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BABE - Bristol Artist’s Book Event at Arnolfini 

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Arnolfini and The Centre for Fine Print Research at the University of the West of England, Bristol, are pleased to present the fourth Bristol Artist’s Book Event at Arnolfini. BABE will take place on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st April 2013 with more than 80 artists, presses and publishers stands at the Arnolfini:


BABE tour 14.00, free, each day, no booking needed
Artist’s book surgeries 11.00 - 15.30, free, booking essential
Bookmaking Workshop Saturday, 11.30 - 13.30, free, ages 16+, booking essential
Book Badge Making, Drop-in Workshop, Saturday, 14.00 - 15.00, free, all ages
Rubber Stamp Roller Workshop, Sunday, 11.30am - 13.30, free, ages 16+, booking essential
Exhibition: Don Celender, Surveyed, Saturday 20 - Sunday 28 April, 11.00 - 18.00, free
LemonMelon - Saturday 20 April Throughout the day LemonMelon will fill BABE with reading/book situations
Abigail Thomas “And here we have…someone reading” Saturday 20 April, 15.30, free, Meeting Room
The Bristol Art Library Saturday 20 April & Sunday 21 April, Foyer
Lucy May Schofield - ‘Missing Letters’ Project, Sunday 21 April, 14.00, Free, Meeting Room

Admission is free - do come along!

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An Inventory of al-Mutanabbi Street 

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This exhibition is the result of a project conceived by poet Beau Beausoleil and artist Sarah Bodman to "re-assemble" the "inventory" of reading material that was lost in the car bombing of al-Mutanabbi Street on 5 March 2007 - an attack in which more than 30 people died and more than 100 were wounded. Book artists from around the world were asked to produce works which reflected both the strength and fragility of books, but also showed the endurance of the ideas within them, in response to the attack on the heart and soul of the Baghdad literary and intellectual community.

"The project is both a lament and a commemoration of the singular power of words. We hope that these books will make visible the literary bridge that connects us, made of words and images that move back and forth between the readers in Iraq and ourselves" - The al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition

The Exhibition is being held in John Rylands Library, 150 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 3EH and runs until 29th July 2013.

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Ed Ruscha Books & Co at the Gagosian, Madison Avenue, New York until 27th April 2013  

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As part of his on-going research into the artists’ books produced by the artist Ed Ruscha and those who appropriate this work, Tom Sowden has been invited to contribute to
 an exhibition of Ed Ruscha’s legendary artist books together with books and works of art by more than 100 contemporary artists that respond directly and diversely to Ruscha’s original project. Curated by Bob Monk, “Ed Ruscha Books & Co.” has been drawn from private collections, including Ruscha’s own. Most of the books are installed so that viewers can interact with them and browse their pages.


Tom’s work is also included in  ‘VARIOUS SMALL BOOKS: Referencing Various Small Books by Ed Ruscha’ published by MIT Press. In the 1960s and 1970s, Ed Ruscha created a series of artists' books, among them Twentysix Gasoline Stations, Every Building on the Sunset Strip, Various Small Fires and A Few Palm Trees. Since then, many others have paid homage, recreated and ripped-off Ruscha's iconic books, so much so that the appropriation and paraphrasing of Ed Ruscha now constitutes a genre of its own. VARIOUS SMALL BOOKS collects ninety-one of these projects, showcasing the cover and sample layouts from each along with a description of the work.

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