George Cullen

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George Cullen

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George Cullen is a book artist and designer. His work explores the use of space and language especially concerned with the reader’s relationship to the book and reading. How the surface of the book relates to the act of reading and the position of the reader. He takes part regularly in art book fairs around the UK and has exhibited in and outside London. His work can be seen in collections including the Tate Library, London and UWE Centre for Artist Books.

During the week I can mostly be found at Knit With Attitude and Of Cabbages and Kings.


Work held in:

National Art Library (V&A Museum, London), Museum Meermanno (Amsterdam, Holand), Saison Poetry Library (London), Centre international de poesie (Marseille, France), Scottish Poetry Library (Edinburgh), National Museum of Wales (Cardiff), Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collection, Museum of Fine Art (Boston, USA), University of California (San Diego, USA), Chelsea College of Art & Design Library Artists’ Books Collection (London), Center for Fine Print Research, (UWE, Bristol), Tate Library Artist’s Books Collection (London).

Exhibitions and Projects:

September '18

London Artsist Book Fair - Whitechapel Gallery

Shared table with Egidija Ciricaite.

April - August '16

Persrciptions - Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, Canterbury

Group show curated by Egidija Ciricaite and Stella Bolaki.

March '16

PAGES book fair - Leeds

Curated a table with Egidija Ciricaite of Collective Investigations.

Nov '15

Small Publishers Fair - London

Held a table with Collective Investigations at the Small Publishers Fair, also gave a talk title 'reading the book as an object' with Egidija Ciricaite.

Oct '15

MIRROR - ECHO - Cambridge

Artwork conceived and exhibited with Collective Investigations as part of Art Language Location.

Sep '15

Reading the book as an object - Artist's Book Yearbook

Co-wrote an article with Collective Investigations for the Artist's Book Yearbook 2016-17.

April '15

BABE - Bristol

Held a table with Collective Investigations at the Bristol Artists Book Event. Also gave a talk with Egidija Ciricaite titled 'codex: between one hand and another'

Feb '15

Art in a Bookshell - Milton Gallery London

Exhibited work with Collective Investigations.

Dec '14

Art Lacuna book fair - London

Held a table with Collective Investigations at the Art Lacuna Book fair.

Oct-Nov '14

In the reflected sky - Cambridge

An exhibition installed as part of Art Language Location in Cambridge.

July '14

KALEID 2014 - London

Held a table with Collective Investigations at Kaleid 2014 at the art academy.

March '14

codex: between this and that - Chelsea Library - London

Codex: between this and that exhibited at UAL Chelsea Library.

Feb '14

Codex: Between Wednesday and Sunday - Peckham Platform - London

Workshops in book binding curated as part of 'book bed' at the Peckham Platform

Dec '13

Book History Research Network Study Day - V&A London

Talk given with Collective Investigations as part of the Book History Research Network Study Day

May '13

Artists talking about books- London

Talks given in book arts at Clapham and Shoreditch libraries

April/May '13

Workshops in Bookmaking - London

Creative Bookmaking workshops held in Clapham and Shoreditch Libraries

April/May '13

codex: between this and that - London

Launch of 'codex: between this and that' and group show.

Nov '12 to Current

Formation of Collective Investigations - London

An arts collective of Egidija Ciricaite, George Cullen and Chris Gibson

Oct ‘12

II International Arsenal Book Festival - Ukraine

Book Arts exhibition as part of Mystetskyi Arsenal Art & Culture Complex, Kiev, Ukraine

Feb ‘12

Solo Exhibition – Bethnal Green, London

Exhibition of work at LXV Bookshop in bethnal green.

Jan ‘12

Joint Exhibition Changing Spaces - Cambridge

Book Arts exhibition as part of the Changing Spaces project.

Oct ‘11

Manchester Book Arts Fair - Manchester

Exhibition of Book Works as part of the Manchester Artists Book fair.

Sept ‘11

Graduate show - Camberwell London

Exhibition of graduate work from the MA Book Arts - Camberwell College of Art

March ‘11/’10

Leeds Book Art Fair – Leeds

Exhibition of Book Works as part of the Leeds Artists Book fair.

Aug ‘09/’08

Book Arts Fayre - Penarth

Exhibition of Book Works at the Ffotogallery, Penarth.

June ‘09

Zine Picnic

Group Zine project. Working in typography illustration and pagination.

April ‘09


Interviewed for panel borders as part of ‘zine age kicks’ exhibition.

Oct ‘08

Hand Bound Books

Commissioned by Jessica Saethang at making Waves to produce two comments books for an event.

June ‘08

Lost and Found – Book project

A joint altered book project between, University of Wales, Newport and Hereford. Organised by Celia Jackson.

Feb ‘08

Ffres Design Futures

Shortlisted - Design Wales, Ffres Design Futures Awards.

Nov ‘07

Graphic 12 - Customise

Commision for Graphic magazine. Edited by Marc Valli & Richard Brereton. Published by Bis1998 September

May ‘07

Design for The University of Wales Graduate Show

Winning design for. Poster, Invite, Map Guide and web banner.


Sep ’09 – Sep ‘11

Camberwell College of Arts – London

MA Book Arts - Merit

Sep ’05 – June ‘08

University of Wales – Newport

BA (Hons) Graphic Design – 1:1

Sep ’03 – June ‘05

Somerset College of Arts and Technology – Taunton

BTEQ National Diploma Fine Art – Triple Grade Distinction
NCFE Level 1 Certificate in Creative Craft – Drawing and Painting
NCFE Advanced Certificate in Art and Design

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