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Book Arts

Camberwell was the first college in the UK to provide specialist postgraduate study in the emerging field of Book Arts, and to attract students from all over the world. Fueled by advances in electronic information media and online publishing, the book has been freed from the traditional role as a container of information. Led by a teaching team of experienced educators and artists you will be encouraged to explore the concept of the book through analysis of its form and function and its changing nature with reference to historical context and the books relationship to current art practice.

Pathway Highlights

These include opportunities to participate at book fairs and visit special collections such as those at the Tate and the National Art Library at the Victoria & Albert Museum. A public exhibition at the end of the final unit gives you the possibility to explore the expanded book in a display or installation.

Book Arts Staff

The Book Arts teaching team is made up of experienced educators and practicing book artists. The pathway is led by Subject Leader, Susan Johanknecht, in 2000 she co-curated the artists’ book millennium project ‘volumes (of vulnerability)’ which included the work of 20 artists and toured internationally and in 2003-04 the ‘writing instructions/reading walls’ project has developed into the book ‘here are my instructions’. She is the founder of Gefn Press, a writer and curator. Course tutor Les Bicknell has work included in the collections of the National Art Library, Victoria & Albert Museum, the Rijksmuseum, and MOMA in New York, and is currently lead artist on several community based projects. Visiting tutors include Dr Helen Dougles who is co-founder of Weproductions, Maria Fusco, Tony Hayward, Virginia Nimarkoh an artist and curator, and Dr Redell Olsen, a poet and editor of How2′ internet journal. The critic and curator Paul Tebbs, whose writing regularly appears in Sourse, Afterimage and Art Review leads the Postgraduate Professional Development unit.

Book Arts Wikispace

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Welmoet Wartena–                   –Ying Sun–                            –Z. Sera Sade


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