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Books As Art


Fri 8 Jun 2018, 12:00pm–12:00am
Sat 9 Jun 2018, 12:00am–12:00pm

Where: Regent Theatre, 17 The Octagon, Dunedin, Otago

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


Listed by: Andrea F

New feature in regent 24-hour book sale.

Artists, crafters, school students and community groups are invited to upcycle used unsalable books into artworks to support the Regent Theatre Trust of Otago.

For over three decades the Regent 24 Hour Book Sale has been one of the highlights on the Dunedin calendar. In 2018 we are introducing an exciting new art initiative giving a second life to old books.

Books As Art will be part of the 38th Regent 24 Hour Book Sale being held from midday on Friday 8 June 2018.

The organisers hope Books As Art will become an annual feature of the sale. Books As Art encourages people to transform the pages of old books into sculptures and artworks.

The book art will be displayed during the 24 Hour Book Sale and available for purchase, with a percentage of the sales supporting the Regent Theatre.

“Books As Art is a great opportunity for people to reuse books in a creative way, ensuring they have a new life.”

“We’ve been inspired by a similar exhibition in Edinburgh and can’t wait to see Dunedin people apply their creativity to give new life to used books. It’s the perfect challenge for a City of Literature. Books can be upcycled into beautiful art – whether its origami type page folding, intricate sculpted pages or using pages to make or cover items.”

Entries will be judged by a panel headed by Dunedin Public Art Gallery Director Cam McCracken who will be joined by artist Nicola Jackson, Otago Daily Times art writer Rebecca Fox and lecturer at the Dunedin School of Art, Bridie Lonie.

Those who want to turn their hand to making old books into art will be able to pick up free pre-loved books from collection points around the city. Books are available from the beginning of March until late May.

The boxes of books for collection are at the Hub at the Otago Polytechnic, the First Presbyterian Church and the foyer of the Athenaeum.

People making Books As Art must enter their completed artworks by Thursday 31 May 2018.

For more information, please contact the organisers at or the theatre at 03 477-8597.

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