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.
turn the pageABF
1st to 31st July
2016 Participating Artists
Please note that the text featured alongside these images has been copied from the 2016 catalogue. If you would like to get in touch with a particular artist, please contact us and we will forward your message where possible.
2016 Guest Artists
'Women in Fiction' - Su Blackwell
Su Blackwell graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2003. She makes intricate art-works from every-day objects, transforming clothes and books into fantastical three-dimensional forms. Using a scalpel she cuts and glues the pages of books to create miniature dioramas glowing with lights in wood and glass boxes, like Victorian relics found in a museum of intrigue. Often opened, the pages are the basis of the composition. The result looks likes illustrations: landscape, architecture, characters. That’s probably why, with her sense of poetry and story telling, her work is also used in advertising or magazines covers. She finds her books – or rather lets them find her – by trawling through second-hand book shops. She always reads the book first and this in turn inspires the work. Some of the books that come into the artist’s possession sit on her shelf for months and months. The books themselves, their histories and stories, also interest her. They hold in their pages a record of their past events, as physical objects; their damage, such as frays and stains, makes our relationship with the contents immediate and visceral, and in turn tells another story.
How to be a part of the
Norfolk Longbook project
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.
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 Rudling. A 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)
Winner of 2016 ttp Book Prize
The Subconscious Collective
Helen Armstrong Bland and Emma Johnson wowed the book prize judges at ttp2016 with their use of found and printed materials.