2012 Events

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The fourth edition of The London Art Book Fair at the Whitechapel Gallery took place from 21–23 September 2012.

The Fair was accompanied by an extensive programme of events which included film screenings, workshops, panel discussions and artists' talks. Please click here to view the programme.

Throughout the Fair:

Writer in Residence Ed Atkins launches his residency at the Gallery with a curated stand in the foyer, presenting a solo display of the work of Gilbert Sorrentino, the late American writer of experimental fiction, poetry and criticism.

Have your photograph taken by London-based artist Sophie Loss as you read, look at or hold books, and be part of her new artwork On Reflection. The accumulating stock of images will be projected on the walls of the Fair.
In association with AM Bruno.

Publish and be Damned, an ongoing project for promoting alternative publishers, take over the Foyle Reading Room with their growing library of self-published books, zines and papers.

Visit The Artists Books Weekend at the Mews Project Space behind the Whitechapel Gallery, 15 Osborn Street, London, E1. Also taking place at other locations across London.

Pick up the latest issue of The London Bookshop Map featuring artwork by Hannah Rickards.

See the best art, architecture and design books selected for The Arts Book Prize. The shortlist is announced during the Opening night.
Administered by The Authors’ Club.

Browse the artists’ books selected for The Birgit Skiöld Award. The Selection Panel for this year is made up of Elizabeth James, Senior Librarian, National Art Library Collections at Victoria and Albert Museum, Richard Price, Head of Content and Research Strategy at the British Library, Gill Saunders, Senior Curator ( Prints) Word & Image Department Victoria and Albert Museum and Victoria Bartlett, Artist and Trustee of the Birgit Skiöld Memorial Trust. The chosen books will be donated by The Birgit Skiöld Memorial Trust to The National Art Library Collection at the V&A Museum, London.  

Artist Alice Anderson presents her work Library in Gallery 1. Specially conceived for The London Art Book Fair, Library, an ensemble of sculptures of fifty books is part of the series Binding the Studio in which Anderson has bound the entire contents of her studio with copper thread.

Anderson and her group of performers will be making sculptures live during the Fair, winding copper thread around the artist's sketch books. By making these repetitive actions the performers invoke shamanic dances and Anderson feels she is ‘preserving the objects’.

The performances will take place on Thursday evening from 7-8pm and on Saturday from 4-5pm.

ABC Artists' Books Cooperative present a selection of members' book videos to be screened throughout the weekend in the screening room outside the Gallery café.