The Fruitmarket Gallery is excited to introduce the third Artists’ BookMarket, this April. The Gallery will transform into a marketplace where you will find unique artists’ books and publications for sale, come face to face with the artists who make them and join in book-making workshops. Stallholders are travelling to the Gallery from far and wide. You’ll find work to interest you from the likes of Switzerland, Canada, London and of course a bit closer to home too.
Free talks, readings and workshops from the stars of artists’ publishing run throughout the day. Sign up in advance for Isabell Buenz’s 11.30am workshop on altered books, come along with a disused paper or hardback book and have fun learning how to fold, cut, tear and transform it into a piece of sculptural art.
Don’t miss the special offer where you will find Fruitmarket Gallery titles at wholesale prices and there’s rare chance to see the Gallery’s full range of limited edition artworks hung for sale. The Fruitmarket Gallery Café will be open throughout serving freshly prepared lunches and cakes to provide sustenance in between browsing outstanding bookworks.
Participants include: Aglu • Artist Book Collective • The Artists Book Group • Book Works • The Caseroom Press • Commingle Press • David Faithfull • ECA Illustration • Electric Bookshop • Essence Press • Fillip Magazine • Hestan Isle Press • Isabell Buenz • James Sharp • Jane Hyslop • Jennifer Pettigrew • Jenny Smith • Kieran Dodds • Laini Christmas • Made by Lara • morning star • Moschatel Press • Natalie McIlroy • Owl and Lion • Pushpin Zines • sine wave peak • Stichill Marigold Press • Tessa Ransford • Tracy Mackenna and Edwin Janssen • Wil Freeborn.
Please find below the programme of free talks, events and workshops happening throughout the day:
11.30 – Isabell Buenz
Paper artist Isabell Buenz leads a workshop on ‘altered books’. Come along with a disused paper or hardback book and have fun learning how to fold, cut, tear and transform it into a piece of sculptural art.
Isabell has lived in Scotland for over 20 years. After teaching photography and expressive arts in Germany and Scotland, she has concentrated on exploring paper for her own artwork. This versatile material is the perfect medium for Isabell’s unique artists’ books, paper sculptures, installations, and her collections of whimsical paper shoes. Over the last few years the artist has investigated altered books, finding it very satisfying to create new treasures from otherwise discarded books.
Book for this free workshop by calling The Fruitmarket Gallery bookshop on 0131 226 8181.
11.45 – Natalie McIlroy
Installation and video artist, Natalie McIlroy, will discuss her recent series of artist booklets titled Archivo Ahora created whilst on residency in Belalcazer, Spain last year. Combining performance, photographic archive material and sculptural elements, the books investigate both the passage and stillness of time. The limited edition of the booklets paired with handmade Spanish leather envelopes will be on sale throughout the day.
12.30pm – Ken Cockburn
Ken Cockburn will read from Snapdragon part of a new series of poetry books from The Caseroom Press called Caseroom Translations. This is the first in a projected series of bilingual publications featuring a selection of the best contemporary poetry from Europe and beyond. Snapdragon features the work of the German poet Arne Rautenberg and features design and illustrations for the covers and end-papers by Jantze Tullett.
1.30 – Tessa Ransford
Tessa will be reading from her publication Don't Mention This to Anyone: Poems and Prose Fragments of a Life in the Punjab. Inspired by the rediscovery of an Urdu phrasebook, Ransford takes the reader on a journey to explore the differences between ‘then’ and ‘now’, linking the reader to a world now lost to most. These poems question what it is to be both British and Indian, drawing on the author’s memories and experiences to celebrate and uncover an ‘Indian’ self. This collection of poems reveals the influences that have been formative over four decades of Tessa Ransford’s writings.
2.15 – Artist Book Collective
The presentation will be a short history of Artist Book Collective and the use of social media to create exhibition opportunities and build relationships between artists.
2.45pm Owl & Lion
Owl and Lion will be running a workshop to make a delightful star book with cut out designs.
Owl & Lion is an artistic endeavour led by Master Bookbinder Isabelle Ting. Bringing together fine binding, hand printing, letter press and teaching, the Owl & Lion has an imaginative identity and skilled craftsmanship that stands apart from factory made goods on the high street.
3.00 – Jenny Smith
Jenny Smith will talk about her new artist book “What is the best advice you have been given?” and the project that inspired it. She will also discuss some of her favourite laser cut artist books, by other contemporary artists.
3.45 – Electric Bookshop
Electric Bookshop brings together people with a common interest in technology, literature, design and publishing to meet and talk about the brave new world of books in the digital age. They'll be telling us what Electric Bookshop is all about, and discussing their Alt-W funded project Pressed For Time, a publishing time-machine, which will provide unexpected and immersive experiences for intrepid book readers.'
4.30 – Tracy Mackenna and Edwin Janssen
Artists Tracy Mackenna and Edwin Janssen have collaborated since 1997 after meeting as participants in the biennial Manifesta1. Their diverse combined practice encompasses publishing, often utilising their own occasional ‘Ed and Ellis Productions’ imprint. The request to talk about the place of publishing within their practice at Artists’ BookMarket prompted them to devise the new publication 'Published Matter: A Talk in 24 Cards’. This publication will be launched at the Artists’ BookMarket for the special price of £19.97.