Curated by Louise Atkinson
Artist Book Collective has invited existing artist book and zine collectives to create pop up archives in coffee shops in conjunction with Leeds International Artist Book Fair and Divided We Fall. The publications will be available for customers to browse and there is a map of participating venues for people to explore.
The project aims to work with non-traditional art spaces in Leeds, such as coffee shops, in order to increase the accessibility of artist books and promote alternative venues for exhibiting. Inviting existing archives and collectives to participate also showcases the wealth of independent publishing activity, building links with new audiences to create longevity after the project has finished.
The project originated as part 1º Encounter of New Artists Cidade da Cultura event that took place back in September 2011 (in Galicia, Spain), where 100 artists from different nationalities met to reflect about contemporary artistic production. The event organisers gave our group the opportunity to present a proposal for inclusion in the inaugural exhibition for Cidade da Cultura.
Three months later, CONTAINER INSIDE took shape, a portable museum within a shipping container, bringing together nearly 160 pieces of work by 80 artists from Argentina, Portugal, Spain, Italy and France. For more details about CONTAINER INSIDE visit: http://cargocollective.com/CONTAINER_INSIDE
And that was how our gathering of zinesters came to be known as Loosely Bound. In the words of Jean McEwan, who initiated the meeting of a select few back in November 2011: "We make our zines in diverse and differing ways, from perzines (personal zines) to those containing photography, craft and other visual arts. These are created using methods that range from lo-fi and handmade to digital. What binds us is that we all love zines. We come together to share, swap and learn from each other, to create new zine projects and to organise events but, above all, to MAKE ZINES"
http://looselybound.org and https://www.facebook.com/LooselyBound
Holmfirth Artist Book and Zine Archive
Sheffield Artist Book Prize
The SIABP is open to anyone, free to enter and the main Exhibition Prize is voted for by visitors to the exhibition. Additional prizes, including a student Prize are decided by jury. The 4th edition of the Prize is open for submissions from mid February to end July 2013 and the Exhibition, in which all books submitted will be shown, will be held in October and November this year.
http://artistsbookprize.co.uk and for more information about Bank Street Arts and our activities visit http://bankstreetarts.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Village is a new art book store, gallery and publishing house based in The Corn Exchange. We offer a curated selection of contemporary artist books, creative magazines and self-published zines from independent publishers, artists and collectives around the world. Our stock includes beautiful and inspirational art, design, illustration and photography publications from well-known and emerging artists, as well as some of the world’s best and most sought-after fashion and lifestyle magazines.
Our in-store gallery, currently exhibiting work by photographers curated by No Culture Icons, along with our comfy sofa area and coffee shop (coming soon) should provide a welcome escape from the busy Leeds high street where people can meet hang out and browse. The overall aim of Village is to celebrate the medium of print and champion creativity across a range of disciplines.
Our goal is to develop the Leeds creative community as a whole by providing exposure to talented emerging artists and connecting different organisations and collectives through collaboration. We want to put independent art at the forefront of the city’s identity and make the Leeds creative community something people are proud to be part of. Find out more at http://welcometovillage.tumblr.com
Mrs Atha's, Central Road, LS1 6DE
Laynes Espresso, 16 New Station St, LS1 5DL
White Cloth Gallery cafe, 24 - 26 Aire Street, LS1 4HT
Brewbar Espresso, Under Leeds Art Gallery, The Headrow, LS1 3AA
Costa @ Waterstones, 93 - 97 Albion Street, LS1 5JS
Opposite Cafe, 26 Blenheim Terrace (Opp Leeds University), LS2 9HD