Bristol Artist’s Book Event – The Lost Weekend 17th – 18th April 2021

With restrictions due to Covid, we are hosting a ‘lost weekend’ version of BABE over the weekend of 17 – 18 April 2021 as an interim BABE in the run up to our usual larger event which we now plan to hold at Arnolfini in 2022.

Bristol Artist’s Book Event at Arnolfini will present works by 160 book artists from around the world, online over the weekend. We have had submissions from artists and publishers in Australia, Argentina, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Russia, Sweden, UK & Ireland and the USA.

MAMDP exhibitors include alumni and students: ABC@UWE – curated by Sarah Bradicich , Angela Callanan, Aoife Barrett, Ben Jenner, Catherine Ade & Stephanie Turnbull, Cathey Webb, Charlotte Biszewski, Charlotte Hall, Chrystal Cherniwchan, Corinne Welch, Csilla Bíro, Elena Zeppou, Elliot Steele, Gen Harrison, Gin Saunders, Hazel Grainger, Imi Maufe, Kate Bernstein, Leonie Bradley & Catherine Cartwright, Linda Parr, Paul Cooke, Rachel Marsh, Rebecca Weeks, Zelda Velika. Quite a book tribe!

Artist’s book films – We have a wonderful selection of 100 videos by artists and small presses for everyone to watch over the weekend. The videos will launch on 16 April and also be archived for the public to view after the event.

Online catalogue – As we cannot physically show the books just yet we will have a downloadable mini catalogue for the public to browse and contact artists.

We have an online display in the run up to BABE of It’s A New Day, a selection of artists’ books exploring mental health, wellness and recovery.

Over the weekend, Arnolfini will also host a creative writing workshop led by Egidija Čiricaitė, a printing demonstration by the Lemonade Press, and a paper cutting workshop for families by Linda Toigo.

Please do join in the ‘Make, Do and Send’ creative challenges for #BABE2021, a series of book-based creative prompts and invitations to respond to in the run-up to #BABE2021, which you can find here.

BABE is organised by Sarah Bodman, Angie Butler, Phil Owen and Tom Sowden (Centre for Fine Print Research, School of Art & Design UWE Bristol and Arnolfini).

Check out Arnolfini’s website. We hope you can join us for The Lost Weekend.