Practical Book Arts Workshops With Guy Begbie

The begbiebook Independent Bookbinding Workshops & Masterclasses are taught by internationally established book artist, designer, university art & design lecturer and bookbinder Guy Begbie.

(GB Half Cloth Binding With Diamond X Exposed Spine Sewing)

The book is perhaps the most intimate, easily accessible and portable of all art forms. The book as a visual medium can provide links and meeting points between art disciplines. Guy Begbie demonstrates this both in his practice as a multi-disciplinary artist and in his teaching.

The workshops range from one day to five day intensive courses that include both traditional and unorthodox bookbinding, altered books and reconfigured narratives, paper engineering, kinetic book constructions and architectural book structures. All courses are designed to be appropriate for people with or without previous bookbinding experience. Masterclasses are delivered in the context of continuing professional development.

Courses are limited to 15 participants.

(GB Drum Leaf Binding)

Guy Begbie is a peripatetic interdisciplinary artist/bookbinder and a university associate lecturer who is currently based in Wales, UK. He works across borders as an independent European internationalist artist. His book arts practice is informed by a core interest in the parallels between bookbinding structures & architectural/sculptural forms. He works in a variety of media, that includes traditional bindery materials, drawing, painting, printmaking, sculptural casting, sound recording, photography and film-making. He uses non-linear narrative structures to investigate the book in transition from a folded 2D closed object to a 3D open and expanded construction. His book works often allude to the spatial narratives experienced while making a passage or a walking dérive through both natural and built environments.

(GB Sculptural Tower Book)

Guy Begbie exhibits his work and delivers independent workshops internationally. In 2016 he delivered book arts masterclasses at the State Library of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, where he also gave the ‘Siganto Foundation Artists’ Book Lecture 2016′. He was a recipient of a ‘Manly Library Artists’ Book Award 2017’ and during 2016-17, he engaged in three artists’ residencies in Australia, researching & developing new works at Queensland College of Art, Griffith Centre for Creative Arts Research, Griffith University, Brisbane; Canberra School of Art, Australian National University, Canberra and Cicada Press, University of New South Wales, Sydney. His work is held in state library, university and private collections in Australia and university library and private artists book collections in the UK.

Screen Shot 2018-01-09 at 21.28.34‘Orange Rumba’  Video Short  (GB Bristol, UK 2012)
2-Guy-Begbie-Architectural-Brisbane-Derive-Concertina-Freestanding-Books‘Brisbane Dérive’  Bookworks Series  (GB Brisbane, Australia 2016)

Online Zoom and In Person Book Making Workshops 2023

Current Forthcoming Bookmaking Workshops during 2023 to be scheduled here shortly

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Guy Begbie Crossing Divides series GB Sydney Australia Wales UK 2017 2018
‘Crossing Divides’ series:  (GB   Sydney Australia / Wales UK, 2017-2018)
(Recent Exhibition Listing in ‘BOOK ARTS NEWSLETTER’ No 119 page 2)
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‘Bookscape: Recto Verso’  Video Short  (GB Llansawel, Wales 2015)
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