Contest attracts 170 entries

'Stasis / Utterance' by Andrew G Smith entered in the Sheffield International Artist's Book Prize  at Bank Street Arts
'Stasis / Utterance' by Andrew G Smith entered in the Sheffield International Artist's Book Prize at Bank Street Arts

THE third edition of the Sheffield International Artist’s Book Prize at Bank Street Arts has attracted around 170 entries from a total of 22 different countries, making it a truly international event.

Among the exhibits are pop up books, scrap books and a talking book, some are made of glass and mirrors, others of wood, one made from cushions. They range in size from being contained in a matchbox to outgrowing the room when unfolded.

A List Of Everything In My Home does exactly that, another exhibit is made from a train timetable and another contains more than 200 screen shots of the film Last Tango In Paris Sheffield photographic artist Andrew G Smith’s entry is a small format, handmade and bound book, printed on bible paper, and is enclosed in a handmade box. Called Stasis / Utterance, it is printed in an edition of five and, according to the artist, reflects on the transient nature of our lives, and contrasts the relatively static nature of the world we live in with artefacts of human life.

There are three prizes to be awarded - the Main Prize, a Student Prize, and a Jury Prize. The winner of the Main Prize is decided by visitors to the exhibition who may vote for their favourite books. The jury this year is headed by Sarah Bodman from the Centre for Fine Print Research, and Maria White from the Tate Library in London.

Held in conjunction with Off the Shelf the exhibition continues until November 5.