Book Arts

Scandinavian Artists’ Books Partnership Project

We are delighted to announce that UWE bookarts has received an award from the Nordic Culture Point to run a new project from February 2021 – December 2022. This is in collaboration with Megan Adie (Aviary Press, Denmark), Sarah Bodman (CFPR, UWE Bristol) Angie Butler, (CFPR, UWE Bristol) Imi Maufe (Codex Polaris, Norway), Lina Nordenström (Grafikverkstan Godsmagasinet, Sweden) Joakim Norling (Timglaset Editions, Malmö Sweden), Shaun Oaten Bower Ashton Library, UWE Bristol), Morwenna Peters (Bower Ashton Library, UWE Bristol), Tom Sowden (School of Art & Design, UWE, Bristol) and Maria White (Independent curator, UK).

This project will facilitate knowledge exchange between librarians, artists and the public that will expand understanding of arts practice, and work towards a more sustainable, innovative and culturally successful discipline. It will change attitudes towards and the perception of artists’ books.

The target groups are primarily librarians/archivists, artists and independent publishers.

Our objectives are to:

Host a free online seminar event (1st – 2nd Dec 2021) in collaboration with our project partners in Bergen, inviting participants from the Nordic / Scandinavian regions. To share best practice ideas – thinking about what artists’ books are and what role they can play within a library and an educational environment.

Invite participants from Nordic / Scandinavian countries to join us in Bristol for Bristol Artist’s Book Event (BABE). To introduce librarians and artists to new networks for discussing the artefacts, selling and buying artists’ books, meeting their counterparts and building new relationships.

Invite participants from Nordic / Scandinavian countries to create works for the Librarian’s Artists’ Books (LAB) exhibition, launching at Bower Ashton Library (UK) during the IMPACT International Multidisciplinary Printmaking Conference, hosted by UWE Bristol, September 2022.

We will also:

Showcase ideas for best practice with artists’ books in library collections.

Give confidence to participants in identifying and describing artefacts and materials and making processes through creating an artist’s book of their own.

Build a network and knowledge exchange opportunity for all attendees.

Assist artists and publishers in promoting their work in these regions and further field.

Promote artists’ books practice in the region and embed it within the wider international field.

If you would like to register your interest in participating, please email Sarah.

Centre for Print Research, UWE Bristol, City Campus at Bower Ashton, Kennel Lodge Road, Bristol BS3 2JT, UK.