Professor Dennis de Caires and Dr Deborah Schultz co-organised a one day conference at Richmond on 20 March 2015 focusing on ‘Artists’ Books: Collaborations’.
The conference was supported by the International Visual Arts and Cultures (IVAC) research cluster and brought together artists, academics, museum curators and students from the UK, Switzerland and Germany to explore the many varied ways in which artists’ books operate as forms of collaboration.
Papers discussed collaboration in terms of word-image relations and combinations of materials, as well as the collaborative processes that underpin the production of artists’ books. Four of the papers were collaborative acts in themselves, involving two or more presenters. Thus both the books produced and the processes function as dialogues, in which ideas are exchanged and generated.
The conference concluded with a reception in the new space in the Asa Briggs building, where Nina Rodin (Trelex Residency, Switzerland) curated an exhibition of artists’ books, and Tamsin Clark (Tender Books, London) hosted a pop up of her Cecil Court bookshop.