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Research Resources

Research resources – artists’ books

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ABYB

Artist’s Book Yearbook 2020-2021

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The Blue Notebook

Blue Notebook journal for artists’ books, Volume 14 No 2

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SABPP

Scandinavian Artists’ Books Partnership Project

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Collage Colloquium

CFPR / LCBA Collage Colloquium

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Blue Notebook

The Blue Notebook journal Vol 15 Special Offer

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Agassi Prize

Agassi Book Arts Prize 2020

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summer

Summer Book and Print Festival

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minibabe

MiniBABE at Arnolfini online archive

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AMSSH

An Inventory of Al-Mutanabbi Street

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Research Resources

Research resources on artists’ books for students

Our resources for students page has links to browse some online galleries and information from various sections of the bookarts website. Hopefully this will help with inspiration whilst people are stuck indoors. 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 After Light by Nancy Campbell and Paula Naughton. It is one example from the online gallery New Wave: artists’ publishing in the 21st Century.


ABYB2020

Artist’s Book Yearbook 2020-2021

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 we aren’t able to post out any orders currently due to COVID-19 closure. Post will resume as soon as we can get back into work. If you order in the meantime we can supply you with a pdf version whilst you wait for physical delivery.


BlueNotebook

The Blue Notebook journal for artists’ books, Volume 14 No2

Vol 14 No. 2 includes a great set of articles from Sweden, the USA and UK: ‘Some intervals in artists’ books’ by John McDowall; ‘What is material-based poetry?’ A conversation between Joakim Norland and Lina Nordenström; ‘Con·nec·tion’ Rebecca Korn writes about the practice of US artist Lise Melhorn-Boe; Paul van Capelleveen on ‘Five Fragments of Introductions To Robbin Ami Silverberg’s Books’. Roelof Bakker discusses his artist’s book ‘The Spots That Never Went, a personal reflection on the devastation of AIDS in the 1980s/90s and the lasting impact of the AIDS crisis on a generation of gay men and their friends and families. Artists’ pages by Csilla Bíró, Mike Dutton, Heather Green and Nigel Robinson. Cover design by Tom Sowden.

Subscription info can be found here.

Vol 14 No. 1 includes essays by Ella Morrison, Daniel Lehan (visual essay), Robert Riter and Lucy Roscoe plus an interview with David Ferry by Stephen Clarke. Cover, badge and sticker designed by Chrystal Cherniwchan. Artists’ pages by Jane Cradock-Watson, Leonard McDermid, Sylvia Waltering and Maria White.

As COVID-19 is delaying access to our postal capabilities, if you subscribe, or have subscribed, please email Sarah.Bodman@uwe.ac.uk for the link to the online colour version whilst you wait for your physical copy to eventually reach you.


SABPP

Scandinavian Artists’ Books Partnership Project

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.


Collage Colloquium

Collage Colloquium at LCBA

The Centre for Fine Print Research in association with the London Centre for Book Arts (LCBA) is organising a day of collage presentations and viewing of artefacts. Do join us online for this free collage colloquium on Friday 14th August 2020.

Meet artists Jeremy Dixon, Jean McEwan, Daniel Lehan and Jeff Rathermel to find out more about contemporary collage and artists’ books.

This is a free event, 11am – 3.30pm, please book via the eventbrite link so we can give you the passwords for the live sessions. Email Sarah.Bodman@uwe.ac.uk if you have any questions. The image here is a detail from a collage by Jean McEwan.


Blue Notebook

The Blue Notebook journal for artists’ books Vol 15 Special Offer

Whilst people are stuck indoors, we are offering a deal if you place a pre-order for 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. The image here is from Tom Sowden’s cover design for Vol 11, No2. Subscription info for Vol 15 can be found here.


Agassi Prize

2020 Agassi Book Arts Prize – Olivia Pratt

Congratulations to the MA Multidisciplinary Printmaking student Olivia Pratt who has been awarded the 2020 Agassi Book Arts Prize for her publication From a Distance Most Things Look Beautiful.

You can read more about the prize here. You can also watch a video of the publication From a Distance Most Things Look Beautiful here.


Summer

Book and Print Summer Festival 2020

Our Book and Print Summer Institute normally runs from June-August with physical classes here at the Centre for Fine Print Research. However, due to Covid-19 we have decided to instead offer a free online festival this year to keep artists and the public safe.

Please join us online this summer for a series of free talks and things to do or listen to, and some creative challenges set by our CPD summer school artists and poets. CFPR staff will also be hosting some free talks to dip into. Details will be announced soon, please email Sarah if you would like to go onto the list to be notified.

Feature image here is from a previous CPD class Making Words: Found Poetry and Artists’ Books with Jeremy Dixon of Hazard Press.


minibabe

MiniBABE, Arnolfini, online archive

Every other year we collaborate with Arnolfini on BABE, the Bristol Artists’ Book Event. Our next BABE is scheduled for 2021, but in the interim, this Spring we got together virtually to present MiniBABE: Bristol Artist’s Books at Home, during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Each day from 3rd – 7th May a series of events and activities was presented online on Arnolfini’s website. From MINIBABE | Book Walks in Lockdown to Desert Island Books, a virtual workshop with Stephen Fowler, to collaborative artworks and poetry. Visit the event archive online until 30th June 2020. Th feature image here is of a set of artists’ books by Cathey Webb.


amstreet

An Inventory of Al-Mutanabbi Street

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 Monday by Kathleen O’Connell. You can read more about the Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here project at the LAAF Festival website.