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Help the London Centre for Book Arts grow to make room for more work space, more resources, and more ways to support our community.
Help the London Centre for Book Arts grow to make room for more work space, more resources, and more ways to support our community.
470 backers pledged £24,123 to help bring this project to life.

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We started the London Centre from Book Arts in 2012 with the goal of creating a space where artists and the wider community could affordably access equipment, resources and expertise to create and edition books and publications – becoming the first and only centre of its kind in the UK.

Being artists ourselves, and passionate about artist books and artist-led publishing, we were acutely aware of the lack of support for emerging artists outside of universities. We wanted to create a space open to everyone, regardless of background, education, or experience.

Since we opened our doors in 2012, we have managed without any outside funding; a challenge at times, particularly in London where rent is a premium and affordable artist studios are under constant threat. So far, we have been able to cover the costs of the studio, as well as numerous artist residencies, exhibitions, publishing collaborations, and events by running workshops and through our membership programme. In the past four years, we have run more than 300 workshops for more than 1,800 members of the public, and have seen our membership grow consistently.

We’re growing, and we need your help.

Recently, we have taken on another studio to accommodate the growing needs of the Centre and our members. The new studio will be a dedicated space to run workshops, special events, and will house the library and a new reading space (including an extensive reference library and the Publish and Be Damned Public Library).

As we begin work on the new studio, we also plan to improve the existing studio to create additional workspace for members and a new dedicated space for reprographics (Riso and digital printing; perfect, coil, and wiro-bindings). In addition, we plan to repair or replace essential bits of equipment, including our electric guillotine, perfect binder and letterpress proofing presses.

What your donations will support:

  • Refurbishment of the new & existing studio space
  • Moving, cataloguing, and growing our reference library
  • Building a new space dedicated to reprographics and publishing
  • Repair or replacement of key equipment

All proceeds from the Kickstarter will go towards developing the new studio and improving our existing studio – this will including minor building work, new workbenches, shelves for the library, and replacing and repairing equipment. Any additional funding that exceeds our goal will go back directly into the Centre towards our public and artistic programming, such as artist residencies, talks, events and advice sessions.

Rewards

We've got a number of rewards to thank you for your support, including exclusive copies of our new book, Making Books (to be launched in August 2017); artist-designed tote bags; tool kits; and private workshops. There's something for everyone, and we will be announcing more rewards as the campaign progresses

Thanks for your support!

Simon Goode & Ira Yonemura, London Centre for Book Arts

[video by Marta Beltowska]

Working in the bindery – photo by Yuki Sugiura from 'Making Books'
Working in the bindery – photo by Yuki Sugiura from 'Making Books'

 

'Watch' by Caragh Thuring. An artist book produced with the artist at the Centre on the occasion of Thuring's exhibition at Chisenhale Gallery, 2015. Photo via Tender Books.
'Watch' by Caragh Thuring. An artist book produced with the artist at the Centre on the occasion of Thuring's exhibition at Chisenhale Gallery, 2015. Photo via Tender Books.

 

An Open Studio weekend at the Centre
An Open Studio weekend at the Centre

 

Part of the funds raised by our campaign will go towards moving, cataloguing, and expanding our reference library.
Part of the funds raised by our campaign will go towards moving, cataloguing, and expanding our reference library.

 

A letterpress printed poster from our open studio last year
A letterpress printed poster from our open studio last year

 

A studio member printing from lasercut ornaments on one of our six letterpress proofing presses
A studio member printing from lasercut ornaments on one of our six letterpress proofing presses

 

LCBA tote bag with artwork by Jay Cover & A6 BOOKS tote bag designed by Studio Bergini
LCBA tote bag with artwork by Jay Cover & A6 BOOKS tote bag designed by Studio Bergini

 

'Purcaraccia' by William Luz. Hand painted, and hand bound and foil blocked at the Centre by the artist in 2016.
'Purcaraccia' by William Luz. Hand painted, and hand bound and foil blocked at the Centre by the artist in 2016.

 

'Making Books: a guide to creating hand-crafted books by the London Centre for Book Arts' is a new book that we wrote that will be published by Pavilion Books in August 2017. Photos by Yuki Sugiura and illustrations by Jay Cover.
'Making Books: a guide to creating hand-crafted books by the London Centre for Book Arts' is a new book that we wrote that will be published by Pavilion Books in August 2017. Photos by Yuki Sugiura and illustrations by Jay Cover.

 

A6 BOOKS is a new projects that we launched earlier this year to promote and distribute artist books, zines and publications by emerging artists
A6 BOOKS is a new projects that we launched earlier this year to promote and distribute artist books, zines and publications by emerging artists

 

Our Bookbinding Tool Kit includes essential tools for the bindery carefully selected by us from manufacturers in the UK.
Our Bookbinding Tool Kit includes essential tools for the bindery carefully selected by us from manufacturers in the UK.

 

 

Risks and challenges

The risks and challenges are minimal.

We have already secured the lease for the new studio. All we need now is help in furnishing the new studio, repairing and replacing old equipment, and some minor building works.

In the past four years, we have successfully carried out similar projects (acquiring equipment and furniture, managing accounts, overseeing building works, etc.).

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    A big thank you & Summer Party invite

    A big thank you for your support from all of us at LCBA and an invitation to our Summer Party in August.

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    Artist-designed LCBA tote

    LCBA tote bag designed by Jay Cover. Free UK shipping. Free shipping within the UK.

    Made from heavy weight natural, pre-washed cotton canvas with a side and bottom gusset. The bags are made from a sustainable crop in a Fair Trade Factory in India and screen-printed in the UK.

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    A6 BOOKS tote

    A6 BOOKS tote bag designed by Studio Bergini. A6 BOOKS (a6books.org) is a new project that we launched with the aim to help promote and distribute books, zines, and publications by emerging artists. Free shipping within the UK.

    100% Light Weight Cotton. The bags are made from a sustainable crop in a Fair Trade Factory in India and screen-printed in the UK.

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    Pledge £20 or more About $26

    'Making Books' by LCBA

    'Making Books: a guide to creating hand-crafted books by the London Centre for Book Arts' is a new book that we wrote that will be published by Pavilion Books in August 2017.

    Step-by-step guide to projects based on our popular workshops with photos by Yuki Sugiura and illustrations by Jay Cover.

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    Pledge £35 or more About $45

    'Making Books' & Tote Bag

    Signed copy of 'Making Books' and a LCBA tote bag designed by Jay Cover.

    'Making Books: a guide to creating hand-crafted books by the London Centre for Book Arts' is a new book that we wrote that will be published by Pavilion Books in August 2017. Step-by-step guide to projects based on our popular workshops with photos by Yuki Sugiura and illustrations by Jay Cover.

    LCBA tote bag designed by Jay Cover. Made from heavy weight 100% cotton canvas with a side and bottom gusset. The bags are made from a sustainable crop in a Fair Trade Factory in India and screen-printed in the UK.

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    'Making Books' & Limited Edition Print

    Signed copy of 'Making Books' and a special letterpress printed limited edition print by Jay Cover.

    'Making Books: a guide to creating hand-crafted books by the London Centre for Book Arts' is a new book that we wrote that will be published by Pavilion Books in August 2017. Step-by-step guide to projects based on our popular workshops with photos by Yuki Sugiura and illustrations by Jay Cover.

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    Two Books from Book Works

    Two books generously donated to our campaign by Book Works.

    Established in 1984, Book Works is a leading contemporary arts organisation with a unique role as makers and publishers of books.

    'A Lebanese Archive: From the collection of Diab Alkarssifi' by Ania Dabrowska (2015)

    'Folk Archive: Contemporary Popular Art from the UK' by Jeremy Deller and Alan Kane (2005)

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    Pledge £50 or more About $64

    Selection of Books from Granta

    A selection of books *signed by the authors* kindly donated to our campaign by Granta Books, one of the most independent-minded and prestigious literary publishers based in the UK.
    The five books include:

    The Sisters Brothers by Patrick De Witt
    First Love by Gwendoline Riley
    Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill
    The Age of Wire and String Ben Marcus
    The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

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    Pledge £55 or more About $70

    'Making Books' & Bindery Tool Kit

    Signed copy of 'Making Books' and a set of bookbinding tools.

    'Making Books: a guide to creating hand-crafted books by the London Centre for Book Arts' is a new book that we wrote that will be published by Pavilion Books in August 2017. Step-by-step guide to projects based on our popular workshops with photos by Yuki Sugiura and illustrations by Jay Cover.

    A set of tools for the bindery carefully selected and crafted in the UK. Includes: bone folder, awl, shoe-knife, glue brush, thread and needles.

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    Selection of Books from Akerman Daly

    A selection of books generously donated to our campaign by Akerman Daly (akermandaly.com).

    Akerman Daly have been publishing artists’ writings in print, online and through live events since 2004.

    Loose Monk by Fabian Peake (hardback, including an individual lino cut print by the artist, edition of 100)
    Collected Writings by Jon Thompson
    £4.50 by Jessie Flood-Paddock (hand sewn, edition of 30)
    Foreign Correspondent by Audrey Reynolds

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    Complete Esme Winter Paper Collection

    A complete collection of Esme Winter patterned papers as featured throughout our new book, ‘Making Books.’

    Esme Winter (esmewinter.co.uk) have been close collaborators and ardent supporters of LCBA over the years. Their wide range of patterned papers are a favorite at the studio.

    The complete collection includes (at least!) 22 individual sheets of Patterned and Marbled Paper for use in bookbinding, box covering, or simply wrapping a special gift.

    All Esme Winter patterns are designed in-house and each paper is acid-free, archival and proudly made in the UK.

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    Pledge £65 or more About $83

    Selection of Books from Faber & Faber

    A selection of books generously donated toward our campaign by Faber & Faber.

    Since 2013, Faber & Faber have used the facilities at LCBA to produce short run high-quality print works – continuing the legendary publisher's fine print tradition.

    Books included in the selection:

    Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney
    Blind Spot by Teju Cole
    Faber New Poets 7 by Sam Riviere
    Death of a Naturalist by Seamus Heaney
    Collected Poems by Philip Larkin
    The Other Paris by Luc Sante
    Cats by Jane Bown
    The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
    The Meaning of Art by Herbert Read

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    Gift Voucher for a workshop at LCBA

    Choose from a range of workshops, including introduction to bookbinding, letterpress printing and paper marbling. Taught by experts, all workshops are open to beginners and all tools & materials are provided. You can find a complete and up-to-date listing of workshops at londonbookarts.eventbrite.co.uk

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    Studio Pass [special price]

    If you have taken workshops at LCBA or have similar experience, Studio Passes give you access to the unique printing, binding, and publishing facilities at LCBA.

    A Studio Pass gives you access to all letterpress, bookbinding, foil blocking, Risograph, and print finishing equipment during opening hours. Each Studio Pass is good for five studio visits (up to eight hours per day on weekdays, and six hours per day on weekend), and is valid for six months.

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    Private workshop for up to 8 people

    A private workshop in our new studio for you and up to 7 of your friends or colleagues. Choose from a range of workshops taught by experts, including bookbinding, printing, and paper marbling.

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    1 year Studio Membership [special price]

    [Special price] Unlimited access to the unique printing, binding, and publishing facilities at LCBA for a year.

    Membership gives you unlimited access to all letterpress, bookbinding, foil blocking, Risograph, and print finishing equipment during opening hours at LCBA.

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    Lifetime Studio Membership

    [Special price] Unlimited access to the unique printing, binding, and publishing facilities at LCBA for life. Only one available.

    Membership gives you unlimited access to all letterpress, bookbinding, foil blocking, Risograph, and print finishing equipment during opening hours at LCBA.

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