Our Book and Print Summer Institute runs online until Monday 3rd August.
The festival has talks on printmaking, artists’ books, poetry, publishing, asemic writing, wellbeing and more. We also have a series of practical challenges: from a Word Break Exercise with Guy Bigland, to a Toast Painting Challenge by Jessica Ho, Pasta Machine Press DIY printing instructions from Stephen Fowler, and how to make your room into a Camera Obscura with Niamh Fahy. We have archived the entire series of talks and creative challenges for you to dip into at your leisure, here.
Feature image here is from the first chapter of The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper, used for Guy Bigland’s #wordbreakexercise by Sarah Bradicich.
Whilst people are stuck indoors, we are offering a deal if you pre-order Vol 15 of The Blue Notebook, which will help us towards future printing costs. If you spend £10 to subscribe to the next issue now, we will email you an access list of a few Blue Notebook colour back issues to browse for free. Subscription info for Vol 15 can be found here.
Vol 15 No. 1 will be published in October and includes a great set of articles from writers in Australia, Norway, USA and the UK: ‘Codex Polaris – book projects from the North’ by Imi Maufe – CODEX POLARIS established in 2013 – is a book artist group based in Bergen, Norway that creates opportunities and exhibition platforms for artists who make books in the Nordic region. Alongside the exhibition programme Codex Polaris invites guest co-organisers to work on various networking projects, and writers to contribute with text works to raise the profile of book arts, spanning both local and international perspectives; Aaron Cohick, founder of NewLights Press writes from Tucson, Arizona, USA and asks – What role can a micropress/artist-publisher play in dismantling white supremacy?; ‘Filling in the gaps: 25 Years of the Field Report’ by Sue Hartigan (Australia) – The Field Report has been filling in the gaps as an assembling publication since 1995 on the peripheries of the art world; ‘Movable type: birds, thoughts, print’ by Caroline Harris – Type Flight is a hand-typeset and hand-bound limited edition poetic artist’s book that disassembles and reassembles a simple three-line poem to experiment with questions of metaphor and its layering, the type letter as a thing in itself, and relationships between human and nonhuman in the making of material poetries; ‘Place and nature in the work of Helen Douglas’ by Maria White examines the importance of Deuchar Mill and its surrounding area in the Yarrow Valley, Scottish Borders, in the work of the artist. Subscription info can be found here.
The Centre for Fine Print Research in association with the London Centre for Book Arts (LCBA) organised a day of online collage presentations and discussions in a free collage colloquium on Friday 14th August 2020. The event is now archived with all the talks here on the bookarts website.
It includes twp Q&A sessions and talks by artists Jeremy Dixon, Jean McEwan, Daniel Lehan and Jeff Rathermel about contemporary collage and artists’ books. The image here is a detail from a collage by Jean McEwan.
We are delighted to share the news that UWE bookarts has received an award from the Nordic Culture Point to run a new project from December 2020 – January 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), Morwenna Peters (Bower Ashton Library, UWE Bristol), Tom Sowden (School of Art & Design, UWE, Bristol) and Maria White (Independent curator, UK).
Our 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. You can read a little more info about our plans here. The featured image here is of Imi Maufe’s, Norway in a Bookshelf, collection of artists’ books.
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 has 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. In the Artists’ Books Listings section, you can also discover hundreds of examples of new books made by artists in: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Sweden, the UK and the USA. Cover design: Tom Sowden.
Order your copy online with UK postage here, or international postage here. Please note that post is currently slower due to COVID-19, and could take 2 weeks to reach you. If you order a copy we will supply you with a pdf version whilst you wait for physical delivery.
Our resources for students page has links to browse some online galleries and information from various sections of the bookarts website. You can have a browse here. Some talks are from guest speakers at seminars, symposia, workshops and conferences we have hosted, or ones we have given at other institutions. Do browse the bookarts website as well for up-to-date news, Book Arts Newsletters, current projects and exhibitions.
The Exhibitions and Events page has an archive of artists’ books exhibitions, with plenty of examples and images of artists’ books. The Book Arts Websites page also has lots of links to interesting people and places. The image here is of the artist’s book Karaoke (2005) by Masumi Shibata, published by Preacher’s Biscuit Books. It is one example from the online gallery New Wave: artists’ publishing in the 21st Century.
Sarah’s talk on Wednesday 5th August is part of the lunchtime Seminar Series organised by Dr Damien Leech for the Centre for Fine Print Research. The talk is a brief introduction to her work at CFPR, and an update on her collaborative artist’s book project Read With Me 2018-2021. The project is a psychometric collaboration with objects and the public, working towards a new artist’s book to be published in 2021. All the talks are recorded and will be available to view on the CFPR YouTube Channel.
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; Konstlitografiska museet, Helliden, Sweden.
The image shown here is a detail from The Other Side of Silence (I, II and III) by Michelle Cioccoloni. You can read more about the Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here project at the LAAF Festival website.