Latest Book Arts News: September 2014

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Welcome back to our students!

We hope you have all enjoyed the summer and look forward to seeing your new work this semester.

ABC (Artist's Book Club) will be running from October with talks, meetings and book fair outings. The first in-house event is a talk on Thursday 23rd October by visiting artist Roni Gross, with a hands-on show and tell of They Cast No Shadows, 25 years of Hallowe’en works published by Roni Gross under the imprint Zitouna Press. The associated exhibition is on show in the library throughout October.

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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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RUKSSIAN Artists' Books

RUKSSIAN Artists' Books

Pavel Kuznetsov Museum, Saratov 1st August - 30th September 2014

The international project 'RUKSSIAN Artists' Books' aims to demonstrate the unique and common features of the artist's book, presenting works by artists from the UK and Russia united by national artistic traditions. Curators: Sarah Bodman, Mikhail Pogarsky, Vasily Vlasov, Viktor Lukin. Artists' books speak the international language of art. These books can be understood in almost any corner of the world. Artists, who work in the genre of the artist's book professionally form a large international community. However, the artist's book like any other artform has its own regional and national peculiarities.
Apart from the language in which the text is presented, there are various historical roots from which the artist's book has emerged and on which the contemporary tree of this artform grows. In every country and in every city young artists learn many things from prominent artists and as such, new formal and informal schools of thought around the artist's book are formed.

The exhibition is touring and will be shown here in Bristol in December. Pavel Kuznetsov Museum, Radischev str., 39, Saratov 410000, Russia.

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Fluxjob exhibition at Bower Ashton


Until 30th September in Room OC4

Fluxjob: Purging the World of Bourgeoisie Sickness Since 1963 is a touring exhibition to accompany Jeff Rathermel's Fluxus Masterclass here, on show from Friday 1st August - Tuesday 30th September. 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.

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.


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Bookmarks XII: Infiltrating the Library System 2014

Bookmarks 2014

Artists and venue sets for this September have been posted out now thanks to our bookmarks intern Molly Lemon. The project will launch on 22nd September 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. This year, ten artists from Karingallery in Geelong, Australia collaborated on three sets of bookmarks between them for the project, and the artist/ programme coordinator Zoe Snyder also made a set of 100. Karingallery is also hosting one of the venue boxes for Bookmarks XII. Visit the website from 22 September to see all the bookmarks online.

The image here shows bookmarks by Karingallery artist Damien O'Shea.

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

Artist's Book Yearbook 2014-2015

Articles in the upcoming 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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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 currently touring internationally until 2018. 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 30th September 2014. The project 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. For events accompanying the Rochester exhibition see:

The image shown here is Mutanabbi Rising by John Cutrone & Paula Marie Gourley, 2013.

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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