Now in its seventh year, the Artists’ BookMarket runs over two days (taking place from 25-26 Feb) at Edinburgh’s ever-popular Fruitmarket Gallery, celebrating artists’ books and artist-led publishing. The Fair exhibits a selection of local and national artists, and is easily the main event in Scotland for book artists to share their work.
Forty stalls will be on show on two of the Gallery’s floors, made up of book makers, art publishers, illustrators and designers, and artists working with book forms. Browse the stalls and and enjoy the programme of talks, workshops, poetry readings and book launches.
Previous participants of the BookMarket have included the likes of national artist Helen Douglas, who pioneered her books based on her observations of the natural environment in the Scottish Borders, students from Edinburgh College of Art, and long-term experimental publishers Book Works.
Iain Morrison from the Fruitmarket Gallery spoke of the Artists’ BookMarket in 2015:
Artists’ books – essentially works of art realized in the form of a book – are proving a genre that appeals to both artists and writers alike, giving them the means to transmit words and images through beautifully conceived books…As well as supporting the artists we want people to explore the genre and try their hand at creating something new.
The Fruitmarket Gallery’s Artists’ BookMarket is at the forefront of a truly global phenomenon. In the UK Bristol Artists Book Event (BABE) and Leeds International Artists’ Book Fair showcase dozens of artists, and further afield CODEX in San Francisco and the New York Art Book Fair are hugely popular with artists and lovers of art which just happens to come in the form of books.
This trendy gallery started life as a fruit and vegetable market in 1938 before being transformed into a visual art space in 1974, when it was saved by the Scottish Arts Council from demolition. The building was shared between the Scottish Arts Council, the New 57 Gallery and the Printmakers Workshop, and in 1984 it became an independent gallery which has delighted and inspired ever since.
Sitting directly behind the Waverley Train station, its exhibitions and installations lure in art lovers from all walks of life as they travel to and from the city. The gallery organises and presents a wide range of exhibitions, publications, and commissions, and hosts a learning programme that encourages children and young people to explore artistic ideas and practices.