Bookbinding

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.
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  1. Beginners' skills for bookbinding

    Course Date: Mon 25 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £429.00
    Senior fee: £343.00
    Concession: £262.00

  2. Book arts: bindings in acrylic, acetate and plastic

    Course Date: Fri 10 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  3. Book arts: creative paper engineering

    Course Date: Thu 24 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Be creative with paper and develop the 2D page into 3D pop-ups. Learn folding techniques and simple book structures to create and explore your ideas. Suitable for beginners.
    Full fee: £279.00
    Senior fee: £223.00
    Concession: £170.00

  4. Book arts: experimental structures

    Course Date: Mon 15 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £279.00
    Senior fee: £223.00
    Concession: £170.00

  5. Book conservation and repair workshop: intermediate and advanced

    Course Date: Wed 27 Sep 2017 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £329.00
    Concession: £201.00

  6. Book conservation and repair: leather-bound books

    Course Date: Wed 17 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £429.00
    Senior fee: £343.00
    Concession: £262.00

  7. Book conservation and repair: paper and cloth-bound books

    Course Date: Wed 20 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £459.00
    Senior fee: £367.00
    Concession: £280.00

  8. Book conservation and repair: vellum-bound books

    Course Date: Wed 11 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £459.00
    Senior fee: £367.00
    Concession: £280.00

  9. Book conservation for beginners: 1

    Course Date: Thu 28 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Understand the structure, collating and pulling of a book. Practise paper cleaning and repair. Learn how to re-sew a text-block, mend damaged corners and re-hinge boards.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £329.00
    Concession: £201.00

  10. Book conservation for beginners: 2

    Course Date: Thu 18 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to repair cloth case volumes and ’perfect’ bindings. Identify and repair different book structures such as hollow and tight backed books and how to pare and tone leather for book repair.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £349.00
    Concession: £213.00

  11. Bookbinding: 10 projects for beginners

    Course Date: Thu 3 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A medley of projects to introduce you to bookbinding; come armed with enthusiasm and walk away with a stack of small books and a heap of information on materials, tools and techniques.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £182.00

  12. Bookbinding: learn to bind artists books

    Course Date: Mon 16 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  13. City Lit advanced fine binding: vellum

    Course Date: Tue 19 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.

    Term 1: 19/09/17- 05/12/17 (12 weeks)

    Term 2: 09/01/18 - 13/03/2018 (10 weeks).
    Full fee: £1,099.00
    Senior fee: £879.00
    Concession: £670.00

  14. City Lit bookbinding course

    Course Date: Tue 19 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £999.00
    Senior fee: £999.00
    Concession: £609.00

  15. City Lit bookbinding: intermediate

    Course Date: Mon 2 Oct 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £549.00
    Senior fee: £549.00
    Concession: £335.00

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