Sarah Bodman and Tom Sowden – University of the West of England

Sarah Bodman and Tom Sowden are based at the Centre for Fine Print Research, UWE, Bristol, where they explore many aspects of artists’ publishing: from the conception and history of the artist’s book to creative processes and output, current developments and critical assessments of the subject. Through CFPR’s research projects and collaborations, they hope to widen critical discourse within the book arts field.

Bodman and Sowden also write regular articles And essays for external publications, give public lectures and curate Exhibitions and loan programmes of artists’ books to promote the study of book arts nationally and internationally Bodman and Sowden will explore some of the ways in which national and International artists are working with the book today. From the beauty of the physical, to page-based explorations of text and image, to the accessibility of free downloads, the immediacy of print-on-demand, and the crossovers and relationships between books and video. Now that books can be paper-based or screen-based, our questions aren’t so much about how artists are making Books today, but why are they making them? And what is it inside them that is still so exciting to us as the viewer or reader?