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Artists' books: Events

Upcoming Artists' Books Events


Small Publisher's Fair, Conway House, London

10-11 November 2017


The Small Publishers’ Fair is an annual celebration of books by contemporary artists, poets, writers and book designers. This year it is in Conway Hall in London’s Bloomsbury on  Friday 10 and Saturday 11 November.

This is a free event at which there will be over 80 publishers from the UK and around the world. There will also be a special exhibition and various readings and talks taking place over the 2 days.

Deep Highly Eccentric exhibition and creative writing workshop 9 and 10 February 2015


As part of a creative writing workshop students had the opportunity to examine and respond to a selection of artists' books on the themes raised in the exhibition.

Workshop with Occupational Therapy students from Univeristy of Southampton 13 February 2015

Workshop with A level students from Peter Symonds College, Winchester 11 and 12 June 2014

Students working on a bookmaking project around the theme of 'issues' visited the artists' book collection for ideas and inspiration..

..and here are some of the fabulous books they created following the workshop.



Books by Artists 7 March - 14 April 2013

An exhibition at the Winchester Discovery Centre of selected works from the Artists' Book Collection.

Artists' Books Workshops

We regularly conduct workshops for both undergraduate and postgraduate students and external visitors and groups..These sessions offer an introduction to artists' books and the collection, and are an opportunity to explore and handle the books.

WSA Book Days

WSA Book Day 2017

As in previous years the Library had a stand showcasing the Artists' Book Collection which this year focused on maps and cartography, to link with the  exhibitions in the Special Collections Gallery and the Level 4 Gallery at the Hartley.Library. We showed a variety of different formats represented in the collection ranging from  David Faithfull's concertina East Looking West, Mike Nicholson's zine Every Man is an Island, and John Dilnot's box Coastal Journey.


WSA Book Day 2016

The theme this year was a celebration of student work held in the WSA Artists' Book Collection. Items on display ranged from books acquired in the 1990s through to examples from last year's graduating students including Tessa Atton, Laura Perkins and Leanne Renshaw.

WSA Book Day 2015

This year our stand showcasedf fabric and textile artists' books from our collection together with a selection of books on the artist Louise Bourgeois, many of whose works involved the use of textiles. Students and staff were invited to sew an image or text onto a piece of cloth as a response to both these selections. As an outcome of the day, these pieces will then become pages and will be stitched together to make an artists' book for the collection.

WSA Book Day 2014                                                      

Students and staff gathered in the First Year Graphics studio  for book day. The Library had a stand with a collection of artists' books focussing on the theme of postcards. Viisitors were invited to use this display as a stimulus for creating a postcard using watercolour. These postcards were then entered into a 'Secret Postcard' auction to raise money for the  final year degree shows as finale to the event.

WSA Book Day 2013

As part of this event, the Library displayed examples of artists' books from its collection, which showcased various printmaking techniques. Visitors to the stand were asked to contribute to a unique A-Z book, which will be added to the collection as a record of the event.

E book Show 2 February - 2 March 2013

Photobooks: a journey through the collection at Winchester School of Art
As one of a number of events offered at  this photobook show at the John Hansard Central, we ran a workshop introducing the collection of photobooks at Winchester School of Art Library. Visitors were able to explore the diverse approaches that photographers have used to create books.