Arrhythmia – a new Book Works open submission series guest-edited by Katrina Palmer
Guest-edited by artist Katrina Palmer, Arrhythmia is a new series that offers an opportunity for artists and writers whose work explores ideas of being out of joint with the predominant social order, whether through disrupted trajectories, physical displacement, or political dissonance. We are particularly interested in experimental work that articulates a discontinuous sense of identity, and writing, or the combination of writing and images in which the rhythm of the text is self-consciously questioned.
Three proposals will be selected for publication from this open submission. Arrhythmia follows previous series commissioned from open call, including: Semina, G.S.O.H The Rest is Dark, The Rest is Dark, Common Objectives, Contact, and our most recent open submissions series, Interstices, guest edited by Bridget Penney.
We want to develop a project with you and are not looking for completed works in search of distribution. We are interested in ideas that can be shared and realised through our editorial process, or works already in progress that would benefit from development through our editorial and publishing process. We would encourage projects that also have the potential to disseminate beyond the printed page – as performance, spoken word, sound or digital images, especially where such possibilities are integral to the process of developing the text.
Work can be submitted from UK and internationally based individuals, groups or collectives, in English language only. We are interested in submissions from artists and writers often unrecognised by mainstream institutions, and in particular those from the African Diaspora, liberation groups or whose minority identity has historically marginalised them.
Book Works will offer a fee to the three commissioned artists or writers of £1,250. There will also be a small budget allocated for expenses and travel.
Please visit the Book Works website for full details of how to apply.
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Our backlist includes projects by Hamja Ahsan, Sophia Al-Maria, Michael Bracewell & Linder, Paul Buck, Helen Cammock, Brian Catling & Iain Sinclair, Michael Dean, Ruth Ewan, Hamishi Farah, Luca Frei, Liam Gillick, Samuel Hasler, Susan Hiller, Stewart Home, Bouchra Khalili, Jarett Kobek, Mike Nelson, Ahmet Ögüt, Katrina Palmer, Francesco Pedraglio, Bridget Penney, Holly Pester, Olivia Plender, Laure Prouvost, Clunie Reid, David Shrigley, Slavs & Tatars, Stephen Sutcliffe, Fiona Tan, Joanne Tatham & Tom O’Sullivan, Jennet Thomas, Mark Titchner, Nina Wakeford, Emily Wardill & Ian White, and many more.
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.
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Teresa Drace-Francis (Chair)
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