Key Dates:

Premiere Exhibition: Aratoi Museum of Art + History, Masterton, Wairarapa. 2 Nov – 8 Dec, 2019

Opening Event: Saturday 2 November 2019, 1 pm:

Official Opening, Announcement of Premier Award and Merit Awards, followed by Selectors talk.

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Millennium Public Art Gallery, Seymour Square, Blenheim: 2 May - 7 June 2020

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Submission Deadline: 27th September, 2019. NB: Late entries cannot be accepted. Now closed.

Notification of selection: by 7 Oct 2019

Deadline for delivery of work: 18 Oct 2019


This is a selected exhibition for current PCANZ members.

The work will be selected by Paul Thompson. The judge’s selection will be final.

Paul Thompson: curator, collector, author, artist, zook inventor. Formerly the Director of the Museum of Wellington. He also hand-makes books and works that are conceived as art objects in themselves and are bought by collectors, curators or connoisseurs, nationally and internationally. He also works with Wai-te-Ata Press initiating publications that explore typographical and structural boundaries.

This selected exhibition will travel on to regional galleries (tba) following the premier exhibition at Aratoi.

We look forward to a very exciting exhibition of works, hopefully beginning to get the genre of artists books more established and visible in NZ.

Join or start a conversation on the PCANZ members’ Facebook page if you have any links, inspirations, ideas... you would like to share or discuss.

Feel free to pass this info on to anyone who may be interested!

The Brief

Concept: The book as art object evolved in the mid-20th Century when artists began experimenting with the book format as a means to express their ideas, with or without narrative elements, often without text at all. Today, artists have taken the concept of a ‘book’ further, creating art objects inspired by the form and/or function of a book.

PCANZ members are invited to explore and expand the possibilities that makes an art object an “artists’ book.” Work must show a connection between content/concept and the chosen structure.

“Is a book the sum of certain requisite characteristics? If a book has no pages is it still a book? If it cannot be opened is it still a book? These are the things I like to ask as I make my books. My artists' books are a way of questioning bookishness.” Artist Statement: Linda Newbown

Media: The work must include traditional printmaking techniques.

Works made exclusively of inkjet and or giclee prints will not be accepted although these print methods may form a lesser part of the final work. Altered books may be included but the final work must include traditional printmaking technique as an integral component of the work.

Work Requirements: Work must have been made or signed since Sept 2017 (within 2 years of deadline.)

There are no size restrictions (within reason).

Collaborations: are invited. Each entry must however be an original, uncopied work made by the artist(s). If the artist has been assisted by technicians or collaborators, full details must be identified in the colophon submitted with the entry.

Hanging: Work may NOT be suspended from the gallery ceiling.

Delivery & Packaging Details: full details will be sent to successful entrants.

Works MUST be packaged in sturdy, reusable packaging suitable for national transportation to other venues.

The outside of the packaging needs to clearly indicate the artist’s name, contact details, return address and artwork title. Artworks arriving at the gallery without suitable packaging will not be accepted.

NOTE: All freight costs to and from the gallery is the sole responsibility of the artist(s). Artists will be notified when work is due to be returned. It may be wise to keep a record of the dimensions and weight of your parcel to more easily enable a return courier.

Sales: Aratoi Museum is not a commercial gallery therefore work will not be for sale.


Note: Whilst all care will be taken with art work, artists must accept the risk of damage. PCANZ and the various galleries will take all possible care with the handling of artwork. However, PCANZ and the various galleries will not accept responsibility for damage to artwork whilst in transit or in the care of PCANZ and the various galleries. It is recommended that artists insure works against damage whilst in transit, in the care of the above institutions, and whilst on exhibition.

How to Submit a Proposal

1. Colophon: complete online form further down this page. You must include a statement of no more than 200 words describing how your work meets the brief. (This statement will also be included in the catalogue.)


2. Photos:

  • Up to three images of each work must accompany the written description.

  • One image MUST be of the entire installed work.

  • High quality images, maximum 2 MB per image in a jpg digital format.

  • Photos should be submitted via email to Diane Harries at

  • Images are to be titled: “surname_first name_title of work_number of image” (e.g. Brown_John_Bookwork_1).


3. Entry Fee: non-refundable

  • Up to 2 entries. Note: A separate colophon must be completed for each entry.

  • $30.00 per entry, Students: $25 per entry.

  • Payment must be made by by 27th Sept, 2019

  • Preferably pay by Direct internet banking into Westpac account: 03 0791 0387378 00

  • Please put your surname and first initial in ‘Particulars’ field, TU Exhib in ‘Code’ field.

  • Or pay by cheque, posted to Diane Harries, 81 Mt View Rd, Bastia Hill, Whanganui 4500.


Kathy Boyle (Chair PCANZ) ,

Toni Hartill (Ak Rep)

Note: Deadline for submissions is 27th September, 2019.

NOTE: You are required to complete the online Colophon below.

Name *
NOTE: All freight costs to and from the gallery is the sole responsibility of the artist(s). Artists will be notified when work is due to be returned. It may be wise to keep a record of the dimensions and weight of your parcel to more easily enable a return courier.
Fee payment *
Select one option
Payment method *
Payment Method
Must be within 2 years of submission
W x H x D (mm)
Up to 3 images, Max 2MB each, surname-firstname-title-no.
If applicable. Brief description only. Full details can be provided upon delivery of selected artwork.
Is your work able to be handled by the public? *
Max 200 words. The statement will describe your ideas and the conceptual content of your artwork, and its relevance to the brief.
Are you the sole artist and maker of your artwork? *
If applicable, please list full names of collaborating artists and/or technicians and specify what each person was responsible for:

You need to enter using the online form above, this sample file is not for sending in.