Bookmarks: Infiltrating the Library System 2017 – 2018

Free bookmarks in Llandaff Library’s Special Collections!

We are delighted to be one of the host venues for the fifteenth and final outing of UWE’s Bookmarks series. Part I of the free artwork distribution series launched in 2004 and has since visited 159 galleries, bookstores, workshops, centres, schools, museums and libraries across the world.

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“The series grew out of an aim to encourage appreciation and awareness of artists working in the book format. Participating artists each produced an edition of 100 signed and numbered bookmarks which were divided into 100 sets; one full set being sent to each of the contributing artists and the rest divided and sent out in distribution boxes to host venues around the world, for visitors to discover.

Since 2004, 598 artists have contributed 59,800 bookmarks to the project. Each bookmark is stamped with the current project’s website address, which directs the taker of the bookmark to the gallery section of the website. Visitors can view works by the artists and contact contributors via their website and email links on the site.

As interest in artists’ books practice has grown internationally over the years, the bookmarks projects have now reached a natural conclusion. 2017 sees the final iteration of the project, and alongside sending bookmarks out to the final 10 venues Bower Ashton library at UWE, Bristol will host a free bookmarks archive giveaway to celebrate 15 outings of Bookmarks!

Bookmarks XV will visit ten venues from September 2017 – February 2018 in Germany, New Zealand, Sweden, the UK and USA. The final set has 54 artists and groups who have sent their bookmarks from Australia, Canada, Germany, Hawaii, Italy, Sweden the UK and USA.”

To read more about the project and the artists from this and previous years visit UWE’s Bookarts web pages at http://www.bookarts.uwe.ac.uk/bookmarks/

If you would like to visit Cardiff Met’s Artists’ Books Collection please email SpecialCollections@cardiffmet.ac.uk or call in to room L2.04 during one of our Drop-in Sessions: term-time Wednesdays 2 – 4 and Fridays 10 – 12.

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