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.



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online from
1st to 31st October 

2019 Participating Artists

Please note if you would like to get in touch with a particular artist and can not do so through their website link, please contact us and we will forward your message where possible.

Two Points East Exhibition

Judith Ellis


An exhibition of twenty bindings in response to Judith Ellis' book 'Two Points East' about maritime Norfolk. 


To coincide with Seeing it Differently, this exhibition demonstrates how members of the Society of Bookbinders have seen and interpreted the text differently.


The books have been bound in many different ways, using leather, cloth, paper and even wood. Some binders have used traditional techniques and some have combined digitally produced designs printed onto bookcloth and paper. All the designs are lively, colourful and beautifully executed, ranging from the exquisitely simple to the complex and witty.


This is a rare opportunity to see the skill of the modern designer bookbinder applied to a book of great local relevance to anyone interested in Norfolk’s maritime past.


Guest Exhibitors

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Richard Long


Richard Long is an English sculptor and one of the best known British land artists. Long is the only artist to have been short-listed four times for the Turner Prize. He was nominated in 1984, 1987 and 1988 and then won the award in 1989 for White Water Line. He currently lives and works in bristol, the city in which he was born. Long studied at Saint martin's School of Art before going on to create work using various media including sculpture, photography and text. His book incorporates the mediums, subjects and environments for which he has become so well known.

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)