Miss Sarah Bodman

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About me

I am Senior Research Fellow for Artists' Books at the Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR), where I run projects investigating and promoting contemporary book arts.

I am also Programme Leader for MA Multi-disciplinary Printmaking at the Bower Ashton Campus. http://www.bookarts.uwe.ac.uk/people/sarah-bodman.html

I'm the editor of the Artist's Book Yearbook a biennial reference publication on contemporary book arts, published here at UWE by Impact Press, and also the editor of the Book Arts Newsletter and The Blue Notebook journal for artists’ books. I also write about artists’ books for ARLIS UK and Ireland, the journal Printmaking Today, and for a-n: https://www.a-n.co.uk/tag/artists-books-series

I also work with other institutions nationally and internationally, with the ABPP Artists’ Books Partnership-exhibition Programme which loans books from my CFPR collection to universities, collections, schools, societies, galleries, libraries and bookshops around the world. This programme runs on a rolling basis, with free loans of books to set up exhibitions, workshops, study groups or displays that promote the subject to a wider community.

I also completed a two-year AHRC funded research project with Tom Sowden in early 2010 -

'In an arena including digital and traditional artists' publishing formats - what will be the canon for the artist's book in the 21st Century?' which investigated the current state of artists' publishing in collaboration with artists, curators, academics, librarians and publishers.

Area of expertise

My research areas of interest include: artists' books and printmaking.

I curate exhibitions, write for reference publications and work with external institutions in the field of artists' books.

Some of my practice includes collaborating with the poet and artist Nancy Campbell, on an annual video and book production for World Book Night since 2010. Each event is in tribute to a particular novel. Our first collaboration was commissioned as part of the University of Dundee's AHRC funded project, Poetry Beyond Text: Vision, Text and Cognition, for which we produced Dinner and A Rose for Patricia Highsmith’s Ripley series. Since then we have made an annual collaborative book and video, inviting other artists and writers to join us on World Book Night. These include TOAST: A Night on Weevil Lake, on World Book Night, 2011, in tribute to Douglas Coupland's novel The Gum Thief, The Secrets of Metahemeralism, on World Book Night, 2012, in tribute to The Secret History by Donna Tartt; Some Small, Good Things, for World Book Night 2013 in tribute to Raymond Carver’s A Small, Good Thing; Post Office for Charles Bukowski in 2014, and Shine-On for Stephen King in 2015. For more information see: http://www.bookarts.uwe.ac.uk


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