A collection of unique Artists’ Books from the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) will go on display at Epsom Library this month. The exhibition, which runs from 8 April to 7 May 2013, will give members of the public the opportunity to explore this rare art-form up close.
Artists’ Books are closer to pieces of fine art rather than literature and demonstrate unusual forms of narrative and graphic expression. UCA Graphic Design lecturer Mike Nicholson will explain the origins and concepts behind this exciting art-form during a free talk at Epsom Library on 25 April at 7pm.
Anne Parkhouse, Assistant Manager at Epsom Library, said: “We are very excited to host the Artists’ Books exhibition and talk at Epsom Public Library.
“We see this as the next step in an ongoing collaboration with UCA Epsom in which we hope to inspire and interest our regular users, as well as attracting new visitors to the library.”
Rebekah Taylor, UCA Library archivist, said: “We are delighted to bring our collection to Epsom Library so that the general public can enjoy the depth and breadth of the fantastic collections we hold at UCA.
“Artists’ Books are a hidden gem in the art-world so we are very excited to share the diverse and creative nature of our collection with the people of Epsom.
“Collaborations such as this are very important to UCA, as we are always looking to involve ourselves with the public show that the University is proud to be an important part of the local community.”
The exhibition features works published by Four Corners Books, Weproductions, Book Works, Upper Playground, Analogue Books and self-published books from Ensixteen Editions, Ambeck Design and Liver & Lights Scriptorium. Titles also include the award-winning Illiers Combray by Helen Douglas and Zoe Irvine.
Of particular note is the Four Corners Books edition of Dracula, with its yellow clothbound cover and newspaper cuttings to reinforce the different layers of storytelling.