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Bound Art Book Fair

This is a past event that ran from 12 October 2018 - 14 October 2018

Bound Art Book Fair is an annual celebration of artists publishing from the UK and Europe, taking place for the second year at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester. The fair features stalls from independent and artist publishers alongside a free public programme of talks, workshops, music and new commissions.

Bound seeks to contribute to and develop networks of engagement extending outside of London, with a specific focus on supporting projects and emerging practices in the North of England.


Featured Stall Holders

(01706)/ Andrea Allen/ Entitle Magazine/ Bemojake/ Boomkat/ Bricks from the Kiln/ Bronze Age/ Ceremony Press/ Chateau International/ common-editions/ COPY/ Dan Szor & Jimmy Merris/ Desire Press/ DIY YOUTH/ DR.ME/ Everyday Press/ Fashion Art Direction, Manchester School of Art/ Fashion Image Making and Styling, University of Salford/ Four Corners Books/ Ginny/ Janina Sabaliauskaite, Jade Sweeting & Phyllis Christopher/ Jane and Jeremy/ Joe Devlin & David Mackintosh / Aye Aye Books/ Keep it Complex/ Kingsley Ifill/ Kiosk/ Long Distance Press/ London Centre for Book Arts/ Loose Joints/ Lost Generation/ MACK/ Meanwhile Press/ Mishka Henner/ The Modernist Society/ Museums Press / A Plume/ Nomadic Reading Room/ Palm* Studios/ Pilot Press/ Pleats/ Rare Mags/ Rick Pushinsky & John Maclean/ Rope Press/ Rough Trade Books/ Salt n Pepper Press/ SEASON Zine/ seeaseasea/ Self Publish Be Happy/ Serf/ Setsuko/ Snöar Press/ Studio Operative/ Tide Press/ TRACE/ BA Photography, The University of Huddersfield/ Velvick & Speed & Murphy/ Village International Table/ Wired Press/ Witty Kiwi


Public Programme

This year our programme pays particular attention to the press as a political and pedagogical tool. In an age of online activism, we will look at artists and activists developing pamphlets and print ephemera with renewed urgency, and politically-engaged projects that employ print as a vital component of their output. We will examine ways in which the stories and struggles of working people have been manifest in print form, and the ways the material qualities, processes and legacies of print activism have influenced contemporary artists and artworks. We will also look at recent publishing projects that give voice to marginalized communities or confront present injustices.

All events are free to the public.



5:00pm-9:00pm Preview and opening party with refreshments and DJ's



11:00-11:30am Artist talk with Aaron Guy

Aaron Guy will discuss his new commission developed in collaboration with the Working Class Movement Library (G4)


11:00am-12:00pm SEASON zine and the National Football Museum present A History of Women’s Football Zines

A talk and show and tell led by Felicia Pennant, Editor-in-Chief of SEASON zine, and Belinda Scarlett, Collections Officer at the NFM, of women’s football newsletters, programmes and other DIY printed matter from the 1950s to the present day. (GH)


12:15-1:15pm Artist talk with Jamie Hawkesworth

Photographer Jamie Hawkesworth will discuss his recent work, spanning commercial commissions and personal work concerned with place, community and identity, such as his longstanding project on Preston Bus Station. (GH)


1:30-2:30pm Dan Szor & Steve Slocombe present SuperSuper: How Not To Run a Magazine

Artist Dan Szor and editor Steve Slocombe will chart the rise and fall of the notoriously day-glo, hyper optimistic style magazine SuperSuper. SuperSuper was a kaleidoscopic snapshot of mid-2000s London that took its cues from Sleazenation, MySpace, Boombox and Wolfgang Tillmans, tearing up the rulebook in magazine design. (GH)


1:30pm-3:00pm A tie dye workshop with Keep it Complex

Keep It Complex is a collaborative and evolving organisation which confronts political issues through ideas and action. Members Margherita Huntley and Sarah Jury present a free tie dye t-shirt workshop, with t-shirts available to buy and take home. (MR)


3:00-4:00pm Artist talk with Vanessa Winship

Photographer Vanessa Winship will present a lecture on her two celebrated projects she dances on Jackson and As Time Folds, followed by a book signing with MACK. (GH)


4:15-4:45pm Artist talk with Sam Blackwood

Sam Blackwood will discuss his exhibition Up To No Good, which explores the translation of imagery into sculpture with themes from working class British culture, and the relationship between the exhibition and Powerhouse, his first artists book published by Snöar Press. (ES)



11:00am-12:00pm Phil Thornton presents Fanzine Culture: from The End to the Internet

“Writer, community worker and gobshite” Phil Thornton will present a talk charting the zine culture of the North West of England in the 1980s and 1990s. (GH)


11:15am-12:15pm Tour of the Musgrave Kinley Outsider Art Collection

Curator Nikita Gill will deliver a tour of the Whitworth’s significant collection of Outsider Art - art that ‘tapped into the mains electricity of the imagination’ - focusing on artists publishing and works on paper. (SC)


11:30am-12:30pm OOMK present Publishing Ecosystems

Sofia Niazi and Heiba Lamara from artist collective OOMK will discuss the highs and lows of setting up Rabbits Road Press, a community Risograph printing press, in 2017. Rabbits Road Press aims to make specialist printing facilities more accessible to the public and to help people take more control over the production of their work/publications. Since opening they've provided free or subsidised Risograph printing inductions to over 400 people, provided a regular arts space for people to use for free, commissioned new publications, delivered workshops to school groups and hosted a Riso Summer Residency programme. (LS)


12:00-1:00pm Georgiou & Tolley present Ten.8 to L8: Consent and Control in the Age of Google

Artists Darryl Georgiou and Rebekah Tolley will consider their current practice in the context of community art and social engagement, linking it back to themes often explored in influential photographic journal Ten.8, of which Georgiou was formerly Director and picture editor. (GH)


1:15-2:15pm : Janina Sabaliauskaite, Jade Sweeting and Phyllis Christopher present On Our Backs: An Archive/Show and Tell

Artists Janina Sabaliauskaite, Jade Sweeting and Phyllis Christopher will present a talk and slideshow discussing the exhibition On Our Backs: An Archive, which explored the legacy of On Our Backs, a radically sex-positive magazine for “the adventurous lesbian” launched in San Francisco in 1984. Phyllis will show archival photographic materials from the period and Jade & Janina will discuss On Our Backs’ influence on their artistic practices & current projects. (GH)


2:30-3:30pm Artist talk with Mishka Henner

Mishka Henner is a Belgian artist living and working in Manchester, England. His work has featured in several surveys of contemporary artists working with photography in the internet age. - ©Wikipedia (GH)

3:45-4:00pm Closing performance by Aaron Guy

Aaron Guy will close the programme with a performative manifestation of his recent research at the Working Class Movement Library. (G4)


ES Exhibition Space

GH Grand Hall

SC Study Centre

LS Clore Learning Studio

MR Meeting Room One

G4 Gallery Four


Bound Art Book Fair is made possible with generous support from the Whitworth Art Gallery and Arts Council England