The Sunderland Book Project @ BALTIC Artist’s Book Fair

The inspiration for Fabulous Books, Fantastic Places came from The Sunderland Book Project, Theresa Easton’s international artist’s book project, on show at the McGuiness Gallery (Bishop Auckland) and The Last Chapter (Sheffield).

Contributor Julie Macbean talks about her introduction to The Sunderland Book Project.

My entry to the Sunderland Book project marked a return to my interest of industrial heritage, after 9 months working on a memory project for my MA.
I have recently taken up the appointment of ‘Artist in Residence’ at the Darlington Campus of Teesside University, where I aim to produce a body of work that responds to the local environments and landmarks of Darlington, famous for its railway heritage. Seeing the town through the eyes of the Flaneur, and collecting visual inspiration as the Urban Spectator, looking at what is present today and how it is informed by its historical past. 
I have two scheduled solo shows this year to showcase this new work, the first will be in August at the Constantine Gallery in Middlesbrough campus, Teesside University. and the second will be in October / November in the Crown Street Gallery in Darlington. This venue will also be hosting ‘The big draw’ at the same time, with this in mind I am concentrating more on drawing in my work. I am also investigating printmaking as a source of artistic material to use in further artist books. Within the residency I work one day a week as a Fine Art Printroom Technician, where I have been working with students on creative courses, demonstrating ways to use bookbinding to enhance their written and visual assignments. 
I am currently engaged with an ‘Emerging Curators programme’ with Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA), where next year I hope to use my new skills to curate art exhibitions that give emerging artists a platform to show their work. 
I was a recent finalist in ‘The Best of Darlington Awards 2013’, shortlisted to the last three for my contributions to the Arts.
Inspired by the Sunderland Book Project I have submitted work into the ‘sketchbook project 2013’ which tours to 8 venues in Canada and America, and contributed to three international Print exchanges in USA and Canada and UK. I also considering starting a Tees Valley Book project similar to the Sunderland project in the near future. 
This year my work has been selected for the ‘Simple Pleasures’ Exhibition in the ‘Washington Arts Centre’, and in the ‘County Durham Open Exhibition’ in the ‘Bowes Museum’, Barnard Castle. It has also been exhibited in a variety of local Art and Business venues in the Tees Valley.

Julie Macbean will be one of the Sunderland Book Project contributors invigilating The Sunderland Book Project during BALTIC Artist’s Book Fair 14th & 15th June 2013 and available to speak to personally about her practice.


Julie Macbean 'Made in Sunderland'
Julie Macbean ‘Made in Sunderland’

The next deadline for submitting work for the Sunderland Book Project @BALTIC Artist’s Book Fair is 1st June.  Download an application & guidance notes HERE


One thought on “The Sunderland Book Project @ BALTIC Artist’s Book Fair

  1. What a lovely and inspiring collection – so full of touchable materials, and colour. I wanted to pick them all up and look through them. Who could have believed that a collection of personal thoughts from such a diverse and apparently unconnected set of individuals could come together into what felt like a family display. It made me want to rush out and make one myself. Alyson (a resident of Sunderland).

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