Many thanks to all the exhibitors, contributors and visitors who came to the 7th Bristol Artist’s Book Event at Arnolfini, Saturday 30th March & Sunday 31st March 2019.
103 artists and publishers came to Bristol from all over the UK, Denmark, Ireland, Norway, Poland and Sweden to showcase their artists’ books. 13,000 visitors came to the event over the weekend. Speakers, workshop leaders and performers included LCBA, Guy Begbie, Stephen Boyce, Mike Clements, Sophie Cunningham Dawe, Jeremy Dixon, Stephen Fowler, Stephen Glendinning, Robert Good, Simon Goode, Eva Hejdström, Laura Rosser, Mark Rutter, The Shipping Press, Chloe Spicer.
BABE at Arnolfini was 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 look forward to BABE 2021!
WBN United Artists responded to Under Milk Wood: a play for voices, by Dylan Thomas for World Book Night 2019. We asked readers to select their favourite 10 words from the text and send them to us.
We used these words to build stories, poems, news items etc. for the Gwalia Gazette, a collaborative local news-sheet coordinated by Linda Parr. A copy of the gazette will be printed and sent to every contributor in May 2019. You can download a free pdf of the gazette and watch our annual video for World Book Night, 23rd April 2019 here. The image on the left is from Guy Begbie’s concrete poetry response to Under Milk Wood, made in Laugharne, Wales, March 2019.
The Spring – Summer 2019 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 are invited to list up to 3 of their recent book works. You can also list your bookshop, print studio, bindery, artist’s book fair, supplier services, gallery, institution, library, reference book, journal, society, organisation, workshops or courses etc.
Publication date: Autumn 2019. All listings are free of charge. Deadline 30th May 2019 Download the entry form 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, then Winchester School of Art Library, UK. It is on show at the Collins Memorial Library at the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, USA, until 12th May 2019.
You can read more about the project here.
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.
Order your copy today for £15 including UK postage or £17 international postage.
A selection of artists’ books from the Centre for Fine Print Research’s archive and Special Collections at Bower Ashton Library is being exhibited at the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Fine Art and Design in Wrocław, Poland throughout May 2019.
The exhibition has been organised by PhD candidate Majka Dokudowicz, Professor Anna Janusz-Strzyż and Assistant Professor Mariusz Gorzelak. The 50 artists’ books on display include printed works by Mette-Sofie D. Ambeck, Guy Begbie, Charlotte Hall, Sara Lee, Tim Mosely, Radoslaw Nowakowski, Otto (whose Book Jacket image is featured here), Rebecca Weeks, Elena Zeppou and many others.
You can follow some of the academy’s printmaking and book activities at their artist’s book studio 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; 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.