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.
Extended articles by Lyn Ashby, Jim Butler, Nancy Cambpell, and a feature on the community of the Small Publishers Fair by organiser Helen Mitchell. Artists’ pages by Phyllida Bluemel (UK), Deirdre Pretorius (South Africa), Same Same Press (Leonie Bradley & Catherine Cartwright, UK), and Cathey Webb (UK). Cover, badge, sticker designs by Rebecca Weeks (UK). Subscription for Volume 12 (2 issues) is £10 including worldwide postage. Order online here.
The artist’s book The Object of Our Affection by Angie Butler is currently on display at the University of Bristol.
This book was commissioned by The Centre for Material Texts at the University of Bristol, a collective with interests in the many and various aspects of book culture.
Angie Butler was artist-in-residence for their ‘Making Books in Bristol’ project which invited local independent publishers, letterpress printers, designers and artists to discuss their own experiences of book making in the city. Audiences at the public talks held in May and June were invited to share their own thoughts and reflections in questionnaires.
Angie’s book, a product of and reflection on the community formed around these conversations, was launched at a special event in December. You can visit the free exhibition in the foyer of Beacon House, University of Bristol, which runs until the end of February 2018.
The Object of Our Affection project write-up can be found on the Books at Bristol blog.
Bower Ashton Library, Bristol, UK
27th January to 28th February 2018
Jeremy Dixon set himself a challenge in in late 2016 when he bought a pack of over-sized playing cards. These inspired the 52 Books In 52 Weeks Challenge, a book a week made up until late 2017. All the books that form the Making 52 Books In 52 Weeks Challenge will on display at Bower Ashton Library, UWE from 27th January to 28th February 2018.
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
WBN United Artists have set the book for 2018. If you wish to join us and contribute please get reading!
The text we are responding to is the short story ‘Watching God’ in the collection of short stories Three Moments of an Explosion by China Miéville. There are many ways in which readers can respond to the text, through word or image, bookbinding, or even raft building. All the responses sent in will be printed out and exhibited in April 2018 for World Book Night.
We’ll be making our annual video and artist’s book to launch on World Book Night, 23rd April 2018. The artist’s book will be produced 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 made available through publish-on-demand if you wish to order a copy.
MAMDP student Chrystal Cherniwchan is our official WBN helper for 2018, and has set up an Instagram page for the project.
Deadline for submissions is 1st March 2018. For a copy of the brief, please see:
An exhibition at Bower Ashton Library by MA Multidisciplinary printmaking student Cathey Webb, is on display until 15th March 2018
My recent work focuses on how we handle books and how this informs our perception of a book. When we read a book, we leave marks which enhance or detract from the readers experience. You may have a favourite old book covered in creases or marks that you would never swap for a pristine new edition. Your old copy may link you to a time and place in your life when you read it. This quality of books can influence the experience of reading; it can enhance or distract from the narrative and gives the book a life of its own.
The text of The Marks We Leave asks the reader how they are holding the book: gripping it tightly or lightly touching the edge of pages. A group of volunteers each read a copy of the book with inked fingers, leaving clearly visible marks on the edition they held. Each of them hesitated prior to handling the book; a Western tendency where the visual sense is more prevalent than that of touch.
ABC@MAMDP – at the Artists’ BookMarket at The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh – Sat 17th & Sun 18th February 2018
ABC at MAMDP will be showing works at the Artists’ BookMarket at The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th February 2018, 11am-6pm each day. Cathey and Gen are running the stand over the weekend, with books by ABC members including: Kate Bernstein, Chrystal Chernwichan, Miranda Harris, Gen Harrison (image featured here), Zelda Velika, Cathey Webb, Corinne Welch, Elena Zeppou.
Sarah Bodman and Catherine Cartwright are hosting a show and tell of artists’ books and prints with a short reading event at UWE, Bristol on Thursday 1st March. The event is one of many taking place around the world to commemorate the bombing of al-Mutanabbi Street on 5th March 2012.
There will be events throughout March 2018: Two events in Mosul, and Baghdad, Iraq, one at the historic Shabandar Cafe on al-Mutanabbi street – coordinated by Amal Al-Jubouri and her Soutuna project. USA events and readings; in Colorado – coordinated by Janet Bradley. In New Haven, Connecticut – coordinated by Stephen Kobasa, at the Institute Library. In San Francisco, California – at Bird & Beckett Bookstore, coordinated by Eric Whittington. In Brattleboro, Vermont at Everyone’s Books – coordinated by Kate Casa. In Portland, Oregon – coordinated by Baher Butti and Bill Denham. In Warren, Michigan, a reading presented entirely in Arabic, by The Mesopotamian Forum for Art and Culture. In San Francisco, California – a reading at the Sanctuary Exhibit in the Fort Mason Chapel, coordinated by the FOR-SITE Foundation. In Fairfax, Virginia, at the Epicure Cafe – coordinated by Nasrin Navab.
In Melbourne, Australia, a reading coordinated by Hend Saeed. In Dublin, Ireland, at Books Upstairs – coordinated by Evelyn Conlon and Sean O’Reilly. In St-Jerome, Quebec, Canada, an event – coordinated by Elyse Dupras. In Megave, France, a reading – coordinated by Maysa Ibrahim. In Venice, Italy, a reading at Scuola Internazionale di Grafica Venezia – coordinated by Roberta Feoli. A reading at the University of Gloucestershire, UK at the Chapel in Cheltenham – coordinated by Andrew Morrison.
In Cairo, Egypt – A reading at The American University in Cairo (AUC) – coordinated by Philip Croom and Conchita Anorve-Tschirgi. A reading in New York City, April 5th, with Arab American writers at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. In Tacoma, Washington (USA) The group Puget Sound Book Artists has a Salon at Collins Memorial Library, University of Puget Sound – March 4, 2018 on Artists’ Books and Social Justice including poetry from the ‘Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here’ anthology. In Washington, D.C. – A reading coordinated by Casey Smith, Helen Frederick, and Nikki Brugnoli at Upshur Street Books.
A reading in Tikrit, Iraq will be held by the youth group Tikrit Voluntary Youth Council, in cooperation with Amal Al-Jubouri and her Soutuna project. In Fairfax, Virginia – ARTISTS & POETS – Freedom of Expression – Freedom of the Press, in solidarity with al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here, February – April; a reading event 17th March at the Epicure café organised by Nasrin Navab. In Paris, France – A reading organised by Adina Rulu. In Palo Alto, California – A reading organised by Esther Kamkar. In Northampton, Massachusetts – A reading at Broadside Bookshop – organised by Claudia Lefko.
For updates on events visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/85909663901
Saturday 17th March 2018, 12 to 6pm at Ocean Studios, Royal William Yard, PL1 3RP.
Impact Press will be at Counter – Plymouth Art Book Fair on 17th March. Counter draws together artists, collectives and book works to make friends, sell books, buy books, share work, share knowledge, learn something new, start conversations, ask questions, try to find answers and exchange ideas. We hope to see you there!
Counter is run by an independent band of Plymouth based artists. They are keeners, fans, and D.I.Y. enthusiasts. http://www.counterplymouth.com
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.
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.