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International Artists' Book Fair 2016Batley School of Art Open Evening

Tuesday 23rd of February 2016

Batley School of Art’s BA(Hons) Fine Art for Design students and staff will be exhibiting at the 19th International Contemporary Artists' Book Fair 2016.

The fair will be held at The Tetley, Hunslet Road, Leeds on Saturday 5 March (11am – 6pm) and Sunday 6 March (11am – 4pm).

The two-day event will be the 7th successive year that Fine Art for Design as a programme, have participated in the book fair. The event provides students with the opportunity make and exhibit work within the medium of artist’s books which is a diverse, conceptually and visually exciting genre. The exhibition also enables students to network and discuss their work with undergraduate peers, professional artists/designers and art buyers/audience alike.

The books, bookworks and book objects produced by Fine Art for Design students range from the whimsical and illustrative to film, sound, text and materials-based pieces, small editions and one-off pieces.

Eve Gray Course Leader BA(Hons) Fine Art for Design: “We have been making artist books, self-publishing and also exhibiting at the Book Fair for quite a number of years. The works made by the students are always visually exciting and conceptually diverse. The genre of artist’s books is a fascinating one and also one that students respond to with such a breadth of approach. The medium is perfect for students studying Fine Art for Design - a programme that is highly individual and bespoke in its educational approach and we always receive wonderful feedback about the works we exhibit. Some of our colleagues from the School of Art are great supporters and regular visitors to the Book Fair as are their students. The fair therefore also provides staff with opportunities for further dialogue about curriculum ideas and potential degree students to continue to see the breadth of work made on Fine Art for Design and of course to witness one aspect of our external professional engagement at first hand.  

Many of our alumni continue to make books as professional artists, designers and illustrators, both via self-publishing and also being commissioned by publishing houses. Exhibiting at the International Artist Book Fair is often the first step into realising the potential books hold as a means to make dynamic and professionally sustainable work.”

Running in conjunctions with the Book Fair is PAGES, a rolling programme of interrelated events and curated exhibitions that aim to establish critical engagement with the medium of the artists’ book, raising awareness and creating new platforms for display and exchange between maker and audience.

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