2013 was a year of transition for RGAP (Research Group for Artists Publications) with the death in late 2012 of director, and Small Publishers Fair founder Martin Rogers.
There was move from Yorkshire Artspace in Sheffield to a temporary home in Derbyshire, where work began on archiving the extensive collection of publications and other materials.
Three new titles were published, all of them designed by Martin’s long-term collaborator and Small Publisher Fair regular Colin Sackett. These were:
‘Self Contained’ recent work by Rebecca Fortnum on the formation of identity and the power of the gaze.
‘Behind the Eyes : making pictures’ in which 12 artists reflect on their relationships with the source material for their work, in a wide-ranging discussion of contemporary pictorial practice.
‘Booklive’: a survey of current thinking and innovative practice in contemporary publishing, which was presented at BOOKLIVE! International symposium in London in June 2012.
Ten RGAP titles including Stephen Willats’ ‘Artwork as Social Model’ are available through Cornerhouse. Martin Rogers amassed a vast collection of artist’s books for personal, colleague and student reference. These have now been taken by Chelsea College of Art Library, University of the Arts London, who also hold the RGAP archive in their library.
Any further information about RGAP or their publications, or about Martin Rogers, please contact Lindsey Adams on 01243 775870.