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Perimeter Small Book Prize 2019

Perimeter is thrilled to announce Izabela Pluta as the winner of the 2019 Perimeter Small Book Prize. The Sydney-based artist's project Figures of Slippage and Oscillation was selected from a shortlist of 10 proposals narrowed down from more than 100 entries from across Australia and New Zealand.

The judging panel – which included Perimeter’s Justine Ellis, Dan Rule, Emma Phillips, Felix Wilson and Nadiah Abdulrahim – was particularly impressed by the richness, completeness and allegorical potential of Pluta’s project, which draws upon a series of meticulous contact prints or “paper negatives” made by exposing the pages of three long-out-of-date atlases. Fastidious in its detail, but loosened from its original source, the resulting series works to collapse and blend landmasses, territories and power structures, critically and creatively challenging our notions of place.

Perimeter will publish the winning entry, Figures of Slippage and Oscillation, by late 2019. Stay tuned for further details.

Perimeter would like to extend its sincere thanks to the shortlisted artists – Isabella Capezio, Christopher Day, Kate Golding, Xander Linger, Caitlin E. Littlewood, Alasdair McLuckie, Utako Shindo, Bruce Tobin and Isadora Vaughan – and all the applicants for their support and work. It’s been an honour to be given access to such a variety of high quality proposals.

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We are thrilled to announce the shortlist for the Perimeter Small Book Prize 2019, selected from a strong pool of applicants from across Australia and New Zealand.

The prize winner will work alongside Perimeter’s editors and designers to develop a small, limited-edition book, which will be published by Perimeter Editions and distributed through Perimeter’s channels in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, North America and Europe. The publication will be promoted at major art book fairs in New York, Los Angeles, London, Tokyo, Melbourne and more. The prize, which is not medium-specific, speaks to Perimeter’s commitment to engaging with the local creative community and developing and disseminating meaningful new works in published form.

Perimeter Small Book Prize 2019 Shortlist:
Alasdair McLuckie
Bella Capezio
Bruce Tobin
Caitlin E. Littlewood
Christopher Day
Isadora Vaughan
Izabela Pluta
Kate Golding
Utako Shindo
Xander Linger

All shortlisted applicants will be contacted. The winner will be announced on Friday May 31, 2019. We would like extend our sincere thanks to everyone who entered — the Perimeter team was blown away by the quality and diversity of the work that was submitted.

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Following the success of the inaugural Perimeter Small Book Prize last year, in which we received more than 100 entries, we are thrilled to announce the return of the Perimeter Small Book Prize in 2019. Entries are open to Australian and New Zealand residents. The Prize winner will work alongside Perimeter’s editors and designers to develop a small, limited-edition book, which will be published by Perimeter Editions and distributed through Perimeter’s channels in Australia, New Zealand, North America and Europe. The publication will be promoted at major art book fairs in New York, Los Angeles, London, Tokyo, Melbourne and more. The prize is not medium specific and we encourage artists at any stage of their career to enter. The prize speaks to Perimeter’s commitment to engaging with the local creative community and developing and disseminating meaningful new works in published form. The inaugural Perimeter Small Book Prize winner, Second Sight by Sarah Walker, was launched at the 2018 New York Art Book Fair. Taking its bearings from the adage that seeing is believing, Second Sight assumes a cynical vantage on our collective relationship with spirituality, faith, ritual and the search for meaning. “Second Sight is a work that is historical and contemporary in equal measure. Given belief’s immutable presence, Sarah Walker has created a beautifully sharp questioning of the intangible that we all believe in.” – Kris Kozlowski Moore, Paper Journal 

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Entry Details
There are three stages of the entry process.

Stage One DEADLINE EXTENDED to Sunday 28 April 2019
Entrants must provide the following by 11.59pm on Sunday, 28 April 2019:
12–24 images (as a sample of a wider project)
Project statement (200 words)
Short biography (100–200 words)

Stage Two
The shortlist will be announced on Monday, 6 May 2019. Shortlisted entrants will be contacted by Perimeter via email, and will be asked to provide additional material and information at this stage.

Stage Three
The winning entry will be announced on Friday, 31 May 2019.

How to Enter
Please submit images and text documents in PDF format and label the file as SURNAME_FIRSTNAME.PDF.
Send your application to: hello@perimeterbooks.com with the subject: Small Book Prize 2018 application.

The entry fee of AU$45.00 must be paid on application via this link. Without payment of the fee, your entry will not be considered for the Prize.

Terms and Conditions

  • Entries are open to residents of Australia and New Zealand who live locally or abroad.
  • Open to students and emerging or established artists.
  • Work must be entirely the original work of the entrant.
  • Work must be visual, including painting, drawing, sculpture and photography.
  • Work submitted must not have been published before in a book format.
  • There is no limit to the number of entries per individual, but each entry must be a new submission; i.e. different visual and written material and a separate entry fee must be provided.
  • Perimeter is not able to cover travel costs. If the winner does not live in Melbourne, all communication in the collaborative book-making process will be conducted electronically via Skype.
  • Refunds will not be given for any reason.
  • Incomplete applications, including failure to pay the entry fee, will not be considered. Please make sure you have completed all steps before submitting your application.

Judging Criteria
Entries will be judged based on merit and originality as we see it. We encourage entrants to consider how and why their work would suit the book format.

Judges
All work will be judged on merit by the Perimeter team, including Justine Ellis (Director, Perimeter Editions), Dan Rule (Director, Perimeter Editions), Emma Phillips, Nadiah Abdulrahim and Felix Wilson.

Winner
The winner of the Perimeter Small Book Prize 2019 will have their work published, promoted and distributed by Perimeter Editions and its associated distribution partners Perimeter Distribution and Idea Books.

Copyright 
The artist will retain copyright over the original works. Perimeter will retain copyright over the published edition.

Enquiries
Please send any enquiries to hello@perimeterbooks.com