Updated: Jul 14
We are delighted to report that since we have opened the 2020 Biblio Art competition, we have allocated over 100 books to entering artists! This means that our competition is most definitely going through a growth spurt (and seeing as it's almost a teenager, I guess that's inevitable). We are quite convinced that much of the growth can be credited to our new sponsors - and also to our past entrants (happily many of whom return to the competition
year after year) letting other people know about us!
(Thank you, thank you!)
We are getting quite a few questions, though, so we thought we'd address some of the most frequent below.
Is this prize open to people outside Victoria?
Yes, the Biblio is in fact an international competition, however the bulk of our participants are from all over Australia and New Zealand.
Are book titles unique to each artist?
As we are trying to raise the awareness of the books and spirits of the authors who have published in the last 12 months, any book title drawn from the hat is returned to the hat for a chance at redraw, so there is a fairly reasonable chance that another artist will be allocated the title you have received. This way, it gives all books in the hat have a good chance of being represented by at least one artist, and if several works are completed using the same title, that will make for interesting viewing!
Is this prize open to children?
Absolutely. This prize is open to everyone. Persons under 18 are not required to pay the entry fee, and they are still eligible for (a) selection in the exhibition and (b) all prize categories if selected.
Will my work be part of the exhibition?
We will be selecting not more than 70 pieces for the exhibition over summer. More than that, it becomes a bit unwieldy. We may consider a second exhibition of remaining works down the track.
Can I enter a 3D work?
Yes, absolutely. Any medium is welcome. The works just need to meet the size criteria of not greater than 150cm x 150cm x 150cm.
Should I share my work or my allocated book title on social media?
We would love it if you would share your allocated books - we are focussing on Australian authors who have published books in the last 12 months, given that the year hasn't been a great one for birthing a book baby. Any publicity these authors can get this year will be appreciated! And we'd also love to see some progress shots of your work!
Who are the Judges of the Biblio Art Prize this year?
This is currently TOP SECRET info and we'll release the names closer to the time.
Will the opening night event be affected by Covid?
It's a bit hard to make that call yet. We would hope that it could be a launch event like others, but only time can tell with that. We hope that life will be back to normal by December, at least as far as Covid goes. We are currently researching alternative launch presentations, in the event that this is required.
Do you have any other questions? Feel free to ask in the comments below - your question might help someone else with their question.
Thank you to everyone who has supported this competition!