The idea of an artists' book event in Norwich was initially conceived by artist Jules Allen MA who began making artists books as a central part of her practice during a degree course in Printmaking at the prestigious NUA. Having visited book fairs in other parts of the UK, Jules felt there was a demand for a regional book art event in Norfolk. Whilst collaborating on a musical book project with performing artist, musician and friend Marina Florance the idea was discussed and, turn the page artists' book fair was born.
Books... but not as you know them
Norwich, with its rich literary, artistic history presented itself as the ideal location for an event that was to celebrate both, also home to one of the regions most iconic buildings 'The Forum', which centres around a stunning, glass atrium and coincidently houses the impressive Millennium Library.
The aim of turn the page artists' book fair is simply to provide an exhibiting and selling platform for the book arts and to raise public awareness of this intriguing art form. With the help of a dedicated team of volunteers, the event is organised and run as a non-profit making organisation.
We are passionate about fostering collaborative projects between artists, writers, poets and performing artists and the preservation of traditional printmaking and bookbinding skills alongside contemporary modes of publishing and book production.
If a picture paints a thousand words, bookart knows no limit.
Each year the event goes from strength to strength attracting the cream of the book art world and has twice had the support and endorsement of Arts Council England to enhance further development and to secure the future of ,what has become, one of the city's most popular events, drawing visitors and exhibitors from all around the world.