Sheffield Artists Book Fair 2019

The Sheffield International Artist Book Prize will be hosting Sheffield's inaugural Artists Book Fair on Saturday 5th October 2019.  The fair will be held in conjunction with Off the Shelf Festival and will be followed by an Open Forum / Discussion to discuss the setting up of an Artist's Book Centre in Sheffield.

The Fair will be part of a wider programme of exhibitions, workshops and events centred around the Sheffield International Artist's Book Prize Collection, now numbering over 800 books.

I'll be one of over seventy artists taking part on the day - hopefully see some of you there!

More details on the fair can be found at 

Book art exhibition on at Sheffield central library (on display until 28th September 2019)

December 2018

Next month I will be selling my artwork at three events across Edinburgh.  Dates and venues are listed below! 

National Library of Scotland Christmas market
Thursday 6th December, 09.30-19.00
Free entry

Summerhall Christmas Market
Sunday 9th December, 11.00-17.00
£2 entry (under 16s free)

Out of the Blue Christmas Arts Market
Saturday 15th December, 11.00-17.00
£1.50 entry


National Library Christmas market

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Join us for a day of festive bargains and treats for all ages. Varied independent stallholders and makers will be selling jewellery, art, book sculpture, luxury soap, decorations and lots more, and you can enjoy a 15% discount on everything in our shop. There will also be two storytelling sessions on the day at 14.00 and 16.00. Don't miss this special event.
Thursday 6 December
No need to book, just drop in.

This year Summerhall’s Christmas Market will be packed full of local businesses selling unique gift ideas whilst our food vendors serve up delicious food and drink in our Courtyard.

Alongside our stallholders we’ll have music, activities and workshops to get you in the Festive mood, including the Garlands Florist Edinburgh festive wreath workshop (more information at

We are also thrilled to be teaming up for a second year with The Teapot Trust, Scotland’s Children’s Art Therapy Charity to run porcelain painting workshops. This is a great activity for Children (and Adults!) to create a memorial gift or keepsake. This is a drop-in workshop and all proceeds made will go to supporting the charity.

For full information on stallholders and activities, please head through to our website:

£2 entry per person (under 16s free!)

Out of the Blue Xmas Arts Markets & Bruncheon!
Saturday 1st, Saturday 8th & Saturday 15th December 2018
11am - 5pm, £1.50 entry

Artwork and crafts for sale direct from the artists in the relaxed atmosphere of The Out of the Blue Drill Hall.

Over the three dates, more than 150 artists and makers will be selling their work, ranging from painting​s​, prints​ and photography through fashion​, jewellery​ and textiles to ​ceramics, soft furnishings and design​. All different stalls on each market date​, so it’s well worth attending all three events to browse the full range of work on offer and find unusual Christmas presents and treats for yourself.

Full details of all stalls available at 

Frankenstein 2018 Book Art Exhibition

Liverpool Book Art's third major exhibition of book art will open in May 2018 and will celebrate another significant literary anniversary: the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley's book Frankenstein.

I'm delighted to say that my proposal for this exhibition was successful and over the past few months I have designed and made a new book for it entitled Fighting the Monster

The exhibition will open at Liverpool Central Library on 14th May 2018in the Hornby Room and will run until mid-August.  Knowsley's Council's Kirkby Gallery will host the exhibition from 17th September until 26th January 2019.

Some more information about this event can be found at

More information on my submission Fighting the Monster can be found at

Fighting The Monster, 2018

One of my artists' books has been included in Pushing the Bindings, a new exhibition on book art at Edinburgh's Central Library on until the end of April 2018. For more information on the exhibition please visit

In less than two weeks, I will be back again with a selection of my artists books at the Fruitmarket for their annual Artists Book Market on 17th and 18th February 2018.

Free entry, open 11 til 6pm, see you there! 

December 2017

Next month you can catch me selling my work at three Christmas fairs around Edinburgh:
  • Edinburgh Printmakers on the Sunday 3rd December;
  • Stills Christmas Market on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th December;
  • Out of the Blue on Dalmeny Street on Saturday 16th December.  

Further details on each fair are listed below!

EP Christmas printMAKERS Market
3 December 2017
Time: 11am - 5pm
Price: Free

Spoil yourself and your loved ones this winter with unique hand-crafted gifts from our annual Christmas Market.  

With a vast array of traditional hand made prints, books, cards, textiles, jewellery and more, our hand picked local makers will be sure to have something to catch everyone’s eye. So come along and shop until you drop with the added knowledge that you are supporting Edinburgh’s creative community.

Alongside this refreshments will be on hand to supply you all with delicious seasonal treats to get you into the festive spirit!
See you all there!

Stills’ Christmas Market
11AM - 6PM
Come and visit Stills’ first ever Christmas market where you can buy unique Christmas presents made by local artists, designers and makers.
Open 11am – 6pm, Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th December.

23 Cockburn Street

Out of the Blue Xmas Arts Market
When - Sat, December 16, 11am – 5pm
Where - The Out Of The Blue Drill Hall, 36 Dalmeny St, Edinburgh EH6 8RG, UK

Artwork and crafts for sale direct from the artists in the relaxed atmosphere of The Out of the Blue Drill Hall. Over the two dates, more than 100 artists and makers will be selling their work, ranging from painting​s​, prints​ and photography through fashion​, jewellery​ and textiles to ​ceramics, soft furnishings and design​. All the stalls are different on each market date​, so it’s well worth attending both events to browse the full range of work on offer and find unusual Christmas presents and treats for yourself.

The licensed Drill Hall Arts Café will be open, serving delicious and wholesome​ ​meal​s, ​snack​s ​and refreshments​.

Myths Legends and Fairytales

I have a few pieces of artwork appearing in this new exhibition at the Witham at Barnard Castle, England, throughout the summer holidays:

Date: Thursday 17 August to Saturday 9th September 2017
Time: 10am - 4pm Tuesday to Saturday
Price: Free admission

Timed to coincide with school summer holidays, Myths Legends and Fairytales is an exhibition that aims to inspire the imaginations of visitors young and old alike.

This exhibition presents a fascinating insight into the work of artists from across the region whose work is inspired by local, national, and internationally celebrated myths, legends and fairytales. The exhibition has been designed to have an imaginative, interactive element that will entertain visitors of all ages at The Witham over the summer holidays encouraging reading, listening and drawing.

For more information please visit the Witham's website.


Out of the Frame
4 - 25 March 2017
Edinburgh Printmakers, 23 Union Street, EH1 3LR
Time: Tues-Sat, 10am-6pm
Price: Free
Join us for a celebration of small scale works for sale by our studio membership.
This exhibition presents an expansive selection of works encompassing the diverse nature of printmaking practice, whilst highlighting the cornucopia of creativity that our artists produce on site in our studio.
All works are unframed and are no larger than 30cm2. With no specific theme, delight in our artists' explorations on a breadth of subject matters and styles and witness an exhibition that will be sure to have something for everyone!


Artists' BookMarket at the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh

Artists’ BookMarket brings its annual two day celebration of artists’ books and artist-led publishing into the galleries. Enjoy a programme of talks and workshops and browse the stalls of work available for sale from this rich area of art practice for which Edinburgh, and its art college, are a recognised national centre.

AGLU, And Collective, Andrea Campomanes, Andrew Robinson, Anupa Gardner, Book Transformations, Book Works, C.A. Hiley, Cécile Simonis, Chloe Spicer with Object Book, David Faithfull, Deirdre Macleod, Edinburgh and Elsewhere, Edinburgh League of Comics, Elaine Fullerton, Entropie Books, Essence Press, Foxhole magazine, Gillian Stewart, Gordian Projects, Guy Bigland, Hazel Terry, Jane Hyslop, Joanna Robson, John Taylor, Julia Barton, Kate Foster, Kerry Douglas, Kyle Nathan Brown, Less Than Five Hundred Press, Liz Mathews, Longbarrow Press, MA Book Arts, MÄ Harel, Mhairi Braden, Michelle Holland, Moschatel Press, Peony Gent, Rachel Hazell, Scottish Society for the History of Photography, Sarah Patterson, Skerrypress, Stichill Marigold Press, The Artist Book Group, The Book Tree Press, The Caseroom Press, Theresa Easton, Tricia Willder, Visual Arts in Rural Communities, Weproductions, Z.A.M.


I am a bit stoked to be part of this exciting new touring exhibition!  All details below are taken from the Highlights Contemporary Craft website.  More info including photos of artwork can be found on Facebook at


Highlights Contemporary Craft Tour 2016

stunning exhibition showcasing the best of current paper-cut and artist's books. From exquisite hand-cut paper to the latest laser-cut techniques; ambitious sculptural paper works, installation and intimate book works.  The artists explore a variety of themes with a deft stitch here, a sharp scalpel there, coated with a generous helping of wry humour.  The exhibition shows work by British and international stars of paper-cut and artist’s books as well as exciting emerging artists:
Rob Ryan                                                      Mayumi Arakawa
Linda Toigo                                                   Priya Pereira
Andy Singleton                                             Chloe Wing
Clare Lindley                                                Jan Hopkins
Christian Barnes                                           Elizabeth Shorrock
Annwyn Dean                                                Les Bicknell
Florence Boyd                                               Alison Waters
Elizabeth Willow                                           Claire Peach
Nicky McNaney                                             Shannon Bartlett-Smith
Marta Daeuble                                              Joanna Robson
In 2016, we are exploring some new partnerships: C-Art in Cumbria, a county wide open studio and gallery event in September; Durham Book Festival showing work for the first time in libraries in Weardale and Teesdale and sponsorship from James Cropper Paper.  The popular Designer Makers Market will also be at The Witham, Barnard Castle and the Queens Hall Arts Centre and a new Makers Market will be launched at Shap, Cumbria.  See below for details.
 A programme of papercut and storytelling workshops, talks and demonstrations will be offered at each venue.
10–21 Sept The Old Courthouse, Shap, Cumbria CA10 3NL
A selected display suitable for the library environment
Open:  10-18 Sept 10am-5pm; 19-21 Sept see further opening times: -  Also Makers Market on Sunday 11th September at Shap Memorial Hall.  Tel: 01931 716273
23–25 Sept St. Mary’s Church, Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria LA6 2AU
Open 10am-4pm.  Tel: 07967 205955
7–12 Oct Crook Library, Civic Centre, North Terrace, Crook, Co. Durham DL15 9ES
A selected display suitable for the library environment.  For opening times, see Crook Library website.  Tel: 0300 026 9002
14–16 Oct St. Thomas’ Church Hall, Stanhope, Co. Durham DL13 2UE
Open 10am-4pm.  Tel: 01388 528673
11–19 Nov The Witham & Barnard Castle Library, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham DL12 8LY.
The library will show a selected display suitable for the library environment. Also Designer Makers Market 18 & 19 Nov: - Opening times: The Witham - Tues-Sat 10am-4pm, closed Sun & Mon.  For library hours please see Barnard Castle Library website.  Tel: 01833 631107
26 Nov 2016–7Jan 2017 Queens Hall Arts Centre, Beaumont Street, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 3LS
Open: 10am-5pm Mon-Fri,10am-4pm Sat, closed Sun.  Also Designer Makers MarketSat 3 Dec. Tel: 01434 652477


A Knavish Lad: Shakespeare’s Dream illustrated by Joanna Robson
 A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ is retold by Edinburgh-based artist Joanna Robson as a wordless narrative using a combination of old and new technologies: intaglio printmaking and laser cutting.  The result is a panoramic piece of book art that visually narrates the story and draws inspiration from the imagery of the text.

A Knavish Lad has been over two years in the making and was created to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.  It was made possible with the generous support from the Hope Scott Trust.
McNaughtan's Bookshop and Gallery is open 11-5pm, Tuesday to Saturday.  For more information visit 


Artists' BookMarket 2016

Fruitmarket Gallery, 45 Market St, Edinburgh
Sat 27 Feb, 11am–6pm and Sun 28 Feb, 12–5pm
Free entry

I'm pleased to say that I've been selected to take part again in this year's Artists' Book Market again this year at the Fruitmarket, representing both my own work and a selection of work from Artists Books Online.

"Artists BookMarket brings its annual celebration of artists' books and artist-led publishing. Browse the stalls of work available for sale from the growing area of art practice and enjoy the weekend's programme of talks and workshops.  Previous participants have ranged from long-term experimental publishers Book Works, artists' book pioneers like Helen Douglas and some of the most interesting new talent from courses at Edinburgh College of Art with it strong teaching traditions in book making and illustration. Described last year as 'the major Scottish artists' book fair', our visitors and participants come from all over the UK."

(taken from Facebook's event page)

National Library of Scotland winter exhibition 2015: Plague!

Earlier this year I was commissioned by the National Library of Scotland to produce an etched print for their Winter 2015 exhibition, entitled 'Plague! A Cultural History of Contagious Diseases in Scotland'. It is an exhibition of historic cultural responses to epidemic diseases in Scotland, to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the Great Plague.  The etched illustration I produced was made in to a large scale graphic in the opening section  of the exhibition.

The exhibition opened at the National Library of Scotland on 11th December 2015 and will run until 29th May 2016. 

For more information visit

The Summerhall Christmas Market returns for another year with even more stalls!  I'll be selling work in the Main Hall on the first floor, so please do come say hello if you're there.  

A week before that I'll be returning to the Out of the Blue on Saturday 5th December for one of their two Christmas Markets.  This is one of my favourite Edinburgh Christmas fairs and am looking forward to it.

Ex Libris returns to Literary Dundee later this month!  I'm pleased to say that I've been invited back to sell work again at this new book fair.

Launch of Techne 4

To mark the fourth edition of Techne, framed copies of the artworks are going on show at the Wilson in Cheltenham from the 1st to the 25th of October 2015. 

A few months ago I produced an illustration for it along the theme of City, which will be included
.  Sadly I'm not going to make it along for the preview, but I'm told by reliable sources that the framed works are all looking great.

The preview is this Thursday - all welcome!

Rackspace: Joanna Robson

Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA)

01 July - 02 July 2015 
17:00 - 19:00 

Free, drop in 

Print Studio

I am delighted to announce that along with Elizabeth Armour, I've been chosen to take part in Rackspace at DCA:

"Rackspace is a site-specific exhibition that will showcase two artists over four days during Print Festival Scotland. Used traditionally to store drying relief prints, the area will be transformed into a space that will provide a platform for artists mixing traditional and new print mediums, creating a visual narrative."

Rackspace is one of many events going on across Scotland over the festival. For more info on events, visit
 Print Festival Scotland

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