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22nd International Contemporary Artists' Book Fair

2 March – 3 March 2019


Performances, workshops, keynote talk and hundreds of Artists' books.
Saturday 11am–5pm, Sunday 11am–4pm

This year The Tetley and PAGES bring you new artists and work to the 22nd International Contemporary Artists' Book Fair. Experience The Tetley full of artists' books and our programme of spotlight presentations, workshops and keynote talk. Our longest-running artists' book fair outside of London is a perfect chance to meet and chat with artists, collectives, publishers and imprints. Our fair is completely free, just turn-up and enjoy!

What's On

Shy Bairns: Zine Workshop
Saturday, 1–4pm, free, drop-in. Learning Studio, Second Floor
SHY BAIRNS is the collaborative practice of artists, designers and curators Izzy Kroese, Erin Blamire, Eleanor Haswell and George Gibson, established in 2016. Join them for a workshop to explore self-publishing and collaborative practice! Over the course of the session you will create a collaborative printed zine to generate content through a series of written and drawn responses around the themes of the book fair.

Reverie One: Listen to the Book Fair
Both days, 1pm, 1:30pm, 2pm and 2:30pm, free, drop-in.
Sign-up form at reception, meet there prior to each performance. Limited spaces available.
Inspired by the 'Blind Man' scene from Jean-Pierre Jeunet's film 'The Fabulous Destiny of Amélie Poulain (2001)', the work, NarratorReverie One: Listen to the Book Fair allows volunteer visitors to have an alternative book fair experience by 'viewing' together with the accompaniment and the narration of the artist/performer (Zejun Yao). Each performance will adopt a different walking pace, lasting between 5–10 minutes each.

Found Fiction
Found Fiction are a guerilla publishing community that prints and distributes short stories. When browsing the Book Fair, see if you can spot some Found Fiction around our building. Pick up, read, and leave for someone else to find! Share your #FoundFiction at #ArtistsBookFair

Sumi Perera - Keynote Talk
Saturday 2 March, 7pm, £3-£5, booking essential.
Our keynote speaker Sumi Perera is an interdisciplinary artist whose interactive work draws on her background as a doctor and scientist. She creates multiple series from a set of plates by combining hybrid printmaking techniques with stitch and computer numerical controlled methods. Her work has received international awards and is held in many public collections including the Tate Britain, V&A Museum, Ashmolean, Oxford and Yale Centre for British Art. Book tickets here.

Empty Your Pockets' Book and Printmaking workshop
Sunday, 1-4pm, free, sign up on the day, over 11s
Learning Studio, Second Floor
Learn how to make a fold out book using two types of printing technique – linoprinting and monoprinting. Empty your pockets to use these objects to create your book. Artist and printmaker, Ruth Fettis, will lead this workshop.

Plus much more!

Arts Council England have supported PAGES to deliver a 'new voices' programme. Three emerging artists; Teanne Buxton, Sufea Mohamad Noor and Sam Hutchinson will each develop and produce a book with funding support and guidance of three mentors. The development and final book, along with others selected from the fair, will go on tour after the Book Fair to Rotherham Open Arts Renaissance, The Cooper Gallery and Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery.

Bar & Kitchen
Head to the bar for our freshly ground coffee, selection of sandwiches and sweet treats to take-away. We are offering a special menu over the weekend, for quick bites to eat so you can make the most out of the fair. However, if you're still craving a hearty Sunday lunch, we're welcoming bookings in the restaurant. 

Explore our current exhibitions, The Tent, by Kannan Arunasalam, who is presenting a new film installation, alongside a selection of his existing short films, reflecting on identity and the meaning of loss against the lasting impact of Sri Lanka's civil war in 1983 – 2009. Rasheed Araeen will present his work For Oluwale II for the first time in Leeds, marking the 50th anniversary of the death of David Oluwale.

Held at The Tetley since 2014 and co-curated with PAGES, the Book Fair coincides with The Hepworth Wakefield's Print Fair on the same weekend.

The Tetley Book Fair, 2018. Photo Jules Lister

The Tetley Book Fair, 2018. Photo Jules Lister

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