8 artists making work from books

To coincide with National Library Week, we take a look at how books have inspired artists creatively.

This week is National Library Week (coined by the American Library Association), so ArtsHub has used the moment to reflect on how books have inspired artists creatively.

The reality is that some books have a shelf life – whether our personal holdings, academic volumes or within our library – which means books simply get thrown out. For some artists, however, old books are a great resource or material.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina