The call for applications to the Printer-in-Residence programme in 2018-19 is now open. Deadline: 1 March 2018.

The Printer-in-Residence is hosted at the Bodleian Bibliographical Press to bring ideas and techniques from the world of contemporary letterpress and printmaking, and to exchange knowledge with staff of the Bodleian Libraries and the wider University. Our thanks to the Bodleian Library donors who funded this programme.

The Bodleian Libraries invite applications from experienced printers and book artists for a residency of one month, to take place during the University of Oxford academic year 2018-19. 

The Bodleian Libraries are fortunate to have a printing workshop housing several hand-operated platen presses and a rolling press. The workshop, located in the Old Bodleian Library and accessible directly from the Old Schools Quadrangle at ground level, is used for teaching to University students, visiting classes, schools, and the public, and has a strong connection to engagement and outreach from within the Libraries, especially to the Exhibitions and Education programmes.

The Printer-in-Residence programme, inaugurated with the residency of Russell Maret during October 2017, is intended to increase awareness of the facility and to encourage a creative spirit in the book arts within the University. Hand-craft printers and printmakers are invited to propose a project for an edition to be made in the workshop and completed during a one-month residency.

Application deadline: 1 March 2018

Applications are invited from letterpress printers or creative book artists who are demonstrably able to make full use of the Bodleianís Bibliographical Press workshop and to present a programme of workshops and a public lecture. Applicants should be practitioners in printing or the book arts who have created a body of work of high quality. Applicants are advised to note the equipment available at the Press, including the range of type available, and to describe how they would provide any other materials required for their work during the residency.

See the Further Particulars, which includes the terms of the award and a note of the contents of the Bodleian Bibliographical Press workshop. To apply, use this Application Form (in Word or pdf).

Funds of £2,000 are available to support the residency, for which accommodation must be arranged by the recipient, along with a small budget to support outreach activities.

Russell Maret was Bodleian Printer-in-Residence in October 2017 (see his blogpost about his Bodleian visit). Here are some outcomes of his visit:

Lecture, 17 October 2017: 'Making Third-Stream Books in the Digital Age'

Workshop, 24 October 2017: Shakespeare's Sonnets [blogpost]

Workshop, 30 October 2017: New Books Need New Type [blogpost by Russell Maret] 


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