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Artists’ BookMarket

Sat 9 – Sun 10 Feb 11am–6pm. Free entry.

The Fruitmarket Gallery and Stills, Edinburgh 

The Fruitmarket Gallery and Stills combine forces to deliver Scotland’s major artists’ book fair. Visit our galleries to discover and purchase the most interesting and striking work being made in artists’ books and artist-led publishing. Free talks run throughout the weekend and there are individually priced workshops for you to try your hand at book making.

We were delighted to highlight the work of Scottish book artist Helen Douglas, who will be showing Flows Across the Page, an exhibition focusing on one strand of her ongoing enquiry into bookmaking, that of flow and movement. Showing drafts and mock-ups as well as final works, the display explores a meeting between the physical form of the book and the flows and lines of the natural world, metre and phrasing, bodily movement, calligraphic mark and music.

Adam Geary
Alastair R. Noble
A Plume
Beyond Words
Book Works
C.A. Hiley
Carla Moss
Cécile Simonis
David Faithfull
ECA Illustration
Elaine Fullerton
Essence Press
Fawell & Akester
Fistful of Books
Frances Law

Fresh Focus
Gnōbilis Press
Heather Prescott
Helen Douglas
hr press
Hugh Bryden
Isabel Rock
Jane Hyslop
Joanna Robson
Juju Books
Kerry Douglas
Lord ZOM
Lucy Roscoe
MÄ Harel
Marion Archibald
Mhairi Braden
Michelle Holland
Moschatel Press
Museums Press 

New Documents
Out of the Blueprint
Rachel Hazell
Riso Sur Mer
Risotop Verlag
Sandra March
Softbox Collective
Stichill Marigold Press
Sue Mara
The Book Tree Press
The Caseroom Press
The Chinchilla
Theresa Easton
Tom Kindley


All talks are free and last half an hour. No booking required.
Workshop timings and prices as stated and booking details below.
All materials are included and no previous experience required.

At The Fruitmarket Gallery, 45 Market Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DF


Museums Press That’s Life! and other recordings
Lose yourself in sounds from Museums Press’ archive with audio footage of recorded events, as well as their stimulating jumble of music and experimental sound from That’s Life, a project which they describe as a contemporary chronicle of audio offerings from a vast and sprawling pool of artists, musicians, writers, and individuals of cultural note.

Marion Archibald:
Introduction to Making Books
11am–1.30pm £12. 10 places. Ages 13 +. Book via Eventbrite
Drawing inspiration from the range of books represented at Artists’ BookMarket, this workshop introduces some of the basic techniques of book making, including folding, cutting, sewn and hard covered forms.

Rachel Hazell 
Bound: 15 Beautiful Bookbinding Projects
Hear accomplished book artist Rachel Hazell, known to many as The Travelling Bookbinderfrom her popular international book-making courses, in conversation with the Fruitmarket’s Iain Morrison. Hazell presents her new book Bound, a compendium of bookbinding projects for you to create at home. Bound draws inspiration from remote landscapes, typography, shorelines, flea-markets and remarkable literary citiesFollowed by a book signing.

March Perdita METABUK: a personal publishing imprint
March introduces a catalogue which has grown over time to includes artists’ books, limited editions, object books, printed experiments, games and bizarre fanzines. Her interdisciplinary work engages the viewer through either laughter, emotion or reflection, and her themes revolve around the body, biography and gender.

like a bad smell: (nearly) ten years of Museums Press.
A brief dialogue between founders Matthew Walkerdine and Jessica Higgins plotting the expansions, contractions, lagging behind and ploughing onward of the 21st century artist-led publisher Museums Press.

Maria Fusco
Give Up Art 
Maria Fusco (Northumbria University) will read from her new book of critical writings published by New Documents. The collection brings together essays, reviews, and smaller pieces published between 2002 and 2017.


Lucy Roscoe from The Book Tree Press: City Books
11–11.45am. £8. 12 places. Ages 7 – 10. Book via Eventbrite
In this workshop, create your very own city in a book! Using a combination of collage and flutter books you’ll play with shapes, create secret passages and learn some practical bookmaking skills that can easily be recreated at home.

Carla Moss: the spaces in between
Carla Moss presents a performative book-opening of a series of handmade books, with accompanying audio material. The pocket-sized books were inspired by medieval books of hours and made as part of a series of conversations Moss held on the subject of time.

Alan Mason:
The Magazine
Alan Mason introduces his Caseroom Press publication The Magazine which follows the form, and manner of a Victorian serial. This artist’s book novel plays out in twelve distinct, and distinctive instalments replete with cliff-hangers, poems, letters of complaint, improving articles, amendments, announcements, plagiarisms of no great account and tall tales that fall short.

Helen Douglas.
Douglas’ exhibition flow across the page begins and ends with explorations of water. Its book works and supplementary material run from Water on the Border to The Pond at Deuchar. In the final event of Artists’ BookMarket, hear this pioneer book artist expand on this presentation of her work which accompanies us through the weekend in the Fruitmarket upper gallery.

AT STILLS, 23 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1BP


Rachel Hazell: Ingenious bookbinding techniques
£15. 10 places. Ages 14+. Book via Eventbrite
Create five books all folded from single sheets of paper, and a clever origami envelope. Embellish and personalise the covers inspired by ideas in Hazell’s new Kyle Books publication, Bound: 15 Beautiful Bookbinding Projects.

Juju Press: Map fold bookbinding
1–2.30pm. £15. 12 places. Ages 14+. Book via Eventbrite
Create your own folded book using the clever Turkish Map fold technique, which allows a large image to nestle into a smaller fold inside a cover. Provided materials include printed artwork as well as take-away instructions to work on the technique at home.

Susie Wilson: Rubber Stamps
3–4.30pm. £10. 10 places. Ages 14+. Book via Eventbrite
In this workshop Edinburgh artist Susie Wilson will introduce a simple and quick method to create content by cutting an image into an eraser. These stamps will then be used to create a unique concertina book through experimenting with printing and layering colours.


Marion Archibald: Introduction to Making Books
11am–1.30pm. £12. 10 places. Ages 13+. Book via Eventbrite
Drawing inspiration from the range of books represented at Artists’ BookMarket, this workshop introduces some of the basic techniques of book making, including folding, cutting, sewn and hard covered forms.

Kerry Douglas:
Coptic Binding
2–5pm. £25. 10 places. Age 14+. Book via Eventbrite
Glasgow-based bookbinder and graphic designer Kerry Douglas guides your hand in Coptic binding, a glue-free and ancient binding method. You’ll use a mix including recycled materials.