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Artists' Books


The CFPR has a dedicated book arts room, where Sarah Bodman is based. The room houses Sarah’s collection of c. 600 artists’ books and zines, alongside a collection of reference materials and the Meir Agassi artists’ books archive.  It also includes a small workspace for book production and the meeting area for ABC the student and staff artists’ books club founded by MA student Lilla Duignan. The room is also used for launches of new artists’ books, surgeries, tutorials and readings.

In order to make the most of the collection of artists’ books, the Artists’ Books Partnership, exhibition Programme (ABPP) was founded in 2005, which has loaned works to universities, collections, schools, libraries, galleries, collectives and bookshops in Europe and the USA to date; on a no fee basis for exhibitions, workshops and events promoting the artist’s book to a wider community.

Some previous loans include: The Art of the Book: Collaboration, at the University of Missouri, USA, and The Art of the Book: Journals Then and Now (2010), USA and touring, both curated by Marian Amies, Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Missouri; Book Arts Center at the Limfjordscenter Doverodde, Denmark; Cowles Library, Drake University Des Moines, USA; AKI (ArtEz), Enschede, The Netherlands; Stroud College; Stroud College; Quay Arts Centre, Isle of Wight; The Greenhouse, Guernsey; University of Leicester; londonprintstudio, London; The New Art Gallery Walsall; Swindon College; Bristol Reference Library, Yateley Library; Solihull Gallery; Lit & Phil, Newcastle upon Tyne; University of Chester; Internationales Bentlager Druckgraphik - Symposium, Germany and Galleri VOX, Bergen, Norway.

If you would like to borrow some books for a project or exhibition, please download the artists' books list or zines and multiples list and contact Sarah Bodman.

The CFPR has a policy of collecting machinery for traditional print processes; past acquisitions include a Victorian perforator and a large Victorian nipping press. A power guillotine and creasing machine are funded under SRIF 3 funding. More recently, the centre has received donations from Bristol’s Industrial Museum - nipping presses and metal type, and another donation of a Victorian book guillotine.

Our CPD Bookarts courses range from traditional to unorthodox bindings, rubber-stamping, altered and architectural books, letterpress, wide format print and laser-cutting for artists’ books.

The Centre collaborates and shares further facilities for bookbinding with the Faculty.

Studio Equipment

5 cast iron nipping presses
1 modern nipping press
1 perforator (Victorian pedal)
2 stoves (for heating brass type)
brass type (for blocking)
3 ploughs

A selection of finishing tools
8 sewing frames

A selection of hand tools
power guillotine
creasing machine
book guillotine

For more information, visit our Book Arts website - www.bookarts.uwe.ac.uk