Latest Book Arts News: March 2014
- Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here (Bristol)
- World Book Night 2014
- The Blue Notebook journal for artists' books Vol 8 No 2
- Angie Butler is asking for participants in her survey of letterpress and artists' books
- Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here – Arab British Centre, London
- 'Rukssian' Artists' Books Exhibition
- Artist's Book Yearbook 2014 - 2015
- An Inventory of Al-Mutanabbi Street online gallery
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Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here (Bristol)
Wednesday 5th March 2014 from 11am - 4pm
In OC4 and the Print Centre (relief print area)
There is an international series of readings scheduled on and around 5th March 2014 to mark the seventh anniversary of the bombing of al-Mutanabbi Street, Baghdad's street of booksellers. Ours is one of 26 taking place at universities, bookshops, galleries, print studios, centres and libraries in Australia, Canada, Egypt, the UK and USA. We will also be accepting donations for Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders on the day.
Join us on Wednesday 5th March 2014 from 11am - 4pm in room OC4 and in the relief print area of the Print Centre.
In OC4 there will be readings from the Anthology Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here, you can also view artists' books and broadsides made for the project by 380 artists, poets, writers and letterpress printers around the world. You can also meet artists and poets who have contributed works to the project including Angie Butler (PhD student), Ama Bolton (Barley Books) and Pauline Lamont-Fisher (whnic Press).
In the Print Centre, MA Multidisciplinary Printmaking student Lucy Guenot will lead a letterpress printing event producing a broadside with poets from the South West.
The day's events are free and open to all, come along and join in.
If you would like to come, please email Sarah.Bodman@uwe.ac.uk for directions.
World Book Night 2014
We (the Bristol crew and Nancy Campbell) will be doing our annual World Book Night collaboration on 23/04/14. This year’s open call for participation is asking for contributors to send us some text to print on the night.
To get an idea of our previous World Book Night events with artists and writers, see:
- Some Small, Good Things, 2013
- The Secrets of Metahemeralism, 2012
- TOAST: A Night on Weevil Lake, 2011
- Dinner and a Rose, 2010
If you would like to be involved, please buy or borrow a copy of Charles Bukowski’s Post Office, and get reading now. Once you have finished the book, please sum it up in three words and email them to Sarah before midnight (GMT) on Monday 14th April 2014. Any questions, email Sarah.Bodman@uwe.ac.uk
The Blue Notebook journal for artists' books Vol 8 No 2
In the April 2014 issue, essays and reviews by: Alison Gibbons: Tension, Style, and the Modern Psyche, A Stylistic Analysis of Philip Zimmermann's 'High Tension'; Jeremy Dixon: Aliens, Sunset, and Radioactivity: visiting three artists' books in Philadelphia; Ciara Healy: And the night was kind. 'Ruskin's Ponds' book works by John Woodman; Pete Kennedy: Lucy Lippard's Activism and Artists' Books Activate Me; John McDowall: Some artists' books and literature; Mat Osmond: The Mingled Measure, Interpreting and Adapting S. T. Coleridge's 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner'.
Artists' pages by: Mat Birchall (UK), Kate Bufton (UK), Amir Brito Cador (Brazil) Jesse England (USA) and Sara MacKillop (UK). Cover design: Tom Sowden
Essays and reviews in Vol 8 No 1: One Hundred Years and On: 100% Books by Canberra Artists; Letterpress on the Underground; some undisclosed points of remove; I Appropriate, Therefore I Am; S.M.S. Shit Must Stop; Open Books: Sixteen artists and the Chinese folding-book. Artists' pages by: Rodrigo Arteaga (Chile), Sophie Artemis Pitt - (UK), Helena de la Guardia (Spain), Claudia de la Torre (Germany) and Laura Russell (USA), Guy Bigland (UK) designed a brilliant textwork cover, badge and sticker for Vol 8 No 1.
Subscribe to both issues in Volume 8 today! £10 GBP including UK or international postage, for No 1 and 2. Current issues and back issues are available to order at www.bookarts.uwe.ac.uk/bnotebk.htm or, order directly from the online store.
Angie Butler is asking for participants in her survey of letterpress and artists' books!
I WANT YOU! - I am a currently working on a research project investigating letterpress within artists' books practice as a PhD student at the Centre For Fine Print Research at The University of the West of England.
In the following few months I am carrying out a survey and am interested in gaining information from both letterpress practitioners, and letterpress practitioners who make artists' books.
The survey closes at the end of the month.
Please participate at:
Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here – Arab British Centre, London 20th - 28th March 2014
A selection of broadsides and artists' books from the Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts here project is on show at the Arab British Centre, London this month. The Arab British Centre is an independent non-political non-religious charitable organisation which works to improve the British public's understanding of the Arab world. Check their website this month for events around the exhibition, including discussions with the project founder Beau Beausoleil 19th-23rd March. Arab British Centre, 1 Gough Square
London EC4A 3DE.
'Rukssian' Artists' Books Exhibition
State Historical, Architectural, Art and Landscape Museum-Reserve Tsaritsyno, Moscow
13th March - 18th May 2014
Organised by the independent International Association of book artists Kniga Khudozhnika, Moscow. Curated by Sarah Bodman, Viktor Lukin, Mikhail Pogarsky and Vasily Vlasov, this is the first show in a touring exhibition of artists’ books by more than 60 artists from the UK and Russia united through the international community of the book.
The exhibition will tour to other venues before its final show in Bristol in December 2014.
Artist's Book Yearbook 2014-2015 - Available now!
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 / interventions by: Sara Elgerot, Stevie Ronnie, Stephen Spurrier, Elizabeth Tonnard, Sylvia Waltering, Michael Weller, Elizabeth Willow and Philippa Wood. Cover design by Tom Sowden.
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
An Inventory of Al-Mutanabbi Street online gallery
This 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.
The project is currently touring internationally until 2016. The artists' books detailed in the gallery pages show images and information for each of the 250 books completed for the project. Artists' books created for the project are currently on show at: The Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, Oregon; Arab - British Centre, London; The Mosaic Rooms, London; The Institute Library, New Haven; University Of Southern Maine, and The American University in Cairo. The image here is from Trace by Lindsay McCulloch, USA.
For a complete list of exhibitions in the tour to date: