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Art of the Book 2018 exhibition opens

If you love books and art, then perhaps you should learn about the book arts, where the book is used as the medium for artistic expression. Art of the Book 2018 is an international exhibition staged by the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild (CBBAG), which opened this past weekend in Victoria, British Columbia.

The show spends the next two years traveling across Canada. It contains 67 works from eight countries, which were selected by a jury of experts. I attended the exhibition preview and it’s definitely worth seeing. Broadly speaking, the book arts cover artist’s books, illustration. design and fine bindings. The books on show are so detailed and intricate, and encompass a wide variety of materials and production methods. Woodcuts, engravings, watercolor, pen and ink, beautiful bindings, restoration, die cuts, photography, and many more aspects of books and art can be seen. These objects come in all shapes and sizes. It’s actually difficult to describe the show in words – photographs do a better job.

The Victoria leg of the exhibition can be seen at the Audain Gallery, in the Visual Arts building at the University of Victoria. Opening hours are 10am to 4pm from August 11-26.  After Victoria, the Art of the Book 2018 will visit:

  • Abbotsford, British Columbia: September 10–December 7, 2018 – University of the Fraser Valley Library
  • Edmonton, Alberta: January 22–February 16, 2019 – Fine Arts Building Gallery, University of Alberta
  • Regina, Saskatchewan: May 18–July 21, 2019 – Creation Cube, George Bothwell Branch, Regina Public Library
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba: August 15–October 3, 2019 – Centre culturel franco-manitobain
  • Montréal, Quebec: November 1, 2019–February 15, 2020 – McGill University Library
  • Toronto, Ontario: March 5–April 30, 2020 – Craft Ontario
  • Fredericton, New Brunswick: May 17–June 30, 2020 – Harriet Irving Library, University of New Brunswick
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia: July 16-August 30, 2020 – Mary E. Black Gallery, Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design
  • St. John’s, Newfoundland: October 24–November 28, 2020 – Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador


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