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Printer-in-Residence, Bodleian Bibliographical Press

The Bodleian Libraries invite applications from experienced printers and book artists for a residency of one month, to take place during the University of Oxford academic year 2018-19.

The Bodleian Libraries are fortunate to have a printing workshop housing several hand-operated platen presses and a rolling press. The workshop, located in the Old Bodleian Library and accessible directly from the Old Schools Quadrangle at ground level, is used for teaching to University students, visiting classes, schools, and the public, and has a strong connection to engagement and outreach from within the Libraries, especially to the Exhibitions and Education programmes.

The Printer-in-Residence programme, inaugurated with the residency of Russell Maret during October 2017, is intended to increase awareness of the facility and to encourage a creative spirit in the book arts within the University. Hand-craft printers and printmakers are invited to propose a project for an edition to be made in the workshop and completed during a one-month residency.

Applications are invited from letterpress printers or creative book artists who are demonstrably able to make full use of the Bodleian’s Bibliographical Press workshop. Applicants should be practitioners in printing or the book arts who have created a body of work of high quality.

Applicants are advised to note the equipment available at the Press, including the range of type available, and to describe how they would provide any other materials required for their work during the residency.

Funds of £2,000 are available to support the residency, along with a small budget to support outreach activities. An invitation to take up the award is dependent on agreement on the dates of a residency of one month. The residency must be arranged for one month within a University of Oxford term. It is the responsibility of any candidate who is invited to take up the residency to secure any necessary UK visa to enable the period of residence required in Oxford.

Candidates must have proven knowledge and practical skills of using flat-bed and/or cylinder printing presses, and will be expected to use the equipment and type available in the Press (described below) as well as any materials they may supply.

Applicants should outline a plan for the one-month residency including a publication using the Press workshop facilities and equipment. A copy of the publication will be accepted into the Bodleian Special Collections, and should be made available to other libraries.

The residency provides:
- Support, up to a maximum of £2,000, for subsistence and travel to support a one-month residence in Oxford. The details are to be arranged by agreement with the Library.
- Access to the Special Collections of the Bodleian Libraries as a reader, subject to Admissions procedures.
- Use of the Press workshop (contents described below). Standard quantities and qualities of paper and ink will be provided.

The Printer-in-Residence will be asked to participate in outreach from the Bibliographical Press, in the form of lectures and workshops addressed to various audiences. The proposed programme should include:
- A public lecture
- A seminar or workshop with students from the University of Oxford and other institutions

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