Impact Press form part of the Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR) at Bower Ashton. Their research explores many aspects of artists’ publishing: from the conception and history of the artist’s book to creative processes and output, current developments and critical assessments of the subject. Through research projects and collaborations, Impact hope to widen critical discourse and promote the growth of the book arts field.
Impact Press write regular articles and essays for external publications, give public lectures, curate exhibitions and loan out artists’ books from the CFPR collection to promote the study of book arts nationally and internationally. All Impact artists’ books projects, news, events, lectures, conferences, essays, papers, symposia and exhibitions are archived online here at the CFPR bookarts website. Many lectures, symposia talks or published essays are available on the publications or events pages as free PDF or audio downloads.
Impact publishes the free download Book Arts Newsletter; the Artist’s Book Yearbook, a biennial publication with essays and information on many aspects of the book arts, and The Blue Notebook journal for artists’ books. Please see the Publications Pages for more information.
At the School of Art & Design, Impact have a popular artist’s book Collection and Exhibition Programme in the Library. For students or those just interested in learning more about books, there is also a research section with reading lists and links to information.
For information on current projects, please visit the Projects Pages. Some of Impact's more recent projects have included the AHRC-funded investigations What will be the canon for the artist’s book in the 21st Century? and Paper Models; and the international artists’ books project An Inventory of Al-Mutanabbi Street 2013 - 2018.
Impact also collaborates regularly with other institutions and partners interested in artists’ books such as Arnolfini, Bristol for the biennial BABE event; Winchester School of Art for exhibitions and symposia; AKI (ArtEz) in Enschede, The Netherlands for workshops and exhibitions; the London Centre for Book Arts, and many other national and international organisations.
For more information: www.bookarts.uwe.ac.uk