Printed Bound 2023: Printmaking & Artists Book Fair

Deadline: 30/01/2023  |  Venue: Sunny Bank Mills  |  City: Leeds  |  Region: West Yorkshire  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Sunny Bank Mills

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After the success of the first Printed Bound in 2022, our Artists Book and Print Fair is back for a second year! Join us on 1st & 2nd April 2023 in a new venue, the first floor of our iconic 1912 Mill.

We are looking for artists, makers, illustrators, designers and printmakers at all stages of their career who create prints, make books, or have had books produced by small independent presses.  Individuals, partnerships, collectives and students are are encouraged to apply!

Processes might include: etching, monoprint, screen print, book binding, collograph, linocut, lithograph, risograph, typograph, letter press and more. Books may be in traditional form or presented as objects, but they should be hand made or printed in small runs. 

Sunny Bank Mills is a former textile mill, set in the heart of the community of Farsley, Leeds. Since 2010, it has been developed as a business and artistic community, with a Gallery selling fine art by local and international artists, a textile and local history archive, shops, cafes, artist studios and more.  2023 is our tenth year of art and culture in the Mill and in that time we have supported over 900 artists in 75 exhibitions.

After a tremendous weekend at the end of November for our 2022 Christmas Art and Makers Market with a footfall of over 5000 people in 3 days, we are reopening the doors to the first floor of our iconic 1912 Mill for Printed Bound. This means we have plenty more room for stalls & browsers, and lots more space for workshops and activities. There will be cafes in both the 1912 and the Gallery for homemade cakes and refreshments. Open Studios will be taking place in the Twisting and Spinning Mill and our Gallery and Gallery shop will be open as usual.

An area of the event space will be set aside for workshops, demonstrations and taster sessions as part of the weekend, so please let us know in your application if you are interested in contributing to that element of the weekend.

As the event coincides with Ones to Watch; our annual student showcase exhibition, a number of tables will be allocated to local students and emerging artists. These tables will be offered free of charge to a small number of applicants selected by the Gallery team.

The event will be widely publicised online, on social media (with reach to over 25k followers across all platforms), and by leaflet and poster distribution around Leeds and its surrounding areas.

Standard stall fee: £60 per day.

Large stall fee: £75 per day (perfect for collectives, publishers and studios).

The fair will be open to the public 10am-4pm on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd April.

Entry for visitors to the fair will be £2.50 (under 12s free). Free parking.

Wheelchair access via lift to the first floor.


Contact the curator
Who is eligible for this opportunity?
Printmakers, bookmakers and small publishers able to attend the event in Farsley, Leeds on 1st or 2nd April 2023.
When is the deadline?
30th January 2023
How much does it cost?
£60 a day
Does the location have disabled access?
Yes, via a lift
What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
Promotion on our website and social media accounts (24k followers across all platforms), newspaper adverts, leaflets and posters.
Do I need to be present?
What are the selection criteria?
We are mainly looking for handmade prints and books, created using traditional processes. Giclée prints may also be accepted.
Tell me more about the venue and facilities
The Fair will take place on the first floor of the 1912 Mill. It is accessible by one flight of stairs and a modern wheelchair accessible lift.
Free parking for visitors and stallholders.

Please note - we have limited electricity and wall space at this venue, but plenty of space will be allocated for print browsers.
What size is the table?
Approx 6ft x 2.5ft.
Do you take commission?
No, the only fee is the stall cost at a flat rate of £60 per day.
Is anything else happening in the Mill that weekend?
We will be running Open Studios in the Spinning Mill and Twisting. The Gallery will be open with Ones to Watch. The Archive will be open to book on the Saturday. All retail tenants will be open. There are a number of food and drinks venues and we will be running cafes in the 1912 and the Gallery.

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