In October we hosted a free, one-day public symposium on artists’ books in Bristol. This was funded by a UWE Bristol Research Collaboration Fund, award for ‘Artists’ Books in Australia and Brazil – looking to the past to read into the future’.
Speakers included: Dr Amir Brito Cadôr, Escola de Belas Artes, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Dr Jennifer Batt, University of Bristol, Centre for Material Texts, UK. Sarah Bodman, CFPR, UWE Bristol. Angie Butler, letterpress and book artist, PhD student, UWE. Marian Crawford, Senior Lecturer, Fine Art, Monash University, Australia. Dr Rhiannon Daniels, University of Bristol, Centre for Material Texts, UK. Dr Tim Mosely, Lecturer, Fine Art, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. Dr Paulo Silveira, Professor for Art History, Instituto de Artes, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil. Tom Sowden – Head of School Design, & co-director of the Centre for the Book, Bath Spa University, UK. For those who missed it, we have archived the event here.
Sarah’s artist’s book, Read to Me is the result of a collaboration with a psychometric reader, telling stories to objects which were then ‘read’ back. The book and a selection of the objects read to (and from) are now touring in an exhibition that is visiting venues in the UK and USA. The first venue was Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, NY, USA, which returned the original idea to the place of its inspiration. The current venue is Winchester School of Art Library, UK, 15th November – 20th December 2018. You can read more about the project here.
The new issue of The Blue Notebook journal for artists’ books is guest edited by Caren Florance, artist and recent 2018 Critic-in-Residence at ANCA Gallery in Canberra (Australian National Capital Artists). This issue focuses on Caren’s PhD project, Collaborative Materiality: poets/ poetry/ letterpress/ artist books. Caren invited writers and artists to publish papers associated with the 2017 University of Canberra symposium on Poetry and the Artist Book. Contributors include: Susan Wood, Caren Florance and Marian Crawford plus artists’ pages and interventions by Monica Carroll, Nicci Haynes and Paul Uhlmann. Cover, badge and sticker designs by Caren Florance and Angela Gardner.
The Blue Notebook journal for artists’ books Vol 13 Nos 1 and 2. Publication dates: October 2018 and April 2019.
Subscription info can be found here.
A selection of artists’ books from the archive at the Centre for Fine Print Research is on display at Hauser & Wirth Somerset. They form part of a Book Lab display to accompany the Takesada Matsutani – drop in time exhibition which is on show until 1st January 2019.
Artists’ books featured in this exhibition include works by: Sally Alatalo, Mette Sofie D. Ambeck, Guy Begbie, Guy Bigland, Amir Brito Cador, Collective Investigations, George Cullen, Fiona Dempster, Antonio Freiles, Hazel Grainger, Gloria Glitzer (Franziska Brandt & Moritz Grünke), Charlotte Hall, Katie Herzog, Andrew Huot, Julie Johnstone, Hilary Judd, The Laurence Sterne Trust, Avril Makula, Helen Malone, Leonard McDermid, Tim Mosely, Lina Nordenström, Otto, Carinna Parraman, Jeff Rathermel, Tim Staples, Nathan Walker, Sylvia Waltering and Corinne Welch.
Image credit: Takesada Matsutani. drop in time, Book Lab, Artists’ Books at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, 29 September 2018 – 1 January 2019. Photo by Ken Adlard, Courtesy Hauser & Wirth Somerset.
Our MA Multidisciplinary Printmaking students and friends have been busy editioning miniature prints for their annual fundraiser exhibition from 1st – 31st December 2018.
A selection of 30 prints is now available for sale at £18 each, at Arnolfini Bookshop, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol. These beautiful prints range from editions in gold foil blocking, to letterpress, screenprint and etching, or even hand printed feathers, as shown here in the miniprint by Ru Broadway.
Please do visit and support the students’ fundraising towards their degree show. Many thanks to our sponsors John Purcell Paper and Arnolfini Bookshop. For opening times visit Arnolfini’s website.
We are pleased to announce the dates for the 7th Bristol Artist’s Book Event at Arnolfini: Saturday 30th March and Sunday 31st March 2019 , 11am – 6pm Saturday and 11am – 5pm Sunday. BABE at Arnolfini will take place over the ground and first floor galleries and auditorium space of Arnolfini. Arnolfini is one of Europe’s leading centres for the contemporary arts and this is a great opportunity to view and buy artists’ books from the attending artists and publishers.
BABE at Arnolfini is organised by Arnolfini in collaboration with the Centre for Fine Print Research at UWE Bristol and the Making Books Research Centre, Bath School of Art & Design at Bath Spa University.
We have artists and publishers coming to Bristol from all over the UK, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Norway, Poland and Sweden to showcase their books. There will also be a programmed series of events running over the weekend on the top floor of Arnolfini. Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA, UK. We hope you can come along!
The latest edition of the Artist’s Book Yearbook has essays and written contributions from Tanya Peixoto, John Bently, Victoria Cooper, Peter Seddon, Josh Hockensmith, Egidija Čiricaitė, Les Bicknell, Anna Juchnowicz, Nick Norton, Rosie Sherwood.
The listings sections detail some of the vast amount of artists’ books activity, education and discussion taking place around the world and include: Artist’s Book Publishers & Presses; Bookshops for artists’ books; Artist’s Book Dealers; Galleries & Centres; Collections, Libraries & Archives; Artist’s Book Fairs and Events; Book Arts Courses and Workshops; resources for Design, Print & Bind; Print and Papermaking Studios; Journals and Magazines; New Reference Publications; Organisations, People, Projects and Societies. In the Artists’ Books Listings section, you can discover 400+ examples of new artists’ books, from the information sent in by artists in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Cuba, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Poland, Russia, Serbia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands, the UK and the USA.
Cover design: Tom Sowden. Artists’ pages by: Stephan Erasmus, Gloria Glitzer, Kellie Hindmarch, Sarah Jacobs, Sophie Loss, Hazel Roberts, Tricia Treacy, and Claire Yspol.
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WBN United Artists have set the book for 2019. If you wish to join us and contribute, please get reading… The text we are responding to is Under Milk Wood: a play for voices, by Dylan Thomas. We are asking readers to select their favourite 10 words from the text (hybrid and hyphenated words also acceptable) and email them to us.
We will use these words as part of a collaboratively printed broadside news-sheet, a copy of which will be sent to every contributor. We’ll also be making our annual video to launch on World Book Night, 23rd April 2019. The image shown here is a detail from the 1961 edition illustrated by Brian Rees. The deadline for submissions to the collaborative broadside is 1st March 2019.
This exhibition is on tour as part of the ongoing al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here Coalition projects. The online Inventory gallery was launched to coincide with the fifth anniversary of the bombing of al-Mutanabbi Street on 5th March 2012, for which project partners around the world held commemorative readings and events. Since then the Inventory has grown as artists’ books created for the project have arrived. The gallery pages show images and information for each of the 260 books completed for the project.
Exhibitions held since the launch of the tour include:
The Westminster Reference Library, Westminster, UK; The Powell Library Rotunda, UCLA, Los Angeles, California, USA; Salt & Cedar Letterpress Studio, Detroit, Michigan, USA; The Cambridge Arts Council, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA; The Santa Fe University of Art and Design, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA; The John Rylands Library, Manchester, UK; The San Francisco Center for the Book, San Francisco, California, USA; Gallery Route One, Point Reyes, California USA; the Center for Book Arts, New York in association with Alwan for the Arts, Columbia University Libraries Butler Library, International Print Center New, Poets House, New York, USA; Literary & Philosophical Society Library, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK; Collins Memorial Library, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington, USA; Curry College, Milton, Massachusetts, USA; American University in Cairo, Egypt; Arab – British Centre, London, UK; The Mosaic Rooms, London, UK; Kate Chappell ’83 Center for Book Arts at the University Of Southern Maine, USA; The Hague Public Library, The Netherlands; Queen Elizabeth II Library, Memorial University, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada; Jaffe Center for Books Arts, Florida Atlantic University, USA; Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County, Rochester, New York, USA; Goddard College, Vermont, USA; Arab American National Museum, Dearborn/Detroit, Michigan, USA; Idaho Center for the Book in partnership with The Arts and Humanities Institute at Boise State University, USA; George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA; Herron School of Art and Design, The Herron Art Library of IUPUI University library, USA; Keats House and the Iraqi Cultural Centre, London; the Arab American National Museum, Dearborn, USA; Idaho Center for the Book in partnership with The Arts and Humanities Institute at Boise State University; Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here DC 2016 a partnership between George Mason University’s School of Art and George Mason University Libraries, Split This Rock, Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, McLean Project for the Arts, Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at The George Washington University, Busboys and Poets, Georgetown University, Cultural DC, Smithsonian Libraries, Brentwood Arts Exchange, Smithsonian American Art Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Northern Virginia Community College, George Mason University Student Media and Fourth Estate Newspaper, Rosenberg Library at the City College of San Francisco, USA.
Artists’ books and prints are currently on show in an exhibition organised by JM Schmidt at Konstlitografiska Museet Tidaholm, Helliden 52294, Tidaholm, Sweden, until 20th January 2019. The image shown here is a detail from Zéro Trace by Jane Kennelly, printed by Michael Caine at the Atelier Cerisaie, Paris.