Fellows and Licentiates are occasionally involved
in significant exhibitions that have not been organised or sponsored
Designer Bookbinders, and which may not involve all the
Fellows and Licentiates.
These exhibitions are listed here.
DB Fellow and President Elect Stephen Conway
Fiona McCarthy and Glenn Bartley
Glenn Bartley, Angela James and Eri Funazaki
Carol Bartley, Julian Thomas and Angela James
Designer Bindings at Teesside University, Middlesbrough
Private View - October 15, 2010
After the unforgettable day at the House of Lords two years ago (see
below) where Lord Tom Sawyer displayed 15 commissioned designer
bindings under the title ‘Socialism – A
Celebration’, there was a wish to show them at Teesside University,
Middlesbrough where he is Chancellor.
As part of the university’s 80th anniversary celebrations, the
exhibition was planned into the events programme, and opened with great
panache on Friday 15 October. Since 2008, Lord Sawyer had commissioned
a further 5 bindings on the same theme, and so 20 bindings in total were
on show on the night, laid out on tables so that the guests could handle
the work and talk to the binders. Eight of the binders made the trip
up to Teesside and enjoyed lively speeches, especially the guest speaker
Fiona McCarthy, author of the biographies of William Morris and Eric
Click here to
see a video of Lord Tom Sawyer discussing his collection at the private view.
The bindings were set up in showcases by Angela James on the following
Monday for a short term exhibition.
Copies of the original exhibition catalogue are available from DB
price £5 (plus p&p)
Socialism: A Celebration - a collection of beautiful books
at The House of Lords, London 2008
Lord Tom Sawyer standing in front
of the House of Lords
15 October must surely qualify as a truly unique and unforgettable
day for the thirteen binders,
together with their spouses and partners, when their bindings
commissioned by Lord Tom Sawyer were displayed in the glorious
Royal Gallery at the
House of Lords.
Lord Sawyer organised the comings and goings
with the precision of a Napoleonic campaign, and a full-colour catalogue,
sponsored by TU ink printers, was given out to all visitors. From 2
till 6pm there was a steady flow of parliamentarians and officials of
the House who came to admire the fifteen bindings. Some members, like
Lord Kenneth Baker, were collectors in their own right, but others were
astounded at the art and craft of the books on display, and the single-minded
commitment of Lord Sawyer to bind these seminal texts in the history
of British socialism
Lord Morgan gave a fulsome speech, not only
praising Lord Sawyer’s endeavours and the binders’ craft,
but also identifying the importance of each historic text, putting them
in context as the rich inheritance on which socialism drew such inspiration.
A sumptuous tea followed in the House of Lords tearoom for all involved
as a special treat.
At 6pm sharp the books and catalogues were
packed up and carried over Parliament Square to the Institute of Mechanical
Engineers. Sponsored by Thompsons Solicitors, a wonderful reception
with wine and delicious canapés for over 200 guests was soon
in full swing. At 7.15pm the guests enjoyed heartfelt and enthusiastic
speeches from Stephen Conway on behalf of DB, Dave Prentis, the General
Secretary of Unison, and The Rt. Hon. Hilary Benn MP. Lord Tom Sawyer
visibly relaxed at this point after a demanding and strenuous day has
now earned the peace to take his wonderful bindings home to enjoy at
his leisure! However, as he is Chancellor of Teesside University, there
were voices from the University asking for the collection to be shown
there, so perhaps the show is not over just yet!
To see a selection of pictures
from the day in the House of Lords and The Institute
of Mechanical Engineers, click here.
Exhibition of bindings in the Royal Gallery of the House of Lords
Lord Geoffrey Howe talking to Christopher Shaw and Carol Bartley
Speakers at the evening reception at the Institute of Mechanical
Left to right: Stephen Conway; Prof. Graham Henderson, Vice Chancellor
of Teesside University;
The Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP; Glenn Bartley; Lord Tom Sawyer of Darlington;
Dave Prentis, Gen Sec, Unison