NEWS: Shakespeare’s Anniversary celebrated through Book Art Exhibition in Liverpool

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Over 40 international artists will exhibit a series of artists’ books at Liverpool Central Library from 4th June to mark Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary.

The exhibition will display intriguing work from Australia, Russia, Netherlands, Germany, USA and Lithuania with materials including handmade paper, driftwood, pebbles, textiles, cotton, seaglass and seaweed paper.

Printing techniques include ink-jet, letter-press, etching, wood engraving, hand-lettering and typing. The diversity of the work is exemplified by non-traditional features including sound, binary code derived from the recording of an actor reading Sonnet XVIII and a book cast from glass.

The exhibition will be complemented by workshops and demonstrations of printing and book-making, as well as a performance by the Sound Book Project (see which uses the sound of books and instruments made from books. The performance will take place at lunchtime on Saturday 9th July.

Founded by former Chairman of the Bluecoat Simon Ryder, the fair is now in its third year, with this being the second exhibition. Complementing the exhibition, the artists book fair takes place over 8th and 9th July.

Simon said: “The response from artists to help me mark Shakespeare’s anniversary with an exhibition has been overwhelmingly enthusiastic. I received nearly 100 submissions. It was a difficult process whittling the final entries down, but we are delighted with how the exhibition has shaped up. Submissions ranged from editioned books through unique book sculptures to a site-specific book-related multi-media installation.”

Adding further to the visual spectacle of the exhibition will be six huge Shakespeare figures made by students at Birmingham City University. The first
year students were studying BA (Hons) Design for Theatre, Performance and Events Handcrafted from paper and cardboard, the 6ft figures include Shakespeare, Romeo & Juliet, Richard III, Caliban and Julius Caesar.

More info:

Shakespeare Now!
Exhibition: Liverpool Central Library: 4th June – 31th July
Fair: 8th & 9th July

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