The Sunderland Book Project is an international touring exhibition of handmade books, initiated by Book Artist and Printmaker Theresa Easton. The project features 61 ‘books’ by national, regional and international artists and aims to raise the profile of the city of Sunderland through the medium of artist’s books; it also provides a platform for artists to exhibit and showcase their work. The project has so far attracted over 70 participants from as far afield as Brazil and Canada. All topics and production methods have been considered, from the hand-crafted match box book to the traditional codex book. Julie Macbean, writes about how her experience of the project having encouraged further international work. “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.”
Launched in September 2011 at Arts Centre Washington, Tyne & Wear, The Sunderland Book Project exhibition has since toured libraries, universities, book shops, galleries and book fairs.
Bookwork that is submitted becomes part of The Sunderland Book Project touring exhibition. Exhibition venues in the UK have include University Gallery Teesside, Greenfield Arts Centre, Newton Aycliffe, Tom Trusky Exhibition cases, University of West of England, Empty Shop, Durham, Arts Centre Washington, Winter Gardens, Sunderland, Creative Cohesion, Sunderland, Newcastle City Library, the Last Chapter Sheffield, Quorum Business Park North Tyneside, Pyramid Atlantic, Washington DC, Bishop Auckland, BALTIC Gateshead, National Glass Centre Sunderland, Bede’s Bake House @ St Peter’s and Hendon Community Library, Sunderland.
The Sunderland Book Project aims to engage new participants, contributors and audiences to artist’s books through workshops, training, exhibitions and demonstrations in book making and printmaking. The project brief asks participants to make a book based on the city of Sunderland, leaving the choice of production methods open to the maker. Participants can submit work throughout the project period. If you would like to take part, host the Sunderland Book Project, contribute or just find out more, email firstname.lastname@example.org or download the application form HERE
Next venue: TBC or why not book an appointment with the Project initiator Theresa Easton and come and see the collection in her studio in Newcastle @36 Lime Street. Email email@example.com.