Category Special Collection


How can a book be an expression of light? Light appears infinite yet it renders visible our most immediate and intimate human experiences. The artists in this exhibition have approached the theme of light, and its polarity with darkness, through metaphor and aesthetics, through the intervention of physical structures and the entire removal of substance. It is […]

The Les Coleman Bequest of Publications and Printed Matter

During the summer I will be adding the titles from the Les Coleman Bequest to the library catalogue. After his death in 2013, Les’s family very kindly donated approximately 180 artists’ publications to our special collection, some created by Les and many others collected by him from the annual Small Publishers Fair. His friend and colleague at In […]

Ensixteen Editions: Mike Nicholson

These books are self-published in zine format, 21 x 15 cm and saddle-stitched with illustrated paper covers in single brilliant colours. All are new additions to Mike Nicholson’s personal and thoughtful Bio Auto Graphic series, each a visual diary filled with animated line drawings and hand-written text. Mike Nicholson writes: This series began tentatively, with my […]

Black Dogs Archive 2005 – 2015

Leeds College of Art Library 26th January – 27th March 2015 Black Dogs artistic and critical interests are broad and varied, underpinned by an interest in art’s potential as a social practice. We approach art as a space in which to experiment with new ways of understanding the world – and of being and acting […]

AMBruno: Lists etc.

Archive Order        Sequence Track Stack Map Index Inventory Litany Catalogue An exhibition of artists’ books recently purchased by Leeds College of Art Library 1st September – 19th December 2014 Artists group AMBruno explore the theme of lists where the many possibilities of form and purpose are shown through words, drawings, images, materials and diagrams. There are narratives of desire, bibliographies, […]

Briggs, K., 2011, Excercise in pathetic criticism. York: Information as Material

Exercise in Pathetic Criticism, the first in a planned series of literary experiments by Kate Briggs, is a one-page reconstruction of The Count of Monte Cristo according to the precepts of “pathetic criticism”. Kate Briggs is the translator of two volumes of How to Live Together: Novelistic Simulations of Some Everyday Spaces (Coste, C. ed., 2012. Columbia UP), […]

Sharon Kivland: Reports on Knowledge.

Friday 28th March 2014 saw the culmination of Sharon Kivland’s highly successful Library Intervention at Leeds College of Art. The Blenheim Walk Gallery was the venue for a delightful evening of readings, installation, performance, film and games, each the outcome of her agents’ creative research within our library: their “Reports on knowledge”. I am extremely grateful to […]

Red Kites and the Writing Station

Red Kites and the Writing Station.

Library Interventions. The Agents Respond: Holly Stevenson

Library Interventions : Sharon Kivland Agent Holly Stevenson : Dear Rouge Dear Sharon I would like to propose that at the bidding of your red lipstick I should attend the Leeds College of Art Library where as a dutiful female ‘agent’ I shall research the idea that writing postcards and lipstick share a language in […]

Library Interventions. The Agents Respond: Katya Robin

Library Interventions : Sharon Kivland Katya Robin I propose to act as your Trustee, to work in a self-directed manner for the stated benefit of the project (your Library Intervention). I will commence by investigating the Photo Books and Artists’ Books collections at the two library sites. I plan to review books and other sources […]

Books On Books

Curated by Robert Bolick

sebastiane hegarty

an audio visual notebook

Ensixteen Editions

Unlocking the cabinets


~ notes from my studio ~ thoughts about drawing ~ books read ~ work seen ~ music heard ~ places explored ~ conversations with artists ~

Words and Pictures

By Lesley Guy

Boats for difficult times

our evolving relationship with boats

Painters on Paintings

A conversation between contemporary artists and their influences across time.

Urban travel tales

by Lisa Samloglou

The Halt

Silt and shingle. Prose and poems by Brian Lewis

Grilled fish

Unlocking the cabinets

Indie Hero

Brian Marggraf, Author of Dream Brother: A Novel, Independent publishing advocate, New York City dweller

The Art of Enchantment

Dr Sharon Blackie: writer, psychologist, mythologist


Bringing language research into the classroom