Book Arts

ABC – artist’s book club

ABC is a cross-disciplinary forum for makers of artists’ books and ephemera, founded by MA alumna Lilla Duignan in 2009 for students and interested parties based at Bower Ashton. It provides an opportunity to get together for critical and constructive dialogue, to contextualise work, explore ideas and to develop creative practice and theory. ABC meets and works as a group towards exhibitions, projects and participation in regional and national artist’s book fairs and events.

“The perfect space in which mystery meets matter and conjoins, is for me the book”

Allil Enna Nangi-Ud

ABC coordinators for the academic year 2021-2022 are Jo Barnfield and Rae Holden, with admin support by Sarah Bodman.

Artist’s Book Club at UWE is open to any of our students, alumni and staff. A £5 membership fee helps us cover the cost of workshop materials so we can provide the best possible experience.

ABC meetings are a mix of physical and online meetings. Details for how to join in are sent out before each meeting.

For questions / membership, please contact Sarah at: abcatuwe[at]

Timetable of meetings 2021-2022

October 2021
Printed Poetry week at UWE and Arnolfini, organised by Angie Butler (physical and online), 11th – 14th October.

November 2021
Denise Kwan – artist’s talk Thursday 18th November 12.30-1.30pm in the Print Publishing Space, OC2

December 2021
Carl Middleton artist’s talk (online)

January 2022
Square mini book, multi pocket workshop with Gen Harrison

February 2022
Matthew Robertson artist’s talk (online) TBC

March 2022
al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here – in the Print Publishing Space, OC2, Thursday 3rd March, 11am-2pm. Special guests include Ama Bolton, Catherine Cartwright and Andrew Morrison. There will be readings, print activity, displays of books and broadsides.

April 2022
Show and tell of artists’ books made by ABC members

May 2022
Rachel Marsh (Semple Press) artist’s talk

ABC coordinators by academic year

2020 – 2021 Sarah Bradicich and Jo Barnfield
2019 – 2020 Sarah Bradicich, Csilla Bíro, Gin Saunders and Susannah Sendall
2018 – 2019 Csilla Bíro and Alyn Smith
2017 – 2018 Gen Harrison and Cathey Webb
2016 – 2017 Leonie Bradley and Catherine Cartwright
2015 – 2016 Kate Bernstein and Kate Williamson
2014 – 2015 Stephanie Turnbull
2013 – 2014 Helen Thomas and Bernard Fairhurst
2012 – 2013 Christiane Gruenewald and Sarah Rhys
2011 – 2012 Alice Drake
2010 – 2011 Angie Butler and Lilla Duignan
2009 – 2010 Founder: Lilla Duignan

ABC archive of events from 2009 to present