Throughout February and March, the Library is hosting an exhibition, Women and the Small Press, which features items taken from the Library’s small press and pamphlet archive. For the first time, rare pieces have been put on display, allowing them to converse with each other and with the SPL’s other collections and spaces,
Featured artists include Laurie Clark, an artist and publisher who co-founded Moschatel Press and the Cairn Gallery with Thomas A. Clark. Clark has worked on over 200 pieces for Moschatel, and has been published by each of the small presses featured in this exhibition.
Jo Hincks studied Fine Art at Leicester Polytechnic and Goldsmith’s College of Art. She has exhibited widely across Europe and worked with several contemporary German artists. Her latest project seeks to create 100 vessels of laminated paper, card and print in response to the William Nicholson painting of 1916, ‘The Hundred Jugs’.
Kathleen Lindsley is a wood engraver and illustrator. In addition to collaborations with Iain Hamilton Finlay, she has worked with a number of small presses including The Fleece Press and The Folio Society.
Autumn Richardson is a poet, artist, editor and publisher who runs Corbel Stone Press in partnership with Richard Skelton. In early 2015, a retrospective of their work was shown at Abbot Hall and at Blackwell House by the Lakeland Arts Trust.
Margot Sandeman was a Scottish painter, raised in Glasgow by artist parents. A long-time friend and collaborator of Ian Hamilton Finlay, Sandeman worked on several publications and paintings for Hamilton’s Wild Hawthorn Press. Her work has been exhibited throughout Europe and America.
Erica Van Horn is an artist, writer, editor, printer and bookmaker who has co-run Coracle Press with Simon Cutts since 1989.
Women and the Small Press runs from 1 February to 31 March at the SPL, Tuesdays to Fridays (10am to 5pm), and Saturdays (10am to 4pm).
Curated by Holly Richards, with thanks to Rebecca Oliva.