Calling book artists in Bristol!

A new project at the University of Bristol would like to commission a book artist currently based in the Bristol area to create a new piece of work which explores what it means to make a book in Bristol.

‘Making Books in Bristol’ is a project which will run May-September 2017, organized by academics in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Bristol who research books and book culture from a variety of different historical and linguistic perspectives. Our interests include the history of publishing and publishers, editing, manuscript and print, the history of reading, book collecting, and artists’ books. Through this project we would like to work together with book professionals who are directly engaged in the making of books, in order to explore the different ways in which we understand the physical form of the book to mediate the meaning(s) of the book’s contents.

The commissioned artist will create a book, in collaboration with the Making Books project team.  Over the course of May-September, the artist will be required to attend two or three meetings with the team, as well as four public lunchtime talks on book making given by publishers and book artists/designers (in the Central Library on 17th and 24th May, and the Folk House, Park Street on 16th and 23rd June, 1-2pm). We will also be using social media to crowdsource further ideas and materials related to books in Bristol, and would hope for these to feed into the artist’s book. Part of the commission will involve documenting the process of making the book, and we envisage that there will be scope for exhibiting the final work, which will remain the property of the artist beyond the life of the project.

The deadline for expressions of interest is Friday 31st March 2017. Interested applicants should send, via email to arts-books@bristol.ac.uk,:

  • up to three examples of your work
  • a summary CV no longer than one side of A4
  • a short statement (max. 300 words) describing how you might respond to the project brief

The artist will be responsible for all costs associated with his/her transport and materials. The artist will be paid a fee of £500 for the commission.

For further information, email Rhiannon and Jenny at arts-books@bristol.ac.uk

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