The Book Works Summer Sale is now on. Almost all books (except 2022 releases) are half-price in July!
Featuring recent titles from Stuart Brisley, Helen Cammock, Brian Catling & Iain Sinclair, Ruth Ewan, Luca Frei, Maria Fusco, Liam Gillick, Stewart Home, Bouchra Khalili, Jarett Kobek, Mike Nelson, Ahmet Ögüt, Katrina Palmer, Francesco Pedraglio, Bridget Penney, Holly Pester, Olivia Plender, Clunie Reid, David Shrigley, Praneet Soi, Slavs & Tatars, Stephen Sutcliffe, Fiona Tan, Joanne Tatham & Tom O’Sullivan, Jennet Thomas, Mark Titchner, Sarah Tripp, Nina Wakeford and many more.
Book Launch: Practice Makes Perfect by Rosa-Johan Uddoh
Wednesday 13 July, 6pm-9pm The Bower Brunswick Park London SE5 7FH Free and open to all
Please join us for the launch of Practice Makes Perfect by Rosa-Johan Uddoh, co-published by Book Works and Focal Point Gallery as part of our Co-Series, in association with Bluecoat Gallery, and The Bower.
Featuring new writing and work relating to Uddoh’s art practice, and especially the 2021 exhibition at Focal Point Gallery, Practice Makes Perfect focuses on themes of radical self-love, inspired by black feminist practice and writing. The book comprises a collection of experimental writing for performance, each aiming to trouble how a particular character in popular culture performs (and produces) Black British identity. Including scripts, lyric sheets, stories and stickers, the reader is encouraged to insert their own experiences and interpretations, in their head or through live performances of their own.
The Bower will re-open Uddoh’s recent exhibition ‘Una’s Voice’ for the evening of the book launch, a second chance to experience the sound piece which draws upon the life and work of Una Marson, a British/Jamaican activist, radio producer, presenter, and poet.
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