About the exhibition
Designer Bookbinders, one of the world’s foremost bookbinding societies devoted to the art and craft of the handbound book, again collaborates with Mark Getty and the Bodleian Library to attract top binders from all over the world.
This exhibition showcased the 28 prize winners, and a further 48 selected entries with the theme Plants, Flora and Gardens. The two prestigious top prizes are in memory of Sir Paul Getty, collector, sponsor and advocate of the craft of bookbinding. A further 25 silver prizes were awarded for the most distinguished bindings in the competition, alongside the oxford University Students’ Prize.
Plants play a central role to life on Earth. They have provided food, clothing, shelter & medicines for many centuries. Plants have many symbolic uses in art, mythology and literature and gardens have provided employment, leisure and enjoyment throughout history. The chosen theme of plants, gardens and anything connected with flora helped celebrate the 400th Anniversary of the founding of the Oxford Botanic Gardens, the oldest Botanic Garden in Great Britain and one of the oldest scientific gardens in the world.
Listen to judge and Designer Bookbinders' President, Lester Capon, plus five designers discuss their work in this digital audio highlights tour from the exhibition.
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This audio experience was developed in collaboration with Designer Bookbinders.