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

Sarah Bodman

Current Research

Artist's Book Yearbook

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The ABYB is a biennial reference publication focusing on international activity in the field of book arts. It serves as a resource for artists, academics, students, collectors, librarians, dealers, publishers and researchers. Each edition includes a series of essays, discussions and information on many aspects of the book arts. Alongside these are: artists' listings of books published, information on book arts galleries, archives and collections, centres, studios, courses, events, fairs, journals, reading lists and websites, with contributors from around the world.

The ABYB was founded in 1994 by Tanya Peixoto, John Bently, Stephanie Brown and Stefan Szczelkun. Tanya Peixoto published the ABYB under her Magpie Press imprint until 1999 when she went on to set up bookartbookshop in London, a fantastic place to peruse and buy artists’ books, and Sarah took over from the next issue published in 2001.


Please see the bookarts publications pages for current and back issues, all of which can be ordered from our online store. The latest issue of the ABYB is the 2018 - 2019 edition (pbn. October 2017).

An Inventory Of al-Mutanabbi Street Project

Project duration:2013-2018
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In July 2010, the poet and bookseller Beau Beausoleil put out a call for book artists to join ‘An Inventory Of Al-Mutanabbi Street’, a project to “re-assemble” some of the “inventory” of the reading material that was lost in the car bombing of al-Mutanabbi Street on 5th March 2007. Sarah joined with Beau, to co-curate the call to artists to join the project and further enhance the previous work of the Coalition by honouring al-Mutanabbi Street, through creating work that holds both “memory and future,” exactly what was lost that day. The call ran until the end of December 2012.

The online gallery was launched to coincide with the fifth anniversary of the bombing of al-Mutanabbi Street on 5th March 2012, for which project partners around the world held commemorative readings and events. Since then it has grown as artists' books created for the project have arrived, and the gallery pages

show images and information for each of the 260 books completed for the project.

The project is touring internationally until 2018. Exhibitions since the launch of the tour include:The Westminster Reference Library, Westminster, UK; The Powell Library Rotunda, UCLA, Los Angeles, California, USA; Salt & Cedar Letterpress Studio, Detroit, Michigan, USA; The Cambridge Arts Council, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA; The Santa Fe University of Art and Design, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA; The John Rylands Library, Manchester, UK; The San Francisco Center for the Book, San Francisco, California, USA; Gallery Route One, Point Reyes, California USA; the Center for Book Arts, New York in association with Alwan for the Arts, Columbia University Libraries Butler Library, International Print Center New, Poets House, New York, USA; Literary & Philosophical Society Library, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK; Collins Memorial Library, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington, USA; Curry College, Milton, Massachusetts, USA; American University in Cairo, Egypt; Arab - British Centre, London, UK; The Mosaic Rooms, London, UK; Kate Chappell '83 Center for Book Arts at the University Of Southern Maine, USA; The Hague Public Library, The Netherlands; Queen Elizabeth II Library, Memorial University, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada; Jaffe Center for Books Arts, Florida Atlantic University, USA; Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County, Rochester, New York, USA; Goddard College, Vermont, USA; Arab American National Museum, Dearborn/Detroit, Michigan, USA; Idaho Center for the Book in partnership with The Arts and Humanities Institute at Boise State University, USA; George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA, and Herron School of Art and Design, The Herron Art Library of IUPUI University library, USA.

To see all of the books received to date, visit the gallery pages at: http://www.bookarts.uwe.ac.uk

Book Arts Newsletter (BAN)

Project details:
Every four-six weeks, the Book Arts Newsletter is published at the CFPR, edited by Sarah Bodman. It contains (c. 40, A4 pages of) news of national and international exhibitions, events, fairs, lectures, courses, new publications, opportunities and reports. Each issue also has an artists’ cover page of artwork. You can go onto the list to receive an email alert each time a new issue is available for download, simply email Sarah to request to join the list at: Sarah.Bodman@uwe.ac.uk

The Blue Notebook: journal for artists' books

Project details:
The Blue Notebook is published twice a year in October and April, by Impact Press. It is a peer-reviewed journal of essays, articles and artworks on contemporary artists’ publishing. The journal provides a platform for the discussion of worldwide, contemporary book arts practice. Our referee panel reviews written contributions: Dr Anne Béchard-Léauté, France; Maria Fusco, UK; Susan Johanknecht, UK; Jeff Rathermel, USA; Dr Paulo Silveira, Brazil and Ulrike Stoltz, Germany.

Editor: Sarah Bodman Art Editor: Tom Sowden
For current and back issues, please see: www.bookarts.uwe.ac.uk/bnotebk.htm

Artists’ Books Partnership, exhibition Programme (ABPP)

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The artists' books partnership exhibition programme (ABPP) has been running for 12 years, and has loaned works for 85+ exhibitions, workshops, educational and community classes and events to universities, collections, schools, libraries, galleries, clubs and bookshops around the world. The programme lends artists' books from Sarah's collection at CFPR, on a no fee basis - to set up projects, workshops, clubs, exhibitions and events promoting artists' books to the wider community.
Some of the loans made during this time include: The Art of the Book: Collaboration exhibition at the University of Missouri, USA; Book Arts Centre at Limfjordscenter Doverodde, Denmark; Cowles Library, Drake University Des Moines, USA; AKI, Enschede, The Netherlands; 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; University of Chester; Internationales Bentlager Druckgraphik, Germany; Galleri VOX, Bergen, Norway; Public Space With A Roof, Amsterdam; The Richard Attenborough Centre, University of Leicester; Stroud College; Isle of Wight Book Arts Group; the Society of Bookbinders; The Art of the Book: Journals Then and Now, UK and USA tour; Secret Library at Solihull Gallery; Lit & Phil library, Newcastle upon Tyne; Wood Green School, Witney; Spacex Gallery, Exeter; Birkbeck College, London; Spike Print Studio, Bristol; The Sunderland Book Project curated by Theresa Easton; Simon Goode's Book Arts Workshops; Horfield Prison Book Workshops; Royal West of England Academy, Bristol; A Sense of Place exhibition at the University of Minnesota, USA; art + power, Bristol; Press & Release, Phoenix Brighton, UK; 9th International Book Art Festival touring exhibition, Poland; 'Rukssian' Artists' Books Exhibition tour, Moscow; DIY Cultures, London, and 'Page.Print.Post' - 50 years of artists' books at Post Office Gallery, Ballarat, Australia.

Please see the bookarts projects page for more information.

Artist’s Book Study Area: Collection and Exhibition Programme

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The Bower Ashton library collection of artists’ books is a study resource for students and staff, with public access. Alongside a collection of c. 1500 books, there is a regular artist’s book exhibition programme curated by Sarah Bodman, documented through this website and the regular Book Arts Newsletter, which can be downloaded as a free, colour PDF.

The monthly programme has seen over 170 national and international artists' books exhibitions since the launch of the area in May 2002. These have included individual artists such as Ian Tyson, Otto, Jackie Batey, John Bently, John Dilnot, Baysan Yüksel, Karen Hanmer, Salt & Shaw, Abigail Thomas, Les Coleman and Stephen Fowler.

Touring and group shows have included: Book Art Object Edition 4, The Caseroom Press and Kurt Schwitters' Merz Fairy Tales; Rukssian Artists' Books: an international artist's book project between Russia and the UK; Field In A Box: Publications, assemblings and artists’ ephemera by Field Study; the Wexford Artist’s Book Exhibition curated by Andi McGarry and Denis Collins; FACTION, and Guy Begbie and Lawrence Upton.
For full details of recent and archived exhibitions, please see the bookarts Exhibitions and Events pages.

Bookmarks Projects

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The Bookmarks projects series aimed to encourage appreciation of work in the format of the artist's book. Participating artists each produced an edition of 100 signed and numbered bookmarks to give away through distribution boxes at venues around the world.

Over the last fourteen years, the Bookmarks series of free artwork distribution has visited 148 galleries, bookstores, workshops, centres, schools, museums and libraries in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Singapore, Spain, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the UK and USA.

544 artists contributed 54,700 bookmarks to the fourteen projects to date. Each bookmark is stamped with the current project’s website address, which directs the taker of the bookmark to the gallery section of the website. As interest in the artist’s book has grown internationally over these years, the bookmarks projects have reached a natural conclusion. 2017 is the final iteration of the project. Many thanks to all the artists who contributed to Bookmarks XV Infiltrating the Library System September 2017 – February 2018, the fifteenth and final outing. http://www.bookarts.uwe.ac.uk

Centre for Fine Print Research collaborations with Arnolfini

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Our first major collaboration was BABE - Bristol Artist’s Book Event at Arnolfini in April 2007. BABE has continued as a biennial event with a full programme over events alongside the artist’s book fair. We celebrated our 10th anniversary in 2017, with our largest BABE with 95 exhibitors and over 9000 visitors.

For more information on Sarah’s projects, please see: http://www.bookarts.uwe.ac.uk
For more information on Sarah’s projects, please also see: www.bookarts.uwe.ac.uk/projects.htm