The latest edition of the Artist’s Book Yearbook has essays and written contributions from Tanya Peixoto, John Bently, Victoria Cooper, Peter Seddon, Josh Hockensmith, Egidija Čiricaitė, Les Bicknell, Anna Juchnowicz, Nick Norton, Rosie Sherwood.
The listings sections detail some of the vast amount of artists’ books activity, education and discussion taking place around the world and include: Artist’s Book Publishers & Presses; Bookshops for artists’ books; Artist’s Book Dealers; Galleries & Centres; Collections, Libraries & Archives; Artist’s Book Fairs and Events; Book Arts Courses and Workshops; resources for Design, Print & Bind; Print and Papermaking Studios; Journals and Magazines; New Reference Publications; Organisations, People, Projects and Societies. In the Artists’ Books Listings section, you can discover 400+ examples of new artists’ books, from the information sent in by artists in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Cuba, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Poland, Russia, Serbia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands, the UK and the USA.
Cover design: Tom Sowden. Artists’ pages by: Stephan Erasmus, Gloria Glitzer, Kellie Hindmarch, Sarah Jacobs, Sophie Loss, Hazel Roberts, Tricia Treacy, and Claire Yspol.
Order online at:http://www.bookarts.uwe.ac.uk/artists-book-yearbook
Published Autumn, 2017. Order your copy today for £15 including UK postage or £17 international postage.
Articles by Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison, Joseph J Field, Tamar MacLellan and Philippa Wood, Mike Nicholson, Sophie Loss and Cally Trench, and Tim Daly. Artists’ pages by Kate Bernstein (UK), Darren Marsh (UK) Paul Minott (UK) Miguel Sbastida (Spain). Cover design by Tom Sowden. Subscription for Volume 12 (2 issues) is £10 including worldwide postage. Order online here.
World Book Night project exhibition at Bower Ashton Library, UWE Bristol, UK, 1st – 30th April 2018
For 2018, the World Book Night United Artists issued an invitation to read and respond to the short story ‘Watching God’ in the collection Three Moments of an Explosion by China Miéville. There were many ways in which readers could respond to the text, through word or image, bookbinding, or even boat building.
The image and text submissions have been printed out and framed to display in the manner of the library and gallery scenes in the short story. They are on show in an exhibition from 1st – 30th April 2018 at Bower Ashton Library, Bristol. We’ll also be making our annual video and artist’s book to launch on World Book Night, 23rd April 2018.
The artist’s book will be published as a paperback ‘ur-text’ in keeping with the contents of the town’s library. The title of our book is Their Eyes Were Watching God – the book searched for but never found. It will be available through publish-on-demand if you wish to order a copy, published on 23rd April 2018. Many thanks to MAMDP student and artist Chrystal Cherniwchan for all her help with this project, including the Instagram page documenting all the entries. The image in this feature is by EAK Press.
Bower Ashton Library, UWE Bristol, UK
Thursday 19th April – Friday 29th June 2018
In December 2017 the Bodleian Libraries in Oxford opened Designing English, an exhibition of its medieval manuscripts – books made, copied and illustrated entirely by hand from the 800s to the early 1500s. To accompany it, the curator, Daniel Wakelin, the Jeremy Griffiths Professor of Medieval English Palaeography at Oxford, invited contemporary artists to take inspiration from these olde bokes. Forty artists, working in media from embroidery to video, attended workshops in Oxford last spring to see and handle medieval books. They and others received a design brief with a portfolio of images of those books, and with excerpts of medieval manuscripts. In response, fifty-six artists made new books – or alternatives to books – inspired by what they saw, for a competition and display in the Bodleian Library. There is now an opportunity to see an extended version of this exhibition at Bower Ashton Library from 19 April – 29 June 2018. Many thanks to Corinne Welch for all her work organising this opportunity. Featured image here is by Lisa Davies.
Bower Ashton Library, UWE Bristol, Kennel Lodge Road, Bristol BS3 2JT, UK.
For opening hours see: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/library/usingthelibrary/openingtimes/bowerashton/contactdetails.aspx
Thursday 19th April – Saturday 30th June 2018 at Bower Ashton Library, UWE Bristol.
I regret not having kept a diary before. There were brief episodes when I did. But nothing consistent. Now I find a degree of comfort in keeping a diary. It has become a consistent and reassuring part of what I do each day – I can’t imagine NOT keeping a diary. Furthermore, reading it tells me what I did on a particular day, a way of preserving memories of the past.
Each DAY PAGE entry is collaged onto a page, occasionally two pages of a book, usually a scrapbook – I also use large music stave books, ledgers, stamp albums, even a concertina drawing book – I particularly like using partially filled scrapbooks which I find here and there, adding my diary entry to the items already pasted on the page, enjoying the unpredictability of these juxtapositions, and the feeling of adding one layer of time to another.
Opening event Thursday 19th April 4-5pm, all welcome. More information on this exhibition.
Saturday 21st April 2018 2018
ABC (artists’ books club)) will be showing books and prints at BALTIC Self-Publishing Artists’ Market, as it launches for the first time on Saturday 21 April. Around 50 artists, bookmakers, small press publishers, printmakers, artist’s groups and zine makers will be selling their work.
This expanded version of the annual Artists’ Book Market is a great opportunity to meet artists and browse a wide range of affordable artworks. Artist-led activities and performances will also accompany the special one-day event.
Artists’ books by ABC members will include works by: Kate Bernstein, Chrystal Cherniwchan, Miranda Harris (whose book Homesick is featured here), Gen Harrison, Linda Parr, Zelda Velika, Cathey Webb (image above), Corinne Welch, Elena Zeppou. 11.00-18.00 FREE Drop-in.
Our Summer Book Arts Institute runs over July-August 2018. We have classes from one-day Broadside Ballads, to Hybrid Printmaking, Book Structures with Guy Begbie, and Botanical Printmaking in the park with Bristol Print Collective.
All classes are held at Bower Ashton Studios, City Campus, UWE Bristol, UK. Come along to learn new skills and make new friends with books and printmaking.
25th – 26th May 2018, at the Forum, Norwich.
ABC alumni have selected artists’ books to take to ‘turn the page’ this May. Works by featured artists will include: Linda Parr, Kate Bernstein, Corinne Welch, Gen Harrison, Elena Zeppou, Chrystal Cherniwchan and Cathey Webb.
The aim of turn the page artists’ book fair is simply to provide an exhibiting and selling platform for the book arts and to raise public awareness of this intriguing art form.
In early 2019 we will be moving to a new office on campus. Help us clear our bookshelves by filling yours up with some back issues!
We are offering bundles of books:
2 randomly selected back issues of the Artist’s Book Yearbook for a bargain £10!
5 randomly selected back issues of The Blue Notebook journal for artists’ books for a bargain £10!
Both bundles are available on the online store.
Image: 759.9 LAR – 759.9 WILL Contemporary Painting – Rest of the World. Cathey Webb is making a series of artists’ books exploring Found Poetry by randomly choosing words from the books of specific bookshelves at Bower Ashton Library.
The project is inspired by Jeremy Dixon’s recent workshop at the Artists’ Book Club (ABC), and his exhibition ‘The Making 52 Books in 52 Weeks Challenge’ that was on show in the Library in February 2018.
ABC meets once a month to discuss and explore Artists’ Books. The group also works towards shared projects, exhibitions, and book fair events.
Cathey will be in the library for a short period most Thursdays, gathering information for the project. At the end of the project the books will be exhibited in the Library.
This exhibition is on tour as part of the ongoing al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here Coalition projects. The online Inventory gallery was launched to coincide with the fifth anniversary of the bombing of al-Mutanabbi Street on 5th March 2012, for which project partners around the world held commemorative readings and events. Since then the Inventory has grown as artists’ books created for the project have arrived. The gallery pages show images and information for each of the 260 books completed for the project.
Exhibitions held since the launch of the tour include:
The Westminster Reference Library, Westminster, UK; The Powell Library Rotunda, UCLA, Los Angeles, California, USA; Salt & Cedar Letterpress Studio, Detroit, Michigan, USA; The Cambridge Arts Council, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA; The Santa Fe University of Art and Design, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA; The John Rylands Library, Manchester, UK; The San Francisco Center for the Book, San Francisco, California, USA; Gallery Route One, Point Reyes, California USA; the Center for Book Arts, New York in association with Alwan for the Arts, Columbia University Libraries Butler Library, International Print Center New, Poets House, New York, USA; Literary & Philosophical Society Library, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK; Collins Memorial Library, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington, USA; Curry College, Milton, Massachusetts, USA; American University in Cairo, Egypt; Arab – British Centre, London, UK; The Mosaic Rooms, London, UK; Kate Chappell ’83 Center for Book Arts at the University Of Southern Maine, USA; The Hague Public Library, The Netherlands; Queen Elizabeth II Library, Memorial University, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada; Jaffe Center for Books Arts, Florida Atlantic University, USA; Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County, Rochester, New York, USA; Goddard College, Vermont, USA; Arab American National Museum, Dearborn/Detroit, Michigan, USA; Idaho Center for the Book in partnership with The Arts and Humanities Institute at Boise State University, USA; George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA; Herron School of Art and Design, The Herron Art Library of IUPUI University library, USA; Keats House and the Iraqi Cultural Centre, London; the Arab American National Museum, Dearborn, USA; Idaho Center for the Book in partnership with The Arts and Humanities Institute at Boise State University; Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here DC 2016 a partnership between George Mason University’s School of Art and George Mason University Libraries, Split This Rock, Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, McLean Project for the Arts, Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at The George Washington University, Busboys and Poets, Georgetown University, Cultural DC, Smithsonian Libraries, Brentwood Arts Exchange, Smithsonian American Art Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Northern Virginia Community College, George Mason University Student Media and Fourth Estate Newspaper, Rosenberg Library at the City College of San Francisco, USA.