• 11am - 7pm

  • The Fire Station
    76-78 Lauriston Place
    EH3 9DE

In its fifth year, BOOKMARKS artists’ book fair will again provide a stimulating platform for visitors to explore artists’ books and zines made by practitioners from across Scotland and further afield. Exploring the artists’ book in its broadest sense, BOOKMARKS is a first stop for those interested in bookmaking as an artistic practice. BOOKMARKS focuses on academic study, exploring how artists’ books are used, promoted and created in educational settings.

This year there are a number of exciting additions including a pop-up reading room, live letterpress printing and a Showcase of the BOOKMARKS PRIZE winners 2018, looking at their work one year later. The BOOKMARKS staff and student board have organised a range of talks, workshops and exhibitions to run alongside the fair. Please see full details and how to book below.

Previous participants include students from ECA, Glasgow School of Art, Edinburgh College and Duncan of Jordanstone as well as Crisps, Edinburgh Zine Library, Out of the Blueprint and David Faithfull. The fair will offer visitors the chance to see and handle the work, meet the artists and designers and purchase an exciting array of artists’ books and zines.

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Talks and workshops

 1.30pm – 2.30pm, Edinburgh Photobook Club: Christian Patterson's Redheaded Peckerwood 

Alan Eglinton (independent photographer and founder of the Edinburgh Photobook Club) will be talking about American photographer Christian Patterson’s photobook Redheaded Peckerwood (2011, MACK), a multi-layered body of work that revisits the story of a young couple on the run in 1950’s America through reappropriated archives and staged photos. 

“[…] Patterson mines the archive and injects the past with possibility“ - Karen Irvine

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2pm – 3pm, Artist’s Book Petting Zoo

An informal drop-in handling session with ECA Artist’s Book Collection, led by ECA Academic Support Librarian Jane Furness.

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2.45pm – 3.45pm, Julie Johnstone – Essence Press

Join artists’ book maker Julie Johnstone for an informal handling session during which she will talk through a selection of her book works. Also present will be Dr Eleanore Widger from Dundee University to discuss some of the challenges being encountered in a new research project that aims to digitise some of the items for online viewing.

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4pm – 5pm, Latin American Zine Making with Rafael Morales Cendejas of Editorial Facsimile (EF)

Participants will review zines from EF Special Collections* and Latin American Newspapers to produce a collaborative zine.

What will you learn?

  • The concept of a zine and D.I.Y. culture.
  • The process of developing and making a collaborative zine.
  • How a zine can represent a territory or community.

Method of delivery

  • The workshop will be delivered through theory, presentations, personal reflection, collective ideas and practical work. Materials will be provided.

*Special Collections at Editorial Facsimile Library includes a wide range of zines, artists’ books and rare books. This small but significant collection of publications began in 2015. It represents the work of current artists, particularly those who are active in the international publishing network.

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6.30pm, BUMPERZINE Launch

A collaborative book designed, printed and bound during Bookmarks, with contributions from stallholders, exhibitor and volunteers.