'Bound Art Book Fair is an annual celebration of artists publishing from the UK and Europe, taking place for the second year at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester. The fair features stalls from independent and artist publishers alongside a free public programme of talks, workshops, music and new commissions. Bound seeks to contribute to and develop networks of engagement extending outside of London, with a specific focus on supporting projects and emerging practices in the North of England.
This year our programme pays particular attention to the press as a political and pedagogical tool. In an age of online activism, we will look at artists and activists developing pamphlets and print ephemera with renewed urgency, and politically-engaged projects that employ print as a vital component of their output. We will examine ways in which the stories and struggles of working people have been manifest in print form, and the ways the material qualities, processes and legacies of print activism have influenced contemporary artists and artworks. We will also look at recent publishing projects that give voice to marginalized communities or confront present injustices.'