Book Works sees graphic design as crucial to realising artists and writers’ ideas in the final form of the book. While conventionally designers often become involved in the later stages of a book’s production, and with a limited brief, we involve the design in a collaborative process from the start to realise, with designer, artist and editor working together to create a book that realises the artists’ vision.
Graphic Negotiations is our series of online lunchtime talks with designers, many of whom we’ve worked with in the past. The format and topic vary – we want to give designers the opportunity to present their work in whichever way they wanted to. In some cases designers are be in conversation with artists they’ve collaborated with in the past, in others they talk about their work and ideas more generally or present a visual portfolio.
For this sixth event in the series we are delighted to welcome Fraser Muggeridge, a designer Book Works has a long history of collaboration with, who will be talking about paragraphs and design.
Fraser Muggeridge studio (Alexander Conway, Elliot Ellis, Michael Kelly, Fraser Muggeridge and Manon Veyssière) is a graphic design company based in London. Throughout a wide range of formats, from artists’ books and exhibition catalogues to posters, marketing material, exhibitions, websites, film titles and music, the studio prioritises artists’ and writers’ content over the imposition of a signature style. By allowing images and texts to sustain their own intent and impact, each project is approached with typographic form and letterform playing a key role in arriving at a sympathetic yet subtly alluring object.
Visit the studio website for more information on Fraser and the studio’s work.
Marcus Coates’ The Directors films available to view online this week only
The Directors is a collaboration between artist Marcus Coates and five individuals in recovery from different lived experiences of psychosis, commissioned by Artangel. Positioned behind the camera, each of them directs Coates in a filmed restaging of particular episodes from their lives.
Following extensive research and discussion, the five short films challenge cultural stigma through an attempt to understand different realities. Each director chose a location of personal significance where they filmed Coates embodying and performing their own experiences.
The five short films being screened across five locations in Pimlico, in and around the Churchill Gardens Estate in London until 30 October. each within a short walking distance of the other.
To mark World Mental Health Day on Monday 10 October, Artangel have made all five films available online via their YouTube and Vimeo channels for one week, so that anyone in the world can view them.
Marcus Coates’ book, UR…A Practical Guide to Unconscious Reasoning, is available from the Book Works shop.
20 October 2022, 6.30 pm
Burley Fisher Books
400 Kingsland Rd, London E8 4AA
Join us at Burley Fisher next Thursday, to launch the new edition of Sophie Collins’ 2017 book, small white monkeys: on self-expression, self-help & shame (postponed from earlier this year). Sophie will be reading from her work, as will Helen Charman who has written a new introduction for the second edition, They will be joined by Rachael Allen, also reading from her work.
Thursday 20 October at 6.30pm. Tickets are £5, including a drink. Book here. If you can’t make the event, you can order the new edition here.
Helen Charman is a writer and academic based in Glasgow. Her first book, MotherState— a political history of motherhood — is forthcoming from Allen Lane. Her latest poetry pamphlet, In the Pleasure Dairy was published by Sad Press in 2020. She teaches English Literature at Durham University.
Rachael Allen is the author of Kingdomland (Faber) and co-author of numerous artists’ books, including Nights of Poor Sleep (Prototype), Almost One, Say Again! (Slimvolume) and Green at an Angle (Kestle Barton).
Sophie Collins grew up in Bergen, North Holland, and is now a lecturer at the University of Glasgow. She is the author of Who Is Mary Sue? (Faber, 2018) and small white monkeys (Book Works, 2017), and the editor of Currently & Emotion (Test Centre, 2016), an anthology of contemporary poetry translations; a sequel, Intimacy, is forthcoming. She is the translator, from the Dutch, of Lieke Marsman’s The Following Scan Will Last Five Minutes (Pavilion, 2019). Most recently, she has translated Marsman’s novel, The Opposite of a Person (Daunt Books, 2022). She is currently working on new poetry and prose.
Book Works is a leading contemporary arts organisation with a unique role as makers and publishers of books.
Established in 1984, we are dedicated to supporting new work by emerging artists. Our projects are initiated by invitation, open submission, and through guest-curated projects. Book Works consists of a publishing and commissioning department; and a studio specialising in binding, box-making and multiples.
The Book Works Studio offers a specialist bespoke service for a range of clients, from artists, designers, galleries, and businesses. We provide binding solutions, develop prototypes and specialise in unique book artworks, boxes, and portfolios. We have an extensive archive, and offer tailored educational events, and bookbinding courses. The Studio generates income from clients and is self-sufficient.
Book Works Publishing is dedicated to supporting new work by emerging artists. Our projects are initiated by invitation, open submission, and through guest-curated projects and include publishing, a lecture and seminar programme, exhibitions, the development of an online archive, and artists’ surgeries and workshops.
Our audience is vital to our work. The process of engaging and developing our audience is initiated with our commissioning programme, and driven through all aspects of our activities, particularly our public programme of events, our workshops, artists’ surgeries and education activities, and through our interest in collaborating with other organisations and libraries. Our programme of commissions is diverse, and reflects our commitment not just to work with cultural workers from all backgrounds, but to invest in networks and programmes that engage, and develop and create new artistic voices.
Include new projects with: Phyllis Christopher; Francesco Pedraglio; Sarah Tripp; Praneet Soi; Stuart Brisley; Nina Wakeford and Art on the Underground; Erica Scourti; Sophia Al-Maria; Bouchra Khalili; Laure Prouvost; Stephen Sutcliffe; Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan; Contact – a series guest edited by Hannah Black with Hamishi Farah, Momtaza Mehri and Derica Shields; and Interstices, a fiction series edited by Bridget Penney with Harun Morrison, Diana Georgiou and Licorice by Bridget Penney.
By supporting Book Works you will help support artists and writers at the emerging stage of their careers through our diverse commissioning programme of open submissions, guest editorships, public events, exhibitions and publications.
Book Works is a registered charity, dedicated to advance education for the benefit of the public in the visual arts, particularly books which may be recognised as works of art in their own right.
We have a board of trustees who input their range of diverse expertise and interests into our development:
Teresa Drace-Francis (Chair)
Gerrie van Noord