World Biennials of Art Bookbinding

Art Bookbinding international contest

Art bookbinding international contest has been existing for more than 30 years. It clearly is the oldest international bookbinding contest. This event is a must for professionals and a challenge for binding schools and amateur bookbinders.

19 to 22 of september 2024 :

a 4-day exhibition

to celebrate Art Bookbinding

and French litterature

The exhibition will take place in Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse (78-France), at Espace Jean Racine.

All bindings participating to the competion will be shown to the public, i.e. around 280 bindings.

Opening hours : thursday to saturday from 10:00 to 18:00 and sunday from 10:00 to 17:00. Entrance fee : 5 €.


Exhibition program

  • Conference “Antoine et l’Aéropostale” : thursday september 19th, 2024
  • Bookbinders’ dinner : friday september 20th, 2024 – book now !
  • Award ceremony : saturday september 21st, 2024, at 18:00
  • Supplier fair : september 19th to 22nd
  • Binding restitution : sunday september 22nd, 2024, at 17:00.

accomodation during the exhibition


Thanks to our partners

La17e Biennale de la Reliure d’Art bénéficie du soutien de 9 entreprises et institutions de notre territoire.

Le jury se réunit bientôt

Le jury se réunit en juin pour examiner pendant 2 jours en huis clos toutes les reliures candidates

Award ceremony

Remise des prix de la 17e Biennale Mondiale de Reliure d’Art samedi 21 septembre à St-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse

Become a partner of World Biennials of Art Bookbinding

Why and how to become a partner of 2024 Biennials

Exhibition program !

Discover the program of 2024 international art bookbinding exhibition in France, close to Paris

Books to bind at APG Reliure

Books to bind from previous Biennials at APG Reliure (France)

350 inscrits !

350 ! C’est le nombre de relieurs inscrits au concours de reliure d’art 2024.

Journée Mondiale du Bénévolat

Les Biennales fêtent la Journée Mondiale du Bénévolat et du Volontariat


A suppliers’ fair is held jointly with the Exhibition of the bindings from September 19 to 22, 2024 at the Espace Jean Racine in Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse (France – 78).

16 suppliers will be there to offer you the opportunity to buy leather, parchment, marbled paper, glue paper, tools, books and more.

They are present during the 4 days: Thursday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (unless mentioned otherwise in brackets).

Bookbinding schools are also present: école AAAV du Vésinet, …

  • Art & Métiers du livre – Marie AKAR – Éditions FATON  site web
  • À chacun son livre – Frédérique Boulas – bookshop  site web
  • APG Reliure – Céline et Alexandre – tools (jeudi, vendredi, samedi)  site web
  • Maison ALIVON – Pascal et Marion Saussier – tools, dorure  site web
  • Atelier BONANNI – Yann Bonanni – pareur (vendredi et samedi)  site web
  • SOFIC – Jean-Claude Fassey – leather  site web
  • LIEUTARD – Didier Lieutard – leather  site web
  • HARMATAN – Marc Lamb – leather (jeudi, vendredi, samedi)  site web
  • ALRAN – M. Verdier – leather (dimanche)  site web
  • CHARDOME Brigitte – marbled paper  site web
  • DUSARSE Mélanie – marbled paper (dimanche)  site web
  • HAMAÏDE Marie-Anne – marbled paper  site web
  • PERRY Katalin – marbled paper  site web
  • PRINA Daniela – marbled paper  site web
  • LASSERRE Anne – marbled paper  site web
  • PINET Anne – art paper (vendredi, samedi, dimanche)  site web
APG Reliure
Art et Métiers du Livre
Boulas Frédérique – A chacun son livre
Chardome Brigitte
Dusarse Mélanie
Hamaide Marie-Anne
Harmatan and Oakridge leathers
Lasserre Anne
Lieutard DIdier
Perry Katalin
Pinet Anne
Prina papers
Sofic cuir

16th Art Bookbinding international contest - 2022 edition

Inauguration of the exhibition

September 2022 : Mrs Michèle Douaze, President of the World Biennials of Art bookbinding association, with the Mayor representants of St-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse : Mr Jacques Caous and Mrs Myriam Schwartz, during the inauguration of international Art bookbinding 16th exhibition.

at the Espace Jean Racine, in Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse (France)

Cérémonie de remise des prix. Au total, 17 prix ont été remis aux lauréats.

Revoir la cérémonie en images


See 2022 winners

230 bindings presented to the public

On every Bienniale all participating bindings are exposed. In 2022, 230 bindings were exposed from 22nd to 25th of September.

on the theme of The Lion, a novel of Joseph Kessel

In 2022 candidates were proposed to bind LE LION by Joseph Kessel.

Conference Joseph Kessel

Conference by Mr Serge Linkès : « Joseph Kessel and his connection to Africa »

See pictures of the conference

World Biennials of Art Bookbinding - in short

A unique international contest

This cultural artistic contest is a unique one. It is a not-to-be-missed event for professionals , binding schools and amateur bookbinders in the world.

30 years of existence

Culture patronage, the Biennials Art bookbinding are organized since 2005 in St Rémy-lès-Chevreuse,Yvelines county (78) in France. The 17th edition will take place in 2024.

More than 20 participating countries

Participating countries from all continents : Germany, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, South Korea, Denmark, Spain, Estonia, USA, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Morocco, Mexico, Netherlands, Portugal, United Kingdom, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland …

French literature in the spotlight

Joseph Kessel, Albert Camus, Victor Hugo, Michel Tournier, Maurice Leblanc, Jean de la Fontaine, Charles Perrault, Beaumarchais, Jules Verne, …

Exceptional savoir-faire

Traditional, full skin leather, inlays, Bradel, Italian binding, Japanese binding, object book….

600 numbered prints

Each book is unique and has a typographical printing of high quality on 160 g Velin d’Arches 100% chiffon, work carried out by Cheyne printing-works which is awarded a Living Heritage Company label.


Thanks to those entities to support the World Biennials – how to become a partner
Art et Métiers du Livre
Brasserie Le Chalet
Crédit mutuel
Effet Immediat, création graphique print et digital
Fondation Raymond Devos
Jardinerie de Chevreuse
Les Ailes de Yoan
Transports SAVAC
Ville de Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse


+33 (0)6 36 17 48 29

Exhibition : 19 > 22 september 2024 from 10AM to 6PM from thursday to saturday and from 10AM to 5PM on sunday

2 rue Victor Hugo 78470 Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse (France)