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Code X: contemporary fine binding

Names, Words, Witch’s Symbols

9 February – 25 March 2017


In association with 2017 Australian National Conference of Bookbinders

The best work of international bookbinders paired with the best work of Australia’s established bookbinders and ‘rising stars’ to change perceptions

about the craft of bookbinding and to demonstrate how traditional craft skills can be used to produce dynamic and vibrant contemporary works.

GUILD 14 members’ exhibition entries 29 August for show 19 Sept-11 Oct

The Canberra Craft Bookbinders’ Guild members’ exhibition for 2014 will be on show 19 September -11 October.

Entries invited

Traditional or contemporary or experimental style of binding (perhaps even unbound work), or conservation of a historical binding.
No more than 3 entries per person.

Work must be 3 years old or less and should be not have been exhibited previously in a CCBG Canberra exhibition, except at a meeting of the Guild.


Entries close: Friday 29 August 2014

— submit entries to Chris Johnson at the August Guild meeting or for pickup/delivery
contact phone 02 6282 1993 / mobile 0401 498 684 / email [email protected]

Exhibition on show: Thursday 19 Sept –11 Oct 2014

Raised Bands – 2012 issues on website

The 6 issues of Raised Bands published in 2012 can now be downloaded from the Canberra Craft Bookbinders Guild website.  Click on the Newsletter tab from the home page, scroll down and the covers of the newsletter will come into view.

Or copy this link into your web browser.


XVl Annual Exhibition of the Australian Bookbinders – Art Gallery of NSW


This exhibition of the Australian Bookbinders focuses on contemporary practice in the art form known as Design Binding. On display are over 40 books with unique bindings created by 33 artists; 22 from Australia ( 7 Canberra Guild members), joined this year by 11 from Estonia. Members are Dario Castello, Fabienne Devillard-Nicolaj, Erika Mordek, John Tonkin, Joy Tonkin, Terence Uren and Vicki Woolley.

Pics from opening night here.

7 Nov – 14 Dec 2013  Tue–Sat only

Tue, Thu, Fri 10am–4pm
Wed 10am–6.30pm
Sat 12-4pm

Free admission

Research library and archive



Handwritten, Handbound Exhibition 19 Oct – 11 Nov

Canberra Craft Bookbinders’ Guild & Canberra Calligraphy Society two crafts combining in stunning ways.

Opening Friday 19 October 6.00pm

Meet the artists Sunday 28 October 3.00pm

Demonstrations throughout the exhibition by the exhibiting artists

Workshop – Paper Book and Bauble with Eva Schroeder

      Sunday 11 November> 1:30–4:30pm

Belconnen Arts Centre 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen and is open between 10:00am-   5:00pm Tuesday-Sunday.

More info

The Canberra Craft Bookbinders Guild is dedicated to promoting the art of the hand-bound book, and this sumptious survey of works will feature our best in both traditional bookbinding designs and more contemporary alternative bindings. Members of the Canberra Calligraphy Society are passionate about the beauty of letters; their works will illustrate older, traditional scripts used in pre-printing years, modern scripts and artistic ways of interpreting words.

Paul Johnson – A Suitcase Full of Pop-Up Books Talk


 FRIDAY, 18 MARCH 2011  AT 7.30 PM


The Guild is sponsoring a talk by Paul Johnson, internationally known UK book artist and educator.  The Committee hope that as many members as possible will attend Paul’s talk.  His talks are known to be entertaining and informative.

He will be speaking about the power of the book as an aesthetic and architectural form.  He will discuss its fascination for both children and adults as he pulls a library’s worth of pop-up books out of a single suitcase.

Paul is internationally recognized as a paper and book artist and regularly teaches and exhibits in the UK and the US.  He is equally well known for his pioneering work in developing literacy through the book arts.  He is author of numerous books including A Book of One’s Own, Literacy through the Books Arts and Pictures and Words Together.  His present trip includes workshops in Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart and Orange and he will be speaking to teachers’ groups at Wollongong University and in Tasmania. 

His movable books are in the collections of the Tate, Cooper-Hewett Museum in New York, the National Gallery, the Library of Congress, the University of California at Berkeley and Yale University, among other institutions. His work was selected for Stand and Deliver – an exhibition of editioned movable books which recently toured the USA.  He exhibits widely and is on the UK Craft Council’s select list of British  designer-makers.

Paul will have many of his editioned books at the talk as well as some of his books on developing literacy.  Anyone wanting more information on his editioned books or his books on literacy should go to



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