Tuesday 3 March 2009

Book Fair 2009

The Artists' Book Fair Liverpool 2009 will take place during the summer this time (warmer an all)
20th & 21st June 2009 - so please save the date!

The venue this year will change and the fair will be held at A Foundation rather than Wolstenholme Projects:


Best wishes and looking forward to seeing you in the summer!

Emily +

Thursday 18 December 2008


The book fair is done! It was a wonderful weekend and plenty of people turned up and purchased some amazing things. I set out to buy Christmas presents and actually just bought myself a lot of stuff (all for research etc obviously!).

It seems that everyone enjoyed themselves and that the book fair will become an annual event. Next year we will try to clash less with Manchester so people can face coming to the northwest for both! Perhaps early December.... Tables will be advertised next summer as will at least two commissions to produce new bookworks (depending on funding of course - there may be more!). This year we approached artists with commissions for new work, but next year we will be making this an open submission. If you would like to be kept informed please email events@wolstenholmeprojects with your name and details.

A massive thanks to everyone who helped over the weekend, especially Karen, Sue and Lauren, who kept everyone full of tea and cake. Thanks also to all of the table holders who made for a very nice atmosphere and hopefully met some interesting people. Last, but not least, thanks to Mary Yacoob and Sophie Loss for their phenomenal effort in bringing Wrapped and Encased - an exhibition of envelope based works to Wolstenholme Projects for the weekend. More on this with some images of work later.

Images in this post are kindly provided by Sarra Facey and more can be viewed here: http://seen.ibidem.co.uk/artistsbookfair/

Emily +

Monday 24 November 2008

Wrapped and Encased: an exhibition of envelopes as containers and messengers curated by Sophie Loss and Mary Yacoob

This exhibition was at the entrance to the book fair and contained the works of over 50 artists who responded to an open call of the theme. The curation of the exhibition took a very considered and sensitive approach to these often slight but fascinating pieces, allowing the viewer to move between the works at their own pace.

Performances took place within the exhibition by Sara Dell Onze and a drawing work by Jane Grisewood and Carali McCall.

Video of the exhibition edited by Sara Dell Onze


Images below are all used with the kind permission of Barry Hobson, one of the artists in Wrapped and Encased. More images of the exhibition can be viewed at:

Commissions 2008: Rose Smith

Rose Smith made a multiple work in an edition of 30.
The Secret Projects: Liverpool Pennies was made up of a small envelope containing objects for your perusal (I don't want to give too much away here!). Each multiple also contains a secret compartment with a special present for you.

Rose also brought with her to the bookfair a variety of engraved pennies, some making the Queen considerably more decorated and others with text and gleeful defacings. On Sunday night after the bookfair I had the pleasure of helping Rose scatter 100 engraved pennies through Liverpool - so keep your eye out for something special on the street!!

The Secret Projects: Liverpool Pennies can be bought by contacting events@wolstenholmeprojects.org

Commissions 2008: Elizabeth Willow

Elizabeth Willow produced an inkjet printed book

The Birds of the British Isles and Their Eggs: A Small Collection of Tales

comprising stories and drawings about the yearning to fly by the artist, printed in an edition of 49.

During the book fair weekend, Elizabeth did hourly readings from the book and people scooted up on cushions and teeny stools to listen in - it was like being 5 again. The books is priced at £14 and can be bought by contacting events@wolstenholmeprojects.org.