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What is Book Works?

The leading contemporary arts organisation with a unique role as makers and publishers of books.

Established in 1984, we are dedicated to supporting new work by emerging artists, and our projects are initiated by invitation, open submission, and through guest-curated projects. Book Works consists of a publishing and commissioning department; and a studio specialising in binding, box-making and multiples.

Our activities include publishing, a lecture and seminar programme, exhibitions, the development of an on-line archive, and artists’ surgeries and workshops held by both the publishing department and the studio.

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What other people say

‘The consistently impressive Book Works.’ Art Review

‘More than any other publisher, Book Works’ whole raison d'être is to explore the innovative possibilities of the book... they have had increasing reverberations in the art world.’ Blueprint

‘With over a dozen books under my belt, I am hardly a neophyte with regards to publishing, however none of my previous projects prepared me for the joys of collaborating with Book Works.’ Mark Dion

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‘The importance of Book Works as a structure cannot be underestimated. It is to do with consistency of presence rather than continuity of practice. A Book Works production always sits in parallel to other structures in the art discourse as a seperate yet crucial marker, shimmering between pure ongoing production and self-conscious artistic reflection.’ Liam Gillick

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Book Works is a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England, and would like to thank: Arts Council England; Arts Council England Grants for the Arts; Arts Council Ireland/An Chomhairle Ealaíon; CREATE London; Flat Time House; Maryam Eisler; The Henry Moore Foundation; The Peep-Hole, Milan; Polish Cultural Institute in London; Sharjah Art Foundation; Raster Gallery, Warsaw; Stroom Den Haag Van; Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Welsh Arts Council for their support towards our recent and forthcoming projects and publications.

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Equal Opportunities

Book Works is committed to working with a range of emerging and established artists from diverse national and international backgrounds. We are committed to being an equal opportunities organisation and practice a policy aimed at promoting equal opportunity and access irrespective of race, gender, age, disability, religious or political beliefs, economic status or class.

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