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Special Collections drop-in sessions

Special Collections drop-in

If you can’t make these times and would like to visit, then just email and we’ll arrange a time for you to call in.





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a monthly photographic zine by Chiara Ambrosio


“As Far As The Eye Can Travel is a paper Wunderkammer that gathers together geographies of the mind, topographies of the soul and physical excavations: curious chance encounters, moments of discovery, unexpected revelations that will surprise, enchant and spark uncharted flights of the imagination as far as the eye can- and will- travel. 

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It is a magnifying glass through which to look at the real world anew and reveal all the magic and wonder that lies within it …”


Follow this link to read the full article about this fabulous set of  books we now have in our Artists’ Books Collection at Llandaff. Bought from the equally fabulous bookartbookshop!

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Special Collections drop-in sessions

Special Collections drop-in

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by | October 2, 2017 · 11:06 am

Cardiff Artists’ Books

We’ll be here!

Saturday 9th Sept. Cardiff Met’s Library Special Collections will be here with Cardiff Uni’s SCOLAR at this first Cardiff Artists’ Books event. Do call in for a chat, join in with the workshops, browse the stalls and see (and hear!) the performances.




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Special Collections drop-in sessions

Special Collections drop-in

No need to book – open to all staff and students.  If you would like to find out more or arrange a visit or a group workshop at a different time, please email

The Special Collections are also open to members of the public by appointment.

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Library Treasures

Is it too early to begin spring cleaning the collections?  Not when you find treasures such as these  . . . .


This ephemera will be integrated into the existing collection of Cardiff School of Art & Design materials in the library’s Special Collections at Llandaff.

ephemeraIncluded are exhibition and degree show catalogues, prospectuses, posters, recordings and also slides of students’ work.


To make an appointment to access material in the Special Collections, please email

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Library Treasures

The current display on the ground floor of Llandaff Library features three iconic journal titles held in the Library’s Special Collections.

280px-ThestudiomagazinefirstcoverThe Studio was first published in April 1893 under the title The Studio: An Illustrated Magazine of Fine and Applied Art. Among others, it featured the work of the illustrator Aubrey Beardsley and the architects Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Charles Voysey.

In the post-war years, the magazine was redesigned and its title was changed to Studio International (incorporating The Studio) to reflect its increasing overseas influence.

In 2000 Studio International become an e-journal freely accessible on-line, to be accompanied by special issues and yearbooks. Whilst not a complete collection, issues from 1900 through to 1963 are held in our Special Collections.  Information extracted from:

thCAFSWS3D“Spare Rib was an active part of the emerging women’s liberation movement in the late 20th century. Running from 1972 – 93, this now iconic magazine challenged the stereotyping and exploitation of women, while supporting collective, realistic solutions to the hurdles women faced. Spare Rib became the debating chamber of feminism in the UK, and it now provides a valuable insight into the lives of women in this period. Visitors to the British Library site can explore selected highlights from the magazine; and examine how the magazine was run, why it was started and the issues it dealt with.”Information obtained from The British Library Copies available in Cardiff Met’s library run from 1982 through to 1993. The full run of digitised Spare Rib magazines can be accessed at: 


“ARK, a style and design journal created by RCA students, was part of an era of cultural transformation across fashion, film, television, advertising, newspapers and magazines. Such was the stature of ARK that it drew contributions from creative luminaries including Ralph Rumney, Lucio Fontana, Alison and Peter Smithson, Toni del Renzio and Reyner Banham.”

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It was published for almost three decades: the 1950s, 60s and 70s; a small sample of issues are available in the Special Collections here at Cardiff Met.

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