Reimagining the Artist-led Bookshop 

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Reimagining the Artist-led Bookshop 

Saturday 11 May, 2-4pm
BALTIC 39, High Bridge

FREE – ALL WELCOME

Join us within the Ways of Learning exhibition at BALTIC 39 where NewBridge Books and Good Press come together to reimagine what the future of the artist-led bookshop might be in an age of forever changing reading habits, and unrelenting digital presence.

Both independent stores have faced their fair share of challenges over the years. Unlike big chains, NewBridge and Good Press have strived to curate and support unique collections, exposing audiences to a greater variety of titles and self published work. This event will be an opportunity for each organisation to share their unique stories and discuss possible ideas for the future.

NewBridge Books offers a selection of diverse, original and hard-to-find national and international contemporary art publications, fostering critically-engaged creativity in the region by providing both a resource and outlet for artists, writers, critics and researchers. The shop and social space is unique to the North East of England providing a platform for independent publishers and artists who self-publish. NewBridge Books stocks a variety of artists’ books, zines, writing and magazines as well as hosting a programme of regular events and exhibitions related to print culture.

Good Press is a volunteer-run-informal-organisation dedicated to the promotion and distribution of independently published printed matter with a focus on visual arts and writing; occasionally music and artist objects. All of the publications you find in-store and online are either self published or produced by an independent small press, gallery, group or organisation. We always have, and continue to operate an open submission policy. We will only refuse a submission if its content is offensive or harmful to others, or if the publication could otherwise be purchased at a larger scale retailer.

Ways of Learning foregrounds forms of knowledge production that stem from anecdote, informality, and collectivity, engaging with BALTIC 39 as a site for learning. Providing a context for a rich programme of artworks and events, Ways of Learning draws from feminisms, generational alliances, and forms of solidarity which intersect with queer culture.

Ways of Learning: BALTIC is curated by Lucy Lopez and Kim McAleese (Grand Union, Birmingham) in partnership with BALTIC.

The Newbridge Project