Book launch: 6pm, Saturday 11 November
77-82 Whitechapel High St, London E1 7QX
Free, refreshments provided. RSVP
The book launch follows the Film London Jarman Now! event (ticketed)
Join us at the Whitechapel Gallery on Saturday 11 November to celebrate the launch of Ayo Akingbade’s new book, Show Me the World Mister.
Ayo Akingbade is one of the artists shortlisted for Film London’s Jarman Award 2023 and will be in conversation with Simeon Barclay as part of the Jarman Now! event at Whitechapel Gallery at 5pm, 11 November, followed by a book launch hosted by Book Works and Chisenhale Gallery in the Clore Creative Studio from 6pm.
The Jarman Now! event is ticketed but the book launch is free and open to all, please RSVP to email@example.com. Refreshments provided. There is step-free access to the Clore Creative Studio. After 6pm the entrance will be through the Townsends cafe entrance.
This publication is co-published by Book Works and Chisenhale Gallery, with support from John Hansard Gallery and Ms. Ebele Okobi.
The exhibition Show Me the World Mister premiered at Chisenhale Gallery in November 2022 and has since toured to Spike Island, Bristol and John Hansard Gallery, Southampton. It opens at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead on 17 November 2023, and will tour to the Whitworth, The University of Manchester in 2024.
Image credit: First Christmas party held by Guinness in Ikeja, 1963, from The Harp Spring 1963 issue
Graphic Negotiations #10 – Mark el-Khatib
Wednesday 15 November 2023, 1pm
Online. Free – book a place here.
Book Works sees graphic design as central to the production of artist books. Graphic Negotiations is our series of online lunchtime talks with designers, launched in 2022. For this ninth event in the series we are delighted to welcome Mark el-Khatib.
Mark El-khatib is a London-based graphic designer developing publications, printed matter, visual identities, websites, exhibition and environmental graphics. He received his MA from the Royal College of Art in 2010, and often works with artists, architects and cultural institutions to realise projects together. Recent work includes exhibition graphics for Wellcome Collection, publications with artist Pablo Bronstein, and a visual identity for architecture practice Counterspace.
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