London Metropolitan Archives, LGBT Conference at Guildhall Yard, 16th February 2013

Presenting the Tessa Boffin Archive at Brave New World

On the 16th February 2013 at the London Metropolitan archives LGBT conference, held at the stunning architectural and design surroundings of Guildhall, UCA Archives presented the Tessa Boffin archive, a Photographer specialising in LGBT issues including cross dressing,which looks at gender identity, and photographic responses to AIDS, alongside professional Photographer, Rebecca Andrews’, recen, around 2000, female body builder images. Andrews also looked at ways that gender identity can be portrayed (looking at Tessa Boffin’s 1980s archive and her own recent body builder work)

See Rebecca Andrews website

See Tessa Boffin Archive

Brave New World, Conference

Guildhall art Gallery also has an ongoing exhibition from acclaimed Photographer Ajamu, of under 35 LGBT black British born individuals, Fierce

Themes of the day included Policy – Action and Impact, LGBT History and the Future, Community projects, and Culture and LGBT identity, from a range of passionate speakers

Brave New World Rebecca Andrews  16 February 2013

Brave New World Conference Rebekah Taylor, 16 February 2013

Brave New World Conference Guildhall venue 2, 16 February 2013


UCA Epsom Artists’ Books collaboration with Epsom Public Library (Surrey Libraries)

UCA Epsom Library is collaborating with Epsom Public Library with Artist Books

UCA Epsom will be displaying their Artist Books at Epsom Public Library between April – May, and there will also be a talk from Graphic Design UCA Lecturer Mike Nicholson

This is a free but ticketed event. To book please see the Surrey Library webpage

Artist Book,  Common Senses, by Mike Nicholson

Artist Book, Common Senses, by Mike Nicholson

‘Artists’ books refers not to literature about artists nor to sculptures constructed from books but to works by visual artists that assume book form’.

‘An artists’ book may have images without words or narratives without images. It may assume sculptural form as a pop-up book or investigate the nature of the book format itself’. ‘Many artists working in other media turned to books as a form suited to expressing ideas too complex for a single painting, photograph or sculpture’.
Quote from Artspeak: a guide to contemporary ideas, movements and buzzwords.

This display is a selection of artists’ books from the University for the Creative Art’s library at the Epsom campus featuring books published by Four Corners Books, Weproductions, Book Works, Upper Playground, Analogue Books and includes self-published books. So far the collection spans 1987 to the present day.

The collection includes the award winning Illiers Combray by Helen Douglas and Zoe Irvine, and the wonderfully titled Three Songs and a Camper Van by John Bently (Liver and Lights No.36)

Of particular note is the Four Corners Books edition of Dracula with its yellow clothbound cover echoing the first UK edition – the designer, John Morgan utilized particular typefaces to denote diary entries, letters and newspaper cuttings to reinforce the different layers of storytelling.

The collection is intended to demonstrate the diverse and creative nature of artists’ books from the colour photocopied zine to fine laser cut work, to the lavishly produced. All have a unique view of the world and the information they represent. The collection is open to the public for reference use.

Archive and Rare Book of the Month, February 2013

Old Dutch Town and Villages, 1901 Old Dutch Town and Villages, 1901

Rare Book of the Month

February’s Rare Book of the Month is Old Dutch Towns and Villages of the Zuiderzee, 1901. With decorative woodcuts, zincograph reproductions and architectural references this will be of interest to interest to architects, fine artists, printers and historians alike. To access the rare book and previous rare books see It is currently located in Farnham Library.

Archive of the Month

The Sailor and the Showgirl Project, Tessa Boffin Archive Reference BOFF/1/2/1

The ‘Sailor and Showgirl’ is a photography project regarding safe sex, cross dressing, and playing around with gender roles.

The project is one where a ‘sailor’ (seeming to be a woman dressed as a man), propositions a ‘showgirl’, but the showgirl makes it very clear that the use of condoms must take place. This is significant as the 1980s saw the advancement of AIDS, very new and frightening.

Photographs of the project, paper drawn strips, and captions detail the story of the Sailor and Showgirl, with evocative and strong language. Handwritten and printed captions also tell of a work in progress

The Tessa Boffin Archive can be accessed at Maidstone Campus