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Booknesses Colloquium and Exhibition

Formal call for papers and Bookworks

This is a formal call for papers for the Booknesses Colloquium on the Book Arts in South Africa to be held at the Facuylty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA), University of Johannesburg, South Africa on 24 & 25 March 2017 as well as for bookworks in conventional and digital form for the Exhibition opening on Friday 24 March 2017 in the FADA Gallery. 

The Call is in two parts: 1) Papers for the Colloquium from local and international speakers / presenters and 2) Bookworks / artworks (South African artists and designers only) for the exhibition by means of an online application form.

The exhibition hopes to attract a wide range of responses to the book arts through conventional, sculptural and digital works which interrogate and unpack the notion of the book and its associated qualities of 'bookness'. These elements will also comprise the proceedings of the colloquium which will be the first of its kind in South Africa and will attract both local and international delegates whilst building networks and contacts across the broad spectrum of the book arts from making to binding and collecting.

Confirmed keynote speakers for the colloquium are:  

Sarah Bodman, Senior Research Fellow for Artists' Books and Programme Leader for MA Multi-disciplinary Printmaking at the Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR) at the University of the West of England, Bristol, UK 


Robbin Ami Silverberg, artist & founding director of Dobbin Mill hand-papermaking studio and Dobbin Books collaborative artist book studio in Brooklyn, NY, and Associate Professor at the Pratt Institute.

Finally, the colloquium and FADA exhibition of South African book arts will be accompanied by the hugely important exhibition Booknesses: Artists' Books from the Jack Ginsberg Collection, opening at the UJ Art Gallery on Saturday 25 March 2017. This exhibition will be one of the largest and most comprehensive exhibitions of book art ever staged in the world with over 250 works by international as well as local book-arts practitioners. The exhibition  will be accompanied by a full colour catalogue with essays by Prof. Pippa Skotnes, Prof. Keith Dietrich, Robbin Ami Silverberg, Prof. Kim Berman and David Paton who is the exhibition curator. The catalogue will add new scholarship to our understanding of the book arts in South Africa.  

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Important dates to diarise:

Local and international Call for colloquium papers deadline: 

Please send a title of your proposed paper, an abstract of no more than 400 words (Arial, font 11, 1.5 spacing) as well as your affiliation and contact details to by 3rd October 2016. Please write the words Booknesses Colloquium Proposal in the subject line of your e-mail.

SA artists and designers Call for bookworks for exhibition deadline: 

South African artists, designers and book practitioners are invited to complete the entry form and submit images of bookworks before the deadline of 31st October 2016

Shortlisted artists / designers will be notified by end of November 2016

Shortlisted artists / designers must deliver their works before the deadline of 6th February 2017

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