Latest Book Arts News: July 2015

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Degree Show 2015

MA Multidisciplinary Printmaking Awards 2015

Congratulations to all of our graduating MA Multidisciplinary Printmaking students this year.

Awards: Monika Rycerz won the Agassi Book Arts Prize for her degree show installation Everyone dreams. John Ford has been selected as a CFPR Editions artist for the inaugural CFPR Editions Prize 2015. Charline Giquel was awarded the Clifford Moss Prize for her degree show, and Charlotte Biszewski was selected for the Rebecca Smith Award.

Images here, clockwise from top left: John Ford, Charline Giquel, Charlotte Biszewski.

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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 runs from July - August at UWE Bristol's Bower Ashton Campus. 2015 sees our 20th year of CPD Summer Masterclasses.

We have a few places on some of our book and printmaking classes:
Stephen Fowler: Primitive Printmaking class/field trip (20th - 24th July)
Guy Begbie: Advanced Bookbinding (27th - 31st July 2015)
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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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!

Pre-order a copy of the ABYB here.

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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CIBA – Cascais International Book Arts

CIBA – Cascais International Book Arts

Cascais Cultural Centre, Casa de Santa Maria, Portugal
On show until 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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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 on show at the Arab American National Museum, Dearborn, USA until 12th July 2015. Al Mutanabbi Street Starts Here is also on show with a series of related events at the Hampshire College Library, Amherst, MA, USA, until 30th September 2015.

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Never Mind The Books, Sapporo, 20/07/2015

We are exhibiting copies of The Blue Notebook and Artist's Book Yearbook alongside our own artists’ books at this one-day event on the 'Kyoko, Matt and Friends' stand. Thank you to Kyoko and Matt for showing our books. If you are in Sapporo, do pop along, 11am - 7.30pm. Never Mind The Books, zine and artist’s book fair, Sapporo, Japan, 20th July.

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Artists’ Books Event Brisbane (ABBE), July 2015

Sarah will be in Australia in July for the conference event ABBE, 16th - 18th July at the Griffith Centre for Creative Arts Research, Queensland College of Arts, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia:

Presenting/participating at the conference
Lyn Ashby, Sarah Bodman, Sara Bowen, Deidre Brollo, Helen Cole, Victoria Cooper, Marian Crawford, Daniel Della-Bosca, Fiona Dempster, Caren Florance, Jenny Fraser, Brad Freeman, Angela Gardner, Noreen Grahame, Bridget Hillebrand, Joel Lardner, Marian Macken, Tim Mosely, Adele Outteridge, Mikhail Pogarsky, Doug Spowart, Kym Tabulo, Wim de Vos, Gabriella Wilson.

An artist’s book fair, Friday 17th July 2pm - 5pm and Saturday 18th, 10am - 5pm
on level seven of Queensland College of Art. Free entry. Exhibitors:  Lyn Ashby, Sara Bowen, Deidre Brollo, Penny Carey-Wells, Centre for Regional Arts Practice, Marian Crawford, Caren Florance, Robyn Foster, Angela Gardner, Griffith Centre for Creative Arts Research, Heather Mathew, Institute of Modern Art, Journal of Artists Books, Sheree Kinlyside, Clyde McGill, Anita Milroy, Adele Outteridge, QCA Gold Coast, silverwattle bookfoundry, Peta Smith, Wim de Vos

‘books by artists’ an exhibition of works by Australian artists, 10th - 24th July 2015
at the Webb Gallery, Queensland College of Arts, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. Exhibitors: Isaac Brown, Blogger_dad, Penny Carey Wells, Vicki Cooper, Caroline Craig, Fiona Dempster, Hesam Fetrati, Angela Gardner, Annique Goldenberg, Alannah Gunter, Institute of Modern Art, Cassandra Lehman-Schultz, Alison Mackay, Judy Macklin, Heather Mathew, Tess Mehossen, Christine Mellor, Tim Mosely, night ladder collective, Naomi O’Reilly, Adele Outteridge, Mona Rider, Glen Skien, Doug Spowart, Wim de Vos.

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