turn the page Artists Book Fair and Symposium

turn the page Artists Book Fair and Symposium

May 24th

Book Fair
May 25th & 26th

The Forum- Norwich


The Fair

turn the page Artists Book Fair is a two day event held in the stunning glass Atrium of The Forum building in Norwich City Centre. This year the fair will be held on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th May. The only event of it’s type and caliber in the Eastern Region, the fair offers a unique platform for artists whose work is book based. turn the page 2018 will feature work by over 60 individual artists, small & fine presses, independent publishers and artists groups. 

turn the page are proud to announce a rare chance to see original artists’ books by award winning artist and novelist Audrey Niffenegger. Audrey’s artists books will be exhibited throughout the two days of the fair. Audrey began making prints in 1978 and trained as a visual artist at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She received her MFA from Northwestern University’s Department of Art Theory and Practice in 1991. Audrey has exhibited her artist’s books, prints, paintings, drawings and comics at Printworks Gallery in Chicago since 1987. In 2013, a major mid-career retrospective of her prints, paintings and artist’s bookworks opened at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC. Audrey’s first books were printed and bound by hand in editions of ten. Two have since been commercially published by Harry N. Abrams: The Adventuress and The Three Incestuous Sisters. turn the page will be exhibiting from a selection of Audrey’s artists books and prints, including these early books.

turn the page Artists; Book Fair 2018 has a new Creative Director, artist and publisher Rosie Sherwood. Rosie founded her artists book press As Yet Untitled in 2012 and has been exhibiting at turn the page since 2013. Rosie has this to say about turn the page,

“Taking over the directorship of turn the page has been a wonderful and exhilarating challenge. The fair has long been one of my favourite events in the UK art book arts scene and having the chance to contribute to the development of the fair is a joy. I am thrilled beyond imagining to be exhibiting work by Audrey Niffenegger, I have long been a fan of her work and the chance to share it at the fair is a privilege.

The artists, artists groups and publishers exhibiting at the fair this year represent some of the most exciting book artists working within the UK today and I am sure everyone visiting the fair will thoroughly enjoy and be inspired by the event.”

This years program of events will include live music, poetry performances from TOAST Poetry and UnFold (Lyrix Organix), talks from Nordic Letterpress Collaborative artist Imi Maufe, The Rebel(s) Day artist Glenn Holman, and much more…

Rosie said, “turn the page has a long history of a diverse and exciting program of events that compliment and enhance the book arts being exhibited. This year is no exception, with live music, poetry and artists talks as well as the exciting addition of the first ever turn the page Symposium the day preceding the fair.”


turn the page Artists Book Fair 2018 will feature:

The Norfolk Longbook – ttp’s community art project which aims to create UK’s longest concertina book handmade by the public in its final year

Posted/Unposted by the Nordic Letterpress Collabation will be exhibited during the fair

Creative Director Rosie Sherwood will exhibit a new book, created as part of her artist residency with the Marine Institute at Plymouth University.

Book Arts from University student groups including Camberwell College of Arts MA Book Arts, Lion and Lamb from UCA, ABC from University West England, University of Suffolk and Norwich University of Arts

Society of Bookbinders and volunteers from John Jarrold Print Museum will be demonstrating their specialisms over the two days.

Poetry readings from TOAST Poetry and UnFold from Lyrix Organix

Music curated by Tom Hyatt

Artist Talks 

A papermaking talk and demonstration from Mandy Brannan



The ‘ttp Graduate Prize Winner’ will be exhibiting new work and the ‘turn the page 2018 Book Prize’ winner will be announced prize on the last day of the event (26th May 2018).

The Symposium

We are delighted to announce Tom Sowden and Rosie Sherwood as the keynote speakers for the inaugural turn the page Artists Book Symposium. With two exciting panels the symposium will cover subjects as broad as the book as a journey, the collaborative space of the book, book arts in libraries and the architectural space of the book.

The symposium will be held in the auditorium at The Forum in central Norwich from 9.30am- 5.30pm on May 24th. Tickets for the symposium are available now.

Option A: Standard Symposium Fee- £65

Option B: Concession Symposium Fee (For students and unemployed- proof will be required)- £30

For full details, including the full line up and to download the registration form please visit our website www.turnthepage.org.uk/symposium


Tom Sowden is a practising artist, curator, lecturer, researcher and Head of the Design Field at Bath Spa University. His artists’ books are held in a range of national and international public collections. Tom is currently the Art Editor for the Artist’s Book Yearbook (Impact Press) and The Blue Notebook (Wild Conversations Press) and is one of the founders and organisers of the Bristol Artists Book Event held biennially at Arnolfini, Bristol. Tom’s artistic practice often involves a knowing but light-hearted reference to the book works of Ed Ruscha produced during the 1960s and 1970s. He uses Ruscha’s systems, processes and style to explore commonplace contemporary British concerns. He works across a number of disciplines, primarily with the artist’s book format but also video, photography, printmaking and sculpture.


Rosie Sherwood, turn the page Creative Director, will be delivering the afternoon plenary session. Rosie is an artist and publisher. Her work – showcased in exhibitions and collections – explores narrative, time and mapping. Rosie founded As Yet Untitled in 2012 to publish artists’ books and Elbow Room, an arts and literary journal. Rosie teaches at multiple universities, has been published on a range of subjects, most recently in the Artists Book Year Book, and will soon be starting an artist residency with the Marine Biology Institute at Plymouth University as part of her most recent project, Mapping in an Ever Moving Now.


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