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Cornish Family Prize for Art and Design Publishing: our shortlisted titles

Four of our books have been shortlisted for the coveted Cornish Family Prize for Art and Design Publishing.

Warm congratulations go to the creators, collaborators and contributors of Australia Modern, Step into Paradise, Harry Seidler’s Umbrella and The Light Fades but the Gods Remain.

As part of NGV’s Melbourne Art Book Fair, taking place from 13 – 15 March, this prize is a celebration of art book publishing and supports innovation in the field. We are honoured to have our books shortlisted in such an important initiative.

Read on for a glimpse into these stunning shortlisted books.

AUSTRALIA MODERN

Hannah Lewi and Philip Goad | Book design: Stuart Geddes

The essential text on Australian modernism with rich archival imagery and expert essays on how modernism has shaped Australian society.

The Sydney Opera House under construction, 1974-75. Photograph: Michael Lewi.

Capitol Theatre, Melbourne, VIC, 1921-25. Architect: The Office of Walter Burley Griffin and Peck & Kempter. Photograph: Walter Burley Griffin, 1939. Pictures Collection, State Library of Victoria, H2009.21/73.

STEP INTO PARADISE

Jenny Kee AO and Linda Jackson AO | Book design: Daniel New

The compelling stories of iconic designers Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson, creators of a bold and unashamedly Australian fashion identity.

Jenny and Linda wearing Linda’s Tutti Frutti and Love Letters outfits, cotton, Bondi, 1975. Photograph: Annie Noon, Linda Jackson archive, MAAS Collection.

Models Micki and Gerlindé wearing Jenny’s knitwear, cotton, with handpainted straw hats, Palm Beach, NSW, 1979. Photograph: Linda Jackson, Linda Jackson archive, MAAS collection.

HARRY SEIDLER’S UMBRELLA

Joe Rollo | Book design: Garry Emery

An incisive and personal collection of writings on architecture and design, offering an exciting way of looking at the built world.

Hamer Hall: Melbourne VIC. Photograph: John Gollings

Seidler House: Killara, Sydney, NSW. Photograph: Max Dupain © Penelope Seidler

THE LIGHT FADES BUT THE GODS REMAIN

Bill Henson | Book design: Daniel New

A glimpse into Henson’s brilliant mind as he ponders the passing of time.

Untitled 55 1985–86. Photography: Bill Henson

Untitled 153 1985–86. Photography: Bill Henson. Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection.