Book Arts

Bookmarks: Infiltrating the Library System

Bookmarks XV online

This annual series grew out of an aim to encourage appreciation and awareness of artists working in the book format. Participating artists each produce an edition of 100 signed and numbered bookmarks which are divided into 100 sets; one full set being sent to each of the contributing artists and the rest divided and sent in distribution boxes to participating host venues around the world, for visitors to enjoy.

Over the last fourteen years, the Bookmarks series of free artwork distribution has visited 148 galleries, bookstores, workshops, centres, schools, museums and libraries in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Singapore, Spain, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the UK and USA

544 artists have contributed 54,700 bookmarks to the fourteen projects to date. Each bookmark is stamped with the current project’s website address, which directs the taker of the bookmark to the gallery section of the website. Visitors can view works by the artists and contact contributors via their website and email links on our site.

As interest in the artist’s book has grown internationally over these years, the bookmarks projects have reached a natural conclusion. 2017 will see the final iteration of the project, and we will send bookmarks out to the final 10 venues and also do something special to celebrate the past 15 outings of Bookmarks!

Many thanks to all the artists who have signed up for the final outing of Bookmarks XV, we are now full.

We are planning celebrations here and will be sending out the usual boxes of free bookmarks to venues anywhere in the world. If you wish to receive a venue set please get in touch early as we already have a few on the list. Please email Sarah at

Bookmarks XV Infiltrating the Library System September 2017 – February 2018 will be the fifteenth and final outing – check back later for details of our celebrations!

Previous Bookmarks – all online!