BALTIC Artist’s Book Fair (BABF) June 14th & 15th 2013 –

APPLICATIONS FOR BALTIC ARTIST’S BOOK FAIR ARE NOW CLOSED.  If you would still like to get involved in the fair, check out The Sunderland Book Project or NEPN.

For two days only, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary art plays host to a national two day Artist’s Book Fair in collaboration with local Book Artist Theresa Easton.  Level 1 at Baltic becomes a market place of exhibiting book stalls and interactive exhibitions of book work.  There are opportunities to meet the artists, have a go at bookmaking, purchase and collect affordable artwork.



Lucy May Schofield’s mobile library, home to over 150 artist made books and publications, offers a unique reading experience to anyone in need of a dose of handheld art.

The Principles of Divergence by Theresa Easton
The Principles of Divergence by Theresa Easton

Located in the Archive & Library on Level 2, is Yvette Hawkin’s collection of travelling suitcases The Book Apothecary.

Cleveland College of Art
Cleveland College of Art

Also, buried within the library shelves are a series of sculpted book work by students graduating from Cleveland College of Art and Design  in BA Applied Arts for Enterprise.

North East Photography Network (NEPN) showcase the vibrancy of contemporary photography book work.

The Sunderland Book Project on tour
The Sunderland Book Project on tour

The Sunderland Book Project comes to town and offers visitors the chance to explore the city through the medium of artist’s books produced by over 56 regional, national and international artists.

Level 2, Quay exhibition space 1st June – 23rd June 2013

Working alongside printmaker and book artist Theresa Easton, participants explore the art of bookmaking using printmaking techniques and themes close to home such as identity, learning between generations, social history and storytelling. The exhibition is part of the Festival of the North Easts celebratory events marking the temporary return to the region of the Lindisfarne Gospels.

those taking part include:

Tyneside Women’s Health

Greenfield Community &  Arts Centre

The North Tyneside Intergenerational Volunteer Project & pupils from Richardson Dees Primary  School Wallsend

Hartlepool Borough Council Culture & Information and Youth Services

Newcastle City Learning and Newcastle City Council

Sumi Perera, whose personal work features in collections including Tate Britain and the V&A Museum, brings to BALTIC’s Level 2 a collection of hand made artists’ books from Beijing, entitled 15:1.  Created at     Beijing’s Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) 2007, during a teaching visit there by Perera, the work explores experimental book structure and paper engineering.

Shun Shi Hua
Shun Shi Hua
'Derwent' by John Strachan. 62 x 36 cms, Chinese Xuan paper, Chinese inks,

‘Derwent’ by John Strachan. 62 x 36 cms, Chinese Xuan paper, Chinese inks,

Friday 14th June 10-12 Calligraphy Writing with Dr Manny Ling. Booking Details

Dr Manny Ling is a world renowned calligrapher and he is an Honorary Fellow of the Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society. He is a also Senior lecturer in Design at the University of Sunderland. His work is featured in numerous publications and he has exhibited in the UK, France, Finland and Australia.

This taster session will introduce you to the writing of calligraphy with a broad edged pen. You will be introduced to the main tools and materials for calligraphy. We will be exploring the Italic script with pen, ink and paper. The session will introduce you to the fundamental principles of calligraphy such as pen angle, proportion, rhythm, etc. The workshop will provide all tools and materials.

Words Set Free, 23 x 23 cms, Pyrography, gouache, metal leafs

Words Set Free, 23 x 23 cms, Pyrography, gouache, metal leafs

Deidre Thompson 'Altogether'

Deidre Thompson ‘Altogether’

Friday 14th June 2-4pm  ‘Lets be Books’ with with Deidre Thompson  Booking details

In this workshop Deidre will look at traditional methods of bookbinding that can be used to make notebooks or for binding of “artist book, using basic hand tools and looking at resources and materials.

Green by Deidre Thompson

Green by Deidre Thompson

Deidre Thompson is a stationery bookbinder.  She makes books to commission. These books have honest structures and made from good and true materials. Goatskin, linen thread, beeswax, colour pigments, marbled paper and rag paper.

Thompson makes books to record the celebration around a birth or a marriage, a book that honors a life or a death. Books for love and for hate.

Books that look like the way you feel inside.

Books for artists, poets, designers, printers, scientists and dads.

Books that are bold, brave, strong, dynamic, sturdy and lovely.

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