Turn The Page is an established, specialist fair that celebrates multiples, hand printed and one-off books, and for 2018 creative director Rosie Sherwood has expanded the event to include a one-day symposium on 24 May. Artist Tom Sowden will open as keynote speaker of the series of talks.
Sowden will also be exhibiting at the fair. His bookworks are a gentle parody of aspirational living in the 21st century, mimicking the aesthetic of seminal artist’s books by Ed Ruscha. Rather than sunny Los Angeles, they reflect the British experience of retail car parks, abandoned shopping trolleys and public transport.
Other artists on show at Turn The Page will include the Bergen-based British artist Imi Maufe, who makes hand-printed artists’ books about her experiences of land and sea journeys. She will be showing her Posted/Unposted project.
Oxfordshire-based Mavina Baker of Teacup Press will be showing works including Mapping the Edges, a wood and linocut hand-printed concertina fold book. It was inspired by the mournful cries of Red Kites flying over her garden – her images and poem encapsulate the experience of watching a wild bird of prey.
Gemma Lacey’s Accumulated Data was made in response to physical traces at the John Rylands Library, Manchester. The woodcut-printed edition echoes the scuffs and marks left on the library’s various surfaces by readers and visitors over many years.
Jane Cradock-Watson‘s books investigate and celebrate our relationship with nature, from garden to shoreline or woodlands. UP, for example, portrays the transience of walking in nature with sunlight streaking through the woodland’s canopy.
In total more than 40 artists and presses will be showing their books at Turn The Page and there will also be an exhibition of works by American artist/writer Audrey Niffenegger.
Turn The Page symposium and fair, 24–26 May 2018, The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich, NR2 1TF.
1. Imi Maufe, 36 Tunnels and a Ferry. Concertina documentation of a bus journey from Bergen to Røldal in Norway, along fjords and over mountain passes. Concertina in slipcase. Hand screenprinted edition of 25
2. Tom Sowden, A 4-hour walk on every road in the Southville Residents’ Parking Scheme. A 4-hour walk on every road in the Southville Residents’ Parking Scheme – recording sights, sounds and smells through street furniture along the way, or ‘Every parking meter in the RPZ’. Open edition
3. Mavina Baker, Mapping the Edges. Concertina book, wood and linocut with a poem to capture the emotional response to the experience of watching a wild bird of prey. Edition of 10
4. Jane Cradock-Watson, UP. Made in response to the idea that whilst we are surrounded by nature, we often don’t see its beauty which is all around us, specifically the beauty of autumnal and winter trees. Edition of 10
5. Gemma Lacey, Accumulated Data, detail. Concertina woodcuts of marks found in the John Rylands Library, Manchester. Edition of 10