Shortlist symbol Add to shortlist button.

International Artists' Book Fair Celebrates 20 Years


10am - 5pm over both days


The longest running artists' book fair outside of London celebrates its 20th anniversary. Throughout its history the Fair has attracted national and international participation and welcomed thousands of visitors from across the UK.

Over the weekend, 50 stalls will be run by artists, collectives and independent producers, some of which include: Book Works (an art commissioning organisation specialising in artists’ books, spoken word and printed matter), Café Royal Books (who exhibited at The Tetley in the 2016 show Picture Book), Lame (a creative studio highlighting visual simplicity in contemporary culture), Village Books (an independent bookshop & gallery based in Leeds) and Wild Pansy Press (a collective art practice and small publishing house, based in the School of Fine Art at Leeds University).

Running alongside the exciting array of artists’ books is a packed programme of events including free creative workshops for families supported by GF Smith.

There will also be an opportunity to see PAGES: Future Present, an exhibition that brings together publications, ephemera and photographic documentation from the past 20 years of the International Contemporary Artists’ Book Fairs.

Held at The Tetley since 2014 in collaboration with PAGES, the Fair is set to be the biggest yet and coincides with The Hepworth Wakefield's Print Fair on the same weekend.



Live Library: Performing the Self
Saturday 4 March 11am - 5pm
Tickets £5 (£3 Cons)

How do we project ourselves in public and how do others see us? What is the difference between your online and offline self?

This day of talks, live performance and film will look at the history and culture of identity in society to ask if an individual is defined by their professional activity, their financial status, their emotional state or creative output? How has society’s willingness to understand the self as a combination of these factors created new ways for identity to be expressed all theses spheres? 

Finally what is the future for how we can present ourselves to the world and how will this affect our interactions with others? To mark the culmination of Glasgow based Corin Sworn’s Artists’ Research Centre Fellowship in Leeds, a group of artists, writers and academics have been invited to give presentations of their work, considering these and other questions. Following the presentations the speakers will be in conversation with the artist to discuss how their work relates to her creative practice.