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29th Annual Miniature Print exhibition at Foyles, Bristol

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On display until 28th February 2015

Our MA Multidisciplinary Printmaking students, and Print Centre staff have been producing editions of their work for the 29th Annual Miniature Print Exhibition at Foyles Bookshop in Cabot Circus, Bristol.

The show is now on until 28th February 2015, and features 30 prints ranging from screenprints to letterpress editions. All profits from sales of these prints (at just 18 GBP each) go towards the students’ degree show next year.

The show is supported by John Purcell Paper in London, who generously donate all the paper for the printed editions of 60, and Foyles who kindly host the show.

The image here is untitled by Jon McNaught. Please come along and see the prints in the event space, First floor, Foyles Bookshop, 6 Quakers Friars, Cabot Circus, Bristol, BS1 3BU.

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Last Call for World Book Night 2015

World Book Night

World Book Night April 2015 is fast approaching! On 23/04/15, we, the WBN United Artists will be making our annual World Book Night tribute. This year we have chosen Stephen King’s magnificent horror novel The Shining. If you would like to contribute to our annual, collaborative artist’s book and (very) amateur video, please get reading as soon as possible.

We invite you to read the book and then make/find/buy a miniature model of anything from the book (i.e. not something you remember from the film, it has to be from the book) to send to us before the end of March 2015.

We will use these models to photograph for an artist’s book and for our usual short video. All contributors will be acknowledged unless they wish to remain anonymous.

Dare you join in? Any questions email Sarah at

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Save the date! Bristol Artist’s Book Event at Arnolfini

BABE 2015

Saturday 11th April and Sunday 12th April 2015
11am – 6pm Saturday and 11am – 5pm Sunday

Arnolfini and The Centre for Fine Print Research at the University of the West of England, Bristol, are very pleased to announce the fifth Bristol Artist’s Book Event at Arnolfini! BABE will take place on Saturday 11th April and Sunday 12th April 2015 with stands over the galleries and auditorium space of Arnolfini. We have 106 national and international exhibitors showing their books.

There will also be: workshops with Stephen Fowler and Guy Begbie; tours of the event with Lucy Badrocke, Angie Butler, Linda Newington and Tanya Peixoto; book surgeries with Nancy Campbell and Simon Goode. Events over the weekend include: The Bristol Art Library in situ on Sunday, and a day-long reading from Yes Sir I Can Boogie. Short talks and performances from: Guy Bigland with Tom Sowden; Egidija Ciricaite and George Cullen (Collective Investigations); Otto and Chris Scully – Flat Holm; seekers of lice; Antlers Gallery presents Tim Lane’s Anima Mundi; Judy Kravis; Graeme Hobbs / Colva Books; David Dellafiora / Field Study; Nancy Campbell and reassemble.

We really hope you can make it and look forward to seeing you!
Sarah, Tom, Phil, Holly and Helen

Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA

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The Blue Notebook journal for artists’ books Vol 9 No 1 and 2

Blue Notebook

Articles in the current issue:

  • A Place Where Things Meet: Creative and Conceptual Blending by Emma Robertson (Australia)
  • After midnight – The workings of the Two a.m. Press by Lisa Wigham (UK)
  • Books about nothing by Amir Brito Cadôr (Brazil)
  • Futura Has Always Been The Future by Antonio Claudio Carvalho (UK)
  • Reading Cabinet by Amador Perez (Brazil)
  • Research Residency in Artists’ Books at the Edinburgh College of Art Library by Julie Johnstone (UK)

Artists’ pages by:
Emily McVarish, Nathan Walker and more …

Cover, badge and sticker design by Molly Lemon.

The next issue (Vol 9 No 2) has Paul Soulellis writing on the Library of the Printed Web; Jude Lau interviews John Bently, Angie Butler on letterpress and artists’ books, Logan Sisley on an imaginary library created by Vagabond Reviews, and Anna Cooper on “bookness”.

Subscribe to both issues in Volume 9 today! £10 GBP including UK or international postage, for Vol 9 No 1 and 2. Current issues and back issues information at: or, order directly from the online store.


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ABYB back issues half price!

Blue Notebook

As the Artist’s Book Yearbook for 2014-2015 is now available, we are having a bit of a shelf clear out, and are offering all back issues of the Artist’s Book Yearbook that are still in print at half price. Each edition is now £7 or £8, including national or international delivery. Each edition, from 2001 onwards is packed with essays and articles, artists’ interventions and features, and listings of places to see, buy, sell, study and make artists’ books. Grab yourself a bargain and help us make some space!

All available on our online store.

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Bookmarks XII: Infiltrating the Library System

Blue Notebook

It’s the last month to visit the bookmarks venues. The project is currently at 10 host venues in Australia, Canada, Norway, the UK and USA. Bookmarks XII includes 52 artists from: Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Sweden, the UK, and the USA. Visit the Bookmarks XII website to see the list of venues and to view all the bookmarks online. We hope you enjoy this year’s contributions!

The image here is of bookmarks by Karen Joyce, UK.

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Artist’s Book Yearbook 2014-2015

Artist's Book Yearbook

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 2014-2015 issue has essays, interviews, contributions and features on / by: Field Study, Abigail Thomas, Reinhard Grüner, Barbara Tetenbaum, Tanya Peixoto, John Bently, David Jury, Women’s Studio Workshop, Hansjorg Mayer, Gustavo Grandal Montero, Eleanor Brown, Linda Newington, Angie Butler, Nathalia King, Barrie Tullett, Craig Atkinson, David Paton, Pete Kennedy, and more …

Reference listings include: collections, libraries, archives, bookshops, galleries, centres, design print & bind, publishers, dealers, presses, studios, competitions, fairs, festivals and exhibitions, journals, reference books, organisations, societies, projects, touring programmes and courses. 207 national and international artists have also listed their recent book works.

Published by Impact Press, UWE Bristol, ISBN 978-1-906501-07-5 £15 (UK) or £16 (International) Available to order on our online store.

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Blue NotebookAn Inventory of Al-Mutanabbi Street online gallery

The online 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 it has grown as artists’ books created for the project have arrived, and the gallery pages show images and information for each of the 260 books completed for the project.

The project is touring internationally until 2018.

Exhibitions 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, and Herron School of Art and Design, The Herron Art Library of IUPUI University library, USA.

You can view a slideshow of the exhibits on show online.

The Arab British Centre in London hosted the project last year and made a video of the event with: oud playing by Taqasim Music School, poetry reading by Ghareeb Iskandar, a monologue by Hayat Kamille, a spoken word poem by Hala Ali and poetry readings by Ama Bolton and Beau Beausoleil.

The image shown here is Al-Mutanabbi Street – The Street of Books by
Bernd Friedrich, Germany.

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