ABOUT MELBOURNE ART BOOK FAIR
Since its launch in 2015, the annual Melbourne Art Book Fair has attracted more than 50,000 visitors making it the most visited publishing event in the Asia-Pacific region.
The fourth Melbourne Art Book Fair in 2018 will bring together international and local publishers and practitioners in a weekend of free talks, book launches, performances, and stalls featuring art, design, architecture and photography publications from around the world.
The Cornish Family Prize for Art & Design Publishing
The National Gallery of Victoria expands on the success of the Melbourne Art Book Fair with a prestigious international book prize, The Cornish Family Prize for Art and Design Publishing. The Cornish Family Prize is the first of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region, and will award the winner with $15,000 AUD, with additional $1,000 AUD prizes for up to five finalists.
The NGV invites applications from publishers, artists, designers, writers, curators and organisations around the world whose publishing practice explores art, design, architecture and contemporary culture.
Winners will be announce as part of Melbourne Design Week on 16 March 2018.
2017 PRIZEWINNER & FINALISTS
Philanthropist Caroline Cornish announced the winner of the inaugural Cornish Family Prize for Art and Design Publishing as part of the 2017 Melbourne Art Book Fair. Paris-based artist, architect and filmmaker Marc Johnson was awarded $15,000 AUD for his book fecund lacuna / lacune féconde, published by French publishing house Analogues.
fecund lacuna / lacune féconde is the product of more than a year of research into the field of archaeology, supported by the French National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research. Photographs of archaeological sites from the Institute’s collection, and of a site-specific art installation by Marc Johnson, are presented alongside anthropological and philosophical essays in a project that questions the world today and anticipates the future.
The judging panel commended fecund lacuna / lacune féconde for its deft weaving of complex ideas about art, science and archaeology into an engaging, well-designed and high quality publication.
fecund lacuna / lacune féconde was selected as the winning book from close to 200 entries from Australia and countries across the globe, including India, China, Spain, The Netherlands, United States, United Kingdom and Russia. Five finalists were also announced, each winning $1,000 AUD.
The finalists of The Cornish Family Prize for Art and Design Publishing, 2017, were:
fecund lacuna / lacune féconde – by Marc Johnson, published by Analogues, designed by Baldinger Vu-Huu (WINNER)
Episodic Urbanism – by Peter Elliott and contributors, published by Uro Publications, designed by Stuart Geddes
Nicholas Mangan: Limits to Growth – published by Monash University Museum of Art and Sternberg Press, Berlin (initiated with the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane and Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art Berlin), designed by Žiga Testen
The Gentle Hand + The Greedy Eye: an everyday baroque practice in architecture – self-published by author Rachel Hurst, designed by Catherine Griffiths
SPECIALISM – by David Blamey and contributors, published by Open Editions, designed by Jonathan Hares
House is a House is a House is a House is a House: Architectures and Collaborations of Johnston Marklee – by Reto Geiser and contributors, published by Birkhäuser/Johnston Marklee/Reto Geiser, designed by MG&CO., Noemi Mollet and Reto Geiser
The NGV gratefully acknowledges the Cornish family for their support of The Cornish Family Prize for Art and Design Publishing. The Melbourne Art Book Fair program is supported by Event Partner Asahi Super Dry, Partner City of Melbourne and Supporter The Copyright Agency Cultural Fund. The symposium is presented by the RMIT Design Futures Lab with the support of the RMIT School of Design. The NGV Department of Contemporary Design and Architecture is generously supported by The Hugh D. T. Williamson Foundation.