The theme for our 2012 exhibition is

The call for entries is now closed.

The theme, as usual, can be interpreted as you wish.

Below is a page from a dictionary to start you off
(there are a few associated words added too) ...

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image you will need to look up the definitions yourself.

minute dictionary text (small)

Our plan for minute is that it will be an exhibition where all the selected entries will be on-line
and a small selection will appear in cases at The University of Northampton in the reception area
and Executive corridor outside the main exhibition space (tbc).

Initially we are asking for 3 photos of your bookwork.
We will then make a selection from these for the on-line and small physical exhibition.

Email submission date – for completed submission forms and 3 medium resolution photos: June 1st 2012 (UK and worldwide)

Size restriction – books must be A6
(ish) or under in size
(approx 1/4 of a piece of A4 / US Letter paper)
They can be any height so long as their footprint is A6.
They can open up / fold out to any size so long as they are A6 when shut.

Email photos to:

Initial photo requirements:
3 photos in total as tifs or jpgs at medium resolution (180dpi).
(If selected we will then require a high res image at 300dpi so please make sure you have that available.)
The photos will need to be either:
a) if your work is like a book = 1 of cover, 1 of a spread and 1 of a close-up (a minute bit) or
b) if your work is like an object/sculpture = 1 of front, 1 of another view and 1 of a close-up (a minute bit)

As usual we are looking for work that is innovative, creative and very well crafted.
These are our selection criteria and we stick to them closely. The curators decision is final
and we will not exhibit work that is deemed, by us, to be offensive. Our exhibitions are open to the public including children.

We will only consider work that is appropriate to the theme and accompanied by the completed submission form.
Work must be under A6 in size and under 1kg (if it is selected and needs to be returned to you).

About us
Please remember that we organise these exhibitions because we love books. All our time is volunteered. We have no funds! Please support us by buying one of our previous exhibition catalogues - available from and

The 48 page Crop 2011 catalogue –

(e)motive catalogue –

(e)motive sketchbook pages –

closure catalogue –

we love your books 2005 – 2009 five years of experimental artists' books exhibitions

We will aim to have the
minute catalogue ready for sale when the exhibition goes up in Northampton.

Submission details
1. Please only submit work that is based on the theme and meets our selection criteria.
2. Please complete and submit an on-line form – click on button on left 'minute 2012 submission form'.
Books will only be considered if an on-line form is submitted. If you can, please print out the form
(before submitting it) and include it with your book if we ask you to send it in to us.
3. When
asked to submit books by post please send to:
Melanie Bush,
School of the Arts, The University of Northampton,
St. George's Ave, Northampton, NN2 6JD, UK.

Please do not send in any books to us unless we have pre-selected you for the small physical exhibition.

WLYB Book Collection
If you would like to donate your book to our growing special collection of artists' books (and it is accepted)
then you do not need to worry about size, weight or return postage. Acceptance of books for this collection
is at our discretion and is not a guarantee that your work will be selected for the exhibition.

Our collection is expanding and we hope to exhibit aspects of it in the future.
Thank you to all the artists that have already donated their books to our collection.
We love your books!

Important small print
Photographs of your books may appear in publicity, articles, the catalogue and our research projects.
Your submission of work is seen as agreement to this. Whilst we will take as much care as possible
your work will be returned via Royal Mail and it will also be on public display so it is submitted at your own risk/insurance.