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Page.Print.Post - 50 years of artists' books

Artists' Books exhibitions

Post Office Gallery, Ballarat, VIC, Australia 16th July 9th August 2014

To be opened by David Dellafiora, Co-founder Field Study International, on Sat 19 July, 4-6pm
PAGE.PRINT.POST: 50 years of artists' books curated by Debbie Hill and Geoff Wallis, offers a rare insight and overview of the development, range and ambition of the Artists Book over half a century. Featuring books, postal art and other 'alternative spaces' from the 1960s to the 1980s, the exhibition presents a range of significant works from a host of private and public collections in Australia and the UK.
The exhibition will include a large selection of books by Australian artists, together with remarkable and rare publications by pioneers Ed Ruscha and Dieter Rot, members of Fluxus and the Conceptual art movement, and feminists May Stevens, Nan Becker and Nancy Holt.
A broad range of Artists Books and postal art by contemporary artists, including Nicholas Jones, Deanna Hitti, Angela Cavalieri, Gracia and Louise, Deborah Klein, David Dellafiora, Sarah Bodman and Guy Begbie, will also be presented.
A selection of artists’ books from our Regenerator Projects, staff and student works and visiting artists are on display as part of this exhibition curated by Debbie Hill and Geoff Wallis at the Federation University, Ballarat, Australia. The show also includes a selection of artwork sets from our bookmarks projects from 2005 – 2013.

UWE associated artists exhibition include: Francesca Albini, Guy Begbie, Sarah Bodman, Andrew Eason, Stephen Fowler, Andrew Law, Otto, Bernd Reichert, Kristine Steele, Stephanie Turnbull, Marama Warren, Rebecca Weeks, and c.300 artists from the ongoing bookmarks projects.
Federation University Australia, cnr. Sturt & Lydiard St Ballarat VIC 3350.
Weds to Sat 1-4pm, Mon/Tue by appt.

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Artists Books exhibitions on campus April until September 2014

Artists' Books exhibitions

Due to building work extending the library at Bower Ashton, we have moved the exhibitions temporarily to room OC4 on campus. The books will be on display in our room for visitors, between 10am-4.30pm, Monday - Friday.

If you are travelling a long distance to see the exhibitions please check before you leave. You can call Sarah on 0117 3284915, or email: for info.

We have the Artists' Books Club Summer Show on display until Weds 30th July (see image on right), and a touring exhibition of Fluxus Books to accompany Jeff Rathermel's Fluxus Masterclass here, on show from Friday 1st August - Tuesday 30th September.

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Artist's Book Club ABC exhibition

ABC exhibition

Room OC4, Bower Ashton Campus
Monday 2nd June - Wednesday 30th July 2014

ABC is an independent club working with book arts. We are based at the University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol, UK. The club, founded by Lilla Duignan in 2009, has developed from the MA Multidisciplinary Print course. It is a student-organised, autonomous group that includes both current students and alumni, many from MA Printmaking but also from other undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the faculty.

The content on display in this exhibition is from an open call to ABC members to submit book art projects completed during the past twelve months.

Fluxjob: Purging the World of Bourgeoisie Sickness Since 1963


Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, USA
Until 6th July 2014

In the 1960s, George Maciunas urged a small group of artists to purge the world of bourgeois sickness and dead art. The result was Fluxus, a non-movement that expanded the definitions of what art can be. Fluxjob is an exploration of contemporary artists who continue to create interdisciplinary anti-art that is ephemeral, inexpensive, and interactive.

The exhibition is co-curated by MCBA Executive Director Jeff Rathermel and noted Fluxus artist, publisher and performer Keith Buchholz. Fluxjob features the work of over 100 artists, anti-artists, performers, anti-performers, and collaborative (and anti-collaborative) groups. Our World Book Night collaboration from last year Some Small, Good Things, is currently on show in Fluxjob.

Even better news is that Jeff Rathermel will lead a Fluxus Assembling Box CPD Masterclass here at Bower Ashton from 4 - 8 August 2014! See below. Details at:

Book Arts Summer Institute come and join us!

Summer CPD

Its time for our annual Summer Institute for CFPR Professional Development at Bower Ashton campus from June until August 2014

The Centre for Fine Print Research's Book Arts Summer Institute 2014 offers a series of continuing professional development (CPD) courses aimed at, amongst others, artists, designers, craftspeople, educators, and creative individuals. They offer the opportunity for professional updating, for learning new skills and techniques, and for intellectual stimulus. Our Summer Institute classes will run throughout June, July and August this year. Build your skills with the team, dip into the artists' books archive, and make some new friends in lovely surroundings…

Our line-up below includes some brilliant new courses: Part field-trip / part print-room based, the experiential course 'Primitive Printmaking' with the wonderful Stephen Fowler takes Bristol as its starting point to explore a variety of 'primitive print' approaches. Angie Butler is leading two contemporary letterpress courses; Guy Begbie is back for more bookbinding for book artists; Melissa Olen offers a new course for integrating high quality inkjet printing into your book arts practice. And, from MCBA, we are very excited to have Jeff Rathermel lead this one-off 5-day class 'Fluxus Assembling Box' this August! Don't miss it!

Full details and online booking links at:

Al-Mutanabbi Street: Start the Conversation

Al-Mutanabbi Street: Start the Conversation

Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County, Rochester, New York, USA
5th June - September 2014

Over 260 artists' books from 'An Inventory of al-Mutanabbi Street' and broadsides from the 'al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here'; project will be on display from 5th June.
On March 5th 2007, a car bomb was exploded on al-Mutanabbi Street in Baghdad. Al-Mutanabbi Street is in a mixed Shia-Sunni area. More than 30 people were killed and more than 100 were wounded. Al-Mutanabbi Street, the historic centre of Baghdad bookselling, holds bookstores and outdoor bookstalls, cafes, stationery shops, and even tea and tobacco shops. It has been the heart and soul of the Baghdad literary and intellectual community. In July 2010, Beau Beausoleil and Sarah Bodman put out a call for book artists to join 'An Inventory Of Al-Mutanabbi Street', a project to 're-assemble' some of the 'inventory' of the reading material that was lost in the car bombing of al-Mutanabbi Street on 5th March 2007. The call to artists asked them to join our project and further enhance the previous work of the Coalition by honouring al-Mutanabbi Street, through creating work that holds both 'memory and future,' exactly what was lost that day. The image here is from 'Burning Daylight' by John Paul Dowling, UK.

Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County, 115 South Avenue, Rochester NY 14604, USA. Many thanks for Anita Wahl and the team at the Central Library for all their work on the exhibition and programme of events. An on-going blog about the exhibition has a huge list of events coordinated around the exhibition until September.

Bookmarks XII 2014

We are scanning and getting information ready for the website later this month. Our bookmarks intern Molly Lemon - a student at Winchester School of Art, has been helping collate the sets for posting out to the contributing artists and the project venues.

We already have venues booked in Australia, Canada, Norway, the USA and the UK, but have two spaces left, so if you would like to be a host venue (it’s free) for XII or future events please contact Sarah at:

The Blue Notebook journal for artists' books Vol 8 No 2

The Blue Notebook

In the current 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 or, order directly from the online store.

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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 / 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

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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 currently touring internationally until 2016. Artists' books created are currently on show at: Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County - Rochester, New York and at Goddard College, Vermont, USA. Both exhibitions run until September 2014. For events accompanying the Rochester exhibition see:

The image shown here is from 'Meditation on one hundred and thirty' by Mary Goldthwaite-Gagne.
The Arab British Centre in London hosted the project earlier 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.

For a complete list of exhibitions in the tour to date: exhibitions.html


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