Following a six month refurbishment the National Glass Centre re-opened its doors at the weekend (29th & 30th June) to over 2,000 visitors alone on Saturday, with high visitor number on Sunday. I took the Sunderland Book Project along to exhibit and display to visitors and had an over whelming response to the project. Visitors were totally intrigued to learn about Artist’s Books and understand the ethos of the project.
It was a treat to be able to spend all day with books I new so well and yet had never really had the time to explore thoroughly!
I was intrigued by Susan Mortimer’s Quintet series, in one of the images in Susan’s book, a pile of ballast on the south side of the Wear seems to have stood still in time. The view across the river in the bright and yes, warm Sunday sunshine subtly influenced the books I talked about to visitors. The watery feel of Osama Lazkani’s book Longevity connected so well with the river, Andrew Wood’s Wildlife of the Metropolitan Borough of Sunderland proved to be an interesting talking point as visitors were challenged to identify how to get to Barmston Ponds and Melanie Shee’s heart felt story of her Cat Hartley brought to mind the previous glass works.
I enjoyed meeting some of the contributors for the first time, Annette Chevallier, Fiona Barnes and catching up with other contributors, Jo Cunningham, Melanie Shee and Karen Dodsworth. Just installed at Greenfield Arts Community & Centre, the Sunderland Book Project will on show in the gallery until 23rd July as part of ‘Abode’ exhibition of prints & books.
Future venues I am looking at include an Artists’ Book Fair in Milan Liber Salone.
This is an ongoing project and contributions are always welcome. For an application form download HERE.
The Sunderland Book Project is available for hire and exhibition, if you are interested please feel free to drop me a line. firstname.lastname@example.org