Sunday, 3 June 2012

Library of Lost Books

Readers may remember previous posts about The Library of Lost Books, the innovative arts initiative set up to reinvigorate and repurpose a collection of historic, discarded books from the collection of Birmingham Central Library. 
The resulting volumes, re-imagined by British artists and designers, will form a central part of the opening festival for the new Library of Birmingham, taking place in 2013.

Creating a link from the past to the future, this project will also have digital outcomes, under the guidance and provision of Digital Ink Drop CIC. Part of the online Library of Lost Books, will showcase a digital exhibition to run concurrently with the opening of the festival.

The Library of Lost Books has recently launched a membership scheme that is helping to raise funds for the project. Membership is available in 4 different options and gives supporters access to a members only website that displays previews of work as it progresses, as well as providing interviews with artists and designers. The University of Wolverhampton is paying a part too, with membership cards being designed and crafted by staff and students. The examples showcased here are by Jeff Leak, Loren Russel-Ahern and Jessica Glaser.

More information about the Library of Lost Books can be found at Libraryof

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