Beyond the Book

A symposium to accompany an exhibition of artists who use books as their medium

Symposium: Thursday 15 May 2014 
10am – 5.30pm (registration & coffee from 9.30am) 
Margaret Rooms 1,2 &3, Queens Building, Queen’s Drive, University of Exeter, 
Devon, EX4 4QH, UK 
£21 (£16, Guild Members & Friends) Book: 01626 832223 

Exhibition: Beyond the Book 
5 April – 8 June 2014 at Devon Guild of Craftsmen, 
Bovey Tracey, TQ13 9AF 

Organised by Devon Guild of Craftsmen, with support from the University of Exeter
Arts and Culture, this day-long event will discuss and expand on the premise of
artists using books, both as a cultural and symbolic object, and as containers of
history, narrative and memory.

The accompanying exhibition Beyond the Book (Devon Guild) seeks to examine the
question: What happens when artists consider the matter of books? It showcases a
broad spectrum of work by British-based talent, demonstrating the diversity of the UK
Book Art movement as well as illustrating the notions behind the making process.
Selected artists and designers deconstruct and explore aspects of the book, both
aesthetic and conceptual, using a range of materials from photography and jewellery
to paper and mixed-media. All share an interest in memory, language and narrative
and use the book form as a way of filtering their ideas.

Symposium Chair: Dr. Nicola Thomas (University of Exeter).
Keynote speakers:
Barrie Tullett (Independent Publisher, The Caseroom Press) - the form of the book

Ellen Bell (Beyond the Book exhibitor) - form and poetics

Su Blackwell (co-curator Beyond the Book) - poetics, memory, narrative

Susan Kruse (visual artist) - ‘The Library of Lost Books’, reuse and recycling

Dr. Misha Myers (Performance Researcher/practitioner, Falmouth University) - ‘Stories from the Walking Library’, the future of books

Tom Bevan (book artist) - ‘Considering the Position of the Traditional Form of the Book in the Digital Age’,the future of books

Tom Sowden (Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Fine Print Research, University of the West of England) - ‘Click, Swipe, Download Share‘, the future of books

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