Open Eye: Craig Atkinson: Café Royal Books

Open Eye: Craig Atkinson: Café Royal Books
Open Eye: Craig Atkinson: Café Royal Books

Venue: Open Eye Gallery
Dates: 06/09/2016
Times: 06:00 - 08:00


Tuesday 6 September / Doors open 6pm, Talk 6:30pm-8pm / Free / Booking Required (

Craig Atkinson is an artist, photographer and publisher based in the North West of England. In 2005 Craig founded Café Royal Books, a publishing house featuring generally, but not exclusively, British documentary photography focusing on aspects of change from 1970—2000.

Apart from publishing, Craig’s artistic practice is centred around people and place, specifically Brutalist architectural groupings as sculptural masses. Craig is also a lecturer in Fine Art, Drawing and Image Making and Illustration at the University of Central Lancashire.
Craig will talk about his practice and creating affordable, limited edition, well-finished publications for Café Royal Books.

You are welcome to bring your own photo-books to share and discuss during the event.
Café Royal Books has produced over 400 publications. Titles include: YTS School Children’s Strike Liverpool 1985: Dave Sinclair Liverpool Before the Exodus: John Stoddart Shankly One: Ken Grant Keep off Sexy Drugs Southport: Stephen McCoy Preston Bus Station Babies, Ladies and Gentlemen: Craig Atkinson

Open Eye Gallery’s independent bookshop stocks a range of Café Royal Books.
The event is free, however booking is required. Reserve your place at Open Eye Gallery, call +44 (0)151 236 6768 or email

John Stoddart — Liverpool Before the Exodus