Artist’s Books fairs and symposium

There are a few Artist’s Books related events coming up over the next couple of weeks:

Artists Who Make Books symposium:

Stella Maris Centre Wexford, Ireland, 30 November – 2nd December


Artist Books & Publications by Independent Publishers

Sunday 2 December 11am–5pm at the London Centre for Book Arts

Artists Self-Publishers fair

Sunday 9th December at the ICA

With a series of talks the day before exploring self-publishing

And don’t forget you can visit the London Met Libraries Artists Book Collection in the Special Collections during opening hours of the Reading Room.


Some of the Artists Books in the London Met Libraries collection




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Open House London Review

Did you visit any of buildings for Open House London weekend back in September? London truly has some unique and remarkable architecture, reflected in the growing popularity of this event.

You can read a report all about it on the Open City website, where you can find out information such as which was the most visited site (interestingly the historic side coming out most popular), and borough specific information.

A full report is available for download at the bottom of this page, which gives information about everything from marketing campaigns to audience analysis.

Open House has expanded to other cities across the world, so you can experience the architecture of cities from Mexico City to New York, Gdansk and Porto. See the list of participating cities on the Open House Worldwide website.


image via pixabay

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Interior Design Student Exhibition in Aldgate Library

2nd year Interior Design students were busy in Aldgate library yesterday installing an exhibition in the Library Lounge area. It is part of a project involving postcards and postcard-sized images printed on photographic paper, which are suspended from the staircase structure by lengths of nylon. The theme of the installation is identity, and the images were chosen by each student to provide ideas around and representations of identity in all its multiplicities.




Related previous blog posts:

Artists in Residence in Libraries




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South London Gallery Archive

The South London Gallery recently opened its second venue in the Former Peckham Road Fire Station, and as part of the re-development have improved access to their archives. There are a series of Open Archive sessions, where you can drop in and meet the archivist and find out more about researching the history of the gallery and the neighbourhood of Camberwell and Peckham.

The Archive room features changing displays using material from the archives and other sources about the history of the gallery and the local area.

As well as this much of their archive is now available digitally from the archive catalogue, where you search for images of past exhibitions, the gallery history and other documents.

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Jamaican culture exhibition

Bass culture 70/50 is an exhibition staged by Bass Culture Research, a three year project funded by the arts and humanities research council to explore the impact of Jamaican music in the UK. The four week exhibition, on until 22nd November, will feature unseen artwork, film, photographs, live performances, speakers and much more. There will also be a ‘Rude Boy Catwalk’ on 9th November, where attendees are invited to dress as they were when they first experienced a gig influenced by Jamaican music. The exhibition title refers to the joint celebration of 70 years since the arrival of the Windrush generation to the U.K. and 50 years of British Reggae.

The exhibition takes place at the Ambika P3 Gallery at the University of Westminster.

Partners of the exhibition include the AHRC, Black Cultural Archives, British Library, SOAS, Goldsmiths University, Urbanimage and Camera Press, and Fully Focused.

This also coincides with the launch of ‘Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records‘ a film about British Jamaican working-class youth culture.

Aldgate Library has a book display to coincide with the exhibition.

Jamaican culture book display Aldgate Library

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It’s About Time!

It’s that time again!

Time to put your clocks back this Sunday, and while you are pondering the concepts of time, why not check out our book display at Aldgate Library all about watches, clocks, and time itself.

In perfect time to coincide with Head of Cass 3D, watchmaker and creator of sculptural timepieces, Marianne Forrest‘s exhibition, Acts of Resistance at the Vittoria Street Gallery in Birmingham, part of Birmingham City University, exploring her lifelong obsession with time.

Or how about visiting Christian Marclay’s 24 hour masterpiece, The Clock, on at Tate Modern, the perfect way to spend your extra hour (but will it be a 25 hour masterpiece for Sunday?). There is also a podcast available on the Tate website, exploring the meanings of time and Marclay’s film.

We hope you have time.

Books from ‘It’s About Time!’ display Aldgate Library

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Daylighting event at Wellcome Collection

Daylighting is a 4 day event at the Wellcome Collection, London, exploring the interconnections of art, activism, performance, politics, health and print, and challenging  existing archives and systems of knowledge.

The programme of events, which takes place 18 – 21st October  includes a live printing workshop,  discussions and collective writing. The production of a collaborative artwork in the form of a newspaper is at the core of the event.

One of the curators is London Met Cass lecturer (and previous library member of staff!)  Clare Qualmann, so it’s sure to be an unmissable series.

Some of the events include:

Daylighting Zine Club

Thursday 18th October 18:30—20:30

Reading Room

Take a look at zines from our growing collection and have a go at making your own zine inspired by the Daylighting programme. All materials provided.

Index as Time Capsule

Friday 19th October  14:00—15:30

Reading Room

Join the discussion about a unique Index that charts the emergence of women of colour artists during the 1980s and 1990s.

Archives and Women’s Knowledge

Friday 19th October 15:30—17:00

Viewing Room

Join archivists and librarians as they share specially selected materials from our archive and discuss what to do about inherited and problematic collections.


For a full list of events and booking information, see the Wellcome Collections event page here

Previous related posts:

Women of Colour Index (WOCI) Reading Group Tate Britain

Artists’ Book Fairs and Symposium

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American Animals

Have you been to seen the film American Animals yet? It’s all about some students trying to steal valuable books from their university library!

One of the books in question is a rare volume of Birds of America by James John Audubon; only 120 complete sets of Audubon’s 435 hand-coloured, life-sized engravings of America’s birds are believed to exist today. Sadly we don’t have any of these volumes, but we do have a copy of ‘The Art of Audubon: the complete birds and mammals’. While only coming in at 29 cms tall (compared to over 90cms for the original volumes), and certainly not worth $10 million, it still has all the illustrations from the original.

You can also access  online versions of original copies,  including Turning the pages at the British Library (virtual software that allows you to virtually read some of the valuable and delicate books from their collection), as well as plates from the Audubon Society, and also the University of Pittsburgh library  And if that’s not enough, you can access Bridgeman Education via the library catalogue and search through hundreds of Audubon images (login with username and password). So, no need to steal one.

Previous related posts:

Free online collection of nature and botanical illustrations

Image resources


Roseate Spoonbill by John James Audubon. Image from Rawpixel

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Animation talk at the BFI Library

” Why does animation play such a central role in defining our expectations and experiences of popular fantasy cinema, and why do animators often use fantasy fiction as a source of inspiration? ”

If this is a question that gets you animated, the BFI Ruben Library  is hosting a discussion on this topic, with the editors of a new book ‘ Fantasy/Animation: Connections Between Media,Mediums and Genres’,  Christopher Holliday and Alexander Sergeant, as well as contributors Lilly Husbands, Caroline Ruddell and Sam Summers.

The talk takes place on Monday 10th of September, at 18.30, tickets cost £6.50.

Animation Resources at London Met Libraries

previous related posts:

London Animation Festival 2017




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The Festival of Ideas

The Royal Academy is hosting the ‘Festival of Ideas‘, a series of talks and workshops on art, architecture, literature, design, music and more. The festival is on for 10 days, opening on 7th of September until 16th of September. Some of the speakers include Judith Kerr, Gilbert and George, Goldie, David Bailey, Yinka Shonibare, Viv Albertine and London Met’s own Bob and Roberta Smith, to name just a few.  See the full line up here; students get discount prices on tickets.

It looks like some events are selling out, so if you want to participate get those tickets booked!

Previous related posts:

The Architecture programme at the RA

Tatlin’s Tower at the Royal Academy 


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