Book Arts at Hereford College of Arts
As a specialist college of arts we have developed a strong interest in book arts. Book making workshops are taught by specialist practitioners across a broad range of Undergraduate and Further Education courses. Every year a book arts project is set as a cross-college competition that culminates in a programmed touring exhibition that is displayed at the Hay Festival and a series of national universities. In addition the college showcases students work every year at four UK artists’ book fairs.
Students and staff are invited to explore and expand the traditional boundaries of the book or to consider its form and function as a medium for the creative potential of linear and non-linear narrative.
The books produced are made using a wide range of media and concepts based on the artists, designers and photographers’ interpretations and notion of the book. There are books as sculpture, and works which explore different types of narrative and the time based nature of sequentially folded and bound pages; some of the works on display are produced through digital means, others engage with more traditional methods of production. Undergraduate students have been awarded bursaries by The Society of Bookbinders to attend their symposium events and master classes.
The students are encouraged to celebrate the tactile qualities of the book through personal responses to a wide variety of subjects. Subsequently there are books made with details that require close scrutiny and examination and other works that have an immediate overall visual impact. These student works reflect the wide range of potential for the investigation of the book form in specialist art and design education.
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