Books...beyond words 

A great crowd of about 120 people thoroughly enjoyed the opening of the third 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 East Gippsland Art Gallery and its activities far beyond East Gippsland.

East Gippsland Art Gallery 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.

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. 

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 will return to East Gippsland Art Gallery in 2017.