Latest Book Arts News: June 2015

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Degree Show
6th - 12th June 2015

Degree Show 2015

Our MA Multidisciplinary Printmaking students will be exhibiting as part of the Creative Industries Degree Show 2015 at UWE, Bower Ashton campus, Bristol, UK.

Graduating students who have been creating artists’ books include: Charlotte Biszewski (image on right), Sarah Duncan, Charline Giquel, Emily Lucas and Monika Rycerz.

Do come along and see their exhibition. The Degree Show is open to the general public from 6th - 12th June 2015. Saturday 6th June - Undergraduate Open Day: 10am-6pm, Sunday 7th June: 10am-6pm, Monday 8th June - Thursday 12th June: 10am - 8pm.

Admission is free and no booking required for the general public.

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Shine On artist’s book

CIBA – Cascais International Book Arts

Many thanks to all the artists who responded to the call for World Book Night 2015.

The video and models made in tribute to Stephen King’s novel The Shining are archived on the Shine On page and a copy of the artist's book made for the project is now in the post to each of the contributors.

Look out for the call for World Book Night 2016 in January!

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CIBA – Cascais International Book Arts

CIBA – Cascais International Book Arts

Cascais Cultural Centre, Casa de Santa Maria, Portugal
26th June - 12th July 2015
The Fundação Dom Luis I is holding its inaugural show of artists’ books at the Cascais Cultural Centre, Casa de Santa Maria, Portugal, from 26th June - 12th July 2015. The show is invitational, featuring 23 leading book artists from Australia, Canada, Finland, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom, and the United States. Sarah was invited to show her artist’s book La Voisin in the exhibition. Starting in 2016, CIBA will be an annual juried show.

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Artist's Book Yearbook 2016 - 2017

Artist's  Book Yearbook 2016 - 2017

Listings have closed for the next issue of the Artist’s Book Yearbook (ABYB), which will be published in September 2015. Sarah is putting the ABYB together over the summer, so if you missed the call, it might still be possible to be listed – depending on how far along she is so, please email Sarah asap if you want to try. This is free of charge:

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 2016-2017 issue will have essays, interviews and articles by: Susan Johanknecht and Katherine Meynell, Tim Mosely, John Mulloy, John Bently, Collective Investigations, Radoslaw Nowakowski, Paulo Silveira, and others. Plus listings and information on: Artist’s Book Publishers & Presses; Bookshops for artists’ books; Artist’s Book Dealers; Artist’s Book Galleries & Centres; Collections, Libraries & Archives; Artist’s Book Fairs and Events; Book Arts Courses and Workshops; Design, Print & Bind; Print Studios; Journals and Magazines; New Reference Publications; Organisations, People, Projects and Societies. Artists also list up to 3 of their recent book works free of charge.

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Book Arts Summer Institute

Summer Institute

CFPR, Bower Ashton Campus, UWE Bristol, July - August 2015
The Centre for Fine Print Research Book Arts Summer Institute 2015 will run from July - August at UWE Bristol's Bower Ashton Campus. 2015 sees our 20th year of CPD Summer Masterclasses.

To celebrate we have some book and printmaking treats in store for you:

Angie and Si Butler: Making Friends With Your Adana Press (2nd - 3rd July 2015), Guy Begbie: Bookbinding for Book Artists (27th - 31st July 2015) and
Advanced Bookbinding (27th - 31st July 2015),
Stephen Fowler: Primitive Printmaking class/field trip (20th - 24th July),
Jeff Rathermel: Japanese Book, Print and Paper Arts (10th - 14th August 2015)

Build your skills with professionals, have a creative holiday, and make some new friends in lovely surroundings. More information and booking links on the online store. Any questions, email Sarah at

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The Blue Notebook journal for artists' books Vol 9 No 1 and 2

Blue Notebook

The Volume 9 set can be ordered for £10 including p&p here.

Volume 9, No 1 Articles: A Place Where Things Meet: Creative and Conceptual Blending by Emma Robertson (Australia), After midnight - The workings of the Two a.m. Press by Lisa Wigham (UK), Books about nothing by Amir Brito Cadôr (Brazil), Futura Has Always Been The Future by Antonio Claudio Carvalho (UK), Reading Cabinet by Amador Perez (Brazil), Research Residency in Artists’ Books at the Edinburgh College of Art Library by Julie Johnstone (UK).

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

Volume 9, No 2 Articles: Paul Soulellis Performing publishing. Infrathin tales from the printed web; Jude Lau, on John Bently, Artists’ Books and The Printhaus: looking for community in books; Angie Butler investigates the draw of letterpress in Running My Fingers Across The Surface: Letterpress printing and artists’ books; Logan Sisley on Scientia Civitatis: Missing Titles, an imaginary library of knowledge about cities by Vagabond Reviews for Phoenix Rising: Art and Civic Imagination, at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane. In The E-dge of the Book, Anna Cooper offers elements that help determine ‘bookness’.

Artists' pages by: Ros Blackmore, Noëlle Griffiths, Rachel Marsh, Richard Roberts and Elizabeth Shorrock. Cover design by Tom Sowden.

Current and back issues information can be found at: or, ordered directly from the online store.

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ABYB back issues half price!

Blue Notebook

We are having a 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 - 2013 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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Zero TraceAn Inventory of Al-Mutanabbi Street online gallery

The project is touring internationally until 2018. 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.

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 image shown here is of Zéro Trace byJane Kennelly. Detroit To Baghdad: Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here is currently on show with a programme of associated events at the Arab American National Museum, Dearborn, USA until 12th July 2015.

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