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[BKARTS] Artists' books conference and competition



May 29 2008

University of Brighton, in conjunction with the Edward Johnston Foundation

Booksthatfly Book Art Conference and Book Art Competition


Press Release


"What is a book?"

Must it be readable?
Must it include text?
Must it be portable?
Must it be composed of joined pages?

These are questions an artist asks when designing a book as a work of art.

The University of Brighton, in partnership with the Edward Johnston Foundation is organising a one day conference for artists, book artists, calligraphers, typographers, printmakers, small presses, educators and practitioners in the book arts field.

A range of prestigious and expert speakers will present a dynamic programme to engage participants in all aspects of book art. Speakers include: Sarah Bodman (research fellow for artists' books), Prof George Hardie (graphic artist and book artist), Mark Pawson (book artist), Susan Skarsgard (experimental calligrapher and lithographer), Sam Winston (book artist).

Artists' books may, and indeed should fly in the face of the conventional notion of the book. The tradition of artists' books can be traced back to the illuminated manuscript, via exquisite livres d'artistes, through to contemporary books made from stones, perspex, wood, ceramics ... books with holes, pop-up books, edible books; books that challenge the conventional notions of bookness that 'normal' readers, publishers, librarians and booksellers take for granted. The handmade book is an opportunity to share social comment, poetry or mischief. The Booksthatfly conference will be an opportunity to examine how book artists through the ages have spread their creative wings.

The conference takes place on Saturday 5th July at the University of Brighton's Grand Parade campus in central Brighton. The conference fee is £30.

A competition (with cash prizes) to design an artist's book will be launched at the conference.

There will be an accompanying free exhibition of artists' books from the University library's artist book collection and the Edward Johnston Foundation archive. 


Further details from:
www.brighton.ac.uk/booksthatfly
booksthatfly@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx


Alison Minns
Information Adviser
University of Brighton
St Peter's House Library
16-18 Richmond Place
Brighton
BN2 9NA

e-mail aem@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
tel: 01273 643942 (direct); 643221 (enquiry desk)
fax: 01273 607532 


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