Wonderland winner?

A previous competition exhibitor.
A previous competition exhibitor. Click on images to enlarge.

To celebrate 150 years since the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, members of Bath & North East Somerset Council’s libraries are being invited to ‘reinvent’ an ex-library book on  a ‘wondreland’ theme.

The Recycled Book Art competition, now in its fourth year, aims to find the most creative reuse of an ex-library book. In previous years libraries have received up to 100 entries and the exhibition of completed pieces has been viewed by thousands of people each October in Bath Central Library and in a city centre shop window.

There are four categories in the competition: Under 12 years, 12-17, 18+ and Group. As in previous years these categories will be judged by public vote during the exhibition, which runs from September 5 to September 19. The prize giving will be held in Bath Central Library on October 10.

Previous competition winners.
Previous competition winners.

This year, for the first time, local artists are being invited to participate in the contest in a special “No Prize, Just Glory” category.

Artists entering this category will be given the opportunity to sell their entry while it is in the exhibition and include a short biography about their work as an artist.

If you would like to take part just visit any Bath and North East Somerset Library from May 23 and choose an ex library book and entry form.

You have until August 29 to remake that book into anything that celebrates “Wonderland”.

Another previous exhibit.
Another previous exhibit.

If you need some inspiration local libraries have a large collection of books about origami, paper cutting and upcycling available.

There is also a free, drop-in workshop on Friday May 29, at Bath Central Library.

Photos all our previous entries can be found on the libraries Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/Bathneslibraries

To find out more visit http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/librarycompetition, email Recycled_BookCompetition@BATHNES.GOV.UK or call Council Connect on 01225 394041.