Unpacking the Library - 2nd annual Artists' Writings and Publications (AWP) symposium

In this one day symposium speakers from three of our national museum and gallery archives present ideas and thoughts on artist book collections, issues of display and public access.

The Contraries of Artists’ Books: a Progress Report?
Elizabeth James, Senior Librarian in charge of collections at the National Art Library, Victoria and Albert Museum
The problematics of artists’ books in museums, galleries and exhibitions manifested themselves early and persistently. Where are we on these issues today?

Accidental Artist’s Books and Artistic Incidents of a Premeditated Nature
Richard Price, Head of Contemporary British Collections at the British Library
Price will consider the current role and future potential of artist’s books in a national library context.

An Open Entrance to the Closed Palace: the textual forms and strategies of artists and their networks (c.1914-2005)
Karen Di Franco, PhD researcher Tate Libraries and Archives, University of Reading
How can we use archival material to narrate an inclusive history of artists’ publishing as part of modern and contemporary art, in a way that can help us to consider the effects that such works have had on practitioners and audiences in recent decades?

Admission £5 including coffee and tea. Please book here on Eventbrite.

Admission £5 will also be available on the day at The Tetley Reception.

Artist’s Writings and Publications (AWP) is a research centre in the School of Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds.

Image: ‘Meeting of the Waters’ by Déirdre Kelly, designed by Chris Taylor and published by the Wild Pansy Press, 2016.

Location details

The Tetley, Hunslet Road, Leeds LS10 1JQ