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What’s In The Box? Volume I (2019)
Exhibition / Performance
Sowden, T. (2000). What’s In The Box? Volume I. [artists' books]. 9 June 2019 - 9 June 2019. (Unpublished)

Published as a collection of artists’ books curated and edited by Tom Sowden. Each project involves MA Printmaking students, UWE staff and invited artists who are asked to contribute 16 pages for an artist’s book. Each book is digitally printed f... Read More about What’s In The Box? Volume I.

What’s In The Box? Volume II (2019)
Exhibition / Performance
Sowden, T. (2002). What’s In The Box? Volume II. [Artists's books]. 9 June 2019 - 9 June 2019. (Unpublished)

Published as a collection of artists’ books curated and edited by Tom Sowden. Each project involves MA Printmaking students, UWE staff and invited artists who are asked to contribute 16 pages for an artist’s book. Each book is digitally printed f... Read More about What’s In The Box? Volume II.

What’s In The Box? Volume IV (2019)
Exhibition / Performance
Sowden, T. (2006). What’s In The Box? Volume IV. [artists' books]. 9 June 2019 - 9 June 2019. (Unpublished)

Published as a collection of artists’ books curated and edited by Tom Sowden. Each project involves MA Printmaking students, UWE staff and invited artists who are asked to contribute 16 pages for an artist’s book. Each book is digitally printed from... Read More about What’s In The Box? Volume IV.

What’s In The Box? Volume III (2019)
Exhibition / Performance
Sowden, T. (2004). What’s In The Box? Volume III. [artists' books]. 9 June 2019 - 9 June 2019. (Unpublished)

Published as a collection of artists’ books curated and edited by Tom Sowden. Each project involves MA Printmaking students, UWE staff and invited artists who are asked to contribute 16 pages for an artist’s book. Each book is digitally printed f... Read More about What’s In The Box? Volume III.

What’s In The Box? Volume V (2019)
Exhibition / Performance
Sowden, T. (2008). What’s In The Box? Volume V. [artists' books]. 8 June 2019 - 8 June 2019. (Unpublished)

Published as a collection of artists’ books curated and edited by Tom Sowden. Each project involves MA Printmaking students, UWE staff and invited artists who are asked to contribute 16 pages for an artist’s book. Each book is digitally printed from... Read More about What’s In The Box? Volume V.

Codex Event 8 (2019)
Exhibition / Performance
Laidler, P., Bodman, S. L., Sowden, T., & Mosely, T. Codex Event 8. [Exhibition]. 8 June 2019 - 8 June 2019. (Unpublished)

An Australian and British collaborative research project into pulp-printing, installation and artists’ books between Sarah Bodman, Paul Laidler, Tim Mosely, Monica Oppen and Tom Sowden. Codex Event 8 tackled the ‘urban jungle’, its physical mass... Read More about Codex Event 8.

Ed Ruscha Books & Co (2019)
Exhibition / Performance
Sowden, T. (2015). Ed Ruscha Books & Co. [artists' books]. 6 March 2019 - 1 May 2015. (Unpublished)

“Books & Co.” presents Ruscha’s legendary artist books together with those of more than 70 contemporary artists from all over the world—from Russia to Japan to the Netherlands, including artists' book by Tom Sowden, who have responded directly and di... Read More about Ed Ruscha Books & Co.

RE: Follow-ed (after hokusai) (2015)
Exhibition / Performance
Sowden, T., & Pichler, M. (2015). RE: Follow-ed (after hokusai). [Artists' books]. 28 September 2015 - 3 December 2015. (Unpublished)

Co-curated by Tom Sowden and Michalis Pichler. An exhibition of artists' tribute books to Ed Ruscha.

BABE – The Fifth Bristol Artists Book Event (2015)
Exhibition / Performance
Bodman, S. L., & Sowden, T. (2015). BABE – The Fifth Bristol Artists Book Event. 11 April 2015 - 12 April 2015. (Unpublished)

Curated event including 113 artists, publishers, dealers and presses from the Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, Norway, Sicily, Spain, South Korea and the UK, attracted 7150 visitors and held at the Arnolfini, Bristol, 11-12 April 2015.

PAGE.PRINT.POST: 50 years of Artists Books (2014)
Exhibition / Performance
Sowden, T., & Bodman, S. L. (2014). PAGE.PRINT.POST: 50 years of Artists Books. [Artists' books]. 1 July 2014 - 1 August 2014. (Unpublished)

PAGE.PRINT.POST: 50 years of Artists Books curated by Debbie Hill and Geoff Wallis, offers a rare insight and overview of the development, range and ambition of the Artists Book over half a century. Featuring books, postal art and other 'alternative... Read More about PAGE.PRINT.POST: 50 years of Artists Books.

Click, swipe, download, share (2014)
Presentation / Conference
Sowden, T. (2014, May). Click, swipe, download, share. Presented at Beyond the Book Conference

Tom Sowden was keynote speaker at the Beyond the Book conference, organised by Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Exeter University. During this talk Sowden looked at how and why artists are using digital publishing tools to produce books. For the purposes... Read More about Click, swipe, download, share.

How to be a book artist (2014)
Journal Article
Sowden, T. (2014). How to be a book artist

Tom Sowden is an artist and a lecturer on the MA Multi-disciplinary Printmaking course at the University of the West of England. Commissioned by Artquest to shed some light into the complexities of working with book art, this article is a vital compe... Read More about How to be a book artist.

BABE – The fourth Bristol Artists Book Event (2013)
Exhibition / Performance
Bodman, S. L., & Sowden, T. (2013). BABE – The fourth Bristol Artists Book Event. 20 April 2013 - 21 April 2013. (Unpublished)

Curated by Sarah Bodman and Tom Sowden with the Arnolfini Bristol this event showcased 105 artists, publishers, dealers and presses from the UK, The Netherlands, Belgium, USA, Canada, South Korea and Italy with 7530 visitors.

Re-reading the page (2013)
Presentation / Conference
Bodman, S. L., & Sowden, T. (2013, March). Re-reading the page. Paper presented at New Art of Making Books

Sarah Bodman and Tom Sowden are based at the Centre for Fine Print Research, UWE, Bristol, where they explore many aspects of artists’ publishing: from the conception and history of the artist’s book to creative processes and output, current developm... Read More about Re-reading the page.

Various small books: Referencing various small books by Ed Ruscha (2013)
Book Chapter
Sowden, T. (2013). Various small books: Referencing various small books by Ed Ruscha. In H. Zschiegner, J. Brouws, & W. Burton (Eds.), VARIOUS SMALL BOOKS: Referencing Various Small Books by Ed Ruscha, 86-87. MIT Press

As part of his ongoing research into the artists’ books produced by Ed Ruscha Tom Sowden was invited to contribute to VARIOUS SMALL BOOKS: Referencing Various Small Books by Ed Ruscha published by MIT Press (pages 86-87 and 166-169). In the 1960s and... Read More about Various small books: Referencing various small books by Ed Ruscha.

Some thoughts on the artist’s book in the 21st century (2013)
Book Chapter
Bodman, S. L., & Sowden, T. (2013). Some thoughts on the artist’s book in the 21st century. In D. Jury, & P. Rutledge Koch (Eds.), Book Art Object 2, 22-24. Stanford University Press

The most ambitious and diverse survey of the book arts published to date, Book Art Object 2 serves as a record of the third biennial Codex Book Fair and Symposium, "The Fate of the Art," held in Berkeley, California in 2011. The event showcased conte... Read More about Some thoughts on the artist’s book in the 21st century.

A manifesto for the book: Book - artist's book - artist's publication - book art? (2013)
Book Chapter
Bodman, S. L., & Sowden, T. (2013). A manifesto for the book: Book - artist's book - artist's publication - book art?. In L. Morgan (Ed.), Intersections and Counterpoints: Proceedings of Impact 7, an International Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking Conference, 75-80. Monash University Publishing

This paper was based on the results of a two-year research project led by Sarah Bodman and Tom Sowden, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, March 2008-February 2010. This project investigated the context and future of the artist's book... Read More about A manifesto for the book: Book - artist's book - artist's publication - book art?.

'Fifty Two Shopping Trolleys', 'Salad Dressing', 'Homeless People' and 'Some of the Buildings on the Sunset Strip'. (2013)
Physical Artefact
Sowden, T. 'Fifty Two Shopping Trolleys', 'Salad Dressing', 'Homeless People' and 'Some of the Buildings on the Sunset Strip'

As part of his ongoing research into the artists’ books produced by Ed Ruscha in the 1960s and 70s, and how these have influenced a huge raft of copycat books since, Sowden produced his homage to one of Ruscha’s most famous books, 'All of the Buildin... Read More about 'Fifty Two Shopping Trolleys', 'Salad Dressing', 'Homeless People' and 'Some of the Buildings on the Sunset Strip'..