Art, Poetry and the Making of the Book

9th and 10th November – 2pm – 5pm each day

Venue: Exhibition Space, Jessop West, University of Sheffield (Leavygreave Road)

Free Admission on the day – no advance booking needed

Symposium on University Library’s fine art books collection.

Specific symposium focus: Tetrad and Circle Presses

Guest speakers: Tetrad Press founder, Ian Tyson, Circle Press founder Ron King, and artists Tom Phillips (A Humument, Dante’s Inferno) and Sam Winston (“Memory Palace”, V & A)

Artists and poets have long collaborated on creating books that are art objects in their own right. These hybrid creations speak to the eye and ear and mind as graphic collaborations upon the page turning the book itself into a material object that sings and shines and has formally complex being. This two day symposium brings artists, poets and book makers together, using the astonishingly beautiful books created by Tetrad Press and Circle Press from the 1970s onwards, including among many others the collaboration between poet Roy Fisher and Tom Phillips for Tetrad and Ronald King and poet Jerome Rothenberg for Circle Press. Artist Sam Winston produces painstaking works of art out of words themselves, which have been supported and published by Ronald King at Circle Press. The guest speakers will be talking about the idea of the fusion of art and poetry and fine book making, as well as reflecting on the history of the two presses. Examples of the fine art books in the Private Presses Collection held at the University of Sheffield Library will be on show, and there will be an opportunity to enjoy other examples within the Special Collections reading room. The weekend showcases just some of the University of Sheffield’s extraordinary holdings in its Private Presses Collection at Western Bank Library, including substantial collections from our speakers, and celebrates the university’s collaboration with Bank Street Arts.

Ronald King