Job Opportunity – Editor, Book Works (3 days per week) Salary: £35,000 (pro-rata £21,000 ) per annum Permanent Contract, probation period 8 weeks Location: Book Works, 19 Holywell Row, London, EC2A 4JB
Application deadline: 22 November, 5pm
Interviews: 6–12 December, at Book Works or online by arrangement
Book Works seeks an experienced new editor to work with the publishing team on our programme of artists’ book commissions.
You will assist the Director with the commissioning of new publications and projects, and managing the editorial and production process. You will work on new commissions with artists and writers, on projects that are often experimental, and need close reading, developmental edits, copyediting and proofreading, fact checking, and image permissions. You will work with graphic designers and printers on the production and printing of books. The position requires experience of working on similar or comparable texts or publications, as well as an interest in contemporary art, print culture and artists’ publishing.
Book Works is committed to making a positive impact to address inequality and discrimination. Through our work, employment and audience engagement, we pursue a programme that foregrounds social justice in the arts. Our programme reflects our desire to work with artists and writers from the global majority who are often unrecognised by mainstream institutions, and those from liberation or historically marginalised groups. You will work closely with artists and writers and play a key role in ensuring our principles of equality, diversity and inclusion are foregrounded in our work. You will also work towards new ways of improving our commitment to climate justice.
To apply please submit your CV, completed equalities form and a covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org, with Editor in the subject. If you have any questions about this process, or access needs that you would like to discuss please get in touch.
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8 November 2023, 6.45pm
Phillida Reid, Grape Street
Free and open to all. More info/book.
This talk takes place on the occasion of Sahib’s solo exhibition The Life Cycle of a Flea, now extended until Saturday 11 November. Sita Balani is a contributor to Sahib’s new book, That Fire Over There.
‘In Prem Sahib’s The Life Cycle of a Flea, we can see the ways in which his work is evolving to capture the mood of our political moment. The task of the artist is to condense the era, to pool its currents, to divine in them what is ancient and what fleeting. They must clarify this substance, create a mould that can hold it, and construct a facade in which we can see the world and our place it in anew. It is no surprise, then, that through his signature gleaming surfaces, distorted voices, icy minimalist textures, games of light and shadow, a new mood of horror, abjection, and fear have entered the gallery., – Sita Balani, ‘The Child and the Parasite’, 2023
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