The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, has launched a new international publishing prize, a major new initiative expanding on the success of the gallery’s annual Art Book Fair. The programme is the first of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region, awarding $15,000 AUD for the winning entry, and an additional $1,000 for five finalists. The Cornish Family Prize for Art and Design Publishing celebrates innovative enterprises through text-based mediums.
The competition takes a holistic approach, recognising each volume in its entirety as opposed to individual elements, such as graphic design and print production. This unique method of judging certifies the accolade as one of the most important around. NGV invites all sides of the industry to apply, supporting and applauding organisations whose main focuses involves art, design, architecture and contemporary culture. The works must have a publish date from December 2015 to 2016.
Tony Ellwood, Director states: “With the generous support of the Cornish family, NGV has developed a prize to honour excellence and innovation within art and design publishing, and to celebrate the publishing sector on a global scale.”
The award runs in parallel with the previously mentioned Melbourne Fair, which, since its inauguration in 2015, has attracted more than 29,000 visitors, and quickly been established as the most attended publishing event on the continent. The third edition brings together international and local practitioners for a weekend of seminars, launches and performances, alongside stalls showcasing art literature from around the world.
Applications for The Cornish Family Prize are now open, closing on 17 February. www.ngv.vic.gov.au
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1. Melbourne Art Book Fair 2016. Courtesy of the NGV.