Arts Centre Washington preview night for The Sunderland Book Project

Sunderland Quintet by Susan Mortimer

Arts Centre Washington plays host to The Sunderland Book Project with a preview evening planned for 1st September 6-8pm.  On show will be a wide ranging collection of hand made printed books from around the world including work from the Brazilian collective, ‘Grupo Gralha Azul’.

Grupo Gralha Azul are located in Porto Alegre.  They are interested in researching artist’s books and participate in international exhibitions in order to promote their work.  Past exhibitions and fairs have included 2011 Doverodde Artist’s Book Festival Denmark, European International Book Art Biennale, Satu Mare Romania and Artbooks in Archivio Castel Sab Oietro, Bologne Italy.

Sunderland City of Glass by Grupo Gralha Azul

Sunderland City of Glass presents a distorted vision of a glass worker assembled  in a transparent, acrylic wallet.

Sunderland by Grupo Gralha Azul

Sunderland consists of a series of 20 postcard style images of Sunderland, designed by 13 artists belonging to ‘Oficina do Livro de Artista’.  Subjects  include Lewis Carroll’s connection to the city, St Peter’s, Hilton Castle and Wearmouth Bridge.

Dominic Colquitt moved to Sunderland in 1983 from Dudley in the West Midlands to embark on a Fine Art (Painting & Printmaking) Degree at Sunderland Polytechnic.  Colquitt was at the time drawn to the proximity of the North Sea and the shipbuilding industry. In 1990, Colquitt began a PGCE in Birmingham.   In 2011, Colquitt returned to the North East for the first time in 20 years to watch his football team, Wolverhampton Wanderes play Sunderland.  He took the opportunity to visit some familiar places, with the inevitable disorientation and reassurance.  The Sunderland Book Project provided the opportunity to reflect on this experience and produce a visual statement based around some of Sunderland’s landmarks.

20 by Dominic Colquitt

Susan Mortimer photographs the National Glass Centre in her series of books ‘Sunderland Quintet’, beautifully presented the books give a snapshot view of the NGC in each 12 full page digital printed photographs.

Susan Mortimer
Page from the Sunderland Quintet

Susan Mortimer studied book binding as part of an advanced print making course at Croydon College in 1986.

Since then Mortimer has frequently created artists books and zines, including most recently Mail Art One and MAT zine.

Page from the Sunderland Quintet by Susan Mortimer
Sunderland Quintet by Susan Mortimer

Photography plays an important part in the creative production in Sunderland.  Showing along side The Sunderland Book Project will be a selection of recent work by Sunderland based photographers and creative practitioners.  Those taking part include Jo Howell, Nicola Maxwell, Roger Coulam and Paul Alexander Knox.  Eash artist presents a unique view of the city, using the latest photographic and printing technology. Paul Alexander Knox presents two of his prints from his series ‘Where Ships Were Born’. These  images have been awarded  1st Place in Architecture – Industrial at this years International Photography Awards.  Visitors to Arts Centre Washington will have the opportunity to see the work first hand – congratulations to Paul Alexander Knox.

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