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Meadow/Helen Douglas

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Keynote Speakers

Les Bicknell

Les has an extensive history of making that explores the concept of bookness. His exploration of the hybrid nature of the book form has led to undertaking an extensive range of commissions and exhibitions.

The work has been exhibited widely, and is held in many National and international collections including The Rijksmuseum, The V&A Museum, M.O.M.A. New York, Yale Centre for British Art, The Tate Gallery.

His practice includes large scale public art commissions and an extensive history of working within community engagement initiatives.

A desire to collaborate underpins his work, evidenced by his engagement with a wide range of socially engaged situations both within formal education and outside.

Current education posts; Senior Lecturer Textiles Design BA and MA at NUA, Course Leader Camberwell Book Art MA UAL and Year Tutor MA Fine Art Course OCA.

Maria White

Maria is a collector of artists’ books. She first met artists’ books while working at the National Art Library at the Victoria and Albert Museum. She went on to work with and then manage the artists’ books collection at Tate Library. She purchased for and catalogued the Tate collection. Also leading group visits and curating displays in the Library showcases. She co-curated with Cathy Courtney the 1995 exhibition of artists’ books held at Tate Britain. She has given talks about artists’ books and led workshops on cataloguing artists’ books.

Maria will be talking about aspects of her artists’ books collection. She has collected for over 25 years, mainly through fairs such as Turn the Page, and is particularly interested in works that explore the nature of the book.

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Present/Julie Johnstone

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turn the page 2019 Symposium Schedule was as follows...



9.30am to 10am - Registration


10am to 11am - Opening Keynote

Les Bicknell 

what is it to make bookart?

bookness - a way to think about the making of books.

11am-11.20am - Coffee Break


11.20am-12.50pm - Panel One Ingredients of the book

Kate Farley - Taking the pages out of the book

Altea Grau Vidal - Title?

Sioban Piercy - The Insincere Object

12.50pm - 2pm - Lunch (own arrangements)


2pm-3pm - Closing Keynote

Maria White

Artists' books : a private collection​

3pm-3.20pm - Break (own arrangements)

3.20pm-4.40pm - Panel Two - Inside the book


Amy Page - Collaborative ekphrastic publishing: from the Rossettis to Jerome’s Study

Anna Reckin - Making places, making poems: process and performance in landscape book arts

Tim Shore and Tracy Tomlinson - The accidental and the found

4.40pm-5.00pm - Final Responses