Latest Book Arts News: November 2014

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Small Publishers FairThe Small Publishers' Fair

Conway Hall, London, UK
Friday 14th and Saturday 15th November 2014

Come and visit us on the Impact press stand at the Small Publishers’ Fair. An annual celebration of books by contemporary artists, poets, writers and book designers, held in November, in London’s Conway Hall, Friday 14 and Saturday 15 November 2014, 11am - 7pm.

Over 50 publishers from across the UK and around the world, established and iconic alongside new and emerging presses, thousands of original works to buy - for your collection, for presents or on a whim, stands run by the creators and publishers - talk with them as you browse, free entry to this friendly fair and all activities, poetry readings and book launches on the Saturday, special exhibition on the stage of Conway Hall, beautiful and historic venue in the heart of Bloomsbury. Exhibition at the fair: herman de vries books and editions. Curated by herman de vries and Peter Foolen.
Underground: Holborn (Piccadilly and Central), Russell Square (Piccadilly).

Twitter: @SmallPublishers

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Catherine Cartwright - Absence and Presence project visitCatherine Cartwright - Absence and Presence project visit

Catherine Cartwright visited from Exeter, to show some of the recent works made by printmakers for the Absence and Presence project for Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here. Catherine is the UK coordinator for the project.

In 2013, printmakers from around the world were invited to make prints for the Al-Mutanabbi Street Project. Each artist was asked to reflect and respond to the bombing of the bookseller's quarter in Baghdad in 2007 and to be part of a global coalition of artists, poets and writers that states that wherever people talk freely and creativity breathes, al-Mutanabbi Street starts. The prints are on their way to the USA for the launch exhibition at the San Francisco Center for the Book in December.

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Miniature Print exhibition

Miniature Print exhibition at Foyles, Bristol

Our third year students are busy printing editions of their work for the Miniature Print Exhibition at Foyles Bookshop in Cabot Circus, Bristol. The show will be up from 23rd November until February. The private view is on Thursday 4th December, 5-8pm, all welcome. The image here is of Lucy Guenot's letterpress miniprint in progress. These prints are fundraisers for the students' degree show next year, and make great gifts!

First floor, Foyles Bookshop, 6 Quakers Friars, Cabot Circus, Bristol, BS1 3BU.

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Save the date! Bristol Artist's Book Event at Arnolfini

Saturday 11th April and Sunday 12th April 2015
11am - 6pm Saturday and 11am – 5pm Sunday

Arnolfini and The Centre for Fine Print Research at the University of the West of England, Bristol, are very pleased to announce the fifth Bristol Artist's Book Event at Arnolfini! BABE will take place on Saturday 11th April and Sunday 12th April 2015 with stands over the galleries and auditorium space of Arnolfini.

There will also be workshops, tours of the event, 'book surgeries', exhibitions of books and events running over the weekend.
We really hope you can make it and look forward to seeing you!
Sarah, Tom, Phil, Holly and Helen

Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA


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Advance warning for World Book Night 2015

The Shining books

At last year's World Book Night event, we somehow selected the book we wanted to make a tribute to the year after in 2015. 23/04/15 we will be making our annual World Book Night tribute to Stephen King's magnificent horror novel The Shining.

If you would like to contribute to our annual artist's book and (very) amateur video, please get reading as soon as possible. We invite you to read the book and then create a miniature model of anything from the book (i.e. not something you remember from the film, it has to be from the book) to send to us before the end of March 2015. We will use these models to photograph for an artist's book and for our usual short video. All contributors will be acknowledged unless they wish to remain anonymous.

Dare you join in? Any questions email Sarah at

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The Blue Notebook journal for artists' books Vol 9 No 1

Artist's Book Yearbook 2014-2015

Articles in the new October issue:

Artists' pages by:

Emily McVarish, Nathan Walker and more… Cover, badge and sticker design by Molly Lemon.

Subscribe to both issues in Volume 9 today! £10 GBP including UK or international postage, for Nos 1 and 2. Current issues and back issues information at: or, order directly from the online store.

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Bookmarks 2014

ABYB back issues half price!

As the new Artist's Book Yearbook for 2014-2015 is now available, we are having a bit of a shelf clear out, and are offering all back issues of the Artist's Book Yearbook that are still in print at half price. Each edition is now £7 or £8, including national or international delivery. Each edition, from 2001 onwards is packed with essays and articles, artists' interventions and features, and listings of places to see, buy, sell, study and make artists' books. Grab yourself a bargain and help us make some space!

All available on our online store.

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Bookmarks XII: Infiltrating the Library System 2014

Bookmarks 2014

The project is currently at 10 host venues in Australia, Canada, Norway, the UK and USA. Bookmarks XII includes 52 artists from: Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Sweden, the UK, and the USA. Many thanks to our bookmarks intern Molly Lemon for all her hard work.

Visit the Bookmarks XII website to see the list of venues and to view all the bookmarks online. We hope you enjoy this year’s contributions!

The image here is of a bookmark by Claro Cosco, Canada.

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Bookmarks 2014

SketchLook is a collaborative, wide-ranging project between artists at Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) and beyond. Artists create some of their best work in their sketchbooks, but few ever see them. This is an exhibition exclusively of sketchbooks to give people a chance to see into these private pages. SFA students have created unusual sketchbook forms (not traditional codices!) that open in unique ways, but the books are still entirely blank and ready for another artist to use. Participating artists will fill out the sketchbooks and add them to the growing collection.

This autumn, Sketchlook visits the Centre for Fine Print Research in Bristol, UK. Students and staff are invited to contribute to Sketchlook by completing one of the blank books provided by SFA students or creating their own design. Future stops for Sketchlook include Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas and Booklyn Gallery, Brooklyn, New York. We provide the books; you provide the looks!

You can view images and find out more about the project at:

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Artist's Book Yearbook 2014-2015 - Available now!

Artist's Book Yearbook 2014-2015

The ABYB is a biennial reference publication focusing on international activity in the field of book arts. It serves as a resource for artists, academics, students, collectors, librarians, dealers, publishers and researchers, in fact anyone interested in artists' books!

The 2014-2015 issue has essays, interviews, contributions and features on / by: Field Study, Abigail Thomas, Reinhard Grüner, Barbara Tetenbaum, Tanya Peixoto, John Bently, David Jury, Women's Studio Workshop, Hansjorg Mayer, Gustavo Grandal Montero, Eleanor Brown, Linda Newington, Angie Butler, Nathalia King, Barrie Tullett, Craig Atkinson, David Paton, Pete Kennedy, and more…

Artists' pages by: Craig Atkinson, Pineapple Falls, Emily McVarish and Nathan Walker. Cover, badge and sticker design by Molly Lemon.

Reference listings include: collections, libraries, archives, bookshops, galleries, centres, design print & bind, publishers, dealers, presses, studios, competitions, fairs, festivals and exhibitions, journals, reference books, organisations, societies, projects, touring programmes and courses. 207 national and international artists have also listed their recent book works.

Published by Impact Press, UWE Bristol, Sept 2013, ISBN 978-1-906501-07-5 £15 (UK) or £16 (International)

Available to order from our publications page

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An Inventory of Al-Mutanabbi Street online gallery

Al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition

The online 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 it has grown as artists' books created for the project have arrived, and the gallery pages show images and information for each of the 260 books completed for the project.

The project is touring internationally until 2018; it is on show currently at The Eliot D. Pratt Library, Goddard College, Vermont, USA until late October.

You can view a slideshow of the exhibits on show online. The project exhibition moves on to the Frank & Katrina Basile Gallery at the Herron School of Art and Design - The Herron Art Library of IUPUI University library - 31st October - 22nd November 2014.
The Arab British Centre in London hosted the project this year and made a video of the event with: oud playing by Taqasim Music School, poetry reading by Ghareeb Iskandar, a monologue by Hayat Kamille, a spoken word poem by Hala Ali and poetry readings by Ama Bolton and Beau Beausoleil.

The image shown here is from Al-Mutanabbi Street - a vicious circle by Mette-Sofie D. Ambeck, Denmark.

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