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Boookmarks XIII

30th Annual Miniature Print Exhibition 

Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of UWE’s annual Miniature Print Exhibition!

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Boookmarks XIII

HMP Send artist's book project exhibition

We are pleased to show the books produced by the women of HM Send.

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Livres d'Artistes Conference at Cardiff University

Sarah will be speaking at the conference in Cardiff on 5th December.

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200 artists' books by Andi McGarry

Advance notice for World Book Night 2016

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Al-Mutanabbi Boise

Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here

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Artist's Book Yearbook

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The Blue Notebook:
Volume 10, No 1

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Bookmarks XIII

Bookmarks XIII online now!

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An Inventory of Al-Mutanabbi Street / Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here

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The 30th Annual Miniature Print exhibition on display at Arnolfini shop, Bristol.

30th Annual Miniature Print Exhibition

Come and celebrate the 30th Anniversary of UWE’s annual Miniature Print Exhibition with us at two venues!

The 30th annual exhibition of 30 new miniature prints for 2015 is on display at Arnolfini shop now until 1st January 2016. Thirty prints by MA Multidisciplinary Printmaking students and staff at UWE. Prints are for sale at £18 each and all profits go to the students’ exhibitions and degree show fund. Please come along to the Private View on Thursday 3rd December from 5-7pm (Arnolfini bar is open until 10pm). Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol, BS1 4QA, UK.  

An exhibition of 300 miniature prints spanning 30 years is at the Museum TwentseWelle shop until 1st January 2016. Museum TwentseWelle, Het Rozendaal 11, 7523 XG Enschede, The Netherlands.  

With many thanks to: AKI ArtEZ Institute of the Arts, Arnolfini, John Purcell Paper, Museum TwentseWelle, Enschede, SNAP 2015 International Printmaking Symposium, UWE, Bristol

HMP Send artist’s book project exhibition
Project led by the artist Sophie Artemis-Pitt

These books are on display for handling in room OC4, Bower Ashton Campus from Monday 7th December 2015 until the end of January 2016.*

We loaned 46 sample artists’ books for this project under our ABPP loan scheme, and are pleased to be able to show the books produced by the women under Sophie Artemis-Pitt’s guidance. Sophie led the course as part of Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village Big Issues project, for which she was asked to run a 5-week Book Art course with the focus on building new skills and developing confidence and a 'voice' for the women in the group.

Sophie says: “Each week there was an opportunity to learn a new book structure but also the scope for individuals to explore an idea through the same structure over several sessions. I found these sessions immensely rewarding. Found the progress amazing and inspiring and the relationships between the women and their work and myself utterly engaging. I am so pleased that the work is going to be exhibited and that I had this opportunity to work in HMP Send where the women created these darkly beautiful books.”

*Please call ahead or email before travelling to make sure there is someone here. The campus will be closed over the Christmas holidays and New Year’s Day. Please call Sarah on 0117 3284915, or email before you travel.

HMP Send artist’s book project, detail of Dena's book 'Brick'
HMP Send artist's book project, detail of Dena's book 'Brick'

Detail: Cooking the Books: Ron King and Circle Press, Catalogue Raisonné 1967-2002. Published by the Yale Center for British Art and Circle Press, London

Livres d'Artistes: The Artist’s Book in Theory and Practice
Conference, 4th-6th December 2015 at Cardiff University, Wales

Sarah will be speaking at this conference in Cardiff on 5th December. In 2014, Cardiff University Library received a considerable donation of Artists' Books from Ron King of the Circle Press, one of the most influential practitioners of the Book Arts.

In December 2015, Special Collections and Archives (SCOLAR), in association with the Centre for Editorial and Intertextual Research and Cardiff Metropolitan University, will be hosting a major international conference to celebrate this donation. Plenary speakers will include leading book artists Sarah Bodman, John Christie, Simon Cutts, Ron King and Sam Winston.

An exhibition of livres d’artistes and associated artworks will be held alongside the proceedings of the conference. The exhibition will be sited near the conference venue, in Special Collections and Archives (SCOLAR), Arts and Social Studies Library. In addition to bookworks donated by Ron King and Circle Press, books by many modernist and contemporary artists will be on display.  

Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here

Arts and Humanities Institute Gallery, Boise, USA
Until 30th January 2016

Idaho Center for the Book and the Arts and Humanities Institute at Boise State University present Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here, at the Arts and Humanities Institute Gallery, continuing until the end of January 2016.

The exhibition honours al-Mutanabbi Street, Baghdad’s cherished district of booksellers, publishers and literary cafés, which was devastated by a deadly car bombing in March 2007. In response to the deaths and the destruction, Beau Beausoleil, a San Francisco poet and bookseller, and Bristol UK Book Arts researcher Sarah Bodman, issued an international call to artists and writers to create broadsides, books, poetry, prose and prints reflecting on these events, and commemorating Al-Mutanabbi Street and its significance to Iraq and the world.

The anthology of prose and poetry titled Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here was edited by Beausoleil and Deema Shehabi, and published by PM Press in 2012. Contributors include: Etel Adnan, Meena Alexander, Sinan Antoon, Mahmoud Darwish, Sam Hamill, Dima Hilal, Persis Karim, Philip Metres, Dunya Mikhail, Muhsin al-Musawi, Naomi Shihab Nye, Adrienne Rich, Amina Said, Aram Saroyan, Anthony Shadid, Sholeh Wolpé, and many others.

A collection of broadsides was created between 2007 and 2009, primarily letterpress prints (employing hand-printed type and imagery) which transcribe and interpret excerpts from the anthology, as well as other writings in honour of the project. Most recently, a folio of fine art prints (etchings, lithographs, linocuts, serigraphs, woodblock and digital prints) subtitled Absence and Presence, has more than 140 prints contributed by artists from around the world.

The project has been exhibited more than 30 times nationally and internationally. Boise State’s own unique iteration of Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here comprises 61 selected works from these related parts of the project.

Arts and Humanities Institute Gallery, Yanke Center at Boise State, 220 East Parkcenter Boulevard. Monday-Friday 9am - 5pm until the end of January 2016 (excepting holidays.) Poster image: Darren de la Pena

Artist's Book Yearbook 2016 - 2017

Artist's Book Yearbook 2016 - 2017

September sees the new edition of the Artist’s Book Yearbook! 268 pages of artist’s book goodness.

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Contents include:
bookartbookshop, Tanya Peixoto celebrates Magnus Irvin; A Parliament of Children by John Bently, asks if now might be the time to establish a publishing house – run by and for children; The material folio by Tim Mosely looks at the material in relation to haptic in artists’ books; Making Space: London Centre for Book Arts reports on all the wonderful developments at LCBA since it launched in 2012, written by its founders Simon Goode and Ira Yonemura; in Fragile Metaphors, John Mulloy considers the complexities of artists’ books by Sioban Piercy; looking back over 39 years of his life ‘with books, among books, for books’, Radosław Nowakowski makes the numbers add up in his essay 3-6-9;  it is with sadness that we publish the essay Systems for the page in the work of Maria Lucia Cattani by Paulo Silveira, who writes about the work of his colleague and friend Maria Lucia Cattani (1958-2015), reflecting on her contribution to the field of artists’ books; Collective Investigations  - Egidija Čiricaitė, George Cullen and Chris Gibson – have produced a special feature for this edition of the ABYB reflecting on their performative, interactive work in Reading the Book as an Object; Susan Johanknecht & Katharine Meynell have written up a version of their dinner speech presentation from the PAGES Leeds | 18th International Contemporary Artist Book Fair in March 2015. Johanknecht & Meynell’s essay on their collaborative project Poetry of Unknown Words is a particularly absorbing feminising response to Iliadz’s Poesie de mots inconnus; Gustavo Grandal Montero’s extended interview with Stephen Bann - From Cambridge to Brighton: Concrete poetry in Britain, discusses some seminal moments in the history of Concrete poetry in the UK and abroad from 1964, and Bann’s role within it as an organiser, practitioner, critic and editor.

Artists’ pages by: Ian Andrews, Mireille Fauchon, Martha Hellion, Candace Hicks, Danqing Huang, Paul Laidler, Sophie Loss, Angie Waller and Mark Wingrave.

An ever-growing listings section of artists’ books activity, collections, courses, dealers, publishers, galleries, centres, bookshops, libraries, artist-led projects and print studios, fairs, festivals and competitions.

In the Artists’ Books Listings section you can also find 537 examples of new artists’ books, with information about their work sent in by 182 artists in the following countries: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Norway, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands, the UK and the USA.

Artist’s Book Yearbook 2016-2017. Published by Impact Press at the Centre for Fine Print Research, UWE Bristol, UK.  20th September 2015. 21 x 29.7 cm, 268 pp, b&w litho print throughout, colour cover. Cover design: Tom Sowden.

The Blue Notebook: Volume 10, No 1, October 2015

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The Blue Notebook will be published in October. Essays and articles by: Mark Waugh (UK) on Eric Lesdema‘s Drowning the Moon; Lucy May Schofield (UK/Japan) reports on her book arts residency at Mokuhanga Innovation Laboratory; Radoslaw Nowakowski (Poland) on How to write a worst seller; Csilla Farkas (UK) explores Liberature: At the Border of Literature and Book Arts; Mary Cowley-Takaoka (Japan) on artist Kumiko Shindo’s book works responding to the Tōhoku Earthquake and Tsunami; Danny Aldred (UK): Drifting Through the Looking Glass [a road less travelled], Making living books with old and new tools.

Artists’ pages by: Charlotte Biszewski, Egidija Čiricaitė and Deborah Stevenson

Cover, badge and sticker design: Jessica Williams (Norway).

ABYB 2016 - 2017

The Blue Notebook for artists's books

Bookmarks XIII: online and at 10 venues until February 2016

Bookmarks XIII  

Bookmarks XIII includes 38 artists from: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Hawaii, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, the UK, and the USA. All of the bookmarks have been archived in the gallery section here on the website, with each artist’s contact details, so you can visit their websites and see more of their book works.

We have a great selection of bookmarks this year created with a wide range of processes, from: etching, woodcut, recycled book pages, linocuts, rubber stamps, letterpress, lithography, screenprint, hand cut, photography, hand painted, stencilled, folded designs, hand drawn, and even from recycled hi-viz jackets…

Many thanks to all the artists who have participated this year. Thanks also to all our venue hosts for participating. Please visit the website to find a venue near you in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Italy, UK or the USA, and to see all of the artists’ bookmarks.

Advance notice for World Book Night 2016

An invitation from WBN United Artists: Advance notice for Saturday 23rd April 2016. Our book this year has been selected by the artist John Bently; Margaret Atwood’s novel The Handmaid’s Tale.

On the day of World Book Night we will be in Halifax (West Yorkshire, UK) for a moors-based musical trip with John Bently, Nancy Campbell, Stephen Fowler and and many others. We will make a collaborative artist’s book in the afternoon, with pre-cut and folded books and rubber stamping production line session, so everyone can go home with a book of everyone’s stamps.

If you would like to join us on the day or join in remotely, here are your instructions:

Read The Handmaid’s Tale, then produce a rubber stamp of something in it or inspired by it (max size 5 x 8 cm). If you are coming to Halifax, bring your rubber stamp and an ink pad with you, if you cannot, send just the rubber stamp to Sarah before 10th April 2016. If you would like to join us, please email Sarah for directions or postal address if sending:

Everyone who makes a stamp will get a copy of the book we make with everyone’s stamps in. If you are sending yours from elsewhere, we will return it to you afterwards with a copy of the collaborative artist’s book. Here is what we did for World Book Night in 2015.

Detail: Ceremony – Illustration by Anna and Elena Balbusso for The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.

An Inventory of Al-Mutanabbi Street online gallery
The image shown here is of Al Mutanabbi Always by Karen Baldner.

An Inventory of Al-Mutanabbi Street / Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here

This project is touring internationally until 2018. 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 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.

Al Mutanabbi Street Starts Here is on show with a series of related events at the Idaho Center for the Book in partnership with The Arts and Humanities Institute at Boise State University, 1st October 2015 – 30th January 2016.