Exhibitor applications are now open for Bound Art Book Fair 2019. Apply here.
Since launching in 2017, Bound Art Book Fair has become the leading event for arts and photography publishing outside of London, providing a platform for a diverse selection of artists and practitioners to share their work and reach new audiences. We welcome applications from artists and collectives, small presses, independent publishers, galleries and distributors who are committed to expanding the potential of publishing to communicate radical ideas and amplify underrepresented voices. This year we are especially interested in work that explores ideas around music, fandom, youth culture and collective experience. Bound 2019 will once again feature a public programme of events, book launches, signings and performances, all free and open to the public. This year to kick off the fair we will hold a special off-site party at Manchester’s grassroots arts and music venue the Peer Hat, with a line up of special guests and DJs.
Bound takes places at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6ER. It is an accessible venue.
We’ll be setting up home in MARC The Printers during Sounds from the Other City, where we’ll be working with artist Ocean Farini and writer & poet Tessa Harris to create and live print a limited-run commemorative quindecennial zine celebrating Salford’s essential festival of music, performance and art.
Come say hello to our team on site and look out for the finished zine which we’ll be distributing across various venues well into the night…
At Bound Art Book Fair 2018 we investigated the legacies of activism, protest, labour movements and class symbolism in contemporary arts publishing. We propose to continue these conversations at Format International Photography Festival in 2019, incorporating Derby’s specific heritage as a key industrial city with a strong association in craft and manufacturing.
Bound continues to test a multi-platform approach within our book fairs, using screens, talks, and performances in and amongst publishers and booksellers. We will continue this strategy with our presence at Format’s Photobook Market in Derby, 15th – 17th March.
We’ll be launching a new publication by Aaron Guy and activating the space with a variety of lens-based and audio works from Heather Glazzard and Dan Szor, who will have a special feature each day on our table.
See you at the stalls.
A celebration of artists’ publishing from across the U.K and Europe.
Friday (preview): 17:00 – 21:00
Saturday: 10:30 – 17:00
Sunday: 10:30 – 16:00
Andrea Allen / Entitle Magazine
Bricks from the Kiln
Dan Szor & Jimmy Merris
Fashion Art Direction, Manchester School of Art
FIMS, University of Salford
Four Corners Books
Janina Sabaliauskaite, Jade Sweeting & Phyllis Christopher
Jane and Jeremy
Joe Devlin & David Mackintosh / Aye Aye Books
Keep it Complex
Long Distance Press
London Centre for Book Arts
Mishka Henner & Liz Lock
The Modernist Society
Museums Press / A Plume
Nomadic Reading Room
Rick Pushinsky & John Maclean
Rough Trade Books
Salt n Pepper Press
Self Publish Be Happy
BA Photography, The University of Huddersfield
Velvick & Speed & Murphy
Village International Table
Bound Art Book Fair is an annual celebration of artists publishing from the UK and Europe, taking place for the second year at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester. The fair features stalls from independent and artist publishers alongside a free public programme of talks, workshops, music and new commissions. Bound seeks to contribute to and develop networks of engagement extending outside of London, with a specific focus on supporting projects and emerging practices in the North of England.
This year our programme pays particular attention to the press as a political and pedagogical tool. In an age of online activism, we will look at artists and activists developing pamphlets and print ephemera with renewed urgency, and politically-engaged projects that employ print as a vital component of their output. We will examine ways in which the stories and struggles of working people have been manifest in print form, and the ways the material qualities, processes and legacies of print activism have influenced contemporary artists and artworks. We will also look at recent publishing projects that give voice to marginalized communities or confront present injustices.
Breakfast Preview of Voting for Change at the Working Class Movement Library. Pastries and refreshments provided. This is an offsite event.
Book Fair Preview: Opening party with DJ’s Sofie K (NTS) and Gary Bratchford (Beat Boutique). Refreshments provided
Aaron Guy will discuss his new commission developed in collaboration with the Working Class Movement Library
SEASON zine and the National Football Museum present Show & Tell: Remarkable Women’s Football Publications
SEASON zine founder Felicia Pennant and National Football Museum curator Belinda Scarlett embrace the National Football Museum’s Hidden Histories campaign by sharing previously undisplayed highlights from the museum’s Women’s Football collection and the latest issue of Pennant’s trailblazing football and fashion publication.
Artist talk with Jamie Hawkesworth
Photographer Jamie Hawkesworth will discuss his recent work, spanning commercial commissions and personal work concerned with place, community and identity, such as his longstanding project on Preston Bus Station.
Dan Szor & Steve Slocombe present Supersuper: How Not To Run a Magazine
Artist Dan Szor and editor Steve Slocombe will chart the rise and fall of the notoriously day-glo, hyper optimistic style magazine SuperSuper. SuperSuper was a kaleidoscopic snapshot of mid-2000s London that took its cues from Sleazenation, MySpace, Boombox and Wolfgang Tillmans, tearing up the rulebook in magazine design.
A tie dye workshop with Keep it Complex
Keep It Complex is a collaborative and evolving organisation which confronts political issues through ideas and action. Members Margherita Huntley and Sarah Jury present a free tie dye t-shirt workshop, with t-shirts available to buy and take home.
Meeting Room One
Artist talk with Vanessa Winship
Photographer Vanessa Winship will present a lecture on her two celebrated projects she dances on Jackson and As Time Folds, followed by a book signing with MACK.
Artist talk with Sam Blackwood
Sam Blackwood will discuss his exhibition Up To No Good, which explores the translation of imagery into sculpture with themes from working class British culture, and the relationship between the exhibition and Powerhouse, his first artists book published by Snöar Press.
Phil Thornton presents Fanzine Culture: From The End to the Internet
“Writer, community worker and gobshite” Phil Thornton will present a talk charting the zine culture of the North West of England in the 1980s and 1990s.
Tour of the Musgrave Kinley Outsider Art Collection
Curator Nikita Gill will deliver a tour of the Whitworth’s significant collection of Outsider Art – art that ‘tapped into the mains electricity of the imagination’ – focusing on artists publishing and works on paper.
OOMK present Publishing Ecosystems
Sofia Niazi and Heiba Lamara from artist collective OOMK will discuss the highs and lows of setting up Rabbits Road Press, a community Risograph printing press, in 2017. Rabbits Road Press aims to make specialist printing facilities more accessible to the public and to help people take more control over the production of their work/publications. Since opening they’ve provided free or subsidised Risograph printing inductions to over 400 people, provided a regular arts space for people to use for free, commissioned new publications, delivered workshops to school groups and hosted a Riso Summer Residency programme.
Clore Learning Studio
Georgiou & Tolley present Ten.8 to L8: Consent & Control in the Age of Google
Artists Darryl Georgiou and Rebekah Tolley will consider their current practice in the context of community art and social engagement, linking it back to themes often explored in influential photographic journal Ten.8, of which Georgiou was formerly Director and picture editor.
Janina Sabaliauskaite, Jade Sweeting and Phyllis Christopher present On Our Backs: An Archive/Show and Tell
Artists Janina Sabaliauskaite, Jade Sweeting and Phyllis Christopher will present a talk and slideshow discussing the exhibition On Our Backs: An Archive, which explored the legacy of On Our Backs, a radically sex-positive magazine for “the adventurous lesbian” launched in San Francisco in 1984. Phyllis will show archival photographic materials from the period and Jade & Janina will discuss On Our Backs’ influence on their artistic practices & current projects.
Artist talk with Mishka Henner
Mishka Henner is a Belgian artist living and working in Manchester, England. His work has featured in several surveys of contemporary artists working with photography in the internet age. – ©Wikipedia
Aaron Guy will close the programme with a performative manifestation of his recent research at the Working Class Movement Library.