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turn the pageABF


online from
1st to 30th June

During 2021 the turn the page ABF website will be transformed into an online platform to show the work of all the wonderful artists that have participated in the event since it's launch at The Forum, Norwich in 2012.

Each month we will feature a rolling showcase of images from our amazing exhibiting artists, alongside photo's and short film clips from some of our live performers, workshops and events.


Please click on the artists images below to find out more about their work or follow the 'walking man' to hear about our monthly Symposium presentations.

Click here for details of our 2021 Artists Book Competition.


2015 Participating Artists

Please note that the text featured alongside these images has been copied from the 2015 catalogue. If you would like to get in touch with a particular artist, please contact us and we will forward your message where possible.

Focus on...

Brian Dettmer

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'The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy' 

Brian Dettmer is a New York-based artist known for his detailed and innovative sculptures with books and other forms of antiquated media. Dettmer's work has been exhibited internationally in numerous solo and group exhibitions at galleries, museums and art centers.

Winner of 2015 ttp Book Prize

Chris Ruston

Chris wowed the book prize judges at ttp2015 with her stunning seven book work

'The Great Gathering' @The Forum, Norwich.

Chris Ruston is an artist based in Southend, Essex, UK. Her work explores issues around our changing climate, often combining interests in history and storytelling. She seeks to express more than her personal story connecting to wider issues and reaching out to broader aspects of life and the environment.


Earth's story is a constant thread through her work. She invites us to think about how the past, present and future come together.


​A number of themes are explored and revisited, all sharing a common link - the celebration of the natural world and of the human spirit. She takes inspiration from noticing the world around her, whether a grand landscape or a small surviving pocket of nature in an overly urbanised environment.

Artist books form the centre of her practice. Utilising her background in Fine Art, she loves to combine experimental mark making with realistic drawings. She produces unique artist books carefully selecting the structure to match the content of each book.

The Norfolk Longbook Project

The Norfolk Longbook is a hand-made celebration of the county, in the words and pictures of

people who love and are inspired by it.

The aim of the project is to create the longest book in Norfolk and it will, almost certainly be the

only 'social history' book of its kind in the UK.

The book is an expanding concertina that currently measures 17 metres long when fully open, glistening with images of Norfolk skies, beach-huts, seascapes and churches, created by around 160 people to date.

How to be a part of the

Norfolk Longbook project

When it is completed, around 300 people will have become part of its story.

Pages of prints and poems, textiles and tokens/keepsakes, showing buildings, boats, reed beds and farmland are being bound into the book.


The book is a compendium not only of beautiful images of Norfolk, but also of its history and characters, and celebrates traditional craft skills such as painting, printing, book-binding, woodcarving, calligraphy and fiber arts. 

All of the pages are hand-made, drawn or painted and combines pieces by established artists with the work of people who might never before have made a piece of art.

As a social history project the aim is to incorporate as many aspects of Norfolk as possible and everyone has the chance to participate.

Stories about farming and fishing, memories passed down through the generations and accounts of local traditions and dialect, and wartime heroism, alongside imagery of Norfolk.

To date, current pieces include a textile picture of Booton Church by Heather Tilley, a Norfolk landscape print by Laurie RudlingA lovely page written by calligraphist Jane Knights, of a Norfolk dialect poem by John Kett,” she said. Lisa Little, descended from generations of Sheringham fishermen, has contributed a lino-cut print of a boat, and members of the Palgrave Society – a traditional Norfolk surname - hope to contribute a page showing their coat of arms.

The front cover of the book hand carved from tulip wood by Ernie Allen, echoes a design taken from a Viking longboat, and links the book back through a millennium of Norfolk history. 

(text from article by Rowan Mantle)