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The Ministry of Books at Aspex Gallery

11 January 2017 | 00:00 - 2 April 2017 | 00:00

Aspex is delighted to present ‘The Ministry of Books’ – a two-part exhibition celebrating artist’s books from local and international creatives.
An artist’s book is a broad term used to describe books, unique or multiple, that have been made or conceived by artists.

The Ministry of Books collection has been loaned from the University of Portsmouth’s Illustration Department, with artworks created by both students from the University’s creative faculty and artists from across the globe.

The collection was created in 2007 by Dr. Maureen O’Neill, alongside staff and students of the Illustration Department.

Dr. O’Neill said: “The Ministry of Books started from a collection of fifteen books hidden away in an old cupboard. It has now over two-hundred produced by illustrators, typographers, writers, poets, book binders, printmakers and many others who work collaboratively or alone to produce these wonderful art objects.”


The exhibition comprises of two-parts:

Part I // 11 January – 9 February

Part II // 22 January – 2 April
‘Anything but ordinary’

The Ministry of Books runs from Wednesday 11 January to Sunday 2 April in Aspex’s Craft Space.


We are proud to announce, a public talk was held on 19 January, 6 – 8pm, where Dr. O’Neill discussed ‘What is an artist’s book?’ and showcased some of the hidden gems from the collection. It was a great success with an excellent audience. For more information about this talk, click here. For more information about the collection contact maureen.oneill@port.ac.uk

Senior Lecturer Ros Simms (Illustration, University of Portsmouth) will be hosting a bookbinding workshop at the gallery in February. Details to be announced soon.


11 January 2017 | 00:00
2 April 2017 | 00:00
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