The Centre for Print Research is excited to announce that IMPACT 12 Printmaking Conference will be hosted online and in person here in Bristol, UK, from 21st – 25th September 2022.
We welcome your proposals to participate in the IMPACT 12 conference. We would like to hear from all individuals and groups who are interested in: Exhibiting | Curating an exhibition | Presenting | Chairing a panel of talks | Hosting a workshop or demo.
We will kick start in summer 2022 with a #summerofprintandbooks series of online talks and challenges in the run up to the conference in September. All information and FAQs can be found on the IMPACT 12 website.
The theme for our 2022 WBN United Artists project is Ghosts in the Machine. Our call to artists/writers/readers around the world officially launched on 31st October 2021.
If you would like to join in (and we hope that you will), please get reading and thinking about making an A4 ‘print’ of a ghost in a machine. That could be for example, a photocopy/riso of a blank page, a ghostly sighting or a response to the ghost in your chosen book, a print of ectoplasm in the ether, static, automatic writing, or a broken Kindle screen etc. Deadline 1st March 2022. More information in the pdf download here.
Image: Ghost pearls by Emma Gregory.
The Artist’s Book Yearbook 2022-2023 is currently in production. 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 2022-2023 issue has essays and articles by: Imi Maufe; David Solo; S. Pringly Binder; Maria White; Jeff Thomas, Jennie Hinchcliff & Chad Johnson; Moritz Küng & John McDowall; Robert Bolick; Tanya Peixoto; Susan Hartigan; Stephen Clarke; Amir Brito Cadôr; Dino Alfier; Rob van Leijsen; Zine Without a Crown.
It also contains 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.
There are also listings of 420+ new artists’ books that have been made recently, or will be made in 2022-2023, sent in by artists around the world.
A4, 292 pages, black & white print. Publication date: January 2022. If you would like to support the publication of the ABYB by pre-ordering a copy, please visit our online store here.
The CFPR Printed Poetry symposium series of events, curated by Senior Research Fellow, Dr Angie Butler marked the culmination of her letterpress research project in collaboration with printer and publisher Pat Randle of Nomad Letterpress and poet, writer and artist, Steven J Fowler. The project and symposium promoted an inclusive approach to poetry, examining the relationship of the ‘poet’ (who could also be an artist, printer, publisher etc.) to the printed poem through their lived experience of creating words, images, performances etc. by using the process of printing letterpress.
In addition to SJ Fowler, nine creative practitioners who investigate the production of poetry through haptic practice were invited to present a series of online talks. The symposium presentations were followed by two in-person events. A drop-in at The Letterpress Collective where Nick Hand welcomed visitors to look around and see ‘live’ printing by Ellen Bills of the symposium keepsake, designed especially by artist-publisher Petra Schulze-Wollgast. We also convened around forty people at Arnolfini for a pop-up exhibition of letterpress printed poetry (the result of a call-out via social media platforms) and Q&A, followed by a lively roundtable discussion with symposium presenters Andrew Morrison, Rebecca Kosick, Maria Stadnicka, Ndukwe Onuoha, SJ Fowler and Pat Randle.
We used the ubiquitous symposium ‘goody bag’ as a vehicle to promote work by new and established practitioners with commissioned poetry-related contents: a bag screen-printed one side with a poem by SJ Fowler and a response on the other side by artist Sarah Bradicich, a notebook with a screenprinted visual poem by book artist Lina Nordenström, a poetry pencil by queer poet and artist Jeremy Dixon based on his new poetry collection A VOICE COMING FROM THEN published by Arachne Press, a risograph printed visual poem produced for the Printed Poetry Symposium by artist-poet and UWE alumni, Ben Jenner and a set of six poems selected by artist Csilla Bíro and artist / UWE Deputy Head Art & Design, Tom Sowden from 148 submissions, made into 38 mm badges for the symposium. They are by Derek Beaulieu (Canada), Julie Johnstone (UK), Matthew Robertson (UK), Sara Elgerot (Sweden), Josephine Corcoran (UK), Jim Young (UK).
Feedback from our symposium speakers, participants and audience evidenced that the series of CFPR events provided opportunities to introduce new audiences to poetry and publishing practices, to share work with those from all aspects of the poetry, print and publishing communities, to meet in-person and network, and to contribute to contemporary debate around contemporary printed poetry. We are pleased to report that the CFPR project and symposium has also enabled the formation of a university collaborative research cluster to plan future research events and activities, an CFPR artist/ poet-in-residence project and a forthcoming letterpress poetry event in partnership with Writers Centre at Kingston University, London.
You can watch the Printed Poetry symposium talks here.
See the exhibition of letterpress printed poetry here.
Volume 16 No.1 Autumn – Winter 2021 is the second of two issues dedicated to The Arts Libraries Society Australia and New Zealand (Arlis/ANZ) & abbe 2020 conference presentations on artists’ books practices. In this issue: Dr Tim Mosely introduces the Arlis/ANZ abbe 2020 collaboration: reimagining the material: artists’ books, printed matter, digital transformation, engagement.
Darren Bryant works within the field of printmaking and artists’ books. His article aims to share insights into his current studio research and to initiate discussion around contemporary manifestations of printmaking and the merging of old and new print technologies.
Annique Goldenberg presents a life story about the composition and material environments of a book, its conception, genetic make-up, birth, ongoing evolution, and descendants. It proposes the idea that an artist book is more than just its title, its physical appearance, and conceptual underpinning. It argues that an artist book has the capacity to materially contain and emanate/engender a complete physical environment that is embodied and adaptively changed through successive stages in its development.
Clyde McGill – Space occurs as a flux in three ways for me as an artist: as imaginings, as material, as creative. Libraries are an enveloping example of this space. This essay explores four related artists’ books and their use of how I consider conventional library space; how I approach a sacred site of aboriginal art as a witness to degradation by mining; thirdly, a geographic and temporal border of Broadway as a passage through New York City over a one year transit to draw, photograph and perform along the way; and lastly, library methods of organisation subverted to visual.
In ‘texturing artist’s book discourse’, Tim Mosely reaffirms the critical roles that artist’s book practice and haptic aesthetics play in advancing artist’s book discourse to the level of a critical field.
Michael Phillips discusses his thoughts and some recent works regarding the role of the autographic and materiality in prints. He examines how the micro haptics of the (post-digital) print may re-balance and contribute to an understanding of what Laura Marks identifies as ‘a cultural dissatisfaction with the limits of [optical] visuality’.
Cover, badge and sticker design: GS. Artists’ pages: Ben Jenner and Sarah Hemings
Subscribe to Vol 16 for £10 including worldwide postage here.
Image here: Annique Goldenberg, still following Moving into Darkness de-install, 2019.
We are very pleased to announce that BABE will be taking place on our lovely campus at Bower Ashton (BS3 2JT) over the weekend of Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th April 2022. We have moved from Arnolfini so we can expand the event with more talks and workshops. It’s going to be busy!
We’ll have some artist-led workshops and printmaking demos. There will be free walk around tours with curators/experts, readings, poetry pop-ups. We will have free talks, show & tells and some special guests from the Nordic / Scandinavian regions for you to meet. Our World Book Night exhibition will be on show in the library, and Linda Parr will be showing the entire Postcards for Perec original artworks in their albums. All welcome, free event, we hope to see you here.
Image: Detail of books from the set Everything you need to know (in 1974), with a paper bag, all printed by Hazel Grainger/HG Makes.
Sarah Bodman and Nancy Campbell have created a new edition of Dinner and a Rose, an artist’s book in homage to the novel The Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith. Originally produced in 2010 in an edition of 20 as part of the University of Dundee’s AHRC funded project, Poetry Beyond Text: Vision, Text and Cognition.
Sarah and Nancy were commissioned to create the work for the University of Dundee, to investigate how readers respond to visual aspects of poetry. Highsmith charts her murderous hero Tom Ripley’s greed for the good life using culinary themes. Ripley’s character is defined by what he chooses to eat and drink, from devil-may-care martinis in Mongibello to penitential hot milk in Rome. Sarah and Nancy decided to focus on Highsmith’s menus in the commissioned work. Inspired by Poetry Beyond Text‘s interest in experiment, they recreated Ripley’s meals in a live performance.
Sarah prepared a delicious, if sinister, dinner, for twelve guests, with a thirteenth place set for the absent Tom Ripley. Every food mentioned by Highsmith was served, from cold chicken in aspic to sole Veronique, and every drink mixed (even Dubonnet!). The dinner lasted over twelve hours. All the night’s conversations were recorded and Nancy used the transcriptions as collage material, creating a series of 18 poems. Sarah photographed Ripley’s setting for each course; images and poems partner each other in the finished work.
Sarah and Nancy were delighted with the project’s success and continued the ‘novel dinner’ the following year working with The Gum Thief by Douglas Coupland. The events grew and emerged as an annual participatory event for World Book Night, now coordinated by Sarah, Nancy and Linda Parr.
This new edition has been created to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the last Ripley novel’s publication. Printed by Axminster Printing Company in an edition of 500. Text: Nancy Campbell, Image: Sarah Bodman. 21 x 14.8 cm, 40 pages. Digital print with silver detail on Nautilus Classic 135gsm recycled paper. £10 including P&P worldwide.
To purchase please email: Sarah.Bodman@uwe.ac.uk
UWE bookarts is running a project for artists, librarians, curators and archivists in the Nordic/Scandinavian regions, this is supported by an award from the Nordic Culture Point. The project is a 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).
Participatory activities include a free online seminar event for library staff, a focus on Nordic/Scandi artists’ publishing at BABE 2022, a one-day event hosted by Arlis South-West, and an exhibition project which will be shown at IMPACT conference in September 2022.
Our project aims to 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. You can read a little more info about our plans here. If you would like to register your interest in participating, please email Sarah. Image: Bibliotek Nordica, a collection of artists’ books curated by Codex Polaris.
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.
Selections from the related Shadow and Light project are currently on show online at UC Santa Barbara Library, California, USA. View them online here.
We’ll be hosting a live event for the anniversary of al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here, at UWE, Bristol. Special guests include Ama Bolton, Catherine Cartwright and Andrew Morrison. This will be held in the Print Publishing Space, OC2 at Bower Ashton, Thursday 3rd March 2022, readings, print activity, displays of books and broadsides, 11am-2pm.
The image shown here is a detail from Versions: A Deconstruction by Lauren Camp (poet, USA) and Linda Soberman (artist, USA & Mexico) 2012. You can read more about the Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here project at the LAAF Festival website.