Centre for Fine Print Research University of the West of England Centre for Fine Print Research

BABE: Bristol Artist’s Book Event

Place: Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA
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Date: 4th and 5th April 2009
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URL Links: www.bookarts.uwe.ac.uk

83 national and international artists, presses, groups, colleges, publishers and dealers showcased hundreds of artists’ books over the weekend. Exhibitors travelled from as far afield as South Korea, mainland Europe and the USA to take part in BABE. 6,467 visitors came to Arnolfini for the event over the weekend.


Special events to accompany the book fair included:


Mash-up kids workshop - concertina books with Tamany Baker


Paper engineering workshop with Guy Begbie


A roving bookselling performance by BABE’s rogue trader Stephen Fowler


Performances of vector and Picasso’s Guitar by Francis Elliott (Foundry Press)


“Between You and Me” a book dress created by Tortie Rye and Kirstie Macleod, and performed by Eloise Fornieles.


Walking tours with Tanya Peixoto of bookartbookshop and Julian Warren Arnolfini’s Archivist.


Atlas Press - 25 Years of Anti Tradition featured in the showcase in Arnolfini bookshop.


A free ‘book surgery’ ran over the weekend with artist and writer Nancy Campbell on Saturday, and Sarah Bodman and Tom Sowden on Sunday, with limited bookable slots for help and advice on artists’ books.