Liverpool Book Art Exhibition 2016

Deadline: 28/02/2016  |  Published: 07/12/2015  |  Venue: Hornby Room, Central Library  |  City: Liverpool  |  Region: Merseyside  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Liverpool Book Art

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Liverpool Book Art are excited to announce that we have two major events taking place in the summer of 2016: our second Book Art Exhibition and our third Liverpool Artists' Book Fair. Both events will be held in Liverpool’s spectacular Central Library. The second Liverpool Book Art Exhibition will be on show throughout the whole of June and July 2016. As 2016 is the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare, we invite artists to submit works with a Shakespearean theme. We are planning this to be a selling exhibition, based on the enthusiastic response to our last show! The 3rd Artists’ Book Fair will take place on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th July 2016. We have chosen these dates as it is the opening weekend of the Liverpool Biennial, when thousands of cultural visitors come to Liverpool. Cross promotion with the Biennial in 2014 was a great success and boost to the profile of the Artists’ Book Fair and Exhibition.


Liverpool Book Art is inviting submissions from artists who wish to participate in the second major Liverpool Artists' Book Exhibition being held in the Liverpool Central Library. As 2016 is the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare, we invite artists to submit works with a Shakespearean theme. We want the exhibition to celebrate excellence and creativity, and to increase interest and appreciation of artists’ books.


The first Liverpool Artists’ Book Exhibition was a fantastic success, attracting international submissions of the highest quality. These were displayed alongside examples of early artists’ works and fine bookbinding from the Library’s specialist collection. In 2016, the Library will organise an exhibition of its own collection of Shakespearean items in the spring. Our Artists’ Book Exhibition will follow on from that.


We are planning this to be a selling exhibition, based on the enthusiastic response to our last show! Based in the Hornby Library, the exhibition will be open throughout the whole of June and July 2016. The exhibition will be available to view during library opening hours (see FAQs) and entry will be free.


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Who is eligible for this opportunity?
Individual book artists; artist collectives & groups; small press publishers.
When is the deadline?
28th February 2016
How many works can I submit?
Maximum of 3 works. We will select a maximum of 2 from any individual artist in order to show a wide variety of work.
When is the delivery date?
To be confirmed; likely to be end-April.
When do I need to collect my work?
To be agreed
How much does it cost?
No submission or exhibition fees. All delivery and insurance costs to and from the Exhibition are the responsibility of the artists and complete instructions will be provided upon acceptance. Sales commission of 20% if applicable.
Are there payments to artists?
There are no exhibition fees. Fees for workshops, performances and other complementary activities are under review.
Is there a private view / opening?
There will be an opening event for the Exhibition, to which all participating artists will be invited. Date to be confirmed.
What are the exhibition opening hours?
The Liverpool Book Art Exhibition will be open throughout June and July 2016. The exhibition will be open during Liverpool Central Library opening hours (Mon-Fri 9am-8pm, Sat 9am-5pm and Sun 10am-5pm).
Does the location have disabled access?
The library has excellent disabled access. There are no steps at the entrance. The exhibition takes place in the Hornby Room on the first floor: access via lifts and escalators.
What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
The Fair and Exhibition will be publicised via B.A.N.; our own website and Facebook page; printed flyers distributed locally and at other artist book fairs; a press campaign; and Visit Liverpool, Liverpool City Council and Central Library websites. There will cross-promotion with the Liverpool Biennial. Liverpool’s International Festival for Business (IFB) is also taking place between 13th June and 1st July. We expect the IFB to have a cultural programme, as it did in 2014, and to support cross promotion of our events.
Do I need to be present?
How do you decide on proposals?
Submissions will be selected by the Liverpool Book Art team and Central Library Staff.
What happens if my proposal is chosen?
We will complete the selection process during March, and advise all applicants via Curator Space messages whether or not they have been successful.

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