Background to Open Books
Open Books is a creative collaboration between Visual artists, started by Mary Husted in Wales in 2011, enabling cultural exchange opportunities, exhibitions, talks, seminars, workshops in China, Hong Kong, Australia, Canada, India and USA from 2012 - 2018.
The Chinese Folding Book is central to Open Books. By using the same format artists from different traditions have found common ground in a global, geographically shrinking world. The books can be read in Western Codex form, or in the traditional Chinese way or as sculptural objects - they offer scope for innovative practice.
In each new country we invite a new group of artists to join us and, occasionally, we add some artists from Wales. As an exhibition that can expand and shrink to fit its venues, it continually grows and changes. Like the books themselves, the exhibition unfolds and expands. It has become a cross-cultural exchange where we hope ideas will be shared between artists, lovers of art, and the wider public.
Our Chinese colleagues now have the sponsorship and support of their local Zhejiang culture bureau for their part in this project and we have had considerable support from Wales Arts International
The next collaborative exhibition 'Paper Exchange' will take place in Spring 2019 at BayArt, Cardiff, Wales