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What is the Book Art?

Book Art is a relatively modern art when compared to other existing arts, it started in the late twentieth century. It is an art where many disciplines are intertwined, it is not limited to drawing, photography and writing, but it also needs design, directing, printing, collage, paper preparation, stitching and pasting and binding. The artist must be familiar with many of these arts, this experience or knowledge later on prove to be an asset for as it helps with creative decision making process.

Each artwork often has a theme or a basic idea, and it usually is largely reflected on the book cover. The cover, being the first thing the viewer encounters, is what funnels our understanding and analysis of the work.

This art allows the artist to use any kind of material they please, there are no limits or boundaries on the materials that can be used. Some artists may use literary texts of renowned writers or poets, some may create their own texts that explain or elaborate the meaning or subject of the work. The written text however, should not overwhelm the visual display, as the visuals are the core of what Book Art is. Throughout the years, there have been many international art exhibitions the extraordinary creations of Book Art.


The program choose 20 artists from Saudi Arabia, who had the chance to showcase their work at a final showcase. Artists were introduced to Book Art, and learn how to apply theory through to creative production.

The program had three phases:

  • Phase I (12 Jan / 23 Jan):
    • Lectures
  • Phase II (26 Jan / 30 Jan):
    • Workshops
    • Begin working on the artwork
  • Phase III (February):
    • Showcase

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