Senior Research Fellow for Artists' 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 the Bower Ashton Campus.
Sarah is the editor of the Artist's Book Yearbook a biennial reference publication on contemporary book arts, published here by Impact Press (next issue 2016-2017). She is also the editor of the Book Arts Newsletter and The Blue Notebook journal for artists’ books. Sarah writes a regular news column on artists’ books for the ARLIS UK and Ireland News-Sheet, and an artists’ books column for the journal Printmaking Today.
Sarah is the author of Creating Artists’ Books (a handbook for A&C Black, UK and Watson-Guptill, New York, USA (ISBN 978-0-7136-6509-3). Sarah also works with other institutions nationally and internationally, with the ABPP Artists’ Books Partnership-exhibition Programme which loans books from her CFPR collection to universities, collections, schools, societies, galleries, libraries and bookshops around the world. This programme runs on a rolling basis, with free loans of books to set up exhibitions, workshops, study groups or events that promote the subject to a wider community.
Sarah’s own artists’ books include Flowers in Hotel Rooms Volumes I-V, an ongoing series of books inspired by Richard Brautigan’s novel The Abortion; Do Not Enter, unique pulp/screenprinted book, and e-pub for Tim Mosely’s Codex Event 8, Brisbane, in the collection of Codex 8, Australia; Dead Search for the exhibition Lessons in History Vol. II – Democracy at grahame galleries + editions, Brisbane, Australia, and Why Say it Again? for Di Carta/Papermade, curated by Valeria Bertesina, Palazzo Fogazzaro, Schio (VI), Italy.
Sarah has been collaborating with the poet and artist Nancy Campbell, on an annual video and book production for World Book Night since 2010. Each event is in tribute to a particular novel. Their first collaboration was commissioned as part of the University of Dundee's AHRC funded project, Poetry Beyond Text: Vision, Text and Cognition, for which they produced Dinner and A Rose for Patricia Highsmith’s Ripley series. Since then they have made an annual collaborative book and video, inviting other artists and writers to join then on World Book Night. These include TOAST: A Night on Weevil Lake, on World Book Night, 2011, in tribute to Douglas Coupland's novel The Gum Thief, The Secrets of Metahemeralism, on World Book Night, 2012, in tribute to The Secret History by Donna Tartt, and Some Small, Good Things, for World Book Night 2013 in tribute to Raymond Carver’s A Small, Good Thing; Post Office for Charles Bukowski in 2014, and a tribute to Stephen King’s The Shining in 2015.
Sarah's artists' books have been featured in publications including: 1000 Artists’ Books: Exploring the Book as Art, Sandra Salamoney with Peter & Donna Thomas, Quarry Books, Beverly, MA, USA, 2012, and Masters Book Arts: major works by leading artists, curated by Eileen Wallace, Lark Books, New York, April 2011.
Sarah's artists' books are in over 60 national and international collections including: Tate Britain, the British Library and the V & A Museum, All Saints Library and Winchester School of Art, UK; Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection, Yale Centre for British Art, MOMA, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Mills College and Rhode Island School of Design, USA; Spazio Libro D’Artista, Catania, Sicily; Artists’ Books Archive, Milan; Bibliotheca Alexandria, Egypt; Moscow Artist’s Book Archive; The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, and Institute of the Arts, Canberra, Australia. She is represented in the USA by 23 Sandy Gallery.
Please refer to the CFPR’s bookarts website for artists’ books projects and information: 'Book Arts'.
Research Grants Awarded
2008-10 In an arena including digital and traditional artists' publishing formats - what will be the canon for the artist's book in the 21st Century? AHRC Research Grant (Standard) £114,377, Principal Investigator
2004-05 A critical survey of creative production in relation to the market potential of artists' books, AHRC Research Grant £4485, Principal Investigator