The Tetley


22 January - 17 APRIL 2016


There is a long tradition of artists employing the crafts and technologies of mainstream publishing to create books which either document their practice or serve as artworks in their own right. Increased access to printing and publishing technologies combined with a renewed interest in the craft and materiality of book-making, has seen the number of artists creating books continuously expanding.

Picture Book featured a range of UK-based practitioners who take a variety of approaches to producing artists’ books. The common thread between the work had a particular focus on the publishing of image-based books, whether an industrially produced compendium of graphic art, a limited edition, hand-bound ‘zine of drawing or photography, or a one-of-a kind, paper-cut tomb so large that it can only be ‘read’ at scheduled performances.

This group exhibition gave audiences an opportunity to see a wide collection of publications alongside images pulled from their pages and reproduced as original artworks. Picture Book ran up to and beyond the 19th Contemporary Artists Book Fair.

Past Events

Bathymetric Atlas
Thursday 21 January, 4 February, 3 March, 7pm and every Saturday at 2pm

See the huge pages of Christian Barnes’ Atlas turned.

First Thursday: Book Binding Taster Workshop
Thursday 4 February, 5-8PM

Learn the technique of hand book-binding to create an individual sketchbook. Decorate your sketchbook by taking inspiration from PAGES: 2016 and utilising a selection of maps. Drop in anytime.

February Half Term Workshop: Hot Dog Books with Kerri Butterworth
Saturday 13 February, 11AM – 3PM

Inspired by our current exhibition PAGES: 2016 Picture Book learn how to make your own mini hotdog book using recycled book pages. Drop in anytime.

Curators Tour
Thursday 3 March, 6PM

Join the curators of our current exhibitions. Free.

PAGES LEEDS: 19th International Contemporary Artists’ Book Fair
Saturday 5 March 11am-pm, Sunday 6 March 11AM – 4PM

Fifty stallholders showing and selling artists’ books, ’zines, limited editions and artworks, with a packed programme of workshops and talks. Free.

Postcards from the Book Fair
Saturday 5 March, 11AM – 5PM

Make a unique postcard using recycled book pages and stencils. Free, drop in.

This exhibition was supported by: University of Leeds, Locus+, PAGES.