Liverpool Book Art Fair gets its motor running with stunning exhibits

Liverpool Book Art Fair gets its motor running with stunning exhibits

LIVERPOOL BOOK ART OPENS ITS DOORS THIS WEEKEND… LITERALLY.

THE FOURTH ANNUAL FREE ARTISTS’ FAIR GETS ITS MOTOR RUNNING WITH STUNNING EXHIBITS

Michael Caine would love it.

Liverpool Book Art, the annual fair organised by former Bluecoat chief Simon Ryder, gets underway this weekend with a star attraction that has to be seen to be believed.

“I had a thought to make a book with Citroen 2cv doors for pages,” says star of the recent book arts trail at Hay-on-Wye, Ellie Garraway. “The quirky car has formed a major part of my life, shaped my travels to many countries and brought me a life partner… and owning older vehicles means you always have spare parts in the shed!”

The stunning work, brought to life by Garraway using rope and the car doors, also uses bunting to provide content for the ‘pages’ taken from ‘An Awfully Big Adventure’, by Beryl Bainbridge. “I’ve been collecting artists’ books for a number of years,” says fair founder Ryder. “But once people get the chance to see this, they will be captivated by it.”

Collages inside illustrate the history of the car and its owner, too. “It conjures up the free spirited nature of those who love and live with these cars,” says Garraway. “This isn’t just a car, it’s a way of life!”

“Not enough people know about artists’ books and there are few opportunities to see them,” says Ryder. “By putting on the Liverpool Book Art fair over the last four years, we’ve tried to expand the range and numbers of people aware of and involved with the art.”

Kate Bernstein

The 2017 fair will showcase the work of 50 artists and there will be books made with hand-made paper, glass and clay, fabric and felt and recycles objects; while book topics will include fairy tales, poetry, landscapes, emotions, memory, the environment, feminism and historical figures… there will even be a library rave with hand-held disco lights, too!

In addition to the Fair, there will be demonstrations, workshops, talks, performances and workshops for children and adults.

Liverpool Book Art returns July 8th-9th 2017 in Liverpool Central Library. The FREE event runs from 10am-5pm Saturday, July 8th and 10.30am-4.30pm Sunday, July 9th.

For more information, please contact Simon Ryder at liverpoolbookart@gmail.com or visit Liverpoolbookart on Facebook or www.liverpoolbookart.com.