The past month I’ve been working with the Solihull Art Gallery in the West Midlands on their forthcoming exhibition of contemporary artists’ books, The Secret Library of Solihull, which runs from 8 March to 8 May 2010.
The exhibition comprises works loaned from the Book Arts Collections at the Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR) at University of the West of England, Bristol, as well as some selected works by local, Midlands-based book artists.
As part of the exhibition there is also an artists’ book fair that is going to be held at the Gallery on 20 March with local and national book artists, printmakers, illustrators, designers and artists all showcasing their works. More info and a booking form for the Solihull Artists’ Book Fair can be found here. We’ve had a good set of applications so far – a really varied mix of disciplines and approaches to the book, plus an exciting ‘interactive’ exhibitor – watch this space!
I am going to be running a artists’ book workshop in bookbinding on 10 and 11 April so have been busy prepping materials and binding structures – exciting stuff!
So – if you’re in the area, or are passing through – be sure to pay a visit!
After spending this last week preparing for the Handmade & Bound fair on Sunday, arriving at the venue (after a rather rainy journey) it was great to see such a good turnout of book artists, illustrators and designers, zinesters and small presses, printmakers and everyone in between.
Kali and I shared a table this year (I was on the left, but by the time I took this photo my half of the table looked a little barren).
The lovely Karoline’s table over in the ‘Gocco corner’ of the room. I do love a bit of silver Gocco ink…
Take a look at the Flickr stream for more photos from the event.