RIP Nelson Mandela

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”


Rollerprinting workshop today


‘Inspired by Brion Gysin’s use of adapted rollers, join artist Stephen Fowler in his collaborative experimental printing workshop, learn how to adapt paint rollers to be utilised as a repeat patterned printing medium and contribute to a series of large relief printed patterned grid prints.’

Stephen Fowler’s workshop is free, all welcome from 12noon in the Cafe Mezz of the library.

The Fair is open til 5pm today, Footprint are here making a zine in a day, and there’s a series of free panels, including the Paperless Stack with figures from major libraries talking about the impact digital tech has on the role of the library.





Volume opening events tomorrow – feat. Bill Drummond

Bill Drummond, the co-founder of eighties avant-garde band The KLF, will deliver the keynote speech and present a talk on Thursday 5th December, Books: 12 Years, 25 Paintings, 100 Questions, & The 17, as part of a three-day event celebrating independent publishing – Volume: Birmingham’s Art, Book & Print Fair.

The event starts at 7pm at the Library of Birmingham and also features Morag Myerscough (designer of the Pavilion) and the Highliners, a punk rock design performance! Tickets are still available for £8/£10 from

And tomorrow afternoon we’ll begin proceedings at 1pm at the library with a fascinating afternoon delving into the opportunities that new technologies bring to publishing and writing, this will include a Writing for Digital platforms workshop and a panel featuring Clare Reddington, Director of the Pervasive Media Studio in Bristol, with Dave Addey, Managing Director of leading app development studio Agant; Tom Abba, lecturer in narrative theory at UWE, Bristol and member of artist collective Circumstance; Charlotte Quickenden, Managing Director of digital agency Bow Software; Laura Kriefman, Founder and Choreographer with innovative dance company Guerilla Dance Project.

It’s only £3 for the workshop and panel from, or if you have a ticket for the Bill Drummond event this entitles you to free entry – just email with your ticket confirmation.


The Library Project: Bookbinding workshops

The Library Project at the Pavilion

In residence this week is Haworth + Hayhoe with The Library Project, running til 8th December in the Pavilion.

Haworth + Hayhoe are installing a miniature interactive library and hosting daily bookbinding workshops. Your completed book will be shelved and catalogued as part of our library, after which your book will join a growing collection that will travel the world as part of The Library Project.

You can book yourself onto a special book binding workshop every day this week, they’re totally free but advance booking is definitely recommended. There’ll also be other free, drop in activity in the Pavilion throughout their residency.
Each workshop has a theme, and you can book via

Hardback book

Wed 4th Dec – 3pm-5pm: Hardback book

Thurs 5th Dec – 11am -12.30pm: Japanese book –

Sat 7th Dec – 2pm-4pm: Hardback book

Sun 8th Dec – 2pm-3.30pm: Japanese book –

Suitable for ages 16+

Japanese book


Copy Rights panel / Sat 7th Dec

Active and Passive Love of Books

This blogpost was written by Cheryl Jones of Grand Union, they present Copy Rights panel discussion on Saturday 7th December at Library of Birmingham, part of Volume.

This panel brings together artists Eva Weinmayr and Andrea Francke, creators of the Piracy Project, with artist and researcher Cornelia Sollfrank, to discuss the legal frameworks that we engage with when dealing with each others’ work.

Artists, writers and publishers are asking ‘What are the different ideologies behind these systems and what are their implications?’

The speakers will explore the political and social implications of cultural piracy through examples from The Piracy Project collection.

Andrea Francke and Eva Weinmayr jointly run The Piracy Project as part of AND Publishing’s research programme.

The Piracy Project is an international publishing and exhibition project exploring the philosophical, legal and practical implications of book piracy and creative modes of reproduction. Through research and an international call for submissions, The Piracy Project has gathered a collection of more than 150 modified, appropriated and copied books from all over the world.

The collection, which is catalogued online at, is the starting point for talks and work groups around the concept of originality, notions authorship and the politics of copyright.

The Piracy Project is not about stealing or forgery. It is about creating a platform to innovatively explore the spectrum of copying, re-editing, translating, paraphrasing, imitating, re-organising and manipulating of existing works. Here creativity and originality sit not in the borrowed material itself, but in the way it is handled.

Cornelia Sollfrank, Ph.D., is an artist and researcher working at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee, Scotland. Since the mid 1990s her main interest lies in the exploration of the challenges art has to face under digital networked conditions. Her experiments with the basic principles of aesthetic modernism implied conflicts with its institutional and legal framework.

Sollfrank is currently undertaking an artistic research project into copyright-critical practice titled Giving What You Don’t Have. She has filmed interviews with individuals Kenneth Goldsmith, Marcell Mars, Sean Dockray and Dmitry Kleiner, discussing their projects and ideas on peer-to-peer production and distribution as art practice. It includes the projects or, which combine social, technical and aesthetic innovation; they promote open access to information and knowledge and make creative contributions to the advancement and the reinvention of the idea of the commons. You can see these video interviews at

AND Publishing’s Piracy Collection will be on display at Grand Union from 7 December to 9 February. More details.

Saturday 7th December, 11am.
Grand Union presents Copy Rights
Library of Birmingham
Free, booking via


Shellac + Helen Money – photos

The second of our run of three live music events featured our eternal favourites Shellac with support from the wonderful Helen Money. It was a sell out show, and all the performers thought you were a particularly lovely crowd! Images below are by Katja Ogrin.

Helen Money, heavy cello

Thanks of course to all who came, particularly those who did the triple whammy of Adrian Utley + Shellac + OM. Pictures from last night’s show with OM and ORE to come soon.

Our next big event is the Volume weekend 5-7 December. Featuring Bill Drummond, a selling fair of bespoke and rare books and prints, panel discussions and workshops it should be a great few days. Hope to see you there.



Volume – The Fair / 6-7 December

Alex Brady’s comics will be on sale

On Friday 6th and Saturday 7th December, Volume: Birmingham’s Art, Book and Print Fair will be open to the public at Library of Birmingham. This selling fair will feature artist books, limited edition prints, rare books, zines and ephemera from a diverse range of publishers, distributors, artists, illustrators and bookmakers.

The fair will be situated in the Studio Theatre of the library, Friday 11-5 and Saturday 10-5.

Read more about the Volume activity taking place at Library of Birmingham, including workshops, performances and panel discussions and see the list of stallholders below.

Adam Bolton – Having painted thousands of square feet of murals at attractions such as Blackpool Zoo he has recently turned his attentions towards illustration.

Afterschool Club – comprised of four friends, proud of their individuality but with a common love for illustration as a means to learn about and comment on the world around them.

Alex Brady – printmaker, illustrator and comic maker. “Former Beano Club member and winner of the Ladybird comic competition 1994.”

Andrew Law – Studied at Wimbledon School of Art and Liverpool Polytechnic. I live and work in South Wast London.

BIAD Illustration students – Students from the Illustration subject area of the School of Visual Communication, Birmingham Institute of Art & Design, Birmingham City University, present an abundance of personal side projects produced alongside course-work.

Belly Kids – releasing books, prints, tapes and all sorts of odd accessories. We love collaborating with positive people and working on exhibitions and shows!

Birmingham Printmakers– Set up in 1982, we have regular workshops in all types of printmaking and take part in exhibitions throughout the country and abroad.

The Cassowary Press – a niche publishing house based in California. “The world’s most dangerous books”

Impact Press – part of the Centre for Fine Print Research at UWE, Bristol, specialising in artists’ books. We publish reference materials on the book arts, organise exhibitions and events, workshops and courses on artists’ books.

Inspired Comics – a diverse range of styles and stories, from the gritty and dark to the downright adorable. Inspired currently has eleven members, with a combined age of over 210 years.

Dan Berry – Illustrator, designer, cartoonist and lecturer based somewhere around the middle of the UK. The act of drawing pleases him. He travels a lot giving lectures and workshops on comics all over the place.

Dent-De-Leone – simply the misheard, misspelt, misunderstood flower know as the dandelion, or pissenlit in French. You can eat it in a salad. In this instance it is a publishing company based in London making books and other objects with artists, designers and dead people.

Dewi Lewis Publishing – Showcasing accessible but challenging contemporary photography. The company has a worldwide distribution network and is recognised as one of the leading photographic publishers in the world

Different Skies – In the face of cynicism, Different Skies champions sincerity and rejects the crude separation of form and content.

Elizabeth Willow – Elizabeth’s books are old-fashioned and new-fangled, limited editions and unique books; and made using various materials and techniques including collage, handwriting and printing, increasingly letterpress.

Ephemera Society– Established in 1975, the Society is today internationally recognised as the authority in the field of ephemera.

Essence Press – primarily publishes works by Julie Johnstone. Her works and installations concern perception, distillation, and contemplative experience.

Exitstencil – Where Alice’s ‘curiouser and curiouser’ blends with Sartre’s ‘useless passion’ into a heady mix of image, word and action. Books, Prints, CDs.

ESP (Extra Special People) – Presenting a range of zines, publications and prints that have been designed, written and printed by its members. ESP is Eastside Projects’ associate members scheme. It supports a membership of artists, designers, curators and art-writers.

Flarestack Press – Publishing grass-roots poetry pamphlets since 1995. Strong poetry collections in a no-frills format with bags of style.

Gemma Lacey – My work is concerned with the body and its environment. I primarily work with drawing, book forms and printing processes including etching, relief and screen.

HG Makes – Hazel Grainger’s practice has a focus on reconfiguring collected ephemera, and exploring the materiality of objects.

Ikon book shop – a Contemporary Art Gallery. We have created over 140 publications over the last 10 years for both up and coming artists to retrospectives of major artists of our time.

Inpress – Committed to delivering hidden gems from the world of fiction, poetry and non-fiction to book lovers everywhere.

Jane McGuiness – Scottish illustrator who enjoys making books by hand, drawing in charcoal, painting and screenprinting.

Karen Joyce – Most of my work derives in one way or another from landscape. I investigate ideas that snag my interest through printmaking and bookarts.

Karoline Rerrie – Karoline is an illustrator who creates images by hand using drawing, painting and screen printing. She sees her work as a craft and strives to maintain a handmade element which is what initially lead her to explore printmaking.

Katie Green – I’m an
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author & illustrator, and this year my first two published books have been released: Lighter Than My Shadow published by Jonathan Cape and The Crystal Mirror published by Vala.

KLANK – Collaborative work that addresses issues of sustainability and environmental concerns are addressed through the use of recycled and found materials and a a range of traditional & contemporary print processes,

Krystyna Bacynski – Illustrator, comic book artist and designer of Yorkshire tongue and Ukrainian blood. I specialise in illustration, comics, typography, print and design.

Lizz Lunney – Comic illustrator from Birmingham and founder of the Birmingham Zine Festival.

Mark Pawson – self-published books that fit somewhere along the spectrum between artists books and zines, these are presented alongside print curiosities such as badges and cards most of which are handmade/handprinted in his living room.

Milque & Muhle – provides adventurous, underground vinyl and cassette, you will also find music fanzines, comics, presses and occasional art prints

Nine Arches Press Founded in 2008, emerging from an awareness of the literary landscape and a desire to provide a platform for new and emerging poets.

Old Bear Press – Formed by a group of three artists,Kathryn Poole, Deborah Neely, and Heather Chou, based in the North West of England who share a common passion for fine art printmaking and bookbinding.

Pet Galerie Press – Angie Butler works predominantly in artists’ books, often using letterpress as a method of production, publishing under the press name, Pet Galerie Press.

Phillippa Rice – Philippia experiments beyond the bounds of paper limitation, using different materials as means to storytelling

Pink Parrot Press – An exclusive range of illustrated books, artist’s books and greetings cards.

R A Yardley Books – Specialising in out of print books and exhibition catalogues on art, artists, design, applied arts, collecting and architecture.

Sonda Editores – Richard Schofield started Sonda Editores as a means to realise projects that would exist only within the book form, but via accesible mass-print media rather than artisan production.

Roger J Knowles – Professional historian & archivist specialising in manuscript and printed historical documents as well as rare books and early newspapers.

Ryan Taylor – an illustrator from Wolverhampton working in the field of independent comics. He has contributed to numerous titles and anthologies over the years but is best known for his own on-going horror series ‘The Grinning Mask’.

Stephanie Turnbull – Documentation, discovery, collection, interaction and collaboration have become key elements within Stephanie’s work, inspired by her experiences and memories of travelling.

Stephen Fowler – An illustrator and printmaker based in London. He runs printmaking and bookbinding workshops and teaches drawing. check out his Rollerprinting workshop throughout the day on Sat 7th.

Sidney Nolan Trust – Supporting a group of book artists who work and exhibit The Rodd, a set of medieval buildings and 250 acres of farmland in the Border Marches.

Thomas Tomassaka – I specialise in bespoke books, combining traditional techniques such as collage, photography and drawing with digital processes.

Timothy Winchester – My name is Timothy and I love drawing… I love drawing dinosaurs, wizards and monsters. I can’t draw hands though. I hope that isn’t too much of a problem for you.
I make a web and print comic called People I Know.

Tombstone Press – A radical publishing house dedicated to exploring themes around architecture and committed to the physicality of print.

Werkplaats Typographie – Part of the ArtEZ Institute of the Arts, Werkplaats Typographie is a two-year graphic design masters programme founded in 1998 by Karel Martens and Wigger Bierma based in Arnhem, the Netherlands.


WhnicPRESS – An imprint formed by an international collective of book artists who were brought together during postgraduate studies in London and are now scattered across the globe.

X Marks the Bökship – ‘Like a bookshop but not.’ A project space for independent publishers, specialising in publishing works and projects by artists and designers.


Adrian Utley guitar orchestra – photos

Thanks to all who came to witness the epic Adrian Utley guitar orchestra perform Terry Riley’s ‘In C’ at Library of Birmingham. It was the final of our Discover New Music series for the opening season of the library and a great way to finish this element of the programme. Support came from Pram, always a delight! Images below are by Katja Ogrin.

The Discovery season’s not over yet though. Craftspace are in residency all this week, Jennifer Collier will be leading a paper craft workshop this Saturday and Volume sees a keynote speech from Bill Drummond, live music from The Highliners, a series of panel discussions, and a selling fair just in time for Christmas.


Members of Kogumaza and Opium Lord joined the orchestra





Pram with visuals by Film Ficciones




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