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 SpecialCollections@cardiffmet.ac.uk
The Special Collections are also open to members of the public by appointment.
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.
Included 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 SpecialCollections@cardiffmet.ac.uk
The Library’s Artists’ Books Collection is growing rapidly. The term ‘Artist’s Book’ refers to books made or conceived by an artist – artworks in their own right.
Dieter Roth 2 Picture Books 1976
Whilst many contemporary books have been bought for the collection, others have been donated or moved from the main shelves of the library into the Special Collections. From these we find that we have books representing each of the decades since the 1960s. To celebrate this – that our collection covers fifty of the 150 years of Cardiff Metropolitan University and the School of Art & Design – we feature examples from across those fifty years in a display on the ground floor of Llandaff Library. In this exhibition, individually crafted books, hand printed and bound, sit alongside works that were published inexpensively in unlimited editions in order to bring artwork to a wider audience. Some are recognisably traditional casebound book format, whilst others have more sculptural qualities. All can be seen during workshops run for students, staff and community groups.
A Humument by Tom Phillips 1982, The Paper Snake by Ray Johnson 1965, An Anecdoted Topography of Chance by Daniel Spoerri 1966, They Called Her Styrene by Edward Rusha 2000
Further examples can be seen in the Heartspace of Cardiff School of Art & Design 4 Dec 2015 to 18 Dec 2015 12 noon. Please Turn Over: The Artists’ Book is an exhibition of book arts work by students and staff of Cardiff School of Art and Design which considers artists’ books as creative process, living archive and research catalyst. Also on show will be artists’ books from Cardiff Metropolitan University Library’s Artists’ Books Collection, some donated by Ron King from his personal collection, also works by other significant artists such as Gilbert & George, Ed Ruscha, Dieter Roth and Sol Lewitt.
These exhibitions complement the conference Livres d’Artistes: The Artist’s Book in Theory & Practice held at Cardiff University 4 – 6 Dec 2015.
A Cardiff School of Art & Design and Library exhibition: ‘Please Turn Over: The Artists’ Book’ opens tomorrow in the Heartspace on the 1st floor of Cardiff School of Art & Design at Cardiff Metropolitan University’s Llandaff Campus December 4th 10.00am to December 18th 12.00 noon.
“Take the book, my friend, & read your eyes out; you will never find there what I find.” Ralph Waldo Emerson, Journal entry Feb 18, 1832
Please Turn Over: The Artists’ Book is an exhibition of book arts work by students and staff of Cardiff School of Art and Design, which considers artists’ books as creative process, living archive and research catalyst. Also on show will be artists’ books from Cardiff Metropolitan University Library’s Artists’ Books Collection, some donated by Ron King from his personal collection, also works by other significant artists such as Gilbert & George, Ed Ruscha, Dieter Roth and Sol Lewitt.
Also featured is ‘Open Books’ an international touring exhibition: the response by 16 artists to Chinese folding books.
Further to this, we look forward to welcoming Ron King, John Christie and Sam Winston on Friday afternoon to view the exhibition, meet with CSAD and Library staff and students in advance of LIVRES D’ARTISTES: THE ARTIST’S BOOK conference being held this weekend at Cardiff University.
Following on from participation in workshops at SCOLAR (Ron King’s Circle Press books) and in Cardiff Metropolitan’s Artists’ Books Collection, CSAD students undertook an artists’ books project with Tom Martin, learning different techniques in print, paper making and bookbinding. We are delighted to display some of the finished books on the ground floor of Llandaff Library alongside some of the inspirational books from our library’s own Artists’ Books Collection.
“An exhibition encasing hand bound and printed artist’s books. Exploring the definition of what is classified as a book and challenging the boundaries of any conventions, through experimentation with print, hand-made papers, typeface and use of unusual materials. Taking inspiration from a selection of artists’ books from Llandaff Library’s Special Collections, students and staff from Cardiff School of Art and Design make their own unique response, exploiting a diverse range of techniques in print making: mono print, lino print, screen print and collagraph along with added extra elements: pockets; hidden folds and found objects such as: feather, leaves, moss and hair.” Sarah Thomas, Exhibition Curator
Thanks to Sarah Thomas and Felicity Lockyear for curating this display and to the artists Gemma Schiebe, Julia Hopkins, Kim Jones, Sophie Burrows, Felicity Lockyear and Sarah Thomas.
All the library staff at Howard Gardens along with the Subject Librarian for Art and Design at Llandaff (Catherine Finch) each chose an artwork, work of design or other image and wrote a sentence or two to explain why we had chosen that particular one.
We did this to introduce ourselves to new students not with boring images of our faces but as people fascinated by art and design and the world just like our library users…..
These images were chosen for a variety of different reasons ranging from their political message, the appreciation of beauty, reminiscence and the pondering of big themes. Art is a powerful language!!
We will be wearing our chosen image on our staff ID card for the first few weeks of this term so that you can match the image to the person!
To get a glimpse of the art work we’ll be wearing, look at Cardiff Met’s blog for new students http://cardiffmetlibfreshers.wordpress.com/category/art-and-design/my-favourite-work-of-art/
By Jenny Godfrey, Art & Design and Visual Resources Librarian
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Jenny’s Art, Design and Architecture Blog
The September/October issue of Ceramic Review is rich with CSAD interest. Find this issue in the current journal shelves in Howard Gardens Library.