The Artists’ Book Fair held annually at Leeds University is the core around which PAGES has been developed. The project is an integrated programme of related initiatives which create opportunities to engage artists with audience and the audience with the medium of artists’ books. The dynamic and variety of these events provide wide-ranging possibilities for the development of artists’ practice and a wider circulation and awareness of the potential of the book. At the centre of this, the fair is the ideal context for the viewing of new production and the meeting of makers and publishers and a diverse public of viewer/readers.
Concurrent with the 2012 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:
The Portable Reading Room, curated by Simon Lewandowski and Chris Taylor, Leeds Art Gallery, 1 – 13 March
Present Text, gathered by John McDowall, Leeds College of Art Library, Vernon Street, 1 – 23 March
FLYPOSTING, curated by Tony Baker, The Gallery at Flannels, Vicar Lane, Leeds, 6 March – 6 May
Peter Trepanier: Elizabeth R of Canada, Wild Pansy Press Project Space, Old Mining Building, 8 – 23 March
John Cage: One-Hundred, selected and coordinated by Sam Belinfante, University of Leeds, 9 – 30 March
Structuring the Novel, written and coordinated by Aymee Smith, Victoria Gardens, Thursday 15 March