Artists' Books Collection

The Artists’ Books Collection, one of the component collections of the Australian Library of Art, is the largest publicly available collection of artists' books in Australia, and is recognised as one of the best in the country. It consists of around 1500 works featuring both Australian and overseas artists.

Artists' books are artworks that use the form or the concept of the book. Free from the constraints of traditional publishing, they are about nothing so much as themselves. They can be handcrafted or commercially printed; unique; or in limited or unlimited editions. Forms range from the traditional codex to sculptural works, or they may have audio, video, installation, online and performance components.

The collection includes works using a diversity of materials and methods of printmaking, binding, papermaking and other bookmaking technologies and wide ranging conceptual frameworks.

All artists’ books in the collection are catalogued on OneSearch and may be found there by searching “artists books”. Where copyright permissions can be obtained we are gradually fully digitising works from the Artists’ Books Collection.

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