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World Book Night 2015
 

On World Book Night (23/04/15), we, the WBN United Artists made our annual tribute to a novel

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Artist's Book Yearbook 2016 - 2017

Artist’s Book Yearbook 2016 – 2017

Listings have closed for the next issue, but if you missed them, please email Sarah ASAP

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Bristol Artist's Book Event at Arnolfini

Bristol Artist’s Book Event at Arnolfini

Thank you to all the exhibitors and visitors who came to BABE and making it so special!

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blue notebook

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

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ABYB back issues half price!

ABYB back issues half price!
 

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An Inventory of Al-Mutanabbi Street online gallery

An Inventory of Al-Mutanabbi Street online gallery

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World Book Night 2015

On World Book Night (23/04/15), we, the WBN United Artists made our annual tribute to a novel.

This year we chose Stephen King’s magnificent The Shining. We asked artists to read the book and then make a miniature model of anything mentioned in it. Many thanks indeed to all who sent in contributions. We received silence from The Netherlands; wasps and hedge animals from Colorado, USA; snow in many beautiful forms from Sweden; tiny paper wasps nests from Denmark; hands, wasps, animals, a hatchet and a gun, tiny desk notepads, office keys, Danny’s arm, boxes of oranges, bundles of newspapers, Danny’s toy plane, Jack’s VW, photo albums, room numbers, knitting, cups, books, blankets, rabbits, lions, furniture, Jack and the boiler, and much more from the UK.

See our video made live on the night. The models are on display in our room until the end of May.

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A tiny notepad made by Jeremy Dixon of Hazard Press.


Screen grab of the Yearbook in progress

Artist’s Book Yearbook 2016 – 2017

Listings have closed for the next issue of the Artist’s Book Yearbook (ABYB) but if you missed them, please email Sarah asap.

Sarah.Bodman@uwe.ac.uk

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 lots of 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. National and international artists are invited to list up to 3 of their recent book works.

Organisations please also send us information for the sections above.


Bristol Artist’s Book Event at Arnolfini

Thank you to all the exhibitors and visitors who came to BABE, the Bristol Artist’s Book Event and making it so special! We had 113 artists exhibiting books from Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Norway, Sicily, Spain, South Korea and the UK. 7150 visitors came to the free event over the weekend!

Thanks also to Stephen Fowler and Guy Begbie for workshops, Angie Butler, Ben Thomas, Linda Newington and Tanya Peixoto for tours; Nancy Campbell and Simon Goode for surgeries; all of the event performers and readers over the weekend particularly Yes Sir I Can Boogie! And Bristol Art Library; to Arnolfini helpers; to Angie B, Corinne Welch and Hazel Grainger for set up help; the wonderful Snoozie, chief trolley dolly – Beryl and Violet for serving all the tea and cakes and Pearly King for baking such delicious treats for all the exhibitors!

Find out more about the Bristol Artist’s Book Event

BABE 2015


Blue Notebook

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

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Volume 9, No 2 Articles include: Paul Soulellis on 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 printing and practice by reporting on findings from an online survey in Running My Fingers Across The Surface: Letterpress printing and artists’ books; Logan Sisley outlines the project, Scientia Civitatis: Missing Titles, an imaginary library of knowledge about cities realised by Vagabond Reviews for the exhibition, 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’, as a means of considering digital ‘book’ forms and keeping an open dialogue regarding these forms in relation to book arts practice.

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

Volume 9, No 1 Articles include: 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.

Subscribe to both issues in Volume 9 today! £10 GBP including UK or international postage, for Vol 9 No 1 and 2.


ABYB back issues half price!

Artist’s book Yearbook

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We are having a bit of a shelf 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!

Artist's Book Yearbook cover

An Inventory of Al-Mutanabbi Street online gallery
The image shown here is Shadows of Loss by Kristine Bouyoucos, 2012

An Inventory of Al-Mutanabbi Street online gallery

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 touring internationally until 2018.

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, and Herron School of Art and Design, The Herron Art Library of IUPUI University library, USA.

Detroit To Baghdad: Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here is currently on show at the
Arab American National Museum, Dearborn, USA until June 2015.