18 October 2023
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Book Works sees graphic design as central to the production of artist books. Graphic Negotiations is our series of online lunchtime talks with designers, launched in 2022. For this ninth event in the series we are delighted to welcome Maeve Redmond.
Maeve Redmond is an independent graphic designer based in Glasgow, Scotland. She works primarily with artists, writers and cultural organisations to produce publications, promotional campaigns, visual identities and websites. She collaborates extensively with curators, artists and writers to exhibit commissioned work that results from her design practice.
A new solo show by Prem Sahib, The Life Cycle of a Flea, opened last week at Phillida Reid, Grape Street. The exhibition revolves around two central figures, the Child and the Flea, implicating them in questions around growth, extraction, contamination and existence within systems of control. It includes new sculpture, painting, installation, light and sound work and runs until 8 November 2023. Prem Sahib is also the author of That Fire Over There (Book Works, 2023)
Deborah-Joyce Holman, author of Queen For A Day, has a major solo exhibition, Living Room, opening at Kunsthalle Bern on 14 October and running until 3 December. They also have work in the inaugural Biennial Son in Valais, open now until 29 October, and is participating in the Sonic Intimacies and Queer Resonances programme at Nottingham Contemporary (24 September 2023–7 January 2024).
In New York, Phyllis Christopher is part of a new group show, Radical Perverts: Ecstasy and Activism in Queer Public Life, which opens on 12 October at the Museum of Sex and runs until April 2024. More info and tickets here. Phyllis Christopher‘s Dark Room was published by Book Works in 2022.
Last remaining copies: Helen Cammock – Moveable Bridge
Our book of the month, with 30% off during October, is Helen Cammock’s Moveable Bridge – a 12″ vinyl album of spoken word and song and artist publication in a gatefold sleeve commissioned as part of Beyond Words. We are down to approximately 25 copies so this is likely to be the last chance to buy this edition.
Poverty, politics and survival have been a part of the story of Hull as much as wars, imperialism and trade have shaped the city. As in most cities, and especially ports, contradictions are numerous, and radical political activists and thinkers smatter the history of Hull leaving legacies that are often hard to understand and acknowledge. Cammock has brought together some of the voices that have come out of Hull’s history to ask some questions about what freedom, liberty and openess means for a city, its people and culture, which have been so connected to the building of ships and global trade for centuries, into a visual collage using photography, video, printmaking, writing and performance.
Helen Cammock was born in 1970 in Staffordshire. Film, photography, print, text, song and performance examine mainstream historical and contemporary narratives about Blackness, womanhood, oppression and resistance, wealth and power, poverty and vulnerability, throughout her practice. Her works often cut across time and geography, layering multiple voices as she investigates the cyclical nature of histories in her visual and aural assemblages.
Moveable Bridge by Helen Cammock is published by Book Works in an edition of 250 copies. 12” Album with spoken word and songs by Helen Cammock, artist’s publication, 36 pages; in a gatefold sleeve 260mm x 260mm. Designed by Modern Activity.
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.
Includes new projects with: Ayo Akingbade, Deborah-Joyce Holman, Bouchra Khalili, Amy Ching-Yan Lam, Samia Malik, Harun Morrison, Sofia Niazi, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha and Jimmy Robert, Prem Sahib, Derica Shields, and Cecilia Vicuña. Our current Open Submission is Arrhythmia, guest edited by Katrina Palmer, and has commissioned new work from Andrew Colarusso, Roy Claire Potter, Kawangi Njue, and Alice Walter.
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