PAGES is an integrated programme of artists’ book related initiatives coordinated by John McDowall and Chris Taylor. The project’s aim is to instigate research and wide-ranging opportunities for the development and awareness of the book as primary medium in art practice.
A constant throughout the PAGES project has been the annual International Contemporary Artists’ Book Fair, first held in 1998 at Dean Clough, Halifax; at the University of Leeds from 2007, and since 2014 at, and in collaboration with, The Tetley. This book fair has provided a template for many similar initiatives, with new events springing up across the UK, from Newcastle to Liverpool and Edinburgh to Bristol, becoming a staple event across gallery, museum and arts calendars nationally and internationally. The format provides artists and publishers with a single location to come together in a concentrated and focused period of display and knowledge exchange, and encourages audience engagement. This 20 year legacy is encapsulated in the archive material, photographs, commissions and acquisitions presented in Future Present, an exhibition that acknowledges past success but has its eye firmly on the future.
In partnership with The Tetley, internationally renown artist Dora García was invited to present a selection of her artist’s books, catalogues, scores, films and other book related works throughout the gallery spaces. Curated by Bryony Bond and Zoe Sawyer, this exhibition of interrelated printed matter and live pieces entitled, These books are alive; they spoke to me!, are shown in conjunction with a three-month series of performances and reading groups which have been developed in workshops since November with volunteers from across the region.
For this twentieth edition of the artists’ book fair we welcome to The Tetley artists from throughout the UK as well as France, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan and Spain, and a weekend of presentations and readings that reflect on a number of other culturally significant anniversaries and moments in 2017, including those of John Berger, Marcel Duchamp and the Spanish Civil War.
Across the city we have also enjoyed working with archivists and curators at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery and the Brotherton Library at the University of Leeds (Nathalie Levi and Rhiannon Francis-Lawrence), the Henry Moore Institute Research Library (Ann Sproat) and the Project Space, University of Leeds (Dr Sam Belinfante) in coordinating a stimulating and thought-provoking series of satellite exhibitions that highlight the wealth of our institutions’ collections and the potential of the book format now and for the future.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of The Tetley, the Henry Moore Institute and the University of Leeds in making this year’s project possible.
Alongside this year’s PAGES programme are a number of events and exhibitions at various sites around the city. The organisers also invited a number of essays from contributors engaged in exploring the artist book format. These are as follows:
Dora Garcia, “These books were alive; they spoke to me!”, The Tetley, Leeds, 02/02/2017 – 23/03/2017, (Daily, 10am-5pm, Wednesdays till 8pm)
PAGES: Future Present, The Tetley, Leeds, 02/02/2017 – 23/03/2017, (Daily, 10am-5pm, Wednesdays till 8pm)
Future Legacies: Collections, Collecting and Artists’ Books, Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, University of Leeds, 11/02/2017 – 10/06/2017, (Mon 1-5pm, Tue-Sat, 10am-5pm)
Bethan Hughes, Softbodies, Project Space, School of Fine Art, University of Leeds, 4/03/2017 – 23/03/2017 (Tue-Sat, 11am-5pm)
Off the Shelf: artists’ books in the Henry Moore Research Library, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, 03/03/2017 – 30/04/2017, (Mon-Sat 10am-5.30pm, Wed till 8.00pm, Sun 1-5pm)
Claire Hope, Contact, Project Space, School of Fine Art, University of Leeds, 28/03/2017 – 13/04/2017, (Tue-Sat, 11am-5pm)
Patrick Ward, Contact with Third Parties, Project Space, School of Fine Art, University of Leeds, 18/04/2017 – 10/05/2017, (Tue-Sat, 11am-5pm)
Sarah Kate Wilson, Wrapped, Project Space, School of Fine Art, University of Leeds, 16/05/2017 – 03/06/2017, (Tue-Sat, 11am-5pm)
Symposium: Future Legacies: Collecting, Collections and Artists’ Books, Sheppard Room, Treasures Gallery, University of Leeds, 21/04/2017, (12-5pm)
Future Present by Chris Taylor
These Books Were Alive; They Spoke To Me! An Interview between The Tetley’s Creative Director Bryony Bond and artist Dora García about her exhibition
The Fold by Sam Belinfante
Future Legacies: Collections, Collecting and Artists’ Books by Joanne Fitton and Rhiannon Lawrence-Francis
Rural International by Karen Babayan