for their artwork. Artists may have been given books they wouldn't ordinarily choose to read themselves. Through this process, there has been more connection between artists and authors, often with direct communications through social media - and it further bolsters the creative practices by bringing people together. It's a joy to watch.
Artists have entered from all over Australia, and in fact, also from the UK and America! Our little competition has grown so much - and, like any parent will say, it's hard to believe it will be a teenager next year.
This year the Grand Prize sits at $2000, and we have a new prize from the Warrnambool Regional Art Gallery for a local artist prize ($1500), as well as various smaller prizes! You can see the full list of prizes on our Biblio Art Prize Information page.
Thank you to everyone who has been involved in any way - the artists, the authors, the sponsors and those people who just love to visit an art gallery or a bookshop. You're all so enormously important to us!