We are delighted to announce a new series of our conversations with designers, Graphic Negotiations.
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 designer in a collaborative process from the start, with designer, artist and editor working together to create a book that realises the artists’ vision.
For this new series, we’ll be joined by four new designers: Martin McGrath; Maeve Redmond; Mark El-Khatib and Abeera Kamran.
The first event ‘Conversations as Methods’ is on 20th September with Martin McGrath who will be speaking on his recent work and artist’s book design (including the forthcoming That Fire Over There, by Prem Sahib).
Martin McGrath is a designer working mostly with museums, publishers and artists. He is interested in storytelling and the narration of lived experiences, the interpretation of material culture, and how design methods can support artistic production. Recent clients include ArtAngel, Book Works, Wellcome Collection and Victoria & Albert Museum. Martin teaches design and visual communication at Central Saint Martins and The Royal College of Art. https://martinmcgrath.com
All events are free and online, at 1pm on a Wednesday. Book your free place here.
Coinciding with the release of artist Deborah-Joyce Holman’s book Queen for a Day, this event is a day-long screening of Holman’s Moment 2 (2022), followed by an in-person reading by Francis Whorrall-Campbell and conversation with the artist, Imani Mason Jordan and Rebecca Bellantoni.
The new publication features newly commissioned essays by Olamiju Fajemisin, Noémi Michel and Francis Whorrall-Campbell, and an interview with Holman and curator Cédric Fauq, who all offer close analyses of both works, opening up diverse ways of understanding Holman’s aesthetic strategies and politics of representation via film history, decolonial and queer theory.
Co-published by Book Works and Luma Westbau, with the generous support from ICA London, Arts Council England and the Swiss Cultural Fund UK.
Moment was shown at the ICA as part of Image Behaviour. Moment 2 was exhibited at CFGNY at SculptureCenter, New York City (2023), schwarzescafé, Luma Westbau, Zürich (2022) and Cordova, Barcelona (2022).
Queen For A Day will be available in the ICA Bookshop. If you are unable to attend the event, you can preorder the book here.
Miss Read: The Berlin Art Book Fair 2023
22-24 September 2023
Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW)
John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10, 10557 Berlin, Germany
Book Works is excited to be returning to Berlin in September for Miss Read 2023! We’ll have copies of all our new titles and highlights from the backlist all at special prices for the fair, come and say hi!
For more details, events, full list of exhibitors and more visit the website, and follow the fair on Instagram for updates.
The Book Works Readers Club is a great way to support the work we do and to build your own library of artist books. For just £5/month or £50/year you’ll receive a copy of everything we publish as soon as it is ready.
Sign up to the Readers Club in September and receive Queen for a Day by Deborah-Joyce Holman as your first title.
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, Teresa 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