turn the page Artists Book Symposium

Date to be confirmed

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Tickets will be available HERE once the date is confirmed.


Keynote Speaker

Rafael Klein

'Klein tells stories pirouetting on the fine edge
between detachment and sympathy.’
Cathy Courtney, Art Monthly

Rafael Klein creates environments, incorporating sculpture, paintings, books and film, which combine in a familiar world, but with a hint of something gone awry, a shadow hiding behind the colourful façade. These environments, with their narrative structure, all relate to Klein’s artists’ books.

Klein’s artists’ books are environments in themslves, a journey for the reader in which, as we turn the page, or rearrange the cut-outs, we are entering deeper into an experience which is both individual and collective. Klein makes us complicit in the creation of a man-made environment.

Just as our perspective alters as we move through the book, in the same way as it does when we move through the installation, viewing a sculpture from different angles, looking through one element to another, circling back to re-examine an earlier aspect in the light of what we have just discovered.

Tin Temples, Klein’s first solo exhibition at 112 Greene Street in New York City, created a theatrical environment of huge relief works, exploring different aspects of American mythology. The car, Hollywood, and Florida vacations came together in an immersive environment, seductively reproducing these icons while hinting at the darkness lurking just behind the stage set.

In subsequent large-scale exhibitions the transformation of perceived reality has continued through a range of immersive experiences. From Dante’s Divine Comedy for the 2005 exhibition at the 12th century Biblioteca Classense in Ravenna to narrative installations based on original text by the artist. ‘Il supermercato’ transformed an everyday location, revealing the hidden spirituality of shopping.  Brooklyn’s Coney Island, where the artist grew up, was the basis for a mixed media exhibition exploring both the appeal and the sinister aspect of an amusement park. (Royal Academy of Arts, London, British Library).  The accompanying hand printed artists' are in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, the Tate, and many other public institutions.

Klein's public sculptures are also transformative environmental interventions. These explore the nature of a public space and involve community collaboration and permanent sculptures to both crystallise and expand the identity and how the space is utilised.



Instagram - @rafkleinart


Register for Tickets

Tickets will be available once again when the date has been confirmed.

The symposium is hosted in conjunction with turn the page Artists Book Fair and will explore subjects and ideas from across the world of book art.

Early bird registration discounts are available for both standard and concession fees if registration and payment is complete before March 31st.

Symposium Fee

Fees will be adjusted in accordance with revised plans.

Watch this space for details of the next turn the page Artists Book Fair and symposium.

Email any questions to the following email address: turnthepageabf@btinternet.com


turn the page Collected Essays 2018

This book brings together a selection of essays that were originally delivered on May 24th 2018 at the inaugural turn the page Symposium. Bringing together new and established voices the turn the page Symposium, and this book, aims to further the creative and academic field of book arts. With papers discussing everything from the art of appropriation to the book as a journey turn the page Collected Essays 2018 shows the diversity and vast potential of the genre. Hard to pin down or clearly define book art is at its most successful when the full intimacy and haptic potential of the work is realised. This can only be achieved with the involvement of the reader. It is this involvement that this collection hopes to encourage and contribute to. I hope that you find something within these pages that makes you stop, question, and go on to create or share new ideas of your own.

The turn the page Collected Essays 2018 is now sold out. 

turn the page Collected Essays 2019 (a selection of essays originally delivered in May 2019) is planned to be released in 2021.

You can reserve a copy via email ttpbookfair@gmail.com

RRP: £20.00

Postage: £2.00