Artist's Book Yearbook

Artists' Book Yearbook 2016-2017

ABYB 2018-2019 pre-order UK

Publication Autumn 2017


Artists' Book Yearbook 2016-2017

ABYB 2018-2019 pre-order International

Publication Autumn 2017


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 next issue for 2018-2019 will be published in Autumn 2017. Pre-orders help us pay for printing costs and are much appreciated!

The biennial publication includes essays and information on many aspects of the book arts, artists' listings, information on book arts galleries, archives and collections, book arts courses, events, journals, bibliographies and reference publications, studios and websites, with book arts contributors from around the world.

Since 2001, the Artist’s Book Yearbook has been edited by Sarah Bodman for Impact Press at the Centre for Fine Print Research, UWE, Bristol, UK. The Yearbook is available at some bookshops and galleries in Europe and the USA or can be ordered directly from Impact Press.

The Artist’s Book Yearbook (ABYB) was established in 1994 by the contributing editors: Tanya Peixoto, John Bently, Stephanie Brown and Stefan Szczelkun continuing to be published on a biennial basis. The Yearbook arose from their collective passion to offer book artists an opportunity to read critical writing on the subject, to gain an overview of artist’s book production and most importantly to encourage greater discussion and awareness of book arts. As the publishing editor, Tanya Peixoto produced the Yearbook under her Magpie Press imprint until 1999 when she went on to set up bookartbookshop in London, a fantastic place to see and buy a huge selection of artists’ books.

For sales of issues from 1994-5, 1996-7, 1998-9, please contact Tanya Peixoto at

For issues from 2001 onwards, please see the listings below or browse our online store for special offers.

Artist’s Book Yearbook 2016-2017

Published 2015 by Impact Press, UWE Bristol
ISBN 978-1-906501-10-5

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Features include:

bookartbookshop: Tanya Peixoto celebrates Magnus Irvin; A Parliament of Children by John Bently, asks if now might be the time to establish a publishing house – run by and for children; The material folio by Tim Mosely looks at the material in relation to haptic in artists’ books; Making Space: London Centre for Book Arts reports on all the wonderful developments at LCBA since it launched in 2012, written by its founders Simon Goode and Ira Yonemura; in Fragile Metaphors, John Mulloy considers the complexities of artists’ books by Sioban Piercy; looking back over 39 years of his life ‘with books, among books, for books’, Radosław Nowakowski makes the numbers add up in his essay 3-6-9;  it is with sadness that we publish the essay Systems for the page in the work of Maria Lucia Cattani by Paulo Silveira, who writes about the work of his colleague and friend Maria Lucia Cattani (1958-2015), reflecting on her contribution to the field of artists’ books; Collective Investigations - Egidija Čiricaitė, George Cullen and Chris Gibson – have produced a special feature for this edition of the ABYB reflecting on their performative, interactive work in Reading the Book as an Object; Susan Johanknecht & Katharine Meynell’s essay on their collaborative project Poetry of Unknown Words is a particularly absorbing feminising response to Iliadz’s Poesie de mots inconnus; Gustavo Grandal Montero’s extended interview with Stephen Bann - From Cambridge to Brighton: Concrete poetry in Britain, discusses some seminal moments in the history of Concrete poetry in the UK and abroad from 1964, and Bann’s role within it as an organiser, practitioner, critic and editor.

Artists’ pages by: Ian Andrews, Mireille Fauchon, Martha Hellion, Candace Hicks, Danqing Huang, Paul Laidler, Sophie Loss, Angie Waller and Mark Wingrave.

International listings of artists’ books activity includes: collections, courses, dealers, publishers, galleries, centres, bookshops, libraries, artist-led projects, organisations, societies, print studios, fairs, festivals and competitions.

In the Artists’ Books Listings section you can also find 537 examples of new artists’ books, with information about their work sent in by 182 artists in the following countries: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Norway, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands, the UK and the USA.

Artist’s Book Yearbook 2016-2017. Published by Impact Press at the Centre for Fine Print Research, UWE Bristol, UK. 20th September 2015. 21 x 29.7 cm, 268pp, b&w litho print throughout, colour cover. Cover design: Tom Sowden.

Artists' Book Yearbook 2014-15

Artist's Book Yearbook: 2014-2015

Published September 2013 by Impact Press, UWE Bristol
ISBN 978-1-906501-07-5

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Over 600 artist’s book listings from 207 national and international artists. Reference listings of: collections, libraries, archives, bookshops, galleries, centres, design print & bind, publishers, dealers, presses, studios, competitions, fairs, festivals and exhibitions, journals, reference books, organisations, societies, websites, academic projects, touring programmes and courses.


A history of Café Royal by Craig Atkinson; Against Orthodoxy: A ramble in the woods of art by John Bently; Field Study International: Celebrating 20 years in the Field by Sue Hartigan; Women’s Studio Workshop: feminist history and birth of an era by Anna Giordano; Bob Brown’s Reading Machine & the Imagined Escape from the Page by Abigail Thomas; Making it happen with Angie Butler by Linda Newington; Stimulus/response - scratching away at some intrinsic and extrinsic problems in theorising the artist’s book from the far end of a ‘not-so-dark continent’ by David Paton; Book Art Object 2: making a book about books by David Jury; The fourth Codex International Book Fair and Symposium by David Jury; Art as collaboration: 50 years of Edition Hansjörg Mayer - An interview with Eleanor Vonne Brown and Gustavo Grandal Montero; Student report: When is a new ‘BookArtObject’ not an Artist’s Book? by Pete Kennedy; A New World: Johannes Häfner’s Digital Picture Books by Reinhard Grüner; Reading the Literary Text as ‘Art in Space’ Barbara Tetenbaum’s “My Ántonia” by Nathalia King; The Typographic Dante by Barrie Tullett; Les Coleman tribute page, Tanya Peixoto.

Artists’ pages

Sara Elgerot, Paul Laidler, Stevie Ronnie, Stephen Spurrier, Elisabeth Tonnard, Sylvia Waltering, Michael Weller, Elizabeth Willow, Philippa Wood.

Information listings

Artist’s Book Publishers and Presses; Bookshops for artists’ books; Artist’s Book Dealers; Artist’s Book Galleries and 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.

Artists’ books listings

Over 190 national and international artists have also listed their recent book works.

Cover design

Tom Sowden

£15 (UK) or £16 (International), 21 x 29.7 cm, 296 pages, black and white offset print.

Artists' Book Yearbook 2014-15

Artist's Book Yearbook Archives

Artists' Book Yearbook 2012-13

ABYB 2012 - 2013

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Artists' Book Yearbook 2003-05

ABYB 2003 - 2005

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Artists' Book Yearbook 2001-02

ABYB 2001 - 2002

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