One of the less well-known responsibilities of Modern Scottish staff here is to acquire artist’s books for the collections. This week I had a meeting with one of the most interesting artists working in this area in Scotland today – David Faithfull . David has most recently been doing work inspired by his Scottish Book Trust visit last year to Jura where he collaborated with John Burnside. Artist’s books were also on the agenda when I joined library colleagues yesterday for SVAG : Scottish Visual Arts Group. By coincidence David Faithfull is on the teaching staff at the venue for the SVAG meeting, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Arts and Design. As part of the meeting we also went to Dundee Contemporary Arts to visit their Centre for Artists’ Books. One of my colleagues wondered if a union catalogue of artist’s books in Scotland was a possibility – it is certainly an intriguing thought. But first of all we might have to define some terms in this fascinating and diverse book/art form !
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