The Contemporary Artists’ Book Fair is the core around which PAGES, an integrated programme of related initiatives, has been developed to provide opportunities by engaging artists with audience and the audience with artists’ books. The dynamic of these initiatives provides wide ranging possibilities for the development of artists’ practice and audience experience, the results of these building into a core of knowledge to inform future initiatives and exchanges between practitioners and public. In conjunction with this year’s book fair we have invited artists and curators to present a series of exhibitions and screenings. Though independently developed, underlying connected themes of materiality, of handling and access and of reading and viewing are perceptible.
Concurrent with the 2010 book fair, a series of exhibitions and events took place highlighting the heterogeneity of current book, text, reading and performance activity. The programme brings the work of regional, national and international artists and curators to a variety of locations in the city including:
101, curated by AM Bruno, Old Mining Building
Beyond Content, curated by John McDowall and Chris Taylor
Cabinet of Curiosities, curated by Louise Atkinson, Old Mining Building, 8th – 19th March
Micro-Pages, curated by Abigail Thomas