The Secret Library of Solihull

In 1 on March 8, 2010 at 5:30 pm

8 March — 8 May 2010

Solihull Art Gallery
The Secret Library of Solihull reveals the many spectacular and subversive works that fall under the title of “artist’s books”.

Everyone has a favourite book and in this form of modern art it is the book itself which takes centre stage, however artists’ books are a little-known form of contemporary art, which  became popular during the 20th century. Often produced in small quantities, artists’ books are books, or book-like objects, intended as a work of art in their own right.

Works on display include books that focus on wordplay, feature the book as a theatrical stage for conceptual ideas, a dynamic and infinitely complex surface for imagery, or a springboard from which to launch sweeping narratives.

A highlight of the show is Tina Hill’s spectacular, towering walk-through piece “Excavating Babel” which dwarfs the viewer inside a sculptural installation of more than 2,000 books.

Recent graduate Jatinder Bains was commissioned to make the unique exhibition card for the Secret Library which folds-up into a book. Also presented here is her handmade “Systematic Journey” a book of photographs taken during a journey through Birmingham City centre.

Wolverhampton-born artist Simon Goode displays his innovative letterpress-printed works, such as “The Heart”, printed and bound by the artist himself, and based on an abstracted physiology of the human heart, and “The Machine”, an entirely handmade and letterpressed book based on the avant-garde Futurist Manifesto.

This show also includes an opportunity to see important book art works from the Collection at the Centre for Fine Print Research at University of the West of England, which are rarely seen outside Bristol.

The Secret Library of Solihull Launch Party

In 1 on March 2, 2010 at 4:56 pm

Join us at the launch of The Secret Library of Solihull on 11 March, 6:15 — 7:30pm for a preview of the exhibition and the chance to meet the artists taking part in the show.

Tina Hill will be talking about her practice; the inspiration and process behind Excavating Babel and other book works and printmaking projects.

We will be joined by the Mayor of Solihull for the evening, who will be learning how to make and bind his own artists’ book.

Artists’ Book Workshops: Bookbinding

In 1 on February 10, 2010 at 11:19 pm

Bookbinding Master Classes

For adults 18+ (especially artists of all disciplines: printmakers, photographers, illustrators, designers…)

Limited places available, book early to avoid disappointment.

With book artist Simon Goode

£60 for two days (when booked together) or £35 per person, per day if booking separately.

Fee includes specialist materials, plus tea and coffee during the day.

All materials and tools will be provided.

As part of The Secret Library of Solihull exhibition, learn how to make a variety of hand bound books with our bookbinding master classes.

This course is aimed those with a little practical experience, but would suit beginners with enthusiasm! Participants will be able to take their creations away with them at the end of the course.

Bookbinding: Introduction Session

Saturday 10 April 2010

11am – 4pm, including lunch break

Using the artists’ books in the exhibition as a starting point, this day long course will cover a number of attractive and easy-to-make book structures using a variety of methods.

Participants will be using specialist tools including bone folders, bookbinding knives, needles and linen thread, and a range of papers and boards to make their own handmade book.

Bookbinding: Making your own artists’ book

Sunday 11 April 2010

11am – 4pm, including lunch break

The second day will build upon book structures learned in the previous session. Participants will learn a new bookbinding structure, and will have the opportunity to produce their own artists’ book with guidance from the tutors.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own work, illustrations, drawings, photographs and, most importantly, ideas with which to make books!

To book a place contact the Solihull Arts Complex box office on 0121 704 6962