Booknesses at UJ Art Gallery

Booknesses | Book Arts Colloquium, Exhibition, Workshops

  Friday  24 March 2017 at 18 30 for 19 00. FADA Gallery, Bunting Road Campus. Opening of Booknesses: South African Artists’ Books

Saturday 25 March 2017 at 18 30 for 19 00. UJ Art Gallery -APK Campus. Opening of Booknesses: Artists Books from the Jack Ginsberg Collection

 Sunday 26 March 2017 at 19 00 UJ Arts Centre Theatre. Public conversation between Jack Ginsberg and William Kentridge on the theme of Making and Collecting


Saturday, 1 April 2017 at 10:00

Wednesday, 5 April 2017 at 13:00

Saturday, 8 April 2017 at 10:00

Saturday, 22 April 2017 at 10:00

 Wednesday, 26 April 2017 at 13:00

Saturday, 29 April 2017 at 10:00

Please book with titusr@uj.ac.za


An extraordinary series of events focusing on artists’ books, inclusive of two exhibitions, a Colloquium as well as associated workshops and walkabouts, will be hosted by the University of Johannesburg between March and May 2017.

The UJ Art Gallery and FADA Gallery will respectively showcase a selection of artists’ books from the vast collection of Jack Ginsberg as well as a diverse range of recent book arts and book-objects from South African artists, designers and students which encompass traditional, experimental and digital responses to the book as an artwork.

According to David Paton, senior lecturer at the Department of Visual Art (Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture) and organizer/curator of Booknessess, it is important gather the broad book arts community in South Africa to share and discuss diverse topics which relate to the book arts and to share their skills, knowledge and experiences of making, collecting and theorising the artist’s book in South Africa.

“It is furthermore imperative to introduce South African artists, designers and students to international experts and keynote speakers in the field so as to make meaningful global connections”,  he said.

A public conversation between Jack Ginsberg and William Kentridge on the theme of Making and Collecting will be moderated by Prof Jane Taylor at the UJ Theatre on 26 March 2017.

The programme includes:

  • Booknesses: Artists’ Books from the Jack Ginsberg Collection: UJ Art Gallery, University of Johannesburg, Kingsway Campus, Johannesburg. Opening Saturday 25 March and running till 5 May 2017. This exhibition is curated by David Paton assisted by Annali Dempsey, Rosalind Cleaver and Jack Ginsberg and is accompanied by an extensive full-colour catalogue of the 258 book objects, historical and contemporary from both South African and international artists represented in one of the largest and most comprehensive exhibitions of artists’ books ever to have been held internationally. The catalogue contains essays by David Paton, Keith Dietrich, Pippa Skotnes, Robbin Ami Silverberg and Kim Berman in conversation with Jack Ginsberg and is edited by Robyn Sassen and will add extensive new knowledge to the book arts in South Africa. This much anticipated exhibition and its catalogue showcase a small aspect of the remarkable Jack Ginsberg Collection of Artists’ Books which is internationally acknowledged respected and which is unique on the African continent.
  • Booknesses: South African Artists’ Books: FADA Gallery, University of Johannesburg Bunting Road Campus, Johannesburg. Opening Friday 24 March and running till 5 May 2017. Curated by David Paton, Eugene Hon, Gordon Froud and Rosalind Cleaver. The exhibition of over 100 works will be accompanied by an online catalogue.
  • An international Colloquium, Booknesses: Taking Stock of the Book Arts in South Africa will be held at the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture, Bunting Road Campus, University of Johannesburg from Friday 24 to Sunday 26 March 2017. It includes presentations in the form of practical demonstrations of work and papers presented by local and international book artists and those working with the book as an artwork. Papers and round-table discussions will be presented within the following fields of the book arts. Keynote speakers include

Sarah Bodman: Senior Research Fellow for Artists’ Books at the Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR), University of the West of England, Bristol, UK, and Robbin Ami Silverberg,  an artist and founding director of Dobbin Mill, a hand-papermaking studio, and Dobbin Books, a collaborative artist book studio in New York.

For more information visit www.theartistsbook.org.za