Book Works has a long history of championing artists at early or pivotal stages of their careers, often those who are without other institutional support. Giving genuine opportunity to new and emerging artists is core to our aims. We work with artists, writers and readers, to commission new, ambitious and innovative work in the form of artists books through our publishing programme, and offer specialist skills to create bespoke work through our bookbinding studio. Our approach is collaborative and transformative, aiming to commission artists from diverse backgrounds, and to work with audiences to create a change in the landscape of visual art and publishing.
Book Works is a registered charity, a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England, and has received the generous support from a number of trusts, foundations and other funding bodies. We are committed to making a positive impact to address inequality, discrimination and through our work, employment and audience engagement, pursue a programme that foregrounds social justice in the arts and an inclusive and supportive environment for all our staff, trustees, and various user groups, through a shared, reflective and open process. Our programme reflects our desire to work with artists and writers that are often unrecognised by mainstream institutions, or those from liberation groups or whose minority identity has historically marginalised them.
We are looking to appoint two new trustees who have an interest in contemporary art and enthusiasm for publishing, the public sector and audience engagement. We are looking for trustees to support and advocate for us, and those with knowledge, experience or skills as:
– Or those with a governance, legal or financial background.
We particularly welcome applicants from Black and minority ethnic backgrounds who are currently underrepresented on our board. The commitment would involve 4 meetings a year, and regular contact with the Directors of Book Works.
If you are interested or would like to know more please contact Gavin Everall at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to apply, please send a brief cover note and your CV, also to email@example.com. The deadline for applications is 7 February 2022.
The Book Works winter sale continues in January! Save 50% on all our backlist titles, including Hamja Ahsan’s bestseller Shy Radicals, Bridget Penney’s Licorice and Hamishi Farah’s Airport Love Theme, and all titles in Stewart Home’s Semina series – all available for around a fiver! Delve deep into our online shop to find rare editions and almost-out-of-print bargains.
Hot Off the Press: New Edition of small white monkeys by Sophie Collins
The second edition of small white monkeys: on self-expression, self-help and shame is out next week, with a beautiful new cover, new poems and a new introduction by Helen Charman. You can still order it at the pre-release price of £10 (reduced from £12) until the end of Friday 14 January.
Made through research into Glasgow Women’s Library’s Archive Collections and Lending Library, small white monkeys incorporates material from the library’s archives and the work of female creators past and present, including Anna Mendelssohn, Jean Rhys, Selima Hill, Adrian Piper, June Jordan, Denise Riley, Carolee Schneemann, Vahni Capildeo and Veronica Forrest-Thomson.
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.
Published by Book Works as part of the You Must Locate a Fantasy library commissions generously supported by Glasgow Women’s Library, Creative Scotland, and Arts Council England.
Joining our Readers Club is a perfect way to keep up to date with all our publications at a very special price and also receive a 10% discount on all other book purchases.
Or, why not gift this to a friend so they can receive and enjoy new publications by the following artists and writers: Phyllis Christopher, Diana Georgiou, Huw Lemmey, Samia Malik, Harun Morrison, Sofia Niazi, Francesco Pedraglio, Prem Sahib, Derica Shields, Lucy Skaer, Rosa-Johan Uddoh, Isabel Waidner and more. Find out more here.
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Support emerging artists through our most experimental commissioning platform.
Many of the artists that we have worked with talk about the investment, time, care and nurture they have experienced working with Book Works – particularly artists commissioned through open submission. We want you to become part of that supportive process. With you, we want to build a community of support that can help develop the ambitions of our open submission commissioning platform, to give further opportunities to artists and writers, often at the start of their career. Find out more about becoming a supporter here.
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