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.
Titles must have a publish date of January 2017 – December 2017.
Applications are now open and close at 5pm on Tuesday 19 December 2017.
The Cornish Family Prize Terms and Conditions of entry
The National Gallery of Victoria invites applications from publishers, artists, designers, writers, curators and organisations around the world whose publishing practice explores art, design, architecture and contemporary culture for the inaugural Cornish Family Prize for Art and Design Publishing.
The Cornish Family Prize will award the winner $15,000 AUD, with additional $1,000 AUD prizes for up to five finalists.
Application process and criteria
In order to apply for the Cornish Family Prize, applicants must: –
- Read the terms and conditions of entry
- Submit an online application by 5pm 19 December 2017
Note: Applications will not be accepted in any other format. Hard copies of publications will not be accepted. The NGV will contact shortlisted finalists only for physical copies.
- Titles must have a publish date of Jan 2017 – Dec 2017.
Any queries regarding the Cornish Family Prize should be directed to: email@example.com
Conditions of entry
The Cornish Family Prize selection panel can only assess applicants on the basis of their online application. It is in your interest to complete this form with a high-level of detail to accurately represent the title you are submitting. Titles will be assessed individually.
Selection of The Cornish Family prize is final, and no correspondence shall be entered into regarding the selection process.
The NGV reserves the right to refuse applications, including (but not limited to) where:
- There is a conflict of interest with the NGV or the Cornish Family Prize’s values, direction, objections or suppliers;
- The application does not comply with the terms and conditions of the Prize.
If you are shortlisted for the Cornish Family Prize you will be required to provide the following by 10 February 2018:
A physical copy of the shortlisted title, to be sent:
- Via courier to
The Cornish Family Prize entry
National Gallery of Victoria,
180 St Kilda Rd, Sturt Street Security entrance,
Melbourne Australia 3000
- Via Post to
The Cornish Family Prize Entry
National Gallery of Victoria,
Po Box 7259
Melbourne Australia 3000
Copy and image/s for printed collateral and the NGV website
Deadlines and fees
If your application is shortlisted you will be sent correspondence regarding the next steps of your application.
12 September 2017
19 December 2017
Applications close at 5pm.
10 January 2018
Shortlisted applicants notified and requested to send physical copies of title.
10 February 2018
Deadline for receiving shortlisted applicant titles.
Note: titles will not be returned.
16 March 2018
The information contained in these terms and conditions has been prepared solely to assist you in evaluating the benefits of applying for the Cornish Family Prize.
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 Premium Beverages. The symposium is presented by the RMIT Design Futures Lab with the support of the RMIT School of Media and Communication.