Book Arts

ABC – artists’ books 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 2020-2021 are Jo Barnfield and Sarah Bradicich

Artists’ Books 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.

Due to social distancing restrictions, ABC meetings will be taking place digitally on Thursday evenings. Details for how to join in will be sent out before each meeting.

For questions and membership, please contact abcatuwe[at]

Timetable of meetings 2020-2021

Thursday 22nd October 2020
Welcome meeting show and tell, talk about Word Binding and upcoming events

Thursday 19th November 2020
Paper marbling demonstration from Sarah Bradicich’s studio

Thursday 10th December 2020
Artist’s talk – Anwyl Cooper-Willis and Bernard Fairhurst

Thursday 21st January 2021
Zoom workshop: coptic stitch + soft cover dust jacket (limited material packets, sign-ups will be available)

Thursday 18th February 2021
Zoom workshop: flag fold (limited material packets, sign ups will be available)

Thursday 25th March 2021
Artist’s talk – Linda Parr

Thursday 15th April 2021
Zoom workshop: blizzard books (limited material packets, sign ups will be available)

Thursday 20th May 2021
Artist’s talk

ABC coordinators by academic year

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