Yesterday I met up again with the two students who had approached me about running a mini residency/project with Book Apothecary. Their project will form part of a new programme of work for 2012 and is one of 7 projects launching this year. Strangely about half of the people involved are Northumbria Uni students, not all from this residency, so a nice coincidence there.
The meeting was fantastic, lots to talk about as we started to flesh out how it will work. There are about 7 or 8 students involved in this particular project all working in different disciplines, all responding to the book format in some form and presenting their work in a modified vintage suitcase. Other projects in the programme include a travelling radio installation, a tour of train stations of work responding to the theme of journey, an animation book, a drawing project involving a group from Dyslexia North East, an altered books project and a Primary school tour. A group of photography students will also be involved in documenting all of the projects to go into a suitcase too.
The next stage is devising some workshops so that all the students are equipped to develop their ideas. So I'm planning some book making workshops at the uni. I scoped out the room I was reccommended yesterday, just need to find some tables, order lots of tools and we're go! The great thing about this workshop is that some of the books made will also be taken to a residency we're doing with ISIS Arts, so students will have the chance to make work for a live project. Hopefully many students will be interested in coming along. Once I have a date, i'll post it on here.
In the meantime, I'm still neck deep in making work for two shows opening next month. Last week I ran a modular sculpture workshop at globe gallery (www.globegallery.org) which will form part of the exhibition.
I also had the first meeting of a network I had set up called BAN (Book Artist Network) which brings together artists across the north east working with book art or artist books in some form. It went brilliantly, with 15 people turning up and another meeting scheduled next month to discuss what we want to do and make together. Contact me if you want to join?
I did manage to send off a big order of book sculptures for a Hotel too last week, so i'm quite pleased things are starting to free up and I can focus on Book Apothecary and this residency a bit more.