Wednesday 13 December, 1pm
Online. Book a free place here.
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. 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 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 eleventh event in the series we welcome Abeera Kamran
Abeera Kamran is a designer, web developer and typographer. She works between Birmingham, UK and Karachi, Pakistan. She is a UKRI funded PhD student at the Department of Typography and Graphic Communication, at the University of Reading, where she is also a Lecturer in Design. Her research investigates the design and technological challenges associated with publishing Urdu in digital devices. She designs and co-produces Exhausted Geographies which is a series of publications rethinking hegemonic representations of Karachi. See more of her work at www.abeerakamran.com.
NATIVITY by Rosa-Johan Uddoh
Thursday 7 December, 3pm and 7pm
Fellows’ Drawing Room,
Murray Edwards College,
University of Cambridge
Pay what you can. Book here.
The Women’s Art Collection is delighted to present NATIVITY, a performance by Rosa-Johan Uddoh that offers a history of Black performance in the West, through a parody of the traditional Christian nativity play. This short epic tale focuses on the Black character of ‘Balthazar’, one of the three Kings who visited the baby Jesus at his birth and who became a vital part of one of the most popular motifs in Western art history.
The script, written by the artist, takes a pantomime like approach and is inspired by the artist’s archival research into Black presences in Europe, as well as personal experiences of being asked to perform ‘blackness’ in both theatrical and everyday settings for a white gaze.
With the generous support of the Art Fund and in collaboration with Performance Exchange, where the performance premiered in 2022, NATIVITY will be acquired for The Women’s Art Collection, marking the first time a performance has entered the Collection.
Rosa-Johan Uddoh (b.1993, Croydon) is an interdisciplinary artist inspired by Black feminist practice and writing. She is an emerging artist with an already impressive set of accolades. She was shortlisted for the Jarman Award 2022 for her film making practice and was a finalist for Arts Foundation Futures Awards 2021. Rosa was the Liverpool Biennial and John Moores University Fellow 2018-2019 as well as the Stuart Hall Library Resident for 2020. Her work has been profiled in publications including Art Monthly, New York Times and Nordic Art Review. Her first book, Practice Makes Perfect, was published by Book Works and Focal Point Gallery in 2022. She is currently a lecturer in Performance at Central Saint Martins.
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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