The Library of Lost Books is two!
LoLB curator, Susan Kruse, began planning The Library of Lost Books back in August 2011, with encouragement from the wonderful Janet Brisland of Birmingham Libraries (we will tell you about Janet in a later post).
Eight months later, after our books had begun their journey to becoming works of art, local events organiser, Capsule, were appointed to curate the opening festival, re-named Discovery Season.
Capsule's Discovery Season programme has been inspired by the Library’s archives and special collections. They have invited a wide range of artists, musicians and performers to take part, from old friends they have worked with in the past, to new friends invited especially for Discovery Season.
The Library of Lost Books are pleased that Capsule have continued to support our project. Although the original exhibition that we conceived with Janet had to change and shrink to accommodate the new Discovery Season programme we know that it is still going to be an astounding and marvellous exhibition of artists' books and bookart featuring the work of artists from across the UK.
Lisa Meyer, Creative Director of Capsule has this to say about the festival:
“Capsule is delighted to present the Library of Birmingham’s Discovery Season. It has been a real adventure to develop and commission work for this exciting and inspiring new space…Our programme will celebrate the great cultural life of the city, giving a platform to our very best artists and creative practitioners and the organisations that support them, from the smallest independents to our big cultural institutions. This collaborative approach reflects the library’s ethos to be a place for us all to meet and exchange knowledge and ideas.”