Pagination: the Book as Object & the 2015 Australian Book Design Awards

Pagination: the Book as Object and the 2015 Australian Book Design Awards celebrate the book as an engaging vehicle for artistic imagination as well as excellence in Australian book design over the past year.

Exhibitions: 30 March to 30 April 2016

Join University Librarian, Gregory Anderson, who will launch the exhibitions on
FRIDAY 1 APRIL from 5:30pm



Download the full invitation here (1.9MB)

Pagination: the Book as Object
The work of local, national and international makers concerned with the book as a creative medium have been invited to exhibit in Pagination, an exhibition that investigates the medium and meaning of the book, and more broadly of book arts as a contemporary mode of expression. Works represented in the exhibition range from sculptural book objects, altered books, and editioned letterpress works – to designed books, comics, digitally printed works, student zines and print on demand publications.

Despite the many different precedents, genres, themes, structures and production methods present in the work, these artists share common concerns for the page and participation.
The participatory and physical act of paging through a book is a familiar one. Whether the content is visual, textual or hybrid, these works invite a process of moving though the work that generates patterns of recognition, sequence, juxtaposition, repetition and engagement. This haptic and material interplay continues as a relevant and important characteristic of the book – as object and as an idea.

Pagination presents these properties as traits of a unique medium, and celebrates the book as a significant site of human interaction and subjectivity, where artists, authors, designers, makers, readers and audiences can engage with the visual language of the page.

2015 Australian Book Design Awards: celebrating the bravest and brightest, the most original and beautiful books published in Australia each year.
The 63rd Awards honor those outstanding books published between 1 January 2015 and 31 December 2015. The Australian Book Designers Association (ABDA) supports Australian book designers by promoting their work to, and connecting with, the broader publishing community. Categories for the best-designed book include: Young Adult, Children’s Illustrated, Literary Fiction; Non-Fiction; the Indie 1000: Best Designed Independent Publication; Young Designer of the Year, and many more.

View the full 2015 digital catalogue, and peruse the ABDA archive of previous year's awards from the 1950s to now.

Platinum Sponsors: Australian Academic Design Libraries, Penguin Random House Australia, Hardie Grant Books: Melbourne - London, Hachette Australia

Above images Pagination: Lyn Ashby, The Ten Thousand Things, 2011, archival digital prints on Arches rag paper, limited-edition; Tom Sowden, Salad Dressing, 2011, photo bookwork, (detail); Sarah Bryant, Point of View, 2008, letterpress on Arches Text Wove and Wyndstone Vellum, edition of 100; Patricia Wilson-Adams, Words on Leaves, 2010, intaglio, letterpress on Hosho paper, burnt wood, unique edition; Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison, Salvaged Relatives, 2015, three digital print zines, and slipcase, edition of 30; Anne-Maree Hunter, A to Z, 2012, altered Artists’ Book, unique edition.

Above images Australian Book Design Awards: (left to right) Writers’ Typewriters, Designer: Zoë Sadokierski; What Came Before, Designer: Laura Thomas; Design Your Life, Designer: Vince Frost; Consumer Behaviour in Action, Designer: Regine Abos; A Fairy Tale, Designer: Allison Colpoys; The Making of MONA, Designer: Laura Thomas