New Artist Book Exhibition, Beaney Museum, Canterbury

Image and Word

Image and Word, Artist Books display at the Beaney

Image and Word, Artist Books display at the Beaney


UCA Canterbury Library has put up a new exhibition of Artist Books, in the Beaney Museum, Canterbury

It is on Image and Word and features Artist Books relating to typography

This is to complement the new Beaney gallery display – Signs for sounds: contemporary lettering & calligraphy.

See the Beaney Museum’s page here


Visit all of UCA Canterbury Library’s Artist Books here

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Modern Architecture in Brazil, December 2012 Rare Book of the Month

December Rare Book of the Month

Modern Architecture in Brazil by Henrique E. Mindlin

Published by The Architectural Press, London 1956.

With the very recent news of the death of Oscar Niemeyer it seemed a good moment to take a look at this book which declares itself to be the “first full-scale attempt to show modern Brazilian architecture in all its aspects”. Published in 1956, it showcases Brazilian architecture from the late 1930s to the mid 1950s. Up to this point, new Brazilian architecture was not much known outside Brazil.

The Preface is written by renowned architecture critic and historian Professor Siegfried Giedion. Giedion notes Le Corbusier’s one month stay in Brazil in 1936 and comments that this visit, during which Le Corbusier worked with a group of young Brazilian architects, was of “outstanding importance” for the development of Brazilian architecture. Le Corbusier’s influence can be seen in the designs featured in this book, as can the influence of other modernist architects Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius. Brazilian architects though have necessarily studied the phenomenon of sunlight and created all kinds of protective devices to cope with the Brazilian climate.

The author Henrique Mindlin was a Brazilian architect and discusses design problems from personal and professional experience. He discusses the work of seventy of his contemporaries, including Oscar Niemeyer who is best known for his Brazilian take on modernism when he design the new Brazilian capital city Brasilia. Each project is accompanied by photographs, plans and drawings.

Click here for The Guardian article regarding Oscar Niemeyer

This book is located in the Rare Book collection at UCA’s Canterbury campus library.

This book was reviewed by Richenda Gwilt, Librarian

More details about archives, special collections, and rare books can be seen here

Canterbury School of Architecture prospectus

Canterbury School of Architecture prospectus

Archive of the Month and Rare Book Gems

University of the Creative Arts is now producing an Archive of the Month feature to sit alongside Rare Book Gems

Archive of the Month and Rare Book Gems is where an archive or rare book is focused on in depth to bring it to attention for UCA’s staff, students, and wider community

We would be interested to hear feedback from students, lecturers, and the wider community of what they want to see reviewed. Are there any budding journalists who would be interested in reviewing a rare book/archive? Do any students feel their courses/interests are being missed out on?

Please provide feedback!

Canterbury Architectural Student Association Magazine-1957

September’s Archive of the Month is the Canterbury Architectural Student’s Association Magazine produced entirely by the students of the School of Architecture, accessed here http://community.ucreative.ac.uk/article/38113/Archive-Treasures

The Magazines run from 1948-1965

This provides

information of  courses and architecture teaching from the students points of view

Architecture Humour!

Drawings and sketches of architecture in Kent and England

Architecture in Kent from the 1940s

Architecture abroad from the 1940s

(If I go to my workbench with a pencil

And if I put some paper on my board

With careful use of ruler, ink and stencil

By dint of labour and of sweat outpoured

I find when strikes three quarters after nine,

I’ve drawn one rather shaky smudgy line

[D.W. Stevens CASA 1948])

The latest Rare Book Gem, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, an edition limited to 200 copies, can be accessed here http://community.ucreative.ac.uk/article/37432/Rare-Book-Gems

Canterbury’s Artists’ Books to be on display in the Beaney Museum

Andy Malone’s altered The Observer’s Book of Eggs

The act of cutting turns a series of two dimensional images into free standing entities that can be read as flip books or static objects and where the content of the book can be seen at one glance

With the opening of the Beaney Museum on the 5th September 2012, Canterbury will have a permanent space to display their Artists’ Books. The selection of Artists’ Books will be changed every few months.

Definitions of Artists’ Books include that ‘Artists’ books refer not to literature about artists nor to sculptures constructed from books, but to works by visual artists that assume book form’ (Artspeak: a guide to contemporary ideas, movements and buzzwords p.48)

Canterbury’s Artist Books are fine art or illustrative in concept, demonstrating different forms of narrative or graphic expression, and includes books by artists’ and members of teaching staff donated and purchased by the library.

If interested in viewing more examples of Canterbury’s Artists Books up close these books have been catalogued on UCA’s Library Catalogue, and are available to use for reference in the library.

To access the website please see http://community.ucreative.ac.uk/article/25391/University-Library

See http://community.ucreative.ac.uk/index.cfm?articleid=37836 to access the Artist Books Catalogue

Canterbury also has a collection of rare book material, and their institutional archives. Further information can be seen http://community.ucreative.ac.uk/archives

For more information on Artists’ Books contact Canterbury at librarycant@ucreative.ac.uk

Canterbury College archive online

Canterbury College archive has been catalogued and can now be found online on http://archiveshub.ac.uk/data/gb3094ccol

Canterbury College was originally formed as the Sidney Cooper School of Art in 1868, and has continued through mergers with Rochester and Maidstone to become Kent Institute of Art and Design, and finally the University for the Creative Arts with further mergers with Epsom and Farnham campuses.

A 1905 visitors’ book from Canterbury, showing names of visitors to exhibitions,

This can potentially provide information regarding family and local history

The collection includes

  • Departmental prospectuses
  • Student work, including degree and diploma shows
  • Research projects
  • Student magazines
  • Minutes from the Art department
  • General college information, including general prospectuses, and financial information
  • Visitor book
  • Library information
  • Staff interviews and lectures
  • Board of Education reports
  • General exhibitions at or associated with Canterbury College
  • Staff photographs

What can the collection tell us?

Canterbury College can provide information regarding architecture and art, graphic design, fashion, art and painting, including sculpture work. Pictures of student work, fashion videos from the 1980s, research projects, and staff interviews and lectures can show various trends and popularity in these subjects. They could also potentially provide inspiration for future work

Course development in the creative arts, development with technology, and the history of the university generally can be seen in prospectuses, education reports, financial information, and library information and minutes from the school of art

Family history and local history can be explored through visitors books, press cuttings, exhibition shows, and student magazines and staff and student photographs

Student activity can be seen through student magazines

Topical thoughts and opinions on the day in the 1980s can be seen through magazines, including thoughts on the falklands, and sexual morality

Highlights from the collection: Architecture (celebrating the birth of Mervyn Peake)

Mervyn Peake, author of the Gormenghast trilogy, was born on July 1911. Mervyn Peake was a writer and artist.

Mervyn Peake’s name appears in the Maidstone College of Art Prospectus 1951 – 52 as a member of the teaching staff for Drawing and Painting

In his novels there are many impressive descriptions of architecture, when describing the gothic Gormenghast. Art and architecture are often linked, as seen in the UCA’s prospectuses describing the MA in Art and Architecture.

This month we celebrate the architecture highlights from the Canterbury College Archive

These include

Student Journals

Canterbury Architectural Association Newsletter (CASA) starting from 1948-1965

Immaterial Newsletter, 1 copy, 1975

They show:

  • Reports of the Student Association, including design projects
  • Visits and reviews of different sites in Canterbury
  • Details of reports over covering bomb damage from the war
  • Details of the School of Architecture moving into a different building
  • Articles regarding current issues, including the use of a private garden, and the case against the individual house (1950s)
  • Current trends in architecture
  • Architecture in Canterbury, including current archaeological digs
  • Technology changes

School of Architecture Prospectuses

They show:

  • Trends in architecture education
  • Requirements to become an architecht

The Summer Studio was a design workshop held in Canterbury. The 1977 one looked at developments in the home

Degree shows and Catalogues

They show:

  • Trends in architecture