Friday, October 29, 2010

The Power of Cartoons

New on TED Talks: in a series of witty punchlines, Patrick Chappatte makes a poignant case for the power of the humble cartoon. His projects in Lebanon, West Africa and Gaza show how, in the right hands, the pencil can illuminate serious issues and bring the most unlikely people together.

History of Art Resource Centre

The History of Art Resource Centre at the University of Glasgow has just launched an online catalogue, though several volumes and titles remain to be added. The Resource Centre is available to GSA students on a reference only basis by prior appointment. It is located at 7 University Gardens, Glasgow and is open between the hours of 10 - 5 Mon - Fri (closed 1 - 2 for lunch).

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Book Arts Newsletter

The latest edition of the Book Arts Newsletter is now available to view online. Content include:


Amy Davies unique works at UWE Bristol

Al-Mutanabbi Street Broadsides Tour, Winter 2010, at Northern Print and Inkspot Press

A solo exhibition by Inge Bruggeman at The Art Gym, Marylhurst University, Portland, USA

Banu Cennetoglu, Sample Sale 2010 BC, at Rodeo gallery, Istanbul

Funazaki & Flynn, Boxed Arrangements, at Ketchum Pleon London


Mette-Sofie D. Ambeck awarded the Birgit Skiƶld Memorial Trust Artist Book Award


ASSOCIAZIONE PROFESSIONE LIBRO upcoming courses 2010 and 2011

New Evening Classes at the Centre for Fine Print Research, UWE Bristol

Introduction to Bookbinding classes with Simon Goode


The Fifth Manchester Artists’ Book Fair, The Holden Gallery, Manchester School of Art, Saturday 6th November 2010

11th Biennial Pyramid Atlantic Book Arts Fair and Conference, November 5-7, 2010

THE NY ART BOOK FAIR, MoMA PS1, November 5–7 2010

Small Publishers Fair, Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL, Friday 12th and Saturday 13th November 2010

MCBA 2010 Book Arts Festival, Saturday, 20th November 2010

Handmade & Bound, St Aloysius Social Club, 20 Phoenix Road, London NW1, Sunday 21 November 2010

Artists’ Books and Independent Publishing Fair, The New Art Gallery Walsall, Saturday 27 November 2010


Call to artists for an exhibition of artists’ books on the subject of Democracy in August/September 2011 at grahame galleries + editions, Australia

The 2010 Artists’ Book of the Moment Call, Canada

Doverodde Book Arts Festival 2-5 June 2011, Denmark

INTERNET NEWS including:

Lisa Wigham, a new website for The Two am press.

A book arts resources list compiled by Linda Kiley and Laura Russell of 23 Sandy Gallery for book artists in the Portland area and further afield.


MISS CAROL’S 2011 CALENDAR, A new production by Pet Galerie

Artists’ Books by Christopher Robinson

THE RUBAIYAT of Omar Khayyam by Dmitry Sayenko

Issue 5 of the award winning KAREN MAGAZINE

REPORTS & REVIEWS including:

Little River Plate Theatre of Entities. Ral Veroni. Argentina.

LIBERATURE in Theory and Practice. Katarzyna Bazarnik and Zenon Fajfer. Poland

SPUREN. A report from Klaus von Mirbach. Germany.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Management and Business Studies Portal

The British Library has just launched its new Management and Business Studies Portal, bringing together full text research reports, summaries, working papers, videos and exclusive articles by leading researchers and consultants to help you get timely access to emerging research findings. As well as these digital documents, you'll find details of books, journal articles, reports, websites, datasets, sound recordings, videos and other resources from the British Library's collections that are relevant to your search.

Global Shakespeares

The Global Shakespeares Video & Performance Archive is a collaborative project providing online access to performances of Shakespeare from many parts of the world as well as essays and metadata provided by scholars and educators in the field. The archive is a work in progress and currently includes a catalogue of more than 296 productions, 75 video clips, and online videos of over 30 full productions.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Camera-Less Photography

As part of its Shadow Catchers exhibition on camera-less photography, the V&A has commissioned a short film on each of the five international artists featured in the show: Floris Neususs, Pierre Cordier, Gary Fabian Miller, Susan Derges and Adam Fuss

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Interviews with Nobel Laureate Scientists

The 20th Century was a time that saw significant advances in all branches of science. In the 1980s, the BBC decided to preserve a record of some of the great minds behind these remarkable developments and recorded a series of in-depth interviews with Nobel Prize-winning scientists in conversation with biologist and broadcaster Lewis Wolpert. Never before broadcast, this footage was discovered within the BBC Archive and made available in partnership with BBC World Service and Wellcome Collection. It presents a unique record of key figures from the world of science in the recent past.

Drawing to Learn

Drawing to Learn is a new series of booklets which have been developed through the LearnHigher Centre of Excellence in Teaching & Learning. The booklets offer a practical introduction to using drawing and other visual methods to support undergraduate and postgraduate learning and research in every discipline - not just those with which these activities are usually associated. Observational drawing sharpens perception and enables rapid and accurate recording of key data in almost any situation, while conceptual drawing and diagramming reinforce memory and help develop critical thinking by requiring students to make explicit their understanding of abstract ideas and complex processes. Drawing activities also provide an effective trigger for discussion and dialogue, and can help students reflect on their learning experiences to support academic and professional development planning.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Czechoslovakian Graphics

Courtesy of Journey Round My Skull.

Mario Vargas Llosa Wins Nobel

Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa has won this year's Nobel Prize for Literature. Llosa is one of the most acclaimed writers of the Spanish-speaking world, having written over 30 novels and plays. The Nobel Committee praised his "cartography of structures of power" and "trenchant images of the individual's resistance, revolt, and defeat."
GSA Library stocks a number of Llosa titles in translation in its Fiction Collection, available on the mezzanine level of the Main Library.

Art in the Scottish Parliament

This website from the Scottish Parliament contains descriptions and images of all the works of art commissioned for the Parliament building in Edinburgh's Royal Mile, including works by Shauna McMullin, Alison Kinnaird and Sara Brennan.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

National Poetry Day

To mark National Poetry Day 2010, Culture24 has teamed up with publishers Faber to film four poets who each reveal what inspires them and how they write their poems.

Domesday Book

This new interactive tool from the National Archives enables you to search and browse over 90% of the places mentioned in Domesday Book.

Vintage Fashion

An evening of vintage fashion at Edinburgh’s Central Library on George IV Bridge, Thursday 21 October at 6.30pm. Representatives from Armstrong’s and Barnardo’s Vintage will be discussing vintage with Lynne McCrossan, author of A Girl’s Guide to Vintage. This event is FREE and complimentary fizz will be served.

John Berger's Ways of Seeing

John Berger’s 1972 BBC TV series Ways of Seeing is now available in full on Ubuweb. A series of visual essays which question the hidden ideologies of images, the programme was accompanied by a book of the same title which can be found in GSA Library.