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BABE (Bristol Artists Book Event) is back! The seventh biennial festival featuring the work of bookmakers and small presses from around the world. Presented by Arnolfini, with Sarah Bodman (Centre for Fine Print Research, University of the West of England) and Tom Sowden (Bath School of Art and Design, Bath Spa University).

Since 2007, BABE has established a great reputation as a relaxed and friendly event to meet and talk to book artists about their work and buy works of art. With more than 80 makers taking part, and prices starting from just a few pounds, there will be something for everyone. 

Expect performances, interventions, talks and workshops across the weekend too. Featuring artists from all over the UK, Ireland, Germany, Norway, Sweden and South Korea.


Sat 30 March 11-6pm, Sun 31 March 11-5pm


AB Press, ABC @ UWE, AM Bruno, Alex Czinczel – The Chinchilla, Ambeck Design, Antic Ham, Artistsbooksonline, Atlas Press, Bath School of Art and Design, Battenburg Press, Beki Wills, Bookartbookshop, CNG group (Anna Lindgren, Bertine Knudsen, Birgit Dalum, Bodil Rosenberg, Pia Fonnesbech, Susanne Helweg), Café Royal Books, Caroline Barker, Caroline Penn, Carolyn Trant – Parvenu Press, Catherine Ade, Cathey Webb, Ciarraí Samson, Clare Rogers, Codex Polaris (Imi Maufe), Colin Sackett – Uniformbooks, Container Press – UCA Canterbury, Corinne Welch, David Armes – Red Plate Press, Design for Today, Double Daggers, Eccentric Horace, Ed Boxall – The Pearbox Press, Egidija & George, Eileen White, Ensixteen Editions, Esther McManus, Eva Hejdström, Gemma Lacey, Gen Harrison – Typochondriacs, Gloria Glitzer, Graphic Design UWE Bristol, Guy Bigland, HG Makes, Heather Prescott – hrpress, Helen Douglas – Weproductions, Impact Press, Iro Tsavala, Jane Cradock-Watson, Jane Glennie – Peculiarity Press, Janet Allsebrook, Jeremy Dixon – Hazard Press, Jo Reed Turner, Joan Ainley, Joanna Wilkinson, John Barrett, Julie Johnstone – Essence Press, Karen Joyce, Karoline Rerrie, Kate Bernstein, Katherine Anteney & Simon Griggs – Double Butted, Less Than 500 Press, Library of Re-Claimed Books, Lina Nordenström – GG Print Studio, Linda Parr, Lion and Lamb Press / UCA Farnham Illustration, Liver & Lights Scriptorium, London Centre for Book Arts, MA Book Arts Camberwell College of Art, Mandy Brannan, Mark Pawson – Disinfotainment, Mark Rutter – Tatlin Books, Megan Adie – Aviary Press, Mick Welbourn, Micro Library Books, Mike Clements, Molly Lemon, Mostly Flat, Mr Smith, Old Bear Press, Otto, Pat Hodson, Peter Chasseaud – Altazimuth Press / Tom Paine Printing Press, Peter Rapp, Plymouth University Illustration, Polite Company, Pressing Matters magazine, Pylon Press – BA Illustration Plymouth College of Art, Rachel Marsh – Semple Press, Rebecca Weeks Art, Redfoxpress, Rosie Sherwood – As Yet Untitled, Ryan Gajda, Sophie Cunningham-Dawe – Flatten Press, Stephanie Turnbull, Stroud Artist Books, UWE Bristol BA Illustration, University of Worcester BA Illustration, Wantsum Editions, Whnic Press.


Talks, Readings, Workshops, Interventions

LCBA, Guy Begbie, Stephen Boyce, Mike Clements, Sophie Cunningham Dawe, Jeremy Dixon, Stephen Fowler, Stephen Glendinning, Robert Good, Simon Goode, Hejdström, Laura Rosser, Mark Rutter, The Shipping Press, Chloe Spicer.