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

Sarah Bodman

Professional Practice

Selected Exhibitions: 2008

Sitting room exhibition photoSitting Room: An Exhibition of Artists’ Books

Exhibition venues: 20 May – 15 July 2006 Manchester Craft and Design Centre
4 Dec 2006 - 26 January 2007 Alsager Arts Centre Gallery
31 January - 18 February 2007 Permanent Gallery, Brighton
6 July - 2 August 2007 The Winchester Gallery, Winchester School of Art
21 August - 21 September 2007 School of Art, Media and Design, UWE Bristol
10 October – 10 November 2007 AKI Academy of Arts, Enschede, The Netherlands
13 December 2007 - 2 January 2008 The Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University
7 March - 27 April 2008 K Gallery, Rhythmix Cultural Works, Alameda, California, USA
26 May – 7 July 2008 Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico City
1 December 2008 – 28 February 2009 Gallery Martha Hellion, Empresa no. 101, Insurgentes Mixcoac, Mexico

Curated By: Lucy May Schofield and Tom Sowden
Catalogue ISBN: 1 900756 34 X, 44pp published by Righton Press, 2007
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Sitting Room was conceived between curators Tom Sowden and Lucy May Schofield. The show presented artists’ books in a re-created sitting room within gallery spaces, allowing the majority of books to be handled and read by the viewers.

Rich and strange

Place: Hereford College of Arts, Hereford, England
Curated By: Celia Jackson
Date: 17.1-22.2.08
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URL Links: amd.newport.ac.uk/display

The idea for rich and strange was born when an old friend gave me three large boxes of books that he no longer wanted. Publication dates ranged from 1949 to 2003 and most were art-related in subject. However, they covered a wide spectrum, from The Agony and the Ecstasy to 'lit crit', taking in Marx, Pound, Schopenhauer and kitsch along the way (and providing, incidentally, a revealing snapshot of my friend's eclectic interests over the past 40 years or so). Over 90 of these discarded books were chosen by artists eager to rework, amend, extend, deface or otherwise alter them into something new; and a number of the participants have a history of this kind of activity, so the results have been exciting and provocative as well as beautifully executed.

Off the Page: an exhibition of Artists’ Books

Place: The Greenhouse, St Peter Port, Guernsey
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Date: 30.11.07-31.1.08
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One of our ABPP free artist’s book loans, supplying artworks to set up exhibitions and events that promote the artist’s book to a wider community. This loan is for an exhibition organised by Louise Gilligan at the greenhouse, and includes 50 artists’ books by:

Ral Veroni, Louise Best, Graham Rawle, Shaw and Shaw, David Shrigley, Luke Redman, Sophie Calle and Paul Auster, Tracey Emin, Jake Tilson, Tracey Bush, Simon Cutts, Susan Hiller, Yoko Ono, Simon Patterson, Mark Dion, Jeremy Deller, David Kirby, David Faithfull, Tom Sowden, mermaid turbulence, John Bently, Nicholas Blechman and Christoph Niemann, Mark Pawson, Erica van Horn, Lara Durback, Katherina Manolessou and Otto, Guy Begbie, Anwen Williams, Emily Larned, Imi Maufe, Mette-Sofie D. Ambeck, Lucy May Schofield, Mr Smith, Stephen Spurrier, Cris Cheek and Kirsten Lavers, Elissa Joy, Matt Lumby, Paul Etienne Lincoln, Laura Russell, Rudi Bastiaans, Harrington & Squires and Bill Burns.