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

    "Their practice is frequently linked to location, to finding objects, discovering stories and creating narratives in response to a particular place, whether man made or natural. Ideas become concepts through negotiation, which inform the construction of their book works, making inextricable the links between all the elements only made possible by their partnership. …..a way of thinking and working  together where exploring and testing ideas outside eventually leads to the making of the physical objects, which have been negotiated into existence by the two of them. ….their commitment to collaboration and the further making of book works as conceptual artefacts." Balancing Act: the inextricably bound book works of SALT+SHAW  [Linda Newington, The Artist's Book Yearbook ISBN 978-1-906501-06-8]

     

    SALT+SHAW Artists’ Books
    Solo exhibitions:
    • ‘Travelogue’ - Bookartbookshop, London, September 2015
    • ‘On Location’ - University of the West of England, 2009
    Group exhibitions:
    • ‘Material Matters’ - Manchester Metropolitan University, 2014
    • ‘Gold, Frankincense, Myrrh’ -  Academy of Makers, Sheffield, 2014
    • ‘Sense of Place in Artists’ Books’ – 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’ – University of Missouri, USA; University of the West of England; 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 and Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Mexico City, 2008
    • ‘Arcadia Id Est’ – Noosa Regional Gallery, Queensland, Australia; Rhode Island School of Art and Design, Providence, USA; National Print Museum, Ireland and Washington University, 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, 2007
    • ‘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
    • The Tate Library, London
    • The National Art Library, V&A Museum, London
    • Winchester School of Art Library, University of Southampton, Winchester
    • University of the West of England, Bristol
    • Chelsea College of Art and Design, London
    • Manchester Metropolitan University
    • Glasgow School of Art, Scotland
    • London College of Communication
    • York University
    • Coventry University
    • Private collectors in the UK, Europe, USA and Australia

    Artists’ book fairs include:
    • Small Publishers’ Fair, London
    • BABE, Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol
    • Glasgow International Artists’ Book Fair
    • Manchester Metropolitan University
    • Contemporary Artists’ Book Fair, Dean Clough and University of Leeds
    • Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh
    • Pagemakers Artists’ Book Fair, Cirencester

    Bespoke, talks and workshops:
    • ‘The Book of Matt Black’ – commissioned by Writing Yorkshire, Sheffield
    • ‘Word, Image, Object’ talk and writing workshop, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield
    • ‘On Location’ talk, Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh
    • ‘SALT+SHAW’ talk, Pagemakers Artists’ Book Fair, Cirencester
    • Book structures and bindings workshops
    • Short story and poetry writing workshops, projects and courses
    • Painting, drawing, printing and mixed media workshops, projects and courses

    Publications:
    • ‘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
    • ‘Precious Cargo’ poetry pamphlet - Sue Shaw and Adam Lowe, Dog Horn Publishing, 2013
    • Poems and short stories published in Mslexia magazine, Matter, The Sheffield Anthology, BBC Wildlife magazine and various anthologies – Sue Shaw
    • SALT+SHAW included in the Artist’s Book Yearbooks, Impact Press and various artists’ books exhibition catalogues