Sunday 2 June 2013

PRESS & RELEASE, Phoenix Gallery Brighton

As part of the Phoenix Gallery's Press & Release artists' books exhibition, I will be showing everything in the Damp Flat Books catalogue! All 22 artist's book titles, along with 14 issues of my artzine Future Fantasteek! and a selection of sketchbooks. So, if you want to see EVERTHING come and visit the exhibition.
For more images of the exhibition click here:

I will also be doing a short talk in the Gallery as part of the events evening on Sat 25th May.
But, that's not all - I'll be running a zines workshop on Sat 1st June. So come and see lots of lovely books by lots of bookartists.

Photo: Phoenix Brighton
Here's the Gallery info...

"Please join us for the Preview of  PRESS and RELEASE, an exhibition of artists' books, at Phoenix Brighton on  Friday 26 April, 6 - 8 pm.
The exhibition runs until 9 June, and is accompanied by a number of special activities and events including: 

Shaking the Shelf: Performing Books
Saturday 25 May, 7 - 10 pm.

"For one evening only, the books will dust off their jackets and leap onto stage. Iain Paxon spins audio-visual yarns using music, slide projections and fairy tales; Bones & The Aft open their pop-up set and take us on a rock-n-roll bus ride; Carolina Diaz draws together dance and organic forms in a book-inspired dance performance, accompanied by Geoff Leigh; Laboratoro takes us on a page-turning promenade through the exhibition, and Jackie Batey fills us in on her Damp Flat Books which use humour and satire to rant about the glitches of modern life."

Photo: Phoenix Brighton
Photo: Phoenix Brighton
Gallery talk about Damp Flat Books
Photo: Phoenix Brighton
Photo: Phoenix Brighton
Photo: Phoenix Brighton
Photo: Phoenix Brighton
Photo: Phoenix Brighton

Off the Page: An Afternoon of Books
Saturday 1 June, 2 - 5 pm

"Immerse yourself in a lively mix of talks, workshops and collaborative activities, and learn more about resources and networks for book artists. Everyone welcome!


Art & design collective Borbonesa (Lee Shearman and Matt Fleming) discuss self-publishing, through printed works and projects created over the past 13 years

Bibliotherapy with Lucy May Schofield
BABL is a mobile library, home to over 150 artist made books and publications, which tours the country offering bibliotherapy and a unique reading experience to anyone in need of a dose of handheld art and a pair of listening ears.

Concertina Book Making
Focusing on collage and composition, participants will collaborate on a monstrously long book, as well as make their own books to take away.

Photo: Phoenix Brighton

Writing with Xelis de Toro
Develop a text which can be incorporated into your own book

Making Zines with Jackie Batey
Learn simple binding techniques, then draw, cut and paste or write to get your ideas onto paper

Photo: Phoenix Brighton
Photo: Matt Fleming

Workshops with the Sussex Book Arts Collective
Collaborative books, miniature books that go out into the world, and a demonstration of making the concertina format.

The Bookends Lounge with Carol Ann Quin and Kirsten Norwood
Come along to ‘the place where the books never end’ to collaborate, swap and network with other makers of books.

The Press & Release Cafe
Refresh your body and mind with tea, coffee and cakes all afternoon

Plus: The Bookends Lounge, Press & Release Bookshop, artist book courses, late openings, and online projects. Full details and updates can be found at"
Image: Lee Shearman

Tuesday 21 May 2013

HOME is to be exhibited at the V&A

HOME is to be exhibited at the V&A, as part of the display curated by Deborah Sutherland
Building Memories: The Art of Remembering As part of Sky Arts Ignition: Memory Palace.

"It features historical mnemonic approaches to developing memory skills: from classical texts (printed in the European Renaissance) to Victorian manuals and card games, and also presents contemporary visual interpretations of home – an emotionally resonant space where you may mentally store what you want to recall."

It runs from 31st May 2013 - 24th Feb 2014 and can be found in Room 85 at the V&A, London.

Friday 12 April 2013

Project 2013 - Cafe Royal Books

Future Fantasteek! issues No.13 and No.14 are being shown as part of Project 2013.

"You are invited to the preview of the 2013 Project.
Books, photographs, and drawings from over 20 countries sharing common themes of communication and dissemination will be displayed at Hanover Project - the University of Central Lancashire. To mark the event I am publishing a series of books: Words, Drawings, Photographs, and Publications. These titles will be launched at the preview event. Words is a collection of essays by leading practitioners and researchers - Sarah Bodman, Jörg Colberg and Lawrence Zeegen. The preview will be preceded by a talk, arranged by Dr Mat Gregory. from Turner Prize winning artist, Martin Creed.

Tuesday April 16th.
Talk: 3.00pm
Foster Building, Lecture Theatre 3, off Kendal Street, University of Central Lancashire, Preston. Spaces are limited and will be available on a first come first served basis.
Preview: 4.30pm - 7.00pm

Install - open for public viewing but partial exhibition 11.04.13 - 08.05.13
Full exhibition 16.04.13 - 03.05.13 10.00am - 5.00pm Monday - Friday

Hanover Project, Hanover Building, off Bhailok Street, University of Central Lancashire, Preston. Refreshments will be available. More details about the 2013 Project, and other Café Royal Projects can be seen here. Both events are funded by the Contemporary Arts Development Group."
Text from Cafe Royal Website.

Monday 25 February 2013

'Message in a Bottle Exhibition' in Minneapolis

Message in a Bottle Exhibition : Secrets, Cyphers, Codes & Mysteries
Light Grey Art Lab, 118 E 26th Street #101, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

As a featured artist, I'll be showing eleven linocut images based around themes of lying, secrets and hidden meanings. To see the images in the show:

There's also a recorded interview as a podcast available here:

Opening Reception: Friday January 25th from 7 -10pm
The show runs through February 15th.
Regular Gallery Hours are Wed - Friday from 12 - 7pm
and on Saturday and Sunday from 12-3pm

"We are hosting the work of 40 international artists who will contribute mind-bending, coded works to Light Grey -- filled with secrets, hidden imagery and alternate meanings. Spend a little more time looking through the details in this show and you might just find something surprising.
Our lineup of events at Light Grey between Jan 25 and Feb 15 include classes on codes, secret imagery, mentalism and more. The exhibition will feature a limited edition print for those people that are the first to find the hidden images in the pieces, an interactive decoding piece, and walls and walls of art containing intimate secrets and mesmerizing detail.
Jackie Batey will also be joining us as a featured artist for this exhibition as well as Kali Ciesemier's MAKE 2013 workshop." Grey Art Lab website.

Prints available to buy here:

Some photos of the Private View (with thanks to curator Lindsay Nohl).

Wednesday 20 February 2013

Future Fantasteek! Issue No.14 OUT NOW

Softback Zine printed in colour on cream paper. 
A5 size with 20 printed pages, saddle-stitched.
Day-glo cover in either pink, orange or green with day-glo star sticker.
Brighton, Feb 2013, edition size of 40.

Issue No.14 Unexpected Item in Bagging Area
So, why the long face? Have you been eating something suspicious... Damp Flat Products obviously deny everything and unlike Tesco - we're NOT SORRY. BUT, cheer-up! The economy is still circling-the-drain and Americans still like shooting each other (SHOCK), and everyone else wants to blow each other up - from and Xbox. Fancy some Soylent Green?
Still free to libraries and zine collections, email me:
Also available to buy online:

You can now read Future Fantasteek! No.14 at the following locations:

Artists’ Book Collection, Tate Britain, Millbank, London, UK

Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection, Chicago, IL, USA

Texas A&M University (TAMU), Bryan, TX, USA

UK non-literary publications, 1914-present, The British Library, London, UK

Colorado College Special Collections, Colorado Springs, CO, USA

INIVA - (Institute of International Visual Arts), Rivington Place, London, UK

Library, London College of Communication, London, UK

Jaffe Center for Book Arts, Florida Atlantic University Library, Boca Raton, FL, USA

Bedeteca de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal

Reed College Library, Portland, OR, USA

Booklyn (zine collection), Brooklyn, NY, USA

Browne Popular Culture Library, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH , USA

The Library Hereford College of Arts, Hereford, UK

Texas A&M University, Bryan, TX, USA

Paper Cut Zine Library, Cambridge MA, USA

Eton College Library, Windsor, UK

Newark Public Library, Newark, NJ, USA

Book Arts & Special Collections, San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco, CA, USA

National Art Library, Word & Image Department, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK

Biblioteca Municipal Josep Badia i Moret, Barcelona, SPAIN

Duke University, Durham NC, USA

Centre for Fine Print Research, UWE, Bristol, UK

Project 2013, Cafe Royal Zines, University of Central Lancashire, UK

The Culture Archive, Brighton, UK

And it's also available to purchase in the Bookarts Bookshop, London, UK

or buy online from me directly here...

Wednesday 23 January 2013

Brighton Illustration: Then, Now, After…

‘Brighton Illustration: Then, Now, After…’ 
opens to the public from: 18 January to 14 February 2013
at the University of Brighton Gallery at the Faculty of Arts in Grand Parade, Brighton UK

I was invited to show some of my Future Fantasteek! artzines as part of this exhibition, celebrating graduates and lecturers from the Illustration course at Brighton. I studied Illustration BA, MA and PhD there... back in the day. (Future Fantasteek! issues 7,9 and 13 bottom middle of case)

The show had various themes, I was in with The Storytellers along with some of my tutors from back then: Alan Baker, Justin Todd and Chris McEwan.


Excerpt from website...
Top illustrators return to Brighton.
A star-studded line-up of the nation’s top illustrators has come together for a unique exhibition at the University of Brighton. All of the artists either graduated or worked at the university and they include Sir Quentin Blake CBE, who illustrated Roald Dahl books; Raymond Briggs, who illustrated The Snowman book; and award-winning children’s books illustrator Emily Gravett.
Curators of the exhibition “aim to reflect on the diversity of work originating from the Illustration studios at Brighton over the last 40 years, celebrating achievements and highlighting the possible direction illustrative practice may take in future.”

Saturday 19 January 2013

Pale Ire Press - launched

Jackie Batey
(work in progress, series of 10)

These three square prints are part of a series of 10. They represent common Rainbow Ruses sometimes know as 'Barnum Statements' - spurious phrases that contradict themselves in order to gain the confidence of a gullible person. Ideally they are the introduction phrases of the confidence trickster or phoney clairvoyant. In these images two opposing statements are illustrated with the various characters
trying to fool each other. These three prints represent lies told in order to win trust and then deceive. Ultimately a set of 10 false prophets. The characters are based on masks to underline the concealing a personality. The masks were drawn from reference in the British Museum and some were constructs of my own.

The images are two-colour lino prints 30cm x 30cm printed on light imitation Japanese paper, each embossed with the Pale Ire Press stamp. Numbered and signed by the artist.

Rainbow Ruse No.1
You make carefully considered choices BUT occasionally you surrender to the imp of the impulsive.

Rainbow Ruse No.2
You have oodles of acquaintances BUT only a handful of bosom buddies.

Rainbow Ruse No.2
You have oodles of acquaintances BUT only a handful of bosom buddies.

Saturday 5 January 2013

Book Show E exhibition showing 'We're Sorry_'

Book Show E
John Hansard Gallery Central
9 Civic Centre Road
Southampton SO14 7FJ, UK

Opening night: Friday 1st February 2013 at 6pm
Opening times: Saturday 2nd February - Saturday 2nd March 2013
Tuesday - Saturday 11am - 6pm

We're Sorry_  is now back in stock in a new edition and on show as part of Photo book show E.

This is the third edition of this title (ten books only in each edition). The book now has a white cover and card belly band, with 'mobile phone' bookmark.
For more information on this title select the top tab of this blog called We're Sorry.
To order a copy contact me first for availability.

Wednesday 28 November 2012

READ artist's book finished

135mm x 190mm, containing 12 pages and printed endpapers.
Saddle-stitched, with red book-cloth bound hard cover with lasercut lime acrylic title: READ.

Bound into the book is a small red acrylic lasercut magnifying glass that slots into a small wage slip envelope bound into the back inside cover.
Title page has a library-style insert, dated, embossed, numbered and signed.

The book also contains a bookmark to be used as a aide memoire.
Brighton, First edition of ten produced in 2012.

This book was created for the exhibition Beyond Dickens. This exhibition of international artists' books was held in Portsmouth in November 2012 as part of the Dickens bicentenary celebrations held in the town (Dicken's birthplace).

READ was inspired by Our Mutual Friend and takes the first 20 pages of this novel but hides within them a Dickens' quote about the act of reading. The quote describes reading as being like a code, whereby the initiated can open the world of books. The quote is hidden word by word on each page in pale turquoise that can only be seen clearly when viewed through the red lense on of the magnifying glass (see images below). The endpapers are images of monochrome violent waters since Our Mutual Friend begins and ends with drownings. READ is available in an edition of 10, contact me for details.

Copies are now located in:

  • Artists' Book Collection - Eton College Library, Eton College, Windsor, UK
  • Artists' Book Collection - The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, UK
  • Centre for Fine Print Research, UWE, Bristol, School of Creative Arts, Bristol, UK
  • Special Collections - London College of Communication, London, UK
  • Special Collections - Tutt Library, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO. USA