Winchester's only artist book and zine fair is coming to the city this month. 

More than 40 sellers will be displaying and selling their artwork at the event named, Into the Fold. The books displayed exhibit a variety of styles and techniques while covering a myriad of subjects.

It is on Friday, March 15, from 2pm until 6 pm, and Saturday, March 16, from 10am until 4pm.

The event is being held at the Winchester School of Art campus on Park Avenue, and is open to the general public. 

Catherine Polley, co-organiser of the fair, said that the definition of an artists’ book can vary widely.

An artist book is a handcrafted medium of art that uses the form of a book as inspiration, a zine is similar but often is created through printing.

Into the Fold spans across a busy two days with many events running alongside the print fair itself. MsPolley is holding introductory talks with the opportunity to handle some of the books. Artist and sculptor Alec Stevens has created a performative event, running on the Friday evening of the fair, the exact details of which will be revealed on the night.

There is a great representation from WSA students and staff as well as artists from Solent University, the University of Portsmouth and the Royal College of Art. Works will also be displayed from national and international artists who have their artists’ books in the Artists Book Collection at WSA Library.  There is also a representation from the younger generation of Winchester artists at Into The Fold who attend the WSA Art & Design Saturday Club

Winchester School of Art is also holding a free exhibition on the works of Daniel Lehan called ‘Paint Out, Cut Outs, Tear up Erasures'. Daniel studied Fine Art at WSA 1977-1980 and has returned to showcase his erasure texts, in which he covers up or removes words from texts through many different techniques. 

A large number of Winchester-based artists are exhibiting at the fair; such as Tim Bird, who specialises in comics and zines,  Andrew Carnie, whose work focuses on the communication between art and science, and Lee Shearman - the founder of Micro Library Books. 

  • This article was written by Sofia Thompson, from Peter Symonds College, as part of Newsquest's Young Reporter scheme.