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Sarah Bodman
Sarah is Senior Research Fellow for Artists' Books at the Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR), where she runs projects investigating and promoting contemporary book arts. She is also Programme Leader for MA Multi-disciplinary Printmaking at the Bower Ashton Campus.

Sarah is the editor of the Artist's Book Yearbook a biennial reference publication on contemporary book arts, published here by Impact Press. She is also the editor of the Book Arts Newsletter and The Blue Notebook journal for artists’ books. Sarah writes a regular news column on artists’ books for the ARLIS UK and Ireland News-Sheet, and an artists’ books column for the journal Printmaking Today.

Sarah is the author of Creating Artists’ Books (a handbook for A&C Black, UK and Watson-Guptill, New York, USA (ISBN 978-0-7136-6509-3). Sarah also works with other institutions nationally and internationally, with the ABPP Artists’ Books Partnership-exhibition Programme which loans books from her CFPR collection to universities, collections, schools, societies, galleries, libraries and bookshops around the world. This programme runs on a rolling basis, with free loans of books to set up exhibitions, workshops, study groups or displays that promote the subject to a wider community. 2014 loans so far include: LCBA workshops; Federation University, Ballarat, Australia; DIY Cultures, London, and the International Association Kniga Khudozhnika, Moscow.

Sarah’s own artists’ books include Flowers in Hotel Rooms Volumes I-IV, an ongoing series of books inspired by Richard Brautigan’s novel The Abortion; Do Not Enter, unique pulp/screenprinted book, and e-pub for Tim Mosely’s Codex Event 8, Brisbane, Australia, March 2012. In collection of Codex 8, Australia; Dead Search for the exhibition Lessons in History Vol. II - Democracy at grahame galleries + editions, Brisbane, Australia (November 2012), and Why Say it Again? for Di Carta/Papermade, International biennial exhibition, curated by Valeria Bertesina, Palazzo Fogazzaro, Schio (VI), Italy 2013 - 2014.

Sarah has been collaborating with the poet and artist Nancy Campbell, on an annual video and book production for World Book Night since 2010. Each event is in tribute to a particular novel. Their first collaboration was commissioned as part of the University of Dundee's AHRC funded project, Poetry Beyond Text: Vision, Text and Cognition, for which they produced Dinner and A Rose for Patricia Highsmith's Ripley series. Since then they have made an annual collaborative book and video, inviting artists, writers, musicians to join them on World Book Night. These include TOAST: A Night on Weevil Lake, on World Book Night, 2011, in tribute to Douglas Coupland's novel The Gum Thief; The Secrets of Metahemeralism, on World Book Night, 2012, in tribute to The Secret History by Donna Tartt; Some Small, Good Things, for World Book Night 2013 in tribute to Raymond Carver's A Small, Good Thing. This year the WBN United Artists produced 'Post Office' a letterpress printed book and accompanying video on 23/04/14.

Sarah's artists' books have been featured in publications including: 1000 Artists’ Books: Exploring the Book as Art, Sandra Salamoney with Peter & Donna Thomas, Quarry Books, Beverly, MA, USA, 2012, and Masters Book Arts: major works by leading artists, curated by Eileen Wallace, Lark Books, New York, April 2011. Sarah's artists' books are in over 60 national and international collections including: Tate Britain, the British Library and the V & A Museum, All Saints Library and Winchester School of Art, UK; Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection, Yale Centre for British Art, MOMA, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Mills College and Rhode Island School of Design, USA; Spazio Libro D’Artista, Catania, Sicily; Artists’ Books Archive, Milan; Bibliotheca Alexandria, Egypt; Moscow Artist’s Book Archive; The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, and Institute of the Arts, Canberra, Australia. She is represented in the USA by 23 Sandy Gallery.

Some recent and upcoming artists’ books projects:


Artist’s Book Yearbook 2014-2015
Artists, publishers, bookshops, galleries, libraries, organisations, institutions, centres, studios, presses, are listed in this issue of the Artist’s Book Yearbook. The
ABYB includes essays and information on international book activity: publishers, organisations, presses, studios, collections, galleries, bookshops, journals, reference books, design, print and bind services, fairs and festivals, competitions and events.

An Inventory of Al-Mutanabbi Street
The al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition has been organising readings and other events since April 2007 to fundraise for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). Sarah is currently helping with co-ordination of programme (until 2018) for the European/ Australian section of the tour of An Inventory of Al-Mutanabbi Street, with books produced by 260 artists worldwide.

Bookmarks - Infiltrating the Library System
The Bookmarks projects series aims to encourage appreciation of work in the format of the artist's book. Participating artists each produce an edition of 100 signed and numbered bookmarks to give away through distribution boxes at venues around the world. Each bookmark has the website address which brings visitors to the gallery of artworks online.


356 artists have contributed 35,600 bookmarks to the ten projects to date. Editioned bookmarks are collated into sets; one full set being sent to each of the contributing artists and the rest divided and sent in distribution boxes to participating galleries, bookstores and libraries around the world, for visitors to take.

The Blue Notebook: journal for artists' books
The
Blue Notebook is a peer-reviewed journal for contemporary writing and artworks around the book arts. Impact Press publishes two issues per year in electronic and paper versions (October and April). The journal provides a platform for the discussion of worldwide, contemporary book arts practice.

We welcome submissions of writing on contemporary artists’ books for
The Blue Notebook. Please see the submission guidelines or contact: Sarah Bodman

Our referee panel comprises:
Dr Anne Béchard-Léauté, France; Maria Fusco, UK; Susan Johanknecht, UK; Jeff Rathermel, USA; Dr Paulo Silveira, Brazil and Ulrike Stoltz, Germany.

Subscription covers both formats at
£10 GBP per annum - UK and international. For subscriptions, please see the blue notebook homepage

A Manifesto for the Book
Sarah and Tom Sowden published a free download 187pp reference publication: A Manifesto for the Book, one of the results of a two-year, Arts and Humanities Research Council (www.ahrc.ac.uk) 2010: In an arena including digital and traditional artists' publishing formats - what will be the canon for the artist's book in the 21st Century?

The research project was a responsive exploration with a collaborative, international audience of artists, academics, presses, publishers, curators, dealers, collectors and students involved in the field, in order to propose an inclusive structure for the academic study, artistic practice and historical appreciation of the artist's book. You can read all of the published outcomes online including, interviews, essays, conference papers, case studies and their manifesto for the book on the project's home page.

A Selected Gallery of Sarah's works
More information about Sarah...
The Cutting Edge of Artist’s Books. An interview with
Michael Shirrefs, Feature Producer of ABC Radio Australia’s ‘Artworks’ programme, at the State Library of Victoria in Melbourne.
 Read an interview with Sarah on the V&A's Book Artists website: www.vam.ac.uk/collections/prints_books/features/artists_books/book_artists/bodman/index.html

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