Artists' Books Partnership, exhibition Programme (ABPP)

The artists' books partnership exhibition programme (ABPP) has been running for 12 years, and has loaned works for 85+ exhibitions, workshops, educational and community classes and events to universities, collections, schools, libraries, galleries, clubs and bookshops around the world.

The programme lends artists' books from Sarah's collection at CFPR, on a no fee basis - to set up projects, workshops, clubs, exhibitions and events promoting artists' books to the wider community.

Some of the loans made during this time include:

  • HM Prison Send
  • The Art of the Book: Collaboration exhibition at the University of Missouri, USA
  • Book Arts Centre at Limfjordscenter Doverodde, Denmark
  • Cowles Library, Drake University Des Moines, USA
  • AKI, Enschede, The Netherlands
  • Stroud College
  • Quay Arts Centre, Isle of Wight
  • The Greenhouse, Guernsey
  • University of Leicester
  • londonprintstudio, London
  • The New Art Gallery Walsall
  • Swindon College
  • Bristol Reference Library
  • Yateley Library
  • University of Chester
  • Internationales Bentlager Druckgraphik, Germany
  • Galleri VOX, Bergen, Norway
  • Public Space With A Roof, Amsterdam
  • The Richard Attenborough Centre, University of Leicester
  • Isle of Wight Book Arts Group
  • the Society of Bookbinders
  • The Art of the Book: Journals Then and Now, UK and USA tour
  • Secret Library at Solihull Gallery
  • Lit & Phil library, Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Wood Green School, Witney; Spacex Gallery, Exeter; Birkbeck College, London
  • Spike Print Studio, Bristol
  • The Sunderland Book Project curated by Theresa Easton
  • Simon Goode's Book Arts Workshops
  • Horfield Prison Book Workshops
  • Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
  • A Sense of Place exhibition at the University of Minnesota, USA
  • art + power, Bristol;
  • Press & Release, Phoenix Brighton, UK
  • 9th International Book Art Festival touring exhibition, Poland
  • 'Rukssian' Artists' Books Exhibition tour, Moscow
  • DIY Cultures, London
  • 'Page.Print.Post' - 50 years of artists' books at Post Office Gallery, Ballarat, Australia

If you would like to borrow some books for a project, workshop or exhibition, download the artists' books list from the collection page and contact.

Sarah Bodman


Artist's Book Study Area: Collection and Exhibition Programme

For full details of recent and archived exhibitions, please see the Exhibitions and Events pages  

The Bower Ashton library collection of artists' books is a study resource for students and staff, with public access. Alongside a collection of c. 850 books, there is a regular artist's book exhibition programme curated by Sarah Bodman, documented through this website and the regular Book Arts Newsletter which can be downloaded as a free, colour PDF.

The monthly programme has hosted 150+ national and international artists' books exhibitions since its launch in May 2002. These have included individual artists such as Ian Tyson, Otto, Jackie Batey, John Bently, John Dilnot, Baysan YĆ¼ksel, Karen Hanmer, Salt & Shaw, Abigail Thomas, Les Coleman and Stephen Fowler.

Touring and group shows have included: The Caseroom Press and Kurt Schwitters' Merz Fairy Tales; AMBruno; Field In A Box: Publications, assemblings and artists' ephemera by Field Study; Boccaccio and the Artist's Book; MCBA's Fluxjob, and Guy Begbie and Lawrence Upton.