The Sheffield International Artist’s Book Prize has grown to be the largest Prize and Exhibition of Artist’s Books anywhere in the world and this year’s exhibition is the biggest yet. A unique show of over 450 original and fascinating artist-made books, displaying every facet of this unique medium, with entries from every continent. Visitors to the exhibition act as judges of the Main Prize, voting for their favourites from the spectacular array of works on show. If you have never seen artists’ books exhibited before then this is your chance to really see the richness and breadth of the medium: if you are familiar with artists’ books, you will never have seen a show quite like this before!
During my recent trip to the Bay Area I had the pleasure to visit Compound Gallery and Studios. They were hosting a letterpress exhibit, The Art of Letterpress II, in their gallery space. I came for the exhibit, but got a grand tour of Compound’s studio spaces as well. I was impressed with what I saw: Compound has a letterpress studio, a metals shop, a woodworking shop, screenprinting and etching facilities, a little garden and chicken run, as well as individual spaces for artists. While I was visiting a letterpress class was being taught on their handsome Chandler and Price. It made me wish I lived in the Bay Area again, so that I could take advantage of Compound resources and community.
Many thanks to Lena and Matt, my extremely generous hosts.