Artists’ Books, or Book Works as they are also referred to, are part of most artists’ vocabulary, either as drawings bound together, illustrated diaries or a response to a place, time, political or historical event, or personal emotion.

Avril Makula and Liz Jeneid, the curators of this exhibition, are both involved in the making of books. Avril is a book designer and maker of unique books who explores the book as art using typography, geometry and colour as content. Liz is a printmaker who has experimented with different approaches, combining various techniques in the bookmaking process. Liz also pioneered a bookmaking course at UOW Faculty of Creative Arts. 

PLACE brings together 40 book artists from NSW, ACT, Victoria and Queensland. Each artist has explored the theme of place in their work, whether a physical location or a place of their imagination. The books vary in size, content and technique, and form an extraordinary collection of books that is intended to delight and intrigue the viewer.

Participating artists

Judy Barrass | Julie Barratt | Barbara Bartlett | Julie Bookless | Judy Bourke | Sara Bowen | Deidre Brollo | Jackie Cavallaro | Barbara Davidson | Jan Davis | Cathie Edlington | Caren Florance | Robyn Foster | Lisa Giles | Gwen Harrison and Sue Anderson | Fran Ifould | Liz Jeneid | Penelope Lee | Avril Makula | Helen Malone | Cynthia Marsh | Katharine Nix | Monica Oppen | Kathryn Orton | Lucia Parrella | Beverley Quenault | Mary Rosengren | Helen Sanderson and Jen Conde | Gary Smith | Joanne Southorn | Cindy Tonkin | Terence Uren | Anna Warren | Marama Warren | Sandra Winkworth | Tim Winters | Diana Wood Conroy | Vicki Woolley

Exhibition dates

Panizzi Gallery, University of Wollongong Library
11 August to 14 October 2018

Southern Cross University Library, Lismore
11 February to 22 March 2019

HR Gallop Gallery, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga
29 April to 29 May 2019

Grenfell Art Gallery
30 July to 8 September 2019

Orange Regional Gallery
19 October to 15 December 2019

Canberra Museum+Gallery
21 March to 31 October 2020


You can view the artists’ books here.

Many of the works are for sale. If you are interested in purchasing any of the books, email me for details.

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