April the 23rd is World Book Night, and in an innovative annual project, a collaborative artists’ book will be launched at UWE Bristol’s Bower Ashton Library. The book launch is part of the exhibition currently on show in the library throughout April. The exhibition and book contain artists’ responses to the short story ‘Watching God ‘ from ‘Three Moments of an Explosion’ by China Miéville.
The annual project ‘World Book Night United Artists’ was set up in 2010 by artist and researcher Sarah Bodman and poet/artist Nancy Campell, and each year an open call is put out for artists, students, writers, librarians etc to send in work for a collaborative artists’ book. Read more about the project and book on a-n magazine here. Sarah Bodman also writes regular features for a-n magazine on artists’ books, follow the series here.
Another artists’ book event on World Book Night is taking place at the British Library – ‘Artists’ Books: Here and Now’ is part of a new series of events exploring the meaning and pleasures of artists books with their makers and readers. This free event takes place on Monday 23rd of April 18.30 – 20.30 at the Knowledge Centre in The British Library.
Don’t forget London Met Libraries also has a great Artists’ Book Collection, which is kept in the Special Collections, and can be viewed in the Reading Room during opening hours.