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Re: [BKARTS] London happenings?



Also, email Liz Lawes - e.lawes@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx - based at Chelsea
College of art and Design (not so sure she is still based there now that the
London Institute has merged all the central schools of art) but they do have
archive of artists books (since 1963) that can be viewed by
appointement....oops just found this
http://www.arts.ac.uk/library/3449.htm#artists and a must see is
Inventory.scollection based here....I have talked with Adam Scrivener
a few years back
when visiting the Chisenhale Gallery and his
website<http://www.fiercesociology.org/>and work is spot on.
HERES A TOUR OF SORTS:
Come up out of Russell Square Tube Station and take a sharp left and then
first left and you will see SKOOB <http://www.skoob.com/> (BOOKS spelt
backwards of course!).  I highly recommend this shop.  Walk back to the tube
station and walk past it on your left.  You will then arrive at Russell Sq.
park.  You will see a tall building, its the Senate House
Library<http://www.ull.ac.uk/>.
take the lift to the top and BROWSE :)   You can also just go next door to
the Institute of Education
<http://ioewebserver.ioe.ac.uk/ioe/index.html>Library (but not sure
about their artist book stock).  After all this, come
out of senate House and turn right, walk 1 min and you come to the British
Museum <http://www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk/> main entrance, go inside, WOW!
at the Great Court
<http://www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk/greatcourt/index.html> and
check out the books in the former British Library Reading
Room<http://www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk/greatcourt/read.html>)
because thats what ya here for isn't it?!  Afterwards, exit via the main
entrance of the museum and walk straight on (just one min), past the
Starbucks facing you (whether you like them or not!), and wander around the
small book shops that litter this area called Bloomsbury Way.  You will
certainly find some amazing artists' books, antiques books and bindings
here.  After, walk 5 mins down the road (south along Charing Cross Road) and
you will pass Foyles <http://www.foyles.co.uk/foyles/index.asp> on your
right (a good little map
here<http://www.foyles.co.uk/foyles/shopinfo.asp?TAG=&CID=>),
and then walk further down the road (southwards yet again) turn left into a
road just by Leicester Square Tube station and you come to The Photographers
Gallery <http://www.photonet.org.uk/index.php?latest> and their
bookshop<http://www.photonet.org.uk/index.php?bookshop>holds artists'
books and amazing photo bookworks (You need lots of money to
buy all these books on this trip :)....you could then continue walking south
on Charing Cross road and after 10 mins end up at the river Thames, where
you can either walk left or right to get to the
Tate<http://www.tate.org.uk/research/researchservices/library/artistsbooks.htm>and
see their artists books collections/talks/exhibitions.  Personally,
when
you arrive at the river after walking south from the photographers gallery I
would go right, over the bridge and then left directly onto the Hayward
Gallery <http://www.hayward.org.uk/arts_overview.asp>, which has a poetry
library <http://www.poetrylibrary.org.uk/?flash=yes> and is beside Royal
Festival Hall <http://www.rfh.org.uk/main/index.asp> 10 mins walk along the
river to the Tate.  This walk would take an average person (walking fairly
slow) 2 hours to complete without browsing artists book shops, so leave a
good morning to do it.

You could go from the British Museum, walk right 2 mins directly to Oxford
Street and catch the famous number 12 bus to
PECKHAM<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AEC_Routemaster>--be quick, they
are withdrawing these amazing buses that all Londoners love
(dont get tube, only walk in London) --, travel 35 mins and ask the
conductor to let you out right outside Camberwell College of Art famous for
its MA in BOOK ART <http://www.camberwell.arts.ac.uk/ma_book_arts.htm> -
they have archives and you can ask to talk to students and tutors right off
the street (I did!) also have free internet in the Foyer :)...which is right
next door to South London
Gallery<http://www.southlondongallery.org/index.html>(I have known
curators to produce artists books here in the past) and then
get the NO.12 bus back!

If yo do go to Victoria&Albert Museum
Library<http://www.vam.ac.uk/collections/prints_books/index.html> in
Knightsbridge, as mentioned by Aine earlier, afterwards walk up Exhibiton
Road to the Serpentine Gallery <http://www.serpentinegallery.org/> that
has bookshop (with artists books) well worth the visit, and you've just
missed The Art on Paper Fair <http://www.artonpaper.co.uk/>, 8 mins
walk along kensington gardens at the Royal College of
Art<http://www.rca.ac.uk/pages/news/events_343.html>.  I
am sure if you ring all these places, you will get to visit studio/more
exhibitons of booked art.  Also,
HERE<http://www.getlondonreading.co.uk/boroughs/index.php4?placeid=33>are
some other book places worth a visit in this area of london.

Also, Mark Pawson <http://www.mpawson.demon.co.uk/whatson.html> and
Zybooks<http://www.zyarts.com/zybooks/index.html>are always is
reliable with book arts listings :)

Phew, I need a taxi home after al that!

have a nice trip :)

Paul

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