$15k global prize for art and design books

The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) has established a new international publishing prize to coincide with the gallery’s annual Melbourne Art Book Fair.

Tony Ellwood, director of the NGV, said, “The Cornish Family Prize for Art and Design Publishing [will] honour excellence and innovation within art and design publishing, and celebrate the art book-publishing sector on a global scale.”

The prize will award $15,000 for the winning book and $1,000 for up to five finalists.

The prize is unique in its scope. It will recognize the book in its entirety rather than individual elements, such as graphic design or print production.

The prize also aims to acknowledge publishing as a key critical practice globally and support innovation in the field.

Applications are open to publishers, artists, designers, writers, curators and organizations around the world whose publishing practice explores art, design, architecture and contemporary culture.

Titles must have a publish date between December 2015 – December 2016.

The winner will be announced at the 2017 Melbourne Art Book Fair, which will be held at NGV International from 16­ to 19 March 2017.

The event brings together international and local publishers and practitioners for free talks, book launches, performances and stalls featuring art, design, architecture and photography publications from around the world.

Applications for The Cornish Family Prize for Art and Design Publishing will close at 5 pm on Friday 17 February 2017. For further information and entry details click here.

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