Approved: 16.08.2006

SALTandSHAW

Artist, Writer

Approved: 16.08.2006

We began making books together via a long route through land art, writing, painting, sculpture, photography and drawing. As SALT+SHAW, working on location underpins our  practice, either by responding to or identifying an environment to explore. We have a history of travelling to cities and wild places, rummaging around in junk shops and museums, sitting in gardens, searching shorelines and following routes or rivers. Taking these places as starting points, has resulted in a reflex action to collect objects and information, gather ideas, create journals, write automatically and make images. Our raw materials gradually reveal their content, narrative and structure. We have developed ways of making books together, either led by one of us and underpinned by mutual support, or co-produced as a joint piece through a process of negotiation, discussion and sheer bloody mindedness.

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    We began making books together via a long route through land art, writing, painting, sculpture, photography and drawing. As SALT+SHAW, working on location underpins our  practice, either by responding to or identifying an environment to explore. We have a history of travelling to cities and wild places, rummaging around in junk shops and museums, sitting in gardens, searching shorelines and following routes or rivers. Taking these places as starting points, has resulted in a reflex action to collect objects and information, gather ideas, create journals, write automatically and make images. Our raw materials gradually reveal their content, narrative and structure. We have developed ways of making books together, either led by one of us and underpinned by mutual support, or co-produced as a joint piece through a process of negotiation, discussion and sheer bloody mindedness.

    The book structure is an ideal format for our work; combining our individual interests and ways of working. The process of construction is vital – the physicality of making, the creative development of the structure and its inextricably linked contents. Experimentation is essential throughout. Our work is tactile and intimate, revealing and enclosing its stories through words, pictures, found objects, collage, drawing and print. We produce artefact books in small editions, which ask the viewer to engage, discover, make connections and take up challenges. Our books combine a sensory and conceptual exploration -  the narrative of words, images and found objects; the sound of a cover opening, the creak of metal hinges and the crispness of pages turning; the smell of polished wood, brass and leather; the discovery of hidden text.

    CV & Education

    Solo exhibitions:

     ‘Travelogue’ - Bookartbookshop, London, September 2015

      ‘On Location’ - University of the West of England, 2010

     

    Group exhibitions:

    ‘Redesigning The Medieval Book’- Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford and University of the West of England; Bower Ashton Library, Bristol, 2018

    ‘Bound To Bristol’ - University of the West of England, Bristol, 2018

    ‘Material Matters’ - Manchester Metropolitan University, 2014

    ‘Gold, Frankincense, Myrrh’ -  Academy of Makers, Sheffield, 2014

    ‘Sense of Place in Artists’ Books’ – Architecture and Landscape Library, University of Minnesota, USA, 2012

    ‘Regenerator II’ – University of the West of England, Bristol, 2010

    ‘Small’ – Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh, 2010

    ‘The Art of The Book: Journals Then and Now’ – Gallery 210, University of Missouri, USA; University of the West of England and  Winchester School of Art, 2010

    ‘Place, Memory and Identity’ – Gracefield Art Gallery, Dumfries and touring Dumfries and Galloway, 2009 – 2010

    ‘Inkubator 2’ – DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery, 2009

    ‘Small, Smaller, Smallest’ – Bristol Central Library, 2009

    ‘Siting Room, Another Room’ – Almeda, California, 2008; Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Mexico City,  2007

    ‘Arcadia Id Est’ – Noosa Regional Gallery, Queensland, Australia; Rhode Island School of Art and Design, Providence, USA; National Print Museum of Ireland and Washington University Libraries, St. Louis, USA, 2007

    ‘Bibliomania’ – Holden Gallery, Manchester, 2007

    ‘Inkubator’ – Edinburgh Printmakers, 2007

    ‘Regenerator Altered Books Project’ – Off Centre Gallery, Bristol, 2007

    ‘Sitting Room’ – The Enschede Academy of Visual Arts, Netherlands;Artist’s Book Exhibition Area, University of the West of England, Bristol; Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge; Permanent Gallery, Brighton and Winchester Art Gallery, 2007

    ‘Sitting Room’ – Alsager Arts Centre, Cheshire;  Manchester Craft & Design Centre and touring UK, 2006‘

    Arcadia Id Est’ – University of the West of England, Bristol; TRACE Gallery, Weymouth, 2005 and touring worldwide until 2008

    In the collections of:

    ·                     The British Library, London

    ·                     Tate Britain Library, London

    ·                     The National Art Library, V&A Museum, London

    ·                     The Wellcome Trust, London

    ·                     Winchester School of Art Library, University of Southampton

    ·                     Glasgow School of Art

    ·                     University of the West of England, Bristol

    ·                     Chelsea College of Art and Design, London

    ·                     Manchester Metropolitan University

    ·                     London College of Communication

    ·                     Chelsea College of Art and Design, London

    ·                     York University

    ·                     Coventry University

    ·                     The Neil Crawford Collection, London

    ·                     Private collectors in the UK, Europe, USA and Australia

     

    Talks and workshops include:

    ‘Word, Image, Object’ talk and writing workshop, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield

    ‘Collaboration and Dissent – How We Make Books Together’ talk, Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh and Pagemakers Artists’ Book Fair, Cirencester

    Book structures and bindings workshops

    Prose and poetry writing workshops, projects and courses

    Painting, drawing, printing and mixed media workshops, projects and courses

     

    Written about us:

    ‘Balancing Act: The Inextricably Bound Book Works of SALT+SHAW’ – Linda Newington, The Artist’s Book Year Book, Impact Press, 2012-2013

    ‘Artefact Books: Towards a Multi-field, Analytical Framework for Literary Research’ – Jen Smith, Ph.D dissertation, 2011

    ‘A Brief History of Artefact Books: Paul Salt’s York’- Jen Smith, conference paper for ‘Thinking About Things’ University College Dublin, 2009

    ‘What Is A Book?’ dissertation and presentation, MA in Writing Sheffield Hallam University - Susan Shaw, 2004

    SALT+SHAW included in  various exhibition catalogues