Book Arts

Artists’ Books Exhibition, UWE, Bristol, UK

RUKSSIAN Artists’ Books

Artists’ Books from the UK and Russia


Sarah Bodman (UK) and Mikhail Pogarsky, Vasily Vlasov, Viktor Lukin of the International Association "Artist’s Book" (Russia)

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 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. This exhibition is the final part of the tour. Previous venues were: Tsaritsyno State Historical, Architectural, Art and Landscape Museum Reserve, Moscow (March – May 2014, with a symposium on 8th April) and the Pavel Kuznetsov Museum, Saratov (August – September 2014).

British artists

Alice Potter, Andy Parsons and Glenn Holman, Angie Butler, Anwyl Cooper-Willis, Barrie Tullett, Caseroom Press/Scottish Poetry Library, Charlotte Hall, Christopher Robinson, Craig Atkinson, Duncan Bullen and Jamie Crofts, Elizabeth Willow and David Armes, Guy Begbie, Hazel Grainger, Helen Douglas and Thomas Evans, Iain Biggs and Josh Biggs, Jackie Batey, Jeremy Dixon, Joan Ainley, John Bently, John McDowall, J P Willis, Julie Johnstone, Les Bicknell, Liz Jackson, Nancy Campbell, Otto, Pauline Lamont-Fisher, Philippa Wood and Tamar MacLellan, Sarah Bodman, seekers of lice, Simon Goode, Simon Le Ruez, Sophie Loss, Stephen Fowler, Susan Johanknecht, Theresa Easton, Tom Sowden.

Russian artists

Nikita Alekseev, Tatiana Antoshina, Vasily Vlasov, Sergei Vorobyov, Viktor Goppe, Emil Guzairov, Aleksander Dzhikiya, Mikhail Dronov, Igor Zadera, Mikhail Karasik, Valery Korchagin, Nikolai Krastchin, Viktor Lukin, Kira Matissen, Valery Orlov, Peter Perevezentsev, Mikhail Pogarsky, Sergei Romashko, Aleksander Savelyev, Dmitry Saenko, Aleksander Svirsky, Vera Khlebnikova, Evelina Schatz, Sergei Shutov, Gunel Yuran, Sergei Yakunin.

You can view images of the books on display in the Russian venues on
  Mikhail Pogarky’s website.

Mikhail Pogarsky, Star Poems John Bently Liver & Lights No 40 My Ancestors Vasily Vlasov, Argo