The Sunderland Book Project Participants

Pauline Alldis

The Port of Sunderland

Pauline Alldis is primarily a painter of Portraits, Figurative and Wildlife. She has always enjoyed a diverse range of artistic practices such as sculpting in clay, stone and wood. The Sunderland Book Project follows on this trend with the new skill and challenges involved, including the different printing methods and how to construct a range of artist’s books.

The Port of Sunderland is an extremely condensed snap shot of the history of Sunderland’s Port. Picking out only a few of the key points and dates.  Alldis’s direct family history, Grandfather, Father and more are part of this history, both in early fishing and the height of shipbuilding. This has made the discoveries and memories all the more personal and enjoyable.

Helen Auburn (UK)

Helen Auburn

The Lambton Worm

 Helen Auburn graduated from SunderlandUniversitywith a BA in Glass & Ceramics in 2011.  She is interested in a wide range of arts and crafts, particularly the hand made object. Being able to make her own books is a new skill to Auburn’s repertoire. She plans to use these new skills to develop her ideas. The Lambton Worm is an old folk’s tale about a worm that tormented the people of the North East in the old days. The story is written in the Mackem (Sunderland) dialect and includes illustrations of the characters in the story.

Sue Bennett (UK)

Sue Bennett

How Captain Johnson brought the horse from Treport

Sue Bennett’s practice is a process of engagement – with people, it is a creative collaboration.  Her particular specialism is bookbinding; artist’s books are a natural progression in her practice

In the past, Bennett has worked forSunderlandUniversitythe result of which is in an abiding and affectionate attachment to the city.

How Captain Johnson brought the horse from Treport is a tale reproduced from ‘’Tales and Ballads from Wearside’’ by John Green, 1897.  Much of the story is told in local dialect and is a wonderful picture of wily maritime characters.  The book is sewn as a single section, traditionally bound volume including a reproduction period map as end papers and simple hand drawn illustrations by the artist.


Les Bicknell (UK)

Les Bicknell

Before the Unavoidable Journey

The book, a symbol of power and knowledge can be a vehicle for direct communication; it is a form that is understood in these terms.  Yet, repositioning its context and redirecting its purpose challenges these very notions.  The work becomes a question rather than an answer, collaboration in the mind and hand between maker and reader/viewer.  Before the Unavoidable Journey centres on the idea of the scribe and transposition.  Folding and digital printing of images and text alongside the handwritten are used to explore the idea of the scribe, the next stage after life and the labyrinth of thinking involved in developing understanding.  The Sunderland Book Project provided Les Bicknell with the chance to reconnect with the work of Bede.

Fiona Barnes (UK)

Fiona Barnes

Freemasons’ Hall, Queen StreetSunderland.

Fiona Barnes is currently a 3rd Year FD Photography student at Sunderland University undertaking a documentary project based on the Masonic Hall in Hendon, Sunderland.  Freemasons’ Hall presents a small canvas book containing images of the oldest purpose built meeting place in the world.

Jennie Brockington & Karen Dodsworth (UK)

Jennie Brockington & Karen Dodsworth

To the Lighthouse

Both printmakers studied at SunderlandUniversityand have a keen interest in documentation. Karen Dodsworth has spent her life in the city of Sunderland.  Their collaboration documents the change taking place along the riverside.  To the Lightouse documents historical and contemporary structures in the form of a pamphlet stitched book using silk screen, lithography and digital acrylic transfers.

Grupo Gralha Azul (Brazil)

SunderlandCity of Glass


Porto Gralha Azul are a Brazilian based group of artist’s, located inPorto Alegre.  They are interested in researching artist’s books and participate in international exhibitions in order to promote their work.  Past exhibitions and fairs have included 2011 Doverodde Artist’s Book Festival Denmark, European International Book Art Biennale, Satu MareRomaniaand Artbooks in Archivio Castel Sab Oietro, BologneItaly.

Grupo Gralla Azul

Sunderland City of Glass presents a distorted vision of a glass worker presented in a transparent, acrylic wallet.

Grupo Gralla Azul

Sunderlandconsists of a series of 20 postcard style images ofSunderland, designed by 13 artists belonging to ‘Oficina do Livro de Artista’.  Subjects  include Lewis Carroll’s connection to the city, St Peter’s,HiltonCastle andWearmouthBridge.


Chio’ (Italy)


A View on

Chio’ was born in Milan in 1967.  After graduating from the Brera Academy of Art, she became the studio assistant for the sculptor Somaini.  She coupled her passion for paper and the written word with sculptures that powerfully evoked the narrative.  This naturally progressed towards making book work with a strong sculptural influence. The Sunderland Book Project is fascinating because it provides Chio’ with the opportunity to join together images, form and words.

Chio’, along with Monica Rocca, Demis Marturano and Rossella Marino, form the small publishing houseInchiostro working with print, paper pulp and sculpture.

Dominic Colquitt (UK)

Dominic Colquitt


Dominic Colquitt moved toSunderlandin 1983 fromDudleyin theWest Midlandto embark on a Fine Art (Painting & Printmaking) Degree at Sunderland Polytechnic.  Colquitt was at the time drawn to the proximity of theNorth Seaand the shipbuilding industry. In 1990, Colquitt began a PGCE inBirmingham.   In 2011, Colquitt returned to the North East for the first time in 20 years to watch his football team, Wolverhampton Wanderes playSunderland.  He took the opportunity to visit some familiar places, with the inevitable disorientation and reassurance.  The Sunderland Book Project provided the opportunity to reflect on this experience and produce a visual statement based around some ofSunderland’s landmarks.

Jo Cunningham (UK)

Jo Cunningham

Sunderland: City of Seagulls

Born and brought up in the Cumbrian coastal town ofMillom, Jo has always been fascinated by the sea and sea life.  Before making a career in museums, Cunningham studied Marine Zoology. Jo has worked at the Sunderland Winter Gardens since 1992 and continues to be inspired by the place, the people and the Museum’s collections.

Sunderland: City of Seagulls features mono-prints and screen prints exploring the life of the herring gull, a prolific resident of the City of Sunderland.

Joseph J Field (UK)

Joseph J Field

Mr Stothard’s Letter

Joseph J Field came to art as a second profession following retirement as a civil engineer and chief officer in local government. He has an MA in printmaking and exhibits prints and artist’s books nationally and internationally.

During 2009 & 2010 he worked in collaboration with a photographer on ‘Tracks & Traces’ in which both practitioners reflected upon the history and landscape of their local area.  Artist’s books were created around the memories of local people – one childhood memory of a local farmer and the subsequent discovery of a letter in a family archive linked Grosmout with wartime Sunderland.  The core of the book is Joseph Field’s transcription of a letter written by Mr Stothard of Newsilksworth to Mr & Mrs Prosser of White House Farm, Grosmout on 26th October 1941.

Emma Garnham (UK)

Emma Garnham

A Journey gets you from A to B


Graduating in July 2011 with a Ceramic & Glass degree from SunderlandUniversity, Garnham has previously combined glass and print in her work. The Sunderland Book Projecthas allowed her to expand her techniques and ideas through artist’s books.

A Journey gets you from A to B is created from a combination of screen-printing and lino printing techniques to convey images of journeys the artist partakes in her daily life to and from the city ofSunderland. The journeys are described by images of transport and routes from her home inSuffolk, her home in the North East and by the places she sees on a day-to-day basis.

Tricia Green(UK)

Tricia Green

A picture is worth a thousand words but a book is priceless

Tricia Green is a glass and ceramics artist and has a studio at the National Glass Centre in Sunderland. She produces a variety of work including tableware, decorative panels and screens and highly polished cast glass pieces Green also undertakes individual commissions. Green grew up in Sunderland, which was once a thriving, international hub of shipbuilding, pottery and glassmaking. It is also home to the oldest surviving example of stained glass in Britainand where the Codex Amiatinus was produced at St. Peter’s Church during the time of the Venerable Bede.  A picture is worth a thousand words but a book is priceless is a selection of screen-printed images created using photographs and hand drawn details depicting personal memories of Sunderland.  

Victoria Johnson (UK)

Victoria Johnson


Victoria Johnson studied at SunderlandUniversityand graduated in Glass & Ceramics in 2011. Riversideillustrates the sculptures and buildings viewed while walking fromWearmouthBridge to the National Glass Centre.  The artist documented this journey, using her own photographic images. On the reverse of this page is a drawn view of the south side of the river.


Elizabeth Kane (UK)

Elizabeth Kane

Alice’s Adventures

Elizabeth is a self-employed artist. She has exhibited in group shows inNewcastle,Sunderland,South Shieldsand Hexham. Elizabeth sells her work at Tynemouth Market and The Customs House Box Office & Gallery.

Living in Whitburn and studying inSunderland(BA Hons Fine Art) Elizabeth Kane was interested in Carroll’s connection to both places. Lewis Carroll enjoyed the sea views at Roker when visiting his cousin Margaret Wilcox (wife of the Collector of Customs inSunderland) resident of Highcroft, Whitburn. This became one of his sources of inspiration.

The clocks featured in the book where either made bySunderland chronographers or sold by retailers inSunderland. The final two page spread is based on an original drawing of Roker beach.

Nicola Maxwell (UK)

Nicola Maxwell

New Towns, New Worlds

Nicola Maxwell is a photographic artist and arts educator based in the North East of England. She works predominately with galleries, museums and lectures on a regular basis.  She specialises in working with young people outside of mainstream education. Maxwell also exhibits at National level.

Her personal practice is based around our interaction and use of nature and the natural environment simulated or otherwise. Maxwell’s work is predominately large format photography.

New Towns, New Worlds begins to explore the green spaces developed in Washington New Town and references the text used by the quango when developingWashington.

Helen McCookerybook (UK)

Helen McCookerybook

Sing a Song of Sunderland

Helen McCookerybook studied Foundation in Art at Sunderland Polytechnic in the 1970’s, then Printmaking at Brightonbefore joining a punk band.  Helen McCookerybook is now a music lecturer.  Sing a song of Sunderland is hand bound printed Vellum paper.

Susan Mortimer (UK)

Susan Mortimer

Sunderland Quintet

The Sunderland Book Project provided Susan Mortimer with a purpose to visit and photograph the National Glass Centre and its surroundings.  Mortimer studied book binding as part of an advanced print making course atCroydonCollegein 1986.  Since that time she has frequently created artist’s books and zines, including most recently Mail Art One and MAT zine.

Sunderland Quintet contains 12 full page colour digital printed photographs documenting a day trip toSunderland and the National Glass Centre in July 2011.

Danial Ollivere (UK)

Danial Ollivere


Danial Ollivere is a student studying at St Bedes Catholic School, Lanchester, CountyDurham.  He became involved in The Sunderland Book Project during a Creative Partnership project at the school during the Summer term of 2011.  Creative Partnerships provided students with the opportunity to develop new skills in making and developing products for sale. As a life long supporter of Sunderland FC Danial Ollivere was keen to explore the printing and making of an artist’s book based on the team strip.  He was inspired by Graham Smith’s artist’s book Sunderlandand set about creating his own interpretation using silk-screen and concertina style design under the direction of Creative Partnership artist Theresa Easton.   For more information on the creative student group PrintPerfect 

Jacqueline Quinn (UK)

Jacqueline Quinn

Driving to Sunderland

Quinn was inspired to create this origami style book, after having worked inSunderlandover a period of time. The experience of driving to the city and returning to her home near the mouth of theTynemade a significant impression on Quinn and is reproduced as a monoprint on zerkall paper.  The origami box contains an artist’s book with individual monoprints.

Cindy Robinson-Begg (UK)

Cindy Robinson-Begg

Childhood through the Looking Glass I, II and  III

Cindy Robinson-Begg is an artist living and working in the North East of England, specialising in printmaking and works on paper.  Robinson-Begg is currently (2011) studying for an MA in Fine Art at theUniversityofSunderland. Born inSunderland, Robinson-Begg lived there until the age of ten and has happy memories of visits to the parks which always seemed so magical.

Childhood through the Looking glass I, is a short folded booklet, printed on both sides with photo Lithography on Hahnemuhle paper. The book shows photographs taken by the artist in Sunderland Parks and references Lewis Carroll’s connection to the city ofSunderland.

Childhood through the Looking glass II is a matchbook style booklet of photographic images on white kozo paper.

Childhood through the Looking glass III is a hard backed book with additional signatures containing verses from Lewis Carrolls ‘Through the Looking Glass’.

Tony Redman (UK)

Tony Redman


Tony Redman was born in Sunderland has been practicing as an artist for the past 25 years.  The Sunderland Book Project provided Redman with the opportunity to develop his love of printmaking with words and pictures.

Monica Rocca (Italy)

Monic Rocca

A Little Tribute

Monica Rocca lives and studies in Milan, Italy.  The Sunderland Book Project provided her with the opportunity to develop new skills and techniques in her practice. Rocca has in the past visited the North East of England and was struck by the history, the countryside and cities.  A Little Tribute is a double sided concertina style book connecting the sea, countryside and rich history of the city of Sunderland using water colour, charcoal and pencils.

Rocca along with Marina Chiocchetta, Demis Marturano and Rossella Marino  form the small publishing houseInchiostro working with print, paper pulp and sculpture.

Theresa Easton (UK)

Theresa Easton

The Sunderland Book

Theresa Easton is the initiator of The Sunderland Book Project.

The idea for the project began after a visit toWashingtonDCin 2009 with a group of visual artists, musicians and poets, supported by Sunderland City Council. The support provided the opportunity to visit Pyramid Atlantic Arts Centre and take part in Artomatic, an annual exhibition of visual arts, music and performance.

Easton wanted to continue these newly established connections and, with a background in printmaking and artist’s books, decided on an international & national touring exhibition of artist’s books based on the city ofSunderland.

The Sunderland Book has been created using silk screen & photo lithography and follows the traditional Chap Book style. The book includes transcripts of the achievements ofSunderland based shipbuilder and engineer William Pile.  A cod’s head and mackerel’s tail was the traditional shape favoured by British boat designers.

Theresa Easton & Ian Horn (UK)

Theresa Easton



Thomas MM Hemy  (1852-1937), a local Sunderlandbased artist, was commissioned in 1895 by Sunderland AFC to paint a picture of the team in action. Thought to be the oldest painting of an Association Football match, the 1895 fixture is on permanent display in the entrance way of the Stadium of Light.  Ian Horn is a life long Sunderland FC supporter and like many visitors to The Stadium of Light is greeted by the painting.  It was this familiarity that initiated the poem Hemy.


Graham Smith (UK)

Graham Smith

Sunderland from Oak to Iron


Graham Smith produces limited editions of prints and editions of artist’s books.  He is an active committee member of the Printmakers Council.  He is interested in responding to a set brief as it opens up fresh challenges and introduces new ideas.  Sunderland from Oak to Iron presents a concertina book digitally printed using archival inks showing images of men at work inn iron ship building.

Sunderlandrecords the history by date and place name of Sunderland Football Club as well as the change in the strip and an indication of the changes in ball design.

Ann Bowen (UK)

Ann Bowen

Sea Shanties

Pawz for Thought

Ann Bowen

Ann Bowen is a visual artist with a broad range of interests.  Sunderland, sea, ships and sailors leads to sea songs.  Sea Shanties contains original lettering designed by Ann Spark.  Sunderland based animal rescue group, Pawz For Thought are here celebrated in a zig zag designed book containing original photographs.

Catriona Stamp (UK)

Catriona Stamp

Sampling Sunderland Glass

Catriona Stamp has made artist’s books for 12 years.  In 2010 she completed an MA in Fine Art (Site and Archive Interventions) which made The Sunderland Book Project an ideal project that combines both these preoccupations.  Stamp is fascinated by the interweaving of a place and its history, particularly its industrial history, which made selecting the glass heritage ofSunderlandand the current use of glass in the cityscape a relevant choice.  The book has a form of Coptic-sewn binding portraying carefully-chosen photographs, drawings, and maps to explore some ofSunderland’s glass-making heritage and current use of glass in the cityscape.

Alyson Stoker (UK)

Alyson Stoker

Catch the Light

Alyson Stoker graduated from theUniversityofSunderlandin 2004 and since 2006 has worked on community art projects. Alyson has strong links to Southwick having grown up in the area and moved back in 1994. Through employment as an artist and running art clubs at Southwick Community Primary School Alyson became involved in the ‘Catch the Light’ lantern festival. Alyson has worked as an artist/project manager on this event for the past 5 years.

The concertina style book contains a combination of relief printed and screen printed images inspired by the ‘Catch the Light’ lantern festival. Since 2003 this annual event has brought light to Southwick, the most deprived area inSunderland. Lantern making workshops are run over a two week period fromSouthwickCommunityPrimary School. The lanterns are carried in a procession around the streets of Southwick whilst singing our theme tune ‘Catch a falling star’. The procession of light represents the hopes of both individuals and the whole community. It is a celebration of friendship and community spirit.

Pauline Taylor (UK)

Pauline Taylor

Growing in Sunderland

Pauline Taylor is a visual artist who works with people of all ages often making kites, banners and objects related to the wind.  She has worked for over 20 years in community arts and education and runs INFINITE ARTS, a creative Arts Organisation based inSunderland.

Growing in Sunderland represents things that grow inSunderland: leaves, trees, people and ideas.

Diana Isa Vallini (Italy)

Diana Isa Vallini

The Sunderland Vessel


Diana Isa Vallini was born in Felonica (Mantua).

She now lives and works in Legnago, Verona, Italy.

She completed humanistic studies at the Institute of St. Vincent in Ferrara, and artistic studies at the Art Institute of M. Callas Castelmassa (Ro).

She experiments with her art and constantly renews her expressive choices in constant dialectic with contemporary art.

Diana Isa Vallini chose to take part in this project because she is interested in exploring new places, new customs, new cultures.

The Sunderland Vessel was inspired a plunge between present and past to discover The Beecroft, a ship built in the T. R. Oswald’s construction site in 1875 and bought by the Italian ship owner Repetto di Camogli.

Arvon Wellen (Spain)

Arvon Wellen

Bede and the Shipbuilder’s Wife

Arvon Wellenhas always been interested in the relationship between text and image, not just in terms of illustration but more importantly in terms of associated ideas.

Bede and the Shipbuilder’s Wife consists of a group of digital prints based on a series of specially prepared drawings, supported by a short text.  The digital prints were influenced both by calligraphic forms and by the massive shapes relating to the machinery used on heavy industry such as shipbuilding.  The book aims to demonstrate the way technology has shaped our view of history, where the introduction of the quill pen and the codification of stories changed the view we have ourselves. The oral tradition was replaced, not by a greater truth but by a different kind of history.  In more recent times it took the images of women working with machinery to change attitudes and the way we perceive ourselves. Sunderland stands as an example of where all these changes took place.

Anna Welsh (UK)

Anna Welsh

Roker (20 Yards to the Beach)

Using illustration, photography, poetry and referencing local history, Anna Welsh is interested in documenting her local surroundings of Roker, Sunderland.  Roker (20 Yards to the Beach) was submitted as part of an illustration degree at Sunderland University and then later exhibited at the National Glass Centre, Sunderland as part of the Songs of the Sea exhibition.

Frances Whinn (UK)

Francis Whinn


Frances Whinn is an art teacher and ‘Jack of all Trades’ with a passion for printmaking.  Taking part in The Sunderland Book Project and creating artist’s books has added a new dimension to her practice. Francesis particularly interested in the personal nature of the bookmaking outcome, something made by hand that requires the viewer to hold and interact with in order to appreciate it fully.

Coastline represents a screen printed map of theSunderland coastline highlighting historical and cultural landmarks.

Michelle Wood (UK)

Michelle Wood

No 169 Ship

As a printmaker and bookbinder, Michelle Wood was keen to use her summer break from teaching to make some work.  This project provided an impetus and focus for that.  Michelle Wood once worked as an economic geographer and was drawn to the industrial heritage of Sunderland: she wanted to map some of the city’s earlier industries.  Making a research visit to the city, calling at The Winter Gardens, the MonkwearmouthStationMuseumand the National Glass Centre, Michelle collected a series of notes and photographs forming the basis for No 169 Ship.  The book focuses on the seafaring tradition ofSunderland and uses imagery relating to its industrial heritage, including shipbuilding, glass and pottery works.  Lithographs are combined with digital prints; the hand-produced prints were made using the facilities of Northern Print inNewcastle.

Andrew Wood (UK

Andrew Wood

Wildlife of the Metropolitan Borough of Sunderland

Andrew Wood graduated from SunderlandUniversity.  He is an artist working in a wide range of media from sculpture to print to video and sound works.  The Sunderland Book Project provided Wood with the opportunity to re-connect with the city.  Wildlife of the Metropolitan Borough of Sunderland celebrates the flora and fauna located in specific areas ofSunderland.

Roberto Ghisellini Zenesi (Italy)

Roberto Ghisellini Zenesi


Roberto Ghisellini Zenesi

Ship Yards

Roberto Ghisellini Zenesi has been a practicing artist for over 40 years.  Ghisellini Zenesi was drawn to The Sunderland Book Project through his research into the portof Sunderland, ‘Il Porto’.  Three aspects intrigued him, the port as a base for a trip, the port as a set of lights and colours and the port as a yard or ‘Arsenale’. HUGS and KISSES to CARD refers to the correspondence carried by ships to other parts of the world through their maritime routes.  Shipyards is a tribute to the shipyard workers and the struggle for work.

Helen Schell (UK)

Moon Diary – First woman and first artist on the Moon

Helen Schell Moon Book
Helen Schell (UK) Moon Diary

Helen Schell is a Sunderland based artist, with a studio in Newcastle, making mixed media artworks about space and astrophysics. Formerly maker in residence at the Centre for Life,Helen Schell developed a children’s workshop creating a Moon diary, where children recorded an imaginary trip to the Moon.

Helen Schell Moon Diary

Moon Diary presents a small book of writing, drawings and collage about the Moon, real facts and imaginary information.

Marina Bancroft (Canada)


Voyage detail by Marina Bancroft

Marina Bancroft is a mixed media artist based on the island of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She has participated in many group exhibitions and her works are part of public and private collections. “Working intuitively and playing with materials is a way to be in touch another area of life not easily or immediately understood.”

Voyage by Marina Bancroft

For the last few years she has been experimenting with the book format. “This book is based on the city maps of Sunderland and provided an opportunity to take a voyage of discovery. By using a travel watercolour kit and slowing down, the imaginary trip along the River Wear to the sea became a joyful experience.”

Steve Dales (UK)

I very much enjoyed visiting the Sunderland Maritime Heritage Trust workshop as a ‘research’ trip for another project on 19th Century migration in Co.Durham. My granddad was a fisherman in Hull back in the thirties and done a bit of sailing. Boats are amazing things and so are the men that make and fix. Steve Dales

Detail ‘Clinker built & Coble’ by Steve Dales

Three pop-ups featuring ships and boats connected to Sunderland.

The text is taken from journals of emigrants who traveled on the City of Adelaide and from a transcript of WWII Pathe newsreel.

Steve Dales

Clare Rogers (UK)

Clare Rogers is an artist based in Plymouth, Devon and is interested in text based drawings and handmade books.  Rogers works with repetition and redaction making work from paper, card, ink and carbon paper.

Recent work “From here you can almost see the sea”,  was part of an exhibition at Bank Street Arts, Sheffield.  For The Sunderland Book Project, “Absence”, presents a collection of poems using a redaction process taken from articles in the Sunderland Echo on line; “they reflect a feeling of distance and disconnection; a sense of absence”.

Grupo Gralha Azul (Brazil)

This is Sunderland/Isto e` Sunderland is the third contribution to The Sunderland Book Project by Grupo Gralha Azul based in Brazil.  The groups contribution consists of Bete Domingos, Ieda Mariano, Leci Bohn, Jane Balconi, Jane Godoy, Jeanete E Kohler, Luiza Gutierrez, Maria Darmeli Araujo, Maria do Carmo T. Kuhn, M.Julieta Damasceno Ferreira, Neiva M. Leite, Sirlei Caetano, Tania Luzzatto, There Reis, Therezinha Fogliato Lima, Vera Presotto  and co-ordinated by Mara Caruso.  This is Sunderland has been made in an edition of 21 and presents a collection of words and pictures associated with the, city.  Vera Presotto depicts one of the many ducks visiting Roker Park, while Sirlei Caetano depicts a seaside shell printed onto fine paper.  The book is a connection between artists and city and is a fantastic example of the spirit of The Sunderland Book Project.

Ousama Lazkani (UK)

Ousama Lazkani is just one of the latest contributors to The Sunderland Book Project, presenting an Asian Turtle associated to longevity, expressing the deep rooted history of Sunderland. ‘Longevity’ is an artist book consisting of 2 water-based wood engraving prints on Japanese rice paper and two hand-marbled pages laser cut pages.  The styles and techniques connect directly with the city.  The marbled paper represents the watery Wear and the rich green references the greenery and vegetation of the city.  Ousama Lazkani is currently a PhD candidate at Aberystwyth University and is interested in the relationship between Eastern & Western artistic approaches.

Arvon Wellen (UK & Spain)

Arvon Wellen

Arvon Wellen’s interest lies in the language of machinery and the symbols employed in the diagrams that illustrate industrial and mechanical devices.  However, the human relationship to machines is the most important element that goes towards understanding the reasons behind industrial development and the consequences thereafter.  The science museum has always been a source of inspiration.  Wellen trained as a lithographer and sculptor but as a student in Leicester, he was substantially influenced by Rigby Graham who introduced him to the artist’s book.  George Stephenson was an inspiration because he brought together a number of ideas that provided a practical solution to the problem of transporting coal.  This development in and around Sunderland inspired Wellen to look at the nature of the “iron horse” with its steam, fire and smoke.  The railway line itself was important as it forged its iron passageway across fields and intruded into the landscape, which would never be the same again.   The Hetton to Sunderland Railway – George Stephenson’s first Railway includes lines of text summarising George Stephenson’s achievements in building the railway from Hetton colliery to Sunderland in 1822.  The railway gave the opportunity for Sunderland to grow and for industry to expand in the 19th century.

The prints are intended to express the nature of this railway system with its “iron horse” that introduced iron, fir and steam into the landscape.  There was euphoria at the opening of the line as people from Britain and abroad realized the potential of this achievement and what it would mean for the future.

Beth J Ross (UK)

Beth J Ross

Beth J Ross moved to the North East in 2004 and only discovered Seaburn in 2009 after being taken there by a friend.  The place brought to mind melancholic, early childhood memories of the seaside and has become a very special place for Beth J Ross and her children. Ross I currently studying for a foundation degree in Fine Art. Welcome to Sunny Seaburn is composed of a chip box made from a page from the Sunderland Echo, filled with hand cut and printed chips showing a deserted Seaburn.  Chip box can be popped open and chips removed to reveal images of Queens Café and the penny slots.

Carole Robinson (UK)

Carole Robinson is essentially a printmaker trying to make sense oof the world through glass and mixed media. Over the years Robinson has been influenced by Abstract  Expressionism or works that convey powerful emotions through colour and content.  Robinsons ideas integrate life events inspired by travel and nature – Robinson has a profound interest in maps, culture, books and ancient artefacts.  Robinson chose this project because she loves to research new places and was delighted to discover the countless historical, literary and cultural elements Sunderland has to offer.  ‘Little Libri’ is an accordion folded book using handmade water colour paper, painted, scanned and printed.  Warm glass covers reference the city’s glass heritage with pages intertwined with descriptive dictionary definitions and images of Wearmouth, Bede and St Peter’s Church.

Carole Robinson

Julie Macbean (UK)

Julie Macbean recently completed an MAFA in painting and printmaking.  She is interested in industrial heritage and the nostalgia surrounding it and came across The Sunderland Book Project at Teesside University. ‘Made in Sunderland’ refers to shipbuilding on the Wear and its decline.

Julie Macbean

Dawn Felicia KNox (UK)

Dawn Felicia Knox in collaboration with writer Richard W. Hardwick.

‘Tiny Glittering Pieces’ Dawn Felicia Knox & Richard W Hardwick

Dawn Felicia Knox’s artwork is a distillation of found and constructed narratives which are bound together with ephemera, found objects, photographs and sculpture resulting in art objects and environments.  Her work is research driven yet steeped in wonder.  ‘Tiny Glittering Pieces’ features the work of Richard W. Hardwick, a writer whose first novel, published by Beautiful Books, was written after working as a social worker in Sunderland Youth Offending Service

The Forgetting Curve Dawn Felicia Knox

‘The Forgetting Curve’ is made using blue prints and ephemera salvaged from abandoned shopfitters in Sunniside, Sunderland.  Each book tells the story of the building and its workers through materials, words and images.

Pauline Plummer & Annette Chevallier (UK)

Chevallier & Plummer
Chevallier & Plummer
Chevallier & Plummer
Chevallier & Plummer

Annette Chevallier is a painter with many exhibitions to her name.  Pauline Plummer is a poet/writer of short stories with several publications to her name.  They have worked together on projects in the past and chose The Sunderland Book Project in order to create an artist’s book based in the North East. Sunderland Winter Gardens is presented as a Black & White folded card with image and poem.


Melanie Shee (UK)

Melanie Shee
Melanie Shee
Melanie Shee
Melanie Shee

Melanie Shee used to be a maker of clothes, stained glass and other lovely objects, but then stopped making and instead worked in the creative sector helping other people to create and make.

Melanie has a passion for Sunderland and Hartley Wood (her cat) and  has combined the two to create a book for the Sunderland Book Project.

For the Love of Hartley presents a handmade A5 book with a collection of pictures & images collated and placed alongside happy memories of watching glass blowers at Hartley Wood Glass.

Kay Henderson (UK)

Kay Henderson
Kay Henderson
Kay Henderson
Kay Henderson
Kay Henderson
Kay Henderson

Kay Henderson has been making books for a number of years and following the Sunderland Book Project from the outset.  Her geographical location (living less than a mile away from the region’s boundary) presents an obvious connection to the city and the motivation to contribute to the project.  Henderson presents a concertina style book.  The images reference Sunderland maps selected from various time periods using difference scales. The maps have been translated in such a way as to render them abstract.

Archie Grassie

Archie Grassie

Archie Grassie (UK)


I am a creative 10 year old who loves making things.  I started making books from age 5 since then I have been inspired to continue making Books and have been on a couple of courses.  Theresa Easton encouraged me to get involved.

Dark Depths presents a simple pop-up book, hand printed, lino print acrylic. The design is based on the depth if water at the outer harbour wall. (Wear)


Glenda Meldrum

Glenda Meldrum









Glenda Meldrum (UK)

A mature student, Glenda Meldrum graduated in 2012 with a degree in Fine Art from the University of Sunderland.
Although primarily a painter, she considers herself to be a mixed media artist.
Her work is focused mainly around family and memory.

I wanted to contribute to the project purely because I see myself as a ‘born & bred mackem’. Having grown  up in the latter half of the 20th century I am very aware of just how much Sunderland has changed within my lifetime. 
My book represents the first 18 years of my life, from childhood to adulthood.    

Title: Born & Bred
Size: 15 x 10.5 x (1cm when closed 9cm when opened)
Description & content:  Draughting Film & Acetate flag book.
Photoshopped Collaged images, using family photographs and found images.

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