Home from Home

153 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds

11th – 18th March 2011
Curated by Louise Atkinson
As part of Artist Book Collective

With ideas ranging from the domestic to displacement, over 80 artists from 7 different countries contributed to the Artist Book Collective exhibition around the theme of Home. 153 Woodhouse Lane was the setting, to be shown alongside the 14th Leeds International Artist Book Fair. As a spacious Victorian terrace situated over three floors, it was the perfect backdrop for this site-specific exhibition.
Artist Book Collective Home From HomeArtists responded to the brief through exploring and expanding on the book as a time-based medium, whilst also incorporating the notion of the Everyday.

Traditional book works as well as sculptural objects, text, narrative, video, furniture, audio and performance were represented throughout the show. The concept of Home evoked various associations, including our experience of domestic spaces in relation to their designated public/private status, as well as the collection and curation of personal possessions within those spaces. Often our sense of self and security is linked to feeling ‘at home’, insinuating that this sensation is not always related to a particular place or building.

At first glance, Home from Home created an impression of family, refuge and sanctuary, but upon closer inspection, it also began to uncover associated feelings of anxiety and uncertainty relating to superstition, illness and transience.
As a development of the Collective’s exhibitions, this show proved to me how much support and interest there was for the book arts in Leeds and how much more we could achieve. Even though the show only lasted a week we had fantastic comments and reviews, including this one from Debs Davies (aka @BasementArtsPro) on the@culturevultures blog.
It also sparked an interest in zine making for one contributor (@strawbleu) who produced his first zine as a catalogue/personal response to the show, and is now available to buy direct from him. We also set up the Flickr group for contributors to share images from the shows and fairs. To view the full list of artists and their work, visit the Home from Home page on the ABC archive.

Image: Melanie Alexandrou, Magpie Thunder Bureau, Mixed Media Installation, 2009-2011