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
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
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
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
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'
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
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,
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
Selected Gallery of Sarah's works
information about Sarah...
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
Click on the images below to view samples of Sarah's