Thank you so much to everyone who bought a book in the Summer Sale. We now return to our regular promotional schedule, with a new Book of the Month for August, Again, A Time Machine (2012) by Jane Rolo and Gavin Everall (Eds), available now with 30% off!
Again, A Time Machine: from distribution to archive is produced in response to, and as an extension of, the touring exhibition in six parts, ‘Again, A Time Machine’ (2011-12).
Specifically engaging with the circuits of practice that have materialised in the form of books, writing, magazines, language, spoken word, performative research and archival practice, contributors include:
A Estante, An Endless Supply, AND, Banner Repeater, Claire Makhlouf Carter, Eastside Projects, Maria Fusco, Dora García, Melissa Gronlund, Sam Hasler, Stewart Home, Ian Hunt, Jonathan Monk, Apexa Patel, Mark Pawson, Bridget Penney, Pil & Galia Kollectiv, Plastique Fantastique, Sarah Pierce, Laure Prouvost and Rory Macbeth, Publish And Be Damned, John Russell, Slavs and Tatars, Spike Island, Barry Sykes, The Serving Library, The Showroom, Torpedo, Ubuweb, Marina Vishmidt, McKenzie Wark, White Columns and X Marks the Bökship – in the form of: artists’ pages, exploratory interviews, new writing, and a range of publisher and project space responses to the questions: Why Distribute? Why Archive?
Arrhythmia – a new Book Works open submission series guest-edited by Katrina Palmer
Guest-edited by artist Katrina Palmer, Arrhythmia is a new series that offers an opportunity for artists and writers whose work explores ideas of being out of joint with the predominant social order, whether through disrupted trajectories, physical displacement, or political dissonance. We are particularly interested in experimental work that articulates a discontinuous sense of identity, and writing, or the combination of writing and images in which the rhythm of the text is self-consciously questioned.
Three proposals will be selected for publication from this open submission. Arrhythmia follows previous series commissioned from open call, including: Semina, G.S.O.H The Rest is Dark, The Rest is Dark, Common Objectives, Contact and our most recent open submissions series, Interstices, guest edited by Bridget Penney.
We want to develop a project with you and are not looking for completed works in search of distribution. We are interested in ideas that can be shared and realised through our editorial process, or works already in progress that would benefit from development through our editorial and publishing process. We would encourage projects that also have the potential to disseminate beyond the printed page – as performance, spoken word, sound or digital images, especially where such possibilities are integral to the process of developing the text.
Work can be submitted from UK and internationally based individuals, groups or collectives, in English language only. We are interested in submissions from artists and writers often unrecognised by mainstream institutions, and in particular those from the African Diaspora, liberation groups or whose minority identity has historically marginalised them.
Katrina Palmer is an artist based in London. She is Associate Professor of Fine Art at the Ruskin, University of Oxford. In 2007 The Dark Object was selected from open submission as part of the Semina series, guest edited by Stewart Home and published by Book Works. Other projects with Book Works include: ‘Dr Sinclair’s Drawer’, an exhibition produced by Book Works and Flat Time House (2013), The Fabricators Tale (2014), and End Matter, co-published with Artangel (2015). Her solo exhibitions include: Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2018), Brotherton Library, University of Leeds (2017), Henry Moore Institute, Leeds (2015) and Artangel (2015). From 22 May to 14 November 2021, two new outdoor artworks, HELLO and RETREAT can be seen in Southend-on-Sea.
Book Works will offer a fee to the three commissioned artists or writers of £1,250. There will also be a small budget allocated for expenses and travel.
Please visit our website for further details and how to submit.
Artist Maya Balcioglu has a solo show – Recent Drawings and Fabric Works – open at the Lungley Gallery, London, until 25th September.
I started working with fabric during the first lockdown. I am not sure what exactly triggered this other than a general sense of no progress, as if continuously rereading the same page, I was looking for an intermediary form, a go-between, a sense of potential in the long stretched present. I had been working with mylar, cutting film strips, painting, but this was a mechanical application of ideas about time and motion, in essence no different to painting or drawing.
At the same time, I was witnessing people arriving in dinghies on the beach in front of our house, seeing them coated with blankets, surrounded by border police, ambulances, rescue workers, a different level opens up.
The power of what I was seeing in these huddled images are present, combined with the power of thought they traffic in the gaps of the mind. So the fabric works are studies of introspection, methods of stripping finite analysis, through the agency of anachronic atmospheres in which time stands still. In these works objects are expressions, brutal at times and irrational. They are deconstructions; taking things apart, expressing reversal and internal workings. Stitching is about focus on the object, it is slow, intentional and limitless. It is also a tool to reject certainty.
Maya Balcioglu (b.1955, Istanbul, Turkey) lives and works in London and Dungeness. She graduated from Brighton in 1982 and the Slade School of Fine Art in 1984. She is one of the contributors, with Stuart Brisley and Gilane Tawadros, to The Stuart Brisley Interviews: Performance and Its Afterlives (Book Works, 2021).
Book Works is a leading contemporary arts organisation with a unique role as makers and publishers of books.
Established in 1984, we are dedicated to supporting new work by emerging artists. Our projects are initiated by invitation, open submission, and through guest-curated projects. Book Works consists of a publishing and commissioning department; and a studio specialising in binding, box-making and multiples.
The Book Works Studio offers a specialist bespoke service for a range of clients, from artists, designers, galleries, and businesses. We provide binding solutions, develop prototypes and specialise in unique book artworks, boxes, and portfolios. We have an extensive archive, and offer tailored educational events, and bookbinding courses. The Studio generates income from clients and is self-sufficient.
Book Works Publishing is dedicated to supporting new work by emerging artists. Our projects are initiated by invitation, open submission, and through guest-curated projects and include publishing, a lecture and seminar programme, exhibitions, the development of an online archive, and artists’ surgeries and workshops.
Our audience is vital to our work. The process of engaging and developing our audience is initiated with our commissioning programme, and driven through all aspects of our activities, particularly our public programme of events, our workshops, artists’ surgeries and education activities, and through our interest in collaborating with other organisations and libraries. Our programme of commissions is diverse, and reflects our commitment not just to work with cultural workers from all backgrounds, but to invest in networks and programmes that engage, and develop and create new artistic voices.
Include new projects with: Phyllis Christopher; Francesco Pedraglio; Sarah Tripp; Praneet Soi; Stuart Brisley; Nina Wakeford and Art on the Underground; Erica Scourti; Sophia Al-Maria; Bouchra Khalili; Laure Prouvost; Stephen Sutcliffe; Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan; Contact – a series guest edited by Hannah Black with Hamishi Farah, Momtaza Mehri and Derica Shields; and Interstices, a fiction series edited by Bridget Penney with Harun Morrison, Diana Georgiou and Licorice by Bridget Penney.
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Book Works is a registered charity, dedicated to advance education for the benefit of the public in the visual arts, particularly books which may be recognised as works of art in their own right.
We have a board of trustees who input their range of diverse expertise and interests into our development:
Teresa Drace-Francis (Chair)
Gerrie van Noord