Develop and build skills in contemporary and traditional bookbinding, gold tooling, decorative techniques and specialised projects. Our courses take place during the evenings, daytimes and weekends and are offered from beginner to advanced level. Our courses also include talks by contemporary practitioners. Any questions? Contact our visual arts team on 020 7492 2700 Monday - Friday between 10am - 5pm.
Start your bookbinding journey with this accessible, one-term introduction to techniques and structures. Learn how to make simple folded books through to more complex stitched bindings, as well as box making. Suitable for beginners.
Try something new by working with a range of materials not commonly associated with bookbinding. Discover the potential of strong, translucent yet colourful plastics and transform them into a range of exciting books.
This course is designed to explore ideas of layering, depth and structure using sculptural and theatrical book structures, collage and paper cut-throughs. You will be able to develop your ideas and skills in the making of unique hand made books.
Ideal if you have some bookbinding conservation experience and want to develop your skills further by working on your own projects with advice and guidance. Each term will include demonstrations that focus on a different aspect of book conservation.
Learn paper repair including toning, lining and infilling, and the repair and conservation of tight and hollow-backed full, half or quarter leather-bindings. Ideal if you have some bookbinding experience.
Look at the cleaning, repair and conservation of paper, both as flat documents and in book format, and the repair and conservation of paper and cloth-bound books. For those with some bookbinding experience.
Learn to assess books and repair vellum-covered books including limp, semi-limp and boarded style. Work on your own projects in paper, cloth or leather. Basic materials included. For those with some bookbinding experience.
Explore the world of Artists’ books and create your own one-off or small edition. Combine text, image and bookbinding to bring your interests to life; this course will help you develop your ideas through the structure of the book.
Learn how to make a stiff-boarded binding in full vellum. Practise ‘pulling’ (disbinding) a book, preparing it for rebinding, making endpapers, edge-gilding, sewing multi-coloured end-bands, and preparing and covering with vellum. Suitable for advanced level students.
Step into bookbinding with this three-term course. Learn essential techniques and develop skills in using tools and materials to produce your own work. A stimulating, challenging and comprehensive introduction for beginners.
Term 1: 19/09/17 - 05/12/17 (12 weeks)
Term 2: 9th Jan - 6th Feb 2018 & 20th Feb - 3rd April 2018 (12 weeks)
Term 3: 1st May – 26th June 2018 (9 weeks)
Interviews will take place on the 5th of September for the course, applications will be reviewed on the 30th of August.
An intermediate-level course for students with some experience. Learn new skills and techniques. Develop and build on existing knowledge in traditional and contemporary bookbinding, including leather paring and fine binding.