Books...beyond words - Revolution

A great crowd of about 120 people thoroughly enjoyed the opening of the third EGAG artist books award and exhibition Books …beyond words – REVOLUTION on Saturday, 10 August, 2013.

Books beyond words...Revolution Opening Event

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The Judges shortlisted 81 artist books for exhibition from the original CD entries and from these they made their final selection – not an easy task as each book is unique with its own character and story.

Prior to the official opening the Judges spoke briefly about artist books, things they had looked at when making their decision and how Books …beyond words had drawn attention to EGAG and its activities far beyond East Gippsland.

EGAG was pleased to welcome the Hon Heidi Victoria, MP, Minister for the Arts to East Gippsland to officially open the exhibition. The Minister spoke of the importance of regional galleries and their relationship to the local community. She was also amazed at the diversity of the books and the variety of media used and had made her own ‘selection’ to which she spoke.

On Sunday, 11 August, at a floor talk a number of local artists with entries in the exhibition outlined their concept and some of the challenges that they had to overcome while creating their book. Visitors to the talk were also fortunate to hear from two visiting artists, Glenys Mann from Drouin and Terence Uren from ACT. Everyone then continued the conversation over ‘coffee and cake’.

Books …beyond words – REVOLUTION continues until the 4 September and during that time there will be an artist book workshop with international book artist and tutor Jen Crossley; an activity day constructing small books on Sunday, 25 August, for Year 7 students, (see program for cost and full details) and finally the announcement of the Riviera People’s Choice Award at 6pm on Friday, 30 August.

The following were the Judges selection:

Highly Commended

  • Lyn Ashby #4, Particle Physics
  • Lee Bethel #8, Ocean Shore
  • Julian Di Martino, #16, Penguin Classics
  • Avril Makula #38, 33 rpm Track 1
  • Jan Melville #48, Artefact
  • Terence Uren #70, Cartographica

East Gippsland Shire Council Artist of East Gippsland Acquisition Award

  • Wilma Ross #57, A Single Spark

Tantaro Design Innovation Award

  • Andrew Vaughan Weatherill #75, Mapology 1:4

East Gippsland Art Gallery Major Award

  • Lee Bratt #10, Ancestors

The Landings – Riviera Properties Peoples’ Choice Award

  • Ebony Kawecki #34, Every Stitch Tells a Story


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Books …beyond words – REVOLUTION


Saturday 10 August 6pm

Official opening with comments by the Judges at 6.30pm and Hon. Heidi Victoria, MP, Minister for the Arts opening the exhibition.

Sunday 11 August 10.30am – 12.30pm

Floor talk by local book artists.
then continue the conversation over ‘coffee & cake’.

Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 August

Unique vintage book workshop with Jen Crossley.
using metal & found objects with instruction in the technique of metal etching
Fee $160 + $25 Student’s kit.
Books essential as numbers limited. Materials list on registration.

Sunday 25 August 10.30am – 12.30pm

Book construction for Year 7 students.
Learn how to make concertina books. Cost $10 & materials supplied.
Registration essential.

Friday 30 August 6pm

Announcement The Landings – Riviera Properties People’s Choice Award with drinks & nibbles.

This year’s Judges are

Des Cowley

Rare Printed Collections Manager, State Library of Victoria, Melbourne. He is responsible for acquisitions of rare books for the State Collection and has a particular interest in private press publications and artist books. Co curated State Library of Victoria’s permanent exhibition Mirror of the World: Books and Ideas.

Liz Jeneid

Has had professional experience as Senior Lecturer & Coordinator of Visual Arts Faculty of Creative Arts University of Wollongong, worked as community artist and travels extensively as a practising artist with an emphasis on artist books.

Dr Alexander Selenitsch

Has taught architectural design, theory & history at Deakin Univesity, RMIT and The University of Melbourne. Currently teaches architectural design. Among other interests writes essays and criticism on architectural design, sculpture, painting and literature and was guest editor for Imprint, journal of the Print Council of Australia, on the theme of artist books.


  • East Gippsland Art Gallery Major Award $5,000
  • Tantaro Design Innovation Award $1,000
  • East Gippsland Shire Council Artist of East Gippsland Acquisition Award $1,000
  • The Landings – Riviera Properties People’s Choice Award $500


  • Gippsland Secured Investment’s Ltd – GSI
  • Top Trim
  • Bairnsdale Rotary Club Sunrise
  • Eager & Partners
  • Paper Arts Gippsland East
  • First National King & Heath


East Gippsland Art Gallery’s Award for artist books...2011

Books...beyond words...evolution

Saturday 6th August · Saturday 3rd September 2011

Opening Saturday 6th August 6pm

Books …beyond words has again attracted entries from all over Australia as well as an increased number from overseas including USA, France, Switzerland, UK and Germany.

Eileen Thurgood, Premier Baillieu and Kerri EastonPremier and Minister for the Arts, Ted Baillieu visited East Gippsland Art Gallery (EGAG), Bairnsdale, on Friday, 5 August as the final preparations were being put in place for the VIP preview of the artist books award exhibition, “Books …beyond words – evolution”.

As Minister for the Arts, Mr Baillieu said he understood the importance of attracting high quality, contemporary fine art to regional areas and congratulated EGAG and the Book Award committee for their foresight and determination to bring international and national entries to East Gippsland.

Looking around the exhibition, he expressed surprise and delight at the diversity of materials and techniques demonstrated in the artist books and although he thought they were all exceptional, he still found a favourite to vote for in the People’s Choice Award.

Unfortunately the Premiere was unable to attend the Awards presentation on Saturday evening, 6 August. Those that did attend listened intently to the Judges floor talk and later to the announcement of the winners.


Books...beyond words-evolution

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Rhonda Albrecht  
Babette Angell
Sharon Armstead  
Lyn Ashby
Rhonda Ayliffe
Laura Carthew  
Angela Cavalieri
Angela Cullip  
Fiona Dempster
Di Deppeler  
Suellen Entwisle  
Kathy Fahey
Marie Noelle Fontan
Susan Frakes
Lisa Giles  
Susan Goddard
Sonia Grieve  
Mandy Gunn
Janette Hanrahan  
Nicci Haynes
Gerlinde Hofmann  
Paola horevicz Hurtado
Janet Kay Howard  
Keira Hudson  
Stephanie Karavasilis  
Beryl King  
Odine Lang
Marianne Little  
Helen Malone
Margaret Mason  
Heather Matthew
Deborah McArdle  
Kim McKechnie
Jan Melville
Maryann Mussared
Janis Nedela
Lesley O' Gorman  
Amanda O'Sullivan
Nada Poljksi  
Sarah Ritchie  
MedaVeda RivesRives
Wilma Ellen Ross  
Marie Schirrmacher- Meitz
Barbara Schmelzer
Barry Smith
Tricia Smout
Wendy Sonnenburg  
Laura Stekovic  
Gail Stiffe
Ingrid Tufts
Liz Walker
Carmel Wallace
Amanda Watson- Will
Elise Wiener
Patricia Wilson  
Lindy Yeates  

bbw-e gallery display

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Major Award $5,000
East Gippsland Art Gallery
Marie-Noelle Fontan, France, Melaleuca’s Book

Artist of East Gippsland Award $1000
East Gippsland Institue of TAFE
Janet K. Howard, Lakes Entrance, Bird Collector’s House

Innovation Award $1,000
Tantaro Design, Bairnsdale
Gerlinde Hofmann, Germany, Flotenrolle – Pipes Roll

  • Certificate of Merit Sharon Armstead, NSW, Aust, Pages from a Landscape
  • Certificate of Merit Lyn Ashby, Victoria, Aus, Twenty Minutes
  • Certificate of Merit Kathy Fahey, Victoria, Aus, Modern World, A Trilogy
  • Certificate of Merit Janis Nedela, WA, Aus Typo No. 30.

People’s Choice Award $500
Riviera Properties
Kim McKechnie, Melbourne, The Great Australian Dream

Pre-selection for Books…beyond words–evolution is via CD with Judges receiving all entries from which they choose those to be accepted for exhibition at EGAG. Selecting the award winners from 70 books was a very difficult task.

Judges for Books…beyond words–evolution are:

    • Professor Lesley Duxbury
      Deputy Head Research & Innovation
      School of Art

    • Victor Griss
      Art Collection Officer & Curator
      Deakin University Art Collection & Galleries

  • Hilary Peterson
    Master of Arts (Visual & Performing) Charles Sturt University
    Tutor & Practicing Artist

Major Sponsors

  • East Gippsland Shire Council
  • East Gippsland Institute of TAFE
  • Tantaro Design
  • Riviera Properties Pty Ltd

Supporting Sponsors

  • Community College East Gippsland
  • Eager & Partners
  • First National King & Heath
  • Paper Arts East Gippsland
  • National Australia Bank
  • Riversleigh Country

Donations received from

  • The Esplanade Resort & Spa Lakes Entrance
  • Nicholson River Winery
  • Gascoignes of Gippsland
  • Bairnsdale Antiques Gifts & Homewares
  • Bulmers Gift Salon
  • Crave Café & Chocolate
  • Dahlsens Building Centre Bairnsdale
  • Ella Bache Bairnsdale
  • Male Domain
  • Office National
  • What’s in Beds/BedsRus of Bairnsdale
  • Whispers Lingerie


Entry to be submitted on disc as per Terms & Conditions – not on paper.

From the opening event to voting for the People’s Choice, from the children’s activity day to the hilarious ‘trial’ of THAT book there will be activities to entertain, inform and promote appreciation and understanding of artist books.



Opening function

6pm Saturday 6 August 2011

6.30pm Judges floor talk (doors closed while Judges talking & doors reopen 6.50pm)

7.30pm Welcome by EGAG Committee of Management Chair, Maureen Proudlock

Official opening by Peter Heilbuth CEO EG Institute of TAFE

Presentation of Awards

EGAG Major Award $5,000 – Presented by EGAG Chair

EG Institute TAFE Artist of East Gippsland Award $1,000 – Presented by Peter Heilbuth

Tantaro Design Innovation Award $1,000 – Presented by Joe Tantaro

(Riviera Properties People’s Choice Award $500 to be announced at end of exhibition)

Talk at Bairnsdale Library

7pm – 8.30pm Friday 12 August

Speakers: special guest Sydney book artist Liz Jeneid, EGAG Director Eileen Thurgood

Local book artists will be present to talk to visitors about their artist books on display

“Concept, Content & Form”

workshop with Sydney book artist Liz Jeneid

Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 August

Cost $140 for 2 days, materials list to be provided, bookings & prepayment essential

(no refunds)

Liz Jeneid

Liz Jeneid is a practicing artist living in the Illawarra. After teaching visual arts for 20 years Liz is now a University Fellow at the University of Wollongong.

Liz Jeneid has been exhibiting work for many years and her history includes solo exhibitions and group shows both in Australia and international venues. Her work is also in private and institutional collections.

Papermaking, printmaking, artist books and works in other mediums are all a part of Liz Jeneid’s art practice. Especially relevant to this workshop is her thoughts on artist books. “I think of the artist’s book as a kind of Haiku – it allows for the essence of an idea to be expressed. If successful the content and structure of the book compliment each other.”

To see more of Liz Jeneid’s work visit

Women in Art – artist’s book on trial

A night of great entertainment and performance

Miss Pimm’s was “speechless …beyond words” when she discovered the book she had bought was not quite what she thought and is now suing a local business about

THAT book. Follow the trial with its judge, jury, prosecutor, defense and their legal teams and expert witnesses!

Saturday 13 August

Commences at EGAG 5.30pm- 6.20pm with drinks & nibbles

moves onto

St Mary’s Parish Hall 7pm sharp the ‘trial’ begins and concludes 8pm

followed by 8.15 – 9pm

coffee & cake at Paper Chase, Collins Booksellers, Main Street, Bairnsdale with the auction of THAT book Women in Art

Tickets $25 each – on sale in July from EGAG

Floor talk by local book artists

11am Saturday 27 August

Stay and enjoy coffee & cake and meet the artists

People’s Choice Award announced & drawing of raffle prizes

6pm Friday 2 September

Award presented by Riviera Properties

Light refreshments

Children’s activity day 10.30am – 12 noon Saturday 3 September

Children will make their own ‘collection’ book from paper bags

9 – 12 years old $10 per child with a limit of 10 children

Bookings & prepayment essential

EGAG open on Sundays 10am to 2pm for duration of exhibition
Sponsors and invited guests enjoyed drinks and nibbles at a special event on the 27 May to launch the ‘countdown’. A collection of artist books on display introduced new supporters to the fascinating world of artist books and reminded those that were converted last time just how intriguing these art works can be.


East Gippsland Art Gallery’s Award for artist books...2009

Books...beyond words
Images from the 2009 exhibition
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8 August – 1 September 2009

A veritable smorgasbord of artists’ books of all shapes and sizes welcomed the large crowd that was present to hear the Judges announce the winners of the East Gippsland Art Gallery’s inaugural artists’ books award Books … beyond words.

Since then the gallery has been extremely busy with visitors who have taken the time to put on the gloves and thoroughly explore all the works on display.

The EGAG thanks all the artists who submitted entries for the award. Unfortunately we were not able to accept all the books in the initial ‘call for entries’. And thank you to all those artists who were able to attend the opening.

Selecting the winners was not an easy task. The Judges took quite some time to view each book separately-all the display cases were opened to allow them to see the books properly. After much discussion their final decision was:

First Prize $5,000

Donated in the memory of Derek Rice

Deanna Hitti
Assimilated Symphony
Collograph & vinyl
100cm x 75cm x 4cm

“A child of Lebanese parents who migrated to Australia I began developing a strong interest in comprehending the diverse cultural traditions amongst the varied population in this country.Living two cultures simultaneously, one of a strong Middle Eastern tradition at home and collectively experiencing mores of Western influences in my social and school environment. This began a visual exploration of an ‘Australian identity’ – infusing one cultural uniqueness with the romanticism of my Middle Eastern Background.

Music is one of the universally shared experiences that cross many boundaries of communication. Assimilated Symphony is one work that I produced in a traditional codex book format that is founded on a large musical score. Using the Arabic text from one of my earlier childhood readers, I reassembled these words, that although keeping with the spirit of the Arabic text, the text used has in fact become illegible.

Assimilated Symphony formed a rhythmic palimpsest of Arabic and Western words, generating a lyrical flow of pattern and thought as the reader turns its pages.”

Tantaro Design Innovation Award $1,000

Katren Wood
76636 263 585438
Cloth bound book (hardcover), ink printed on paper
21.5cm x 15.2cm x 1.5cm

Servant-But pray can you read anything you see?
Romeo – Ay, if I know the letters and the language. – Romeo and Juliet

“Every day words are forgotten, language is reduced, abbreviated and erased and information is transformed into codes and electronic data. Due to scientific advancements, human to human interaction has become increasingly reliant on technology.

Trace of the hand has been lost and our ability to communicate in an articulate and grammatically correct fashion is becoming extinct. The communication evolution from hand written letter to text message is the bittersweet development of our modern world. With mobile phone and internet dependency ‘instant’ isn’t instantaneous enough, ‘fast’ isn’t quick enough and ‘now’ isn’t current enough. We live in a high speed society at the peak of its scientific era but where has that left language? What linguistic sacrifices have we made for the development of technology?

76636 263 585438 is a modern translation of Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy “Romeo and Juliet”. The code is based on the predicative text or dictionary setting on a mobile phone where each number correlates to a letter on the numerical keypad. Ironically this instant, ephemeral form of communication not only took hours to complete but remains permanent and physical in its book form. Merging the cheapness of text messaging with the aura of Shakespeare, the conventions of contemporary communication are exploited and the barriers of language have been exposed to create a book truly beyond words.”

Riviera People's Choice Award $500

Kim McKechnie Bound by the Collective Self

Judges Commendations:

  • Rhonda Ayliffe
    Herstory 2007
    Reclaimed text book, cotton thread, copy transfer
    58cm x 425cm

    “Books are central to my arts practice – they provide both the subject matter and physical materials of my work. Books enter my practice in a number of ways: for many years I have been collecting unwanted books, saving them from landfill – I manipulate, modify, alter and occasionally destroy collected volumes in order to create works. I also use traditional and contemporary bookbinding to create new book structures, sometimes incorporating the old books in the process.

    My book works are at the forefront of my present ambition to explore the construction of knowledge and knowing as these relate to place. My desire is to create work that has multiple, even dichotomous meanings – a deliberate cultivation of ambiguity to highlight the transient nature of knowledge and knowing and the difficult shifting relationship of self to history and heritage.”

  • Angela Cavalieri
    Le citta continua
    Handprinted linocut, acrylic, pen ink
    57cm x 39cm x3cm

    Le citta continua (Continuous Cities) is based on text from the Italian version of Italo Calvino’s “Le citta invisibili (“Invisible Cities”). In particular from Le ciita continua which is one of the ‘cities’ invented by Calvino and I chose this city because it gave me a sense of space and infinite time. I wanted to create the sensation I often have when entering and re-entering a city. For me, it feels like a continuous journey and although cities vary greatly, it appears you are in the same ‘space’. The arch symbolizes this ‘passageway’ and on opening this book you view a large arch which slowly diminishes into the last page.”

  • Joel Gailer
    Offset lithograph
    21cm x 150cm
    “The visual culture of today could not exist without the centuries old technologies of printmaking. My work utilizes the mass produced and commercial world of print. Highlighting our excessive and compliant consumption of visual technology, I use text to create work with light-hearted reverence for printmaking and its relationship to mass production, media and print processes.

    Primarily a concept based process my work is produced almost entirely by correspondence. The work itself is a dialogue between myself, art/printmaking and the public. By employing printmaking terms in my work, i.e. Hors de Commerce, I am highlighting the primary position print occupies in our current visual culture, as the derivative print technology.

    This collection of work exists in publishable form only, unlike most art production, which culminates in a single or limited number of objects. These works are unlimited editions that can be printed and reprinted into perpetuity. It’s conceptual core is an art that is free, mass produced offset lithograph and art that can be studied and appreciated outside the confines of an art establishment. But unlike most public art, the viewer can possess it, it has a tangible form that can be held and displayed as an original work.”

  • Angela Leech
    Commodity Doc: 1:142
    Paper & cardboard
    31cm x 22cm x 3.5cm

    “I work in a number of mediums, primarily in collage and sculpture. Over the past year I have become interested in creating artist books.

    My work often references the human figure combined with a complement of mechanical elements and nearly always with a mask, appendage or other disguise. I do this to reference more ambiguous psychological phenomenon, experiences and perspectives.

    I build into the work an original, open and energising humour.”

  • John Ryrie
    The Man Who Went To See The Sea
    Hand coloured linocut and letter press

Books...Beyond Words 2009

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An illustrated colour catalogue of the exhibition is available from the EGAG for $10. If you would like a catalogue sent out please send $15 to the EGAG with your name and address.

The EGAG would like to acknowledge the support it has received from local organisations and businesses.

The First Prize was donated by Fay Rice in memory of Derek Rice and it was her generosity that gave the EGAG the opportunity to fulfill its goal of presenting a major arts award.

Joe Tantaro of Tantaro Design, Bairnsdale, was very interested in the concept of artists’ books and his early support and enthusiasm gave the organisers some much-needed confidence to continue seeking sponsorship.

Tim Weight of Riviera Properties Ltd, Paynesville, also offered support early.

East Gippsland Institute of TAFE and the East Gippsland Shire Council Arts and Heritage Alliance are also major sponsors of the Award.

As well, SLAP Architects, Bairnsdale, McSweeny Neville, Building Design & Drafting, Bairnsdale and The Esplanade, Resort & Spa, Lakes Entrance have given generously of their support.

Thank you to the other local businesses that have supported Books … beyond words:

  • Harvey Norman, Bairnsdale
  • K. Easton & Associates
  • Pulse Pharmacy, Bairnsdale
  • Collins Booksellers, Bairnsdale
  • Mystic House, Bairnsdale
  • Coles Group & Myer
  • House & Gift, Bairnsdale

go to…The Judges

Books ... beyond words aims to showcase excellence in expression, innovation in concept and in the use of materials in contemporary artists' books as well as pushing the boundaries of the definition of ‘book' and exploring it as sculptural form.‘

Artists' books' is a very broad term and trying to describe an artist book to those unfamiliar with the genre can be difficult. The easiest way is to recommend to ‘google' artists' books and a door to a new world of wonder and delight will be opened.

Generally, artists' books may be thought of as a book, unique or multiple, which has been made by an artist. There are books that embrace the traditional structure of a book and others that are something of a sculptural object.

Artists' books are used as a medium for self-expression often using cross-disciplinary media. They may be constructed from a varied range of materials from felt to metal, cardboard to wood, handmade paper to ceramics. Whatever the technique and material the ‘book' encompasses concepts associated with the fine arts.

The East Gippsland Art Gallery has initiated a number of artists' book exhibitions over the last few years and is extremely pleased to be able to introduce this event that will become a biennial award and exhibition.