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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 SpecialCollections@cardiffmet.ac.uk

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 SpecialCollections@cardiffmet.ac.uk

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Richard Cox: Artists’ Books

All the books in the current display on the ground floor of Llandaff Library are from our Artists’ Books Collection and have been created by Richard Cox, who donated them to our growing collection.


Richard Cox

Richard Cox studied Fine Art for 8 years, moving to Wales and living here since1975. He has a background in teaching in various Art Schools in the UK and abroad, including as visiting lecturer at the RCA, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Kunstakademiet i Trondheim and Delhi College of Art.  He was Visual Arts Officer at The Arts Council of Wales, running the Artist in Residence programme between 1983 and 1998.

Recent Solo shows include “Subterranean Architecture: Stepwells in Western India” which has toured to 14 exhibition venues in the UK and India since 2008 and was shown at the Tamarind Gallery NYC and at Monclair State University, NJ in 2012. His most recent solo exhibition “1569” was seen at Aberystwyth University School of Art and Museum in 2015 and at Art Central in Barry in 2016. His work is represented in 27 public collections which include The National Museum of Wales, The Arts Council of Wales, Newport Museum, The British Council, New Delhi, The State Museum at Majdanek, Poland, Delhi College of Art, Bemis Centre for Contemporary Art USA, State of Rajasthan and at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

In January 2017 together with Sue Hunt (Senior Lecturer in Fine Art, Cardiff School of Art & Design) he is taking the international touring exhibition “Open Books” to the State Academy of Art in Rajasthan.  This exhibition originated by Mary Husted has toured in China, Australia, Hong Kong and Canada.

He was a Senior Lecturer in Cardiff School of Art & Design and Director of Howard Gardens Gallery from 2004 to 2013.


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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: http://studiointernational.com/index.php/about-studio-history

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 http://www.bl.uk/spare-rib 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: https://journalarchives.jisc.ac.uk/#/britishlibrary/sparerib 


“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.”

Read more at : http://www.rca.ac.uk/news-and-events/news/ark–royal-college-art-magazine-1950-1978/

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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Volumes of Vulnerability and Somerset Stones on display

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On display until May 5th in N Block ground floor In Gallery display cabinet in Cardiff School of Art and Design are two multi-part artists’ books Volumes of Vulnerability and Somerset Stones.

Volumes of Vulnerability curated by Susan Johanknecht and Katharine Meynell explores multiple artists’ views on risk and vulnerability and contains 20 artists’ books, a catalogue, an audio tape, a floppy disc and a CD-ROM. The work was published to accompany a touring exhibition ‘Volumes (of vulnerability)’ opening at The Standpoint Gallery 13th January – 20th February 2000 to coincide with the Millennium.

Somerset Stones is a work by Jill Barker revealing her explorations within a theme and comprises a ledger style drop back box containing letterpress and found objects with mirror, digital and woodblock prints, table of contents and description of the work. The work also contains four hardback bound books labelled vols 1 – 4 each containing a pebble and cut paper pages, one digital print of the pebble and a tide table for Watchett Jan-April. ‘Gift from the Sea’ is also part of the work – torn sheets of Somerset white satin paper in a flower press with digital print and stones with eye carving, two beach pebbles mounted on top and fixed with vacuum pack plastic.

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