Dr Sarah Bodman is Associate Professor for Artists’ Books at the Centre for Print Research (CFPR), where she run projects investigating and promoting contemporary book arts. Sarah is also Programme Leader for MA Multi-disciplinary Printmaking at City Campus, Bower Ashton.
She is the editor of the Artist’s Book Yearbook a biennial reference publication on contemporary book arts, published here at UWE by Impact Press, and also edits the Book Arts Newsletter and The Blue Notebook journal for artists’ books. Sarah writes a column on artists’ books for the journal Printmaking Today and has written for other journals including Art In Print; Axon: Creative Explorations; IMPRINT; JAB; PLI Arte & Design; The Poetry Society; The New Bookbinder; zum Beispiel / zum Buch.
Sarah also works with library staff at UWE to deliver exhibitions and public engagement with artists’ books, collaborates with staff at Arnolfini on the biennial Bristol Artist’s Book Event (BABE), and with artists and writers on our annual World Book Night project. She also runs the Artists’ Books Partnership-exhibition Programme (ABPP) which loans books from the CFPR archive.
Sarah completed a two-year AHRC funded research project with Tom Sowden in 2010 which investigated the current state of artists’ publishing. In 2018 she worked with artists and academics in Australia, Brazil and the UK on a UWE funded project Artists’ Books in Australia and Brazil. She currently working on the Scandinavian Artists’ Books Partnership Project, supported by the Nordic Culture Council until 2022.
Sarah has given keynotes for ARLIS and ABBE (Brisbane) Booknesses (Johannesburg); and papers / presentations at Artists’ books v. Livres d’artistes (St Etienne), Directed: The Intersection of Book, Film And Visual Narrative (Minneapolis), Impact 7 (Melbourne), Perspectivas do Livro de Artista (Belo Horizonte), Resurrecting the Book (Birmingham), Small Press Atlas (Rouen), Women: Art, Books and Printed Matter (Hauser & Wirth, Somerset).
Sarah regularly gives public lectures and surgeries for external organisations such as ARLIS, Arnolfini, Artlab, The Association of Art Historians, Festival of Ideas, London Centre for Book Arts, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, The Printhaus, The Society of Bookbinders, State Library of Victoria.
Recent solo shows of her work have been held at: Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea L. Barbera, Messina, Italy (2019); Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY, USA(2018); Winchester School of Art Library (2018); Collins Memorial Library, Puget Sound USA (2019) and the John M. Flaxman Library, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2019).
She has been a juror/ committee / editorial board member for: Designer Bookbinders UK Bookbinding Competition, 2020-2021; Médiatiser Le Livre D’artiste En Bibliothèque 2021; Inscription: the Journal of Material Text – Theory, Practice, History, 2020; L’oeuvre multipliée au prisme de la collection et de l’archive, 2019; turn the page artist’s book event 2016; MCBA Book Art Biennial Prize 2013.
She is currently supervising 5 doctoral students.