Books As Art

Regent Theatre
12.00 noon, 31 May
Close off for entries

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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 and a panel to be announced.

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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Bar service

Our bars have a selection of New Zealand wines and beers as well as juices, water, light snacks and ice creams. The bars will be closed five minutes before the show’s published start time.


We pride ourselves on being one of the most accessible venues in the city. We have flat access through our main doors and staff are more than happy to help with the doors if needed. Taxis can drop off and pick up patrons from outside these doors and we can order a taxi for you after the show.

There are accessible toilets on the lower level and a roomy lift provides access both to these facilities and to the Stalls seating. Seats in the Circle are accessed via several flights of stairs so we recommend patrons with mobility difficulties book seats in the Stalls.

We have seven dedicated wheelchair spaces and our events are available via an augmented hearing assistance system.

We also have opera glasses available for hire for $5 at the Box Office – just ask when you come in.

We encourage our patrons to discuss their needs with us so we can ensure they enjoy the show.

Theatre Etiquette

People come to the Regent Theatre to have a great night out. So everyone has a good time, we ask all our patrons to be courteous to those around them.

  • Please turn off all your electronic devices before you come into the auditorium.
  • If you have taken snacks from our bar back to your seat, try not to rustle when the house lights go down.
  • If you are late to a show, get comfortable in our bar area until we can turn the house lights back on so you can find your seat.
  • Camera flashes occasionally make performers stumble – over their lines or their feet – so we prefer that you don’t use flash (or any other) photography.
  • Please keep your feet on the floor – someone counting the beat on the back of your seat can be distracting.
  • Dancing in the aisles sounds like fun but it might make our Circle collapse. If you really need to dance (and it’s the right sort of show), please book seats in the Stalls or make your way out to the foyer.
  • We encourage you to introduce your children to the arts, but please also teach them to watch and listen quietly and peacefully.