| Artists’ Talks on Artists’ Books – archive
A day for artists to find out more about ways in which they can work, collectively and independently, to publish their artists’ books, and gain inspiration from both established and younger artists’ views of how they can work with the book format.
Artists’ Talks on Artists’ Books showed artists’ ideas behind making, collaborating, publishing, exhibiting and education in book arts. The symposium included a special focus on John Bently‘s 23 years of publishing and performance as the Liver and Lights Scriptorium.
Visual examples of c.145 artists’ books were also shown on site, including the complete collection of Liver and Lights published artworks from the last 23 years, artists’ books from the collection at Winchester, and books by students and staff at Winchester School of Art.
Sitting Room: an exhibition of artists’ books in a sitting room environment, curated by Tom Sowden and Lucy May Schofield
The afternoon sessions included:
A musical workshop with John Bently, Kathy Round and Carole Finer (artist and a member of the original Scratch Orchestra from 1969 www.musicnow.co.uk/scratch.html and www.southern.com/sue/carole.html) to make instruments from scrap materials to play with the band Afterabbit as a finale performance.
Special viewing with Linda Newington and Catherine Polley, of the complete Liver and Lights Scriptorium archive in Winchester’s permanent collection, and books from Winchester School of Art students and staff.
Afterabbit performance, Afterabbit are; John Bently: vocals, Alan Outram: Synths, melodica, suitcase, Phil Outram: drums, Oliver Briggs: guitar, Mathew Gaffen: Sound Engineer.
Our thanks to all the helpers at Winchester School of Art including Jean Rowe and David Ferry; Winchester Gallery staff; Harriet and Kim from the WSA Library; Dayle for the technical help, and Sandra and Penny from the refectory for the delicious cakes.
Many thanks all the speakers, Lauren Curl for supplying recordings for the website, Afterabbit for their performance, and special thanks to John Bently whose infectious enthusiasm for music and passion for books made it a brilliant day for all of us.