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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 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

‘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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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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Book Works is a registered charity set up to advance education in the visual arts in the form of artists’ books for the benefit of the public. We have a board of trustees who input their range of diverse expertise and interests into our development:

Karen Brown
Teresa Drace-Francis (Chair)
Ron Henocq
Michael Mack
Gerrie van Noord

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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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Privacy Policy

Your privacy is important to us. Book Works takes the privacy of all its customers and users very seriously. We strive to take care with customer and user information. We are committed to protecting your privacy online.

Book Works will never share any of your personal information with third parties.

We will take all reasonable steps to ensure all personal information provided by you is held securely on file in accordance with current data protection legislation.

To read our full policy, or if you have any queries about our website and your privacy, please contact

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