Nineteenth-Century Collections Online: British Theatre, Music, and Literature: High and Popular Culture – Database trial available this month

We currently have temporary access to the following database on a one month trial basis:

  • Nineteenth Century Collections Online: British Theatre, Music, and Literature: High and Popular Culture, covering approximately 1733 to 1968, features a wide range of primary sources related to the arts in the Victorian era, from playbills and scripts to operas and complete scores. Access rare documents sourced from the British Library and other renowned institutions, and curated by experts in British arts history. This archive includes thousands of invaluable primary sources, including original, signed works, that explore Victorian popular culture, bloods and penny dreadfuls, music, and the history of the English stage.

You can access the trial via the library e-resources trials webpage

Please do submit your feedback about this resource as we cannot consider purchasing it as a new subscription without positive feedback regarding its usefulness for research and/or teaching. Thank you!

10. February 2022 by jfurnes1
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Supporting research and teaching with Artists’ Books at ECA and CRC

“Artists’ books are ‘books or book-like objects’ over the final appearance of which an artist has had a high degree of control; where the book is intended as a work of art in itself.” – Stephen Bury.[1]

ECA Library has a long history of collecting and promoting artists’ books, and has around 1500 items in its collection, all of which are listed on DiscoverEd. We use the artists’ books as a teaching collection and for displays and exhibitions. As Academic Support Librarian for ECA I am frequently asked to take selections of artists’ books to studios across the 5 Schools of ECA, to deliver hands-on sessions, as object-based learning is very much valued at ECA.

The collection at ECA ranges from ground-breaking works by Ed Ruscha from the 1960s to works by Scottish-based legends such as Ian Hamilton Finlay, Helen Douglas, Len McDermid, Thomas A Clark & Laurie Clark, to zines by local artists working today, and occasionally we collect the best examples of student work from ECA Degree Shows. We regularly attend artists’ book markets such as the annual bookfair held at the Edinburgh Fruitmarket Gallery, and ECA’s own Bookmarks Bookfair, which has been a very popular annual event since 2016.

We recently visited a fantastic exhibition of new artists’ books at the Upright Gallery, Nature Works, on the theme of climate change, and are pleased to be able to report that we will be acquiring six impressive artists’ books from the show, thanks to the support of the CRC. These are:

1: Christine Sloman: the rest is memory, (II): Inspired by a quote from the poet Louise Glück “We look at the world once, in childhood. The rest is memory.” This piece is an evocation of language and landscape through the hazy lens of memory. Made in the form of a wooden block puzzle, the blocks are lined with monotypes on Japanese paper. This work reminded me of the work of Helen Chadwick.

Christine Sloman: the rest is memory, (II). Photograph by Jane Furness.

2: Marama Warren: The Currowan Fire – Ablaze:

The bushfires that raged on the east coast of Australia in the summer of 2019-20 were unprecedented in their extent and intensity. The Currowan fire was one of over 100 fires that burned across south east NSW for over 74 days. In that fire alone, three people’s lives were lost, 300 houses and an area of forest and farmland the size of Spain was burnt. The cost to flora and fauna was devastating. This book records and remembers the intensity of that terrifying experience, a time of fear, loss and uncertainty. Due to global warming, millions of people all around the world are now living with fear and uncertainty every day.

Marama Warren: The Currowan Fire – Ablaze. Photograph by Ian Farmer.

3: Barbara Morton: eventide.fallen, Entropie Press:

Barbara Morton: eventide.fallen. Photograph by Jane Furness.

eventide. fallen includes geometric and abstract colour pencil drawings alongside carefully arranged poetic text. A sequence of eight drawings on one side, having poetry shaped to mirror the image on the reverse – the design of the book carries the intention of encouraging the reader to appreciate poetry and art in equal measure.

4: Fenneke Wolters-Sinke: Yin and Yang book:

This hardcovered dos-à-dos artists’ book with elbum binding (an album structure which holds its pages by gripping them into a series of articulated narrow pockets, named after its creator Ben Elbel, of Elbel Libro Bookbinders) contains two sections, each with 7 panoramic monoprints folded in half. Each monoprint can be pulled out of the book and together they make up one continuous design. Yin is expressed as the movement of the sea at night with white ink on black paper. Yang has been expressed by the movement of air/ clouds above a mountain-scape during the day, with black ink on white paper. Each cover has a button made of bookcloth in the colour from the other cover, and black/white linen thread that ties around the book, pleasingly connecting Yin and Yang.

Fenneke Wolters-Sinke: Yin and Yang book. Photograph by Ian Farmer.

5: Susie Wilson: Seed:

This pamphlet book contains prints of a small collection of seeds that the artist grew in 2021 in her garden. Her interest in gardening has flourished through a collaborative two-year residency based on an allotment with artist Felicity Bristow. The ‘seed’ became central to their residency as the source of continuing life and a positive in an uncertain time. Collecting and sharing seed is a way of connecting to others, encouraging people to grow whether in their garden or a window box.

Susie Wilson: Seed. Photograph by Ian Farmer.

6: Sophie Artemis: a pop-up book of butterflies:

Butterflies are indicators of a healthy eco-system and their populations studied to monitor climate change. This pop-up Butterfly book identifies each caterpillar and butterfly and the habitat it needs to survive. The book unfolds like a butterfly and each page opens to allow the butterfly to emerge and fly upwards into nature.

Sophie Artemis: a pop up book of butterflies. Photograph by Ian Farmer.

In 2021 we acquired a beautiful work by Indian book artist Priya Pereira which is illustrated below.

Priya Pereira: The Seven Stories of Mewar. Photograph by Priya Pereira.

The Seven Stories of Mewar is a limited edition set of seven hand-made books, with their own embellished box, which, in the words of the artist “share some episodes of significance that occurred during the illustrious history of the House of Mewar over the  past fifteen hundred years”.

We look forward to using these items in forthcoming exhibitions and teaching.

ECA is now working more closely with the CRC to acquire artists’ books and there are also holdings at the CRC, where the examples tend to be unique, highly fragile, or classed as “manuscripts” or “fine bindings”. The CRC are delighted to have recently acquired several unique works by French book artist Diane de Bournazel:

“Diane de Bournazel (b. 1956) creates books as ‘poems without words’ in her unique pen, ink and gouache style, filling each page with mazes of vegetation, mysterious borders, structures and figures, opening windows within pages allowing us to see behind and beyond them, suggesting a series of alternative worlds and narratives. Drawing on the universals of the cosmos, the natural world, of childhood and human relationships each of her books invite careful ‘reading’ and multiple interpretations.” (Justin Croft).

A page from Diane de Bournazel’s book Comme si de rien n’etait, 2021. [“Like nothing ever happened”, created during the lockdowns of 2020 and 2021.]

ECA Library are keen to support ECA in its teaching on book making and for each year of the School of Design’s Bookmarks Bookfair we have hosted a display of winning student work from the Fair, in the ECA Library, in collaboration with ECA tutor and book artist Jane Hyslop.

We are looking forward to supporting the next ECA Bookfair which will be “BOOKMARKS 2022”, taking place on Wednesday 30 March 2022 in the Sculpture Court, ECA.

[1] Bury, S. et al. (2015) Artists’ books : the book as a work of art 1963-2000. [Second edition]. London: Bernard Quaritch Limited.

 

 

31. January 2022 by jfurnes1
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Art Forum Archive now available!

Thanks to our ProQuest subscription we now have access to the full digital archive of every issue of Art Forum back to issue 1 of 1962!

You can access the backfile of Artforum (later Artforum International), the leading magazine for coverage of international contemporary art, from its launch in 1962 to 2020, via DiscoverEd. Spanning six decades of reporting on art in all media, Artforum offers features, reviews, and interviews relating to artists, exhibitions, publications, and other art world events / trends.

Coverage: 1962 – 2020.

You can access this via DiscoverEd by searching for the journal title “Art Forum” then following the link to the online resource:

19. January 2022 by jfurnes1
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Yale Art & Architecture ePortal

We have many online resources for the study of history of art, one of our most recent acquisitions is the wonderful Yale Art & Architecture ePortal.

The Yale A&AePortal is an authoritative eBook and image resource that features important works of scholarship in the fields of history of art, architecture, decorative arts, photography, and design. With innovative functionality, including smart image searching, and extensive metadata, the site includes many out-of-print titles, key backlist, and recent releases from some of the world’s finest academic and museum publishers. It also features a really excellent image search. Deep text and image tagging allow researchers to study scholarship across multiple eBooks from a variety of major publishers, yielding rich and exciting results.

You can watch online videos on how to make the most of the Yale Art & architecture ePortal here.

You can access the Yale A&A ePortal by going to the list of databases for History of Art. It is also listed on the databases for Art webpage, and on the Library A-Z of Databases.

10. January 2022 by jfurnes1
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Business of Fashion Professional: new subscription now live!

We are pleased to announce that we now have a one year trial subscription to Business of Fashion Professional, following a request from tutors in the School of Design at ECA.

To access Business of Fashion Professional, and set up your account with them, please use the links to Business of Fashion listed at the  Design Databases webpage.

For quick access the resource is also listed at our Library Databases A-Z of Databases webpage.

Please do make use of this resource as our decision on whether to renew it in 2023 will depend on the useage stats we get from BoF.

BoF Professional membership gives you access to agenda-setting fashion business content unavailable elsewhere, including daily analysis and advice, weekly members-only email briefings and full access to the BoF Professional iOS app. ‘All Access’ members also receive monthly case studies on key business opportunities, unlimited access to a library of watch-on-demand masterclasses, and invitations to digital live events, including a weekly #BOFLive series, Sustainability Summit and VOICES, an annual gathering for big thinkers.

05. January 2022 by jfurnes1
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Explore the world of artists’ books at Nature Works

Right now at the Upright Gallery, there is a fantastic exhibition of artists’ books, which we thoroughly recommend you go and visit!

Co-curated by Gallery owner Ian Farmer and book artist and print maker Susie Wilson, Nature Works, on the theme of climate change, features artists’ books by over 30 artists from across three continents, in a wonderful variety of formats and techniques.

The exhibition is on until 24th December 2021. Opening hours are Wed-Fri 11-5, Sat-Sun 11-4. No need to book a visit slot.

If you cannot make it to the Gallery, each day the Upright Gallery features one of the artists’ books in a short video on their Instagram, which allows you to see these beautiful books from home. Enjoy!

A digital catalogue of the exhibition is available on request from the Upright Gallery.

 

14. December 2021 by jfurnes1
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Extra study spaces in central area during the Exam period

Temporary extra study spaces in the Central area have been arranged during December 2021.

Information Services Group’s libraries and open access computer spaces will see high demand during the Revision and Examination period this December.  The following temporary additional study space (non-bookable) is provided to assist students.  Please check in and check out of desks using the SeatEd app.  For more information visit the University study spaces webpage

  1. Main Library:

Floor 1: Rooms 1.07 (15 seats) and 1.10 (10 seats) open 24/7 from 09:00 Saturday 04 December to Tuesday 21 December.

Floor 6: Centre for Research Collections (CRC) Research Suite (12 seats) available Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10:00 to 18:30, and Thursday and Fridays 10:00 to 16:00, from Tuesday 07 December to Tuesday 21 December. Please note: no eating of any description is allowed in this room.

  1. 40 George Square:

144 seats in the Lower Ground Floor (HUB teaching rooms):

Room LG06: 08:30-22:00 weekdays (CLOSED weekends) from Monday 06 December to Tuesday 21 December.

Rooms: LG07, LG08, LG09, LG10, LG11: 08:30-22:00 daily (including weekends) from Monday 06 December to Tuesday 21 December.

Please note: access after 6pm and at weekends is via the main entrance to 40 George Square.

  1. Law School, Old College:

70 seats in the Law School Building (Rooms G.158 and G.159 adjacent to the Law Library):

G.158 Quad Teaching Room (seminar room) open daily from Saturday 04 December to Sunday 19 December; opening hours as per Law Library opening hours: 09:00-22:00 Monday to Thursday; 09:00 to 19:00 Fridays; 09:00 to 17:00 Saturdays; 12:00 to 19:00 Sundays.

G.159 MacLaren Stuart Room (large classroom) open daily from Saturday 04 December to Tuesday 14 December and on Thursday 16 December; CLOSED Wednesday 15 December; opening hours as per Law Library opening hours as above.

  1. Other information:

40 George Square Floors 6-9 open extended hours Monday to Thursday from Monday 06 December to Monday 20 December: 09:00-22:00 Monday to Thursday (instead of 09:00-18:00); 09:00 to 17:00 Fridays; 12:00 to 17:00 Saturdays and Sundays.

Law Library opening hours extended on 3 Sundays: 05, 12, 19 December 12:00-19:00 (instead of 12:00-17:00)

Hugh Robson Building computer labs will open at 07:30 and close at 22:00 daily until Wednesday 23 December, but CLOSED Tuesday 14 December and Wednesday 15 December.  Please note: Door access control applies weekdays after 17:00 and at weekends, and access is via University card and card PIN – see your PIN in the MyEd PIN channel.

07. December 2021 by jfurnes1
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Congratuations to all ECA 2021 Graduates!

We would like to offer our congratulations to everyone who graduated this week from ECA @ UoE!

Did you know there are lots of library resources that ECA Alumni are entitled to access? You can find out more here:

https://www.ed.ac.uk/information-services/library-museum-gallery/finding-resources/library-databases/databases-subject-a-z/alumni-e-resources

For more information about support after graduation please see https://www.eca.ed.ac.uk/about/alumni/new-graduates   and also  https://www.ed.ac.uk/alumni/new-graduates

Keep in touch!

30. November 2021 by jfurnes1
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Temporary closure of Art & Architecture Library: afternoon of Thursday 25th November 2021

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Art & Architecture Library at Minto House Chambers Street will close at 2.00pm today, Thursday 25th November. The library will re-open at 9.00am tomorrow.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

ECA Library at Evolution House, West Port, and the Main Library at George Square are open as usual.

25. November 2021 by jfurnes1
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SCONUL Access scheme re-opens!

We are very pleased to be able to announce that the SCONUL Access scheme, where students and staff can register to use other academic libraries for their research, has re-opened. You can find out more on the SCONUL webpage.

 

 

 

 

 

16. November 2021 by jfurnes1
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