If you love books and art then you may want to pay a visit to Turn the Page artists book fair being held on 3-4 May at The Forum in Norwich. The fair is in its second year and is organised by Reepham artist Jules Allen, whose passion for printmaking and bookbinding was the inspiration behind the event.
Most artists’ books are hand-made or self-published and can take on the most astounding forms. The work of 60 artists from the UK and abroad will be available to browse or buy in a stunning display of altered and sculptural books, fine press limited editions and book installations.
There is also a programme of events for all ages including storytelling, poetry readings, demonstrations and a drop-in workshop. Visitors will be able to visit Dolores – a 1950s Citroën van that has been converted into a mobile artists’ book library offering its own unique dose of “bibliotherapy”.
Leading up to and during the event, there will be the chance to contribute art, local stories about people or events and poetry of your own for the ever growing Norfolk Longbook – a community project for people who live in or are inspired by our beautiful county.
If you interested in being a part of the project, contact Jules for more details at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.turnthepage.org.uk
The genre of artists’ books is a growing field in the art world and yet the opportunity to see or buy them is limited mostly to dedicated events like Turn the Page.
In these days of modern technology, it is refreshing to know that book production is being taken to new levels through self-publishing and artistic intervention, and that you can now see them for yourselves in the heart of our beautiful city. But beware, you may never see books in the same way again!