On 7-12 June 2019 the annual Creative Industries Degree Show, Fresh off the Block, will showcase work from over 500 talented graduates from undergraduate and postgraduate art, design, film and journalism courses.
Our MAMDP Masters students have been busily working towards degree show this June. Their MA show will be in gallery 2 of Arnolfini, on the first floor. You can see some of their work here. Artists’ books will be featured in the show, the image here is a detail from the installation.
Please do come along, all welcome, opening times and access info can be found here.
Our Summer Book Arts Institute runs each year from July-August. For 2019 we have classes from Miniature Books with Jeff Rathermel, to Collage College with Jeremy Dixon, Pochoir Printing with Angie Butler, and Oversized Neoprene Foam Printing with Stephen Fowler.
All classes are held at Bower Ashton Studios, City Campus, UWE Bristol, UK. Come along to learn new skills and make new friends with books and printmaking.
Please download our 2019 Summer Institute Brochure here.
The Spring – Summer issue of The Blue Notebook journal for artists’ books, Vol 13 No 2, includes the following essays and articles: Documenting Life Stories through Artists’ Books by Ana Paula Estrada; The book as performance by Amir Brito Cador: The British Library – Artists’ Books Now – Vol 1 – Here and Now, review by Cat Miller; The Sketchbook and the Collider by Ian Andrews; Mark To Impress: Utilising New Tools by Maria G Pisano – Memory Press.
Artists’ pages by Lee Shearman, Noriko Suzuki-Bosco, Iro Tsavala and typochondriacs (Gen Harrison). Cover design by Tom Sowden. The Blue Notebook journal for artists’ books Vol 13 No 1 and 2. Publication dates: October 2018 and April 2019.
Subscription info can be found here.
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 2020-2021 issue will have essays, articles, and lots of useful information on: Artist’s Book Publishers & Presses; Bookshops for artists’ books; Artist’s Book Dealers; Artist’s Book Galleries & 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 list up to 3 of their recent book works.
Compiling and editing takes place over this summer. Image detail from an artist’s page by Sophie Loss. Publication date: Autumn 2019.
You can pre-order a copy at a reduced rate 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. This exhibition tells the story of ‘Read to Me’ with related artists’ books that influenced the idea for making the edition. On display at Bower Ashton Library Monday 1st July – Sat 31st August.
You can read more about the project here.
The 2018-2019 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.
Order your copy today for £15 including UK postage or £17 international postage.
Congratulations to the MA Multidisciplinary Printmaking student Chrystal Cherniwchan who has been awarded the 2019 Agassi Book Arts Prize for her installation mishappenings.
“With my interest in citrus, machines/technologies, me/human interaction with these objects from nature, I was thinking about experience and event, in the way I would create ‘happenings’ to document or to fictionalise a moment, and how the event, the participation and interaction, forms an intimacy towards discovery and knowledge. The viewer travels in and out of images, text, and quotes around ideas related to the larger body of work I have been making this year. The book is bound and shown in a presentation box made for the degree show.”
This project, coordinated by Dr Tim Mosely culminated in a small curated collection of books by artists/designers. These books, made in various ways, were previously exhibited at the Impact10 conference, Santander, Spain and UWE, Bristol, UK. More information about Correlations can be found here.
There is an ongoing touring showing/exhibition of the collection. The books are currently being presented at Firestation Print Studio Armadale, Victoria, Australia, from 11th – 29th June 2019.
You can read the catalogue essays by Marian Crawford, Sarah Bodman, and Tim Moseley here.
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.
The image shown here is a detail from Zéro Trace by Jane Kennelly, printed by Michael Caine at the Atelier Cerisaie, Paris.