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On Saturday 9 March we will be running our first study visit to Leeds International Contemporary Artist’s Book Fair at Leeds University. Now in it’s sixteenth year, the fair showcases the work of artists, bookmakers, students, and publishers.
Artist books come in all shapes and sizes, some are handmade one-offs others limited edition print runs. They can be beautifully crafted objects or rough and ready fanzines in an easily accessible art form exploring and playing with ideas of what makes a book a book. Artist books draw from a range of creative practices, from the physical making of the books through printmaking, paper craft and bookbinding, to their layout using typography, illustration and image making. From the development of content through creative writing and the construction of narratives, to ideas of contemporary art itself. This is a great opportunity for OCA students across a range of courses to find something of interest amongst the breadth of work on show.
To coincide with the Fair, The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery will also be showcasing a selection of Sir Herbert Read‘s artists’ books from the Brotherton Library’s Special Collections at the University. These were acquired by Read through his connections with artists, such as Alberto Burri, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst and Man Ray.
The Study visit will start at 11am and finish around 2pm. Please contact email@example.com to book a free place.
The Fair will take place in the Parkinson Building at Leeds University and runs from Friday 8 March (12am – 6pm) to Saturday 9 March (10 am – 5pm) only.