Every day during 2018 Robert Good collected the headlines offered to him by the automated Google News feed, to find out what sort of information we are being drip-fed hour by hour, day by day - and what sort of picture it paints of life today.
The result is BREAKING, over 13,000 news headlines carefully and compulsively edited into a hypnotic new book that holds a mirror up to the wallpaper of our lives - a mesmerising mix of sport, fashion, gossip and gloom.
We are excited to say that BREAKING will be launched on Thursday 7th March at Cambridge Artworks with an accompanying exhibition plus new video by Manchester artist Lizz Brady. Save the date - full details to follow!
Due to extremely difficult personal circumstances for Peter Driver, whose daughter is terminally ill, the publication of 'A Walk for Stanley' has pushed back to the summer. Peter says:
"Progress on the book project 'A Walk For Stanley' has slowed to a glacial pace since October. I'm half-way through making the series of woodcuts which will feature in the book. The prints will be woven together with my drawings, photographs, poetry, essays and bird observations to produce what I hope will be rather special publication. The writing task is also making slow progress. Therefore the intended publication date has been pushed back to the summer."
We thank all the supporters who have pre-ordered, and if you are not yet among that esteemed band, there is still time to place an advance order for the book, and to be in the first 100, who will receive an additional free woodcut print.
Looking forward to taking part in BABE artists bookfair at the end of March...
7th Bristol Artist’s Book Event at Arnolfini: Saturday 30th March and Sunday 31st March 2019,
11am – 6pm Saturday and 11am – 5pm Sunday.
We will be participating in Bookface at the Rising Sun in Reading this weekend. Do come along!
Browse stalls selling and exhibiting artists books and relax in our cafe and bar, with homemade snacks and refreshments.
Stalls include: handmade books, altered books, printmakers, local writers/poets, illustrators, comic books, limited editions and more. Plus demonstrations, workshops, installation, poetry readings and exhibition.
Atlantic Collective, Bookface Bookclub, Nela Bligh, Richard Conway Jones, Corridor Comic/Graphic Novel Group, Denis Cotter, Peter Driver, The Engine Room, Jane Glennie, Lisa-Marie Gibbs, Ross Hale, Lina Johansson, Sam Knight, Janina Maher, Jaz Meader, Wendy Proctor, The Move Up Project, Mary Riley, Neile Wright, ZAP Publishing
Poetry: The Dreading Poets, 1pm - 2pm Saturday (upstairs)
Workshop: Jelly printmaking drop-in on Sunday (upstairs)
Installation: 'Under The Stairs' by Mary Riley
MORE TO BE CONFIRMED . . .
We've kept this possibility under wraps for about 6 months... it's been tantalizing waiting for confirmation. But we are now hugely proud to announce that A New Dictionary of Art is now available in Tate Modern.
Thank you to Alison for spotting it out on display and for capturing the images.
Triangulations is the upcoming three-way show at OpenHand OpenSpace in Reading. The exhibition features Peter Driver, Sarah Britten-Jones, and Robert Fitzmaurice. Peter will be showing work from his Walk for Stanley project that will feature in his forthcoming book to be published by Peculiarity Press.
The exhibition opens on Tuesday 18th September, with a meet the artists on Thursday 20th September from 6-9pm.
Sunday 8 July, 10am-1pm - Thinking about what is and what is not art with Stash Art Collective on a plinth in Broad Street, Reading alongside the Open for Art event ArtLine art market organised by Jelly
Inspired by some of the rants in 'A New Dictionary of Art' - Peculiarity Press will be showing little models recreating some classic pieces that are so frequently berated as 'not art'. Looking forward to hearing what the shoppers of Reading think!
Thanks so much to artist Natalie Parsley who blogs at Spanner in the workz for a fantastically thoughtful and considered review of the New Dictionary. Although Natalie's post does indeed start with a curse, I'm pleased to say it feels more like a mild rebuke and she goes on to raise all sorts of questions about the status of the dictionary and indeed its definitions.
It is great the 'ambitiously mad' New Dictionary can give such food for thought and I'm glad to see 'like a strawberry cake' make an appearance in the text as it is one of my favourites.
I particularly liked Natalie's query as to whether art can exist without a definition (and indeed vice versa) - that has certainly got me thinking. We may have to ask Prof Derek Matravers for an answer to that?
But one question I can tackle with confidence is the rhetorical title of the review. Only 3000?! - well technically there are 3557, but who's counting?
Great day on Saturday at South Hill Park Arts Centre where Jane Glennie has created a totally fab dictionary-themed installation in which visitors vote for their favourite and/or create their own definition. Over the staircase a slideshow of definitions scrolls lazily round. Hopefully all the rude ones have been edited out for such a family-friendly space! Lovely to catch up with Mark Langley too whose own beautiful memorial work was exhibited nearby. Big thanks to curator Cat Cooke for hosting. Very impressed.