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19 September 2018The Whole Art of the Book
20 June 2018Birds, Beasts and Box: The Art of Topiary
16 May 2018Let there be Light
18 April 2018The Conservation of Paintings, Polychrome Sculpture and Frames
21 March 2018Northern Lights: Scandinavian Design in the Twentieth Century
21 February 2018Gainsborough in Bath: High Society and the Bath Season
17 January 2018Henry Moore: A Revolution in British Sculpture
06 December 2017Charles Dickens, Conjurer: the playbills of Victorian showmen
15 November 2017Legends of Czech Glass
18 October 2017Titian – The First Modern Artist
20 September 2017The Romantic Spirit: music and the arts of early 19th century Germany
21 June 2017Ultimate Power Dressing: Chinese Imperial Costume and Textiles (Qing Dynasty: 1644-1911)
17 May 2017The Impressionist Landscape
19 April 2017From Wild Beasts to Pickled Sharks - Modern art movements of the 20th Century
15 March 2017A Thousand Years of History: Medieval Cathedrals as Time Machines
15 February 2017Ancient Faces: Flinders Petrie and the Mummy Portraits of Roman Egypt
18 January 2017'Mars and the Muses': The Renaissance Art of Armour
07 December 2016Now you see it, now you don’t! The Art of Visual Deception
16 November 2016German and Netherlandish Glass
19 October 2016Brussels: Cradle of Art Nouveau
21 September 2016Dutch & the Low Countries Influence on English silver
15 June 2016From Veneering to Marquetry
18 May 2016Tulipomania: the Tulip, a decorative flower on European and Asian ceramics
20 April 2016Two Baroque Protestants: Handel and Rembrandt
16 March 2016Home Sweet Home: The Domestic Interior in 17thC Dutch painting.
17 February 2016The Palaces of William and Mary: Het Loo & Hampton Court
20 January 2016Beautiful, Beastly, Bizarre: the Art of Hieronymus Bosch
09 December 2015The Spectacular Gold and Silverware Collection of King George IV
18 November 2015Soft Angelic Whispers – the Hidden History of the English Medieval Harp
28 October 2015The Art and Meaning of Maps
16 September 2015A Crisis of Brilliance: Four Young Artists & the Great War
17 June 2015Gold of the Gods: Treasures of South America & the Search for El Dorado
20 May 2015Man Ray the Magic Man
15 April 2015Frank Lloyd Wright
18 March 2015Pomp and Grandeur: the Gardens of the Stuart Court

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The Whole Art of the Book Dominc Riley Wednesday 19 September 2018

Why was the best paper made from the worn out clothes of peasants? Why did leather have to be tanned outside the city walls? Why is gold leaf so thin that it is measured in atoms and cannot be touched with the hands? Why do printers have to do everything upside down and backwards? Why did gold finishers get paid more than other bookbinders despite not washing their hair? And why is the art of bookbinding itself, surely the most complex of all hand crafts, as beguiling and enchanting today as it was when it was invented on the banks of the Nile 2,000 years ago. This lecture is a ‘Through the Round Window’ for grown-ups, and tells the fascinating story of everything that makes a traditional hand bound book. 

Dominic is a bookbinder, artist and teacher. He first learned bookbinding at 16 from Benedictine Monks at Douai Abbey in Berkshire and later at the London College of Printing. He has worked at the V&A, and for various binderies in London, New York and San Francisco, and spends part of the year teaching across the USA. He has his bindery in the Lake District, from where he travels across the UK teaching master classes and lecturing. He is Vice President of the Society of Bookbinders and was elected a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders in 2008. His binding work is mostly the restoration of antiquarian books and Design Bindings. He has won many prizes in the Designer Bookbinders competition, including both first prizes and the Mansfield Silver Medal in 2007. His bindings are in collections worldwide, including the British Library and the John Rylands Library in Manchester. In 2010 he bound a special copy of the winner of the Booker Prize which was presented to the author. In June 2013 he won first prize in the prestigious Sir Paul Getty International Bookbinding Competition. His winning binding was acquired by the Bodleian Library in Oxford.