Friday 28th October 7-10pm - Launch Party
DJ set from Rupert & Matthew of Drift Records
Drift Record Shop is an independent Record Shop in Totnes. They primarily stock new music on a rolling schedule, but are not definable by any specific set of genres or themes. The shop has been in Totnes, in one form or another, since the mid 1990's and currently occupies a large shop in the town.
Saturday 29th October 12-6pm - Plymouth Art Book Fair
Throughout the day: Performance by Fox Irving
Irving’s performance was made in response to dialogue with newsagents in Plymouth. Reflecting on the EU Referendum, the artist aimed to listen and connect with people in the city. Irving constructed her own book fair structure from found furniture to display painted texts captured from her research.
Fox Irving is an artist who graduated from Camberwell College of Art. She works with the page and the book to explore language through words and paint. She has exhibited work both in the UK and in Europe and has been awarded the Bookartbookshop and London Centre for Book Arts awards.
Throughout the day: Surgeries from Sarah Bodman (CFPR / UWE / Impact Press)
Sarah Bodman ran eight free, pre-booked surgeries with artists seeking advice on working with books.
Sarah is Senior Research Fellow for Artists' Books at the Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR), where she runs projects investigating and promoting contemporary book arts. She is also Programme Leader for MA Multi-disciplinary Printmaking at UWE.
1 pm - Jean McEwan (Loosely Bound & WUR Bradford)
Jean presented a talk offering expertise on zine making. She discussed how she has used zines as a medium to enable people in Bradford to explore what their city means to them.
Jean is a Bradford based artist; she’s a serial collaborator, with artists and non-artists and is often involved in DIY and artist-run projects. Jean is interested in the potential of collectivity, community, and conversation to make change. She makes zines both solo and in collaboration with others, curates contribution-based zines, teaches zine-making workshops, and organises self-publishing events and projects. She is founder member of Bradford based zine collective Loosely Bound and started WUR Bradford which is an art and social space based on a market stall in Kirkgate Market.
2.30 pm - Yellow Back Books Cardiff
Yellow Back Books shared their experience of researching and setting up a temporary shop in Cardiff’s Castle Quarter Arcades; a project that evidenced the real demand for artists’ books in the UK.S
Yellow Back Books is a collaboration between Becca Thomas, Louise Hobson and Samuel Hasler around artists' books and artist bookshops.
3pm - Meg Beaumont (KALEID editions)
Meg explained how KALEID work with artists and collectors to populate significant artists’ book collections in the UK, Europe and USA.
KALEID editions represents European-based artists who do books, and works with librarians, book dealers and private collectors to advocate public special collections. Kaleid’s aim is to distribute a curated collection of artists’ books to be acquired by leading institutions worldwide for academic research and future public access.
Cafe! - Throughout the day The Kitchen Table served up hot & cold organic drinks, cakes and tasty snacks from their lovely pop-up café