Bookbinding Courses in London

Our courses cover:

  • Bookbinding - develop and build skills in contemporary and traditional bookbinding, gold tooling, decorative techniques and specialised projects.
  • Book conservation - practical courses on paper repair, leather and cloth conservation, hand tooling and machine blocking.
  • Book arts - explore both classic and innovative techniques and structures to produce unique pieces in our book art courses.
Our courses take place during the evenings, daytimes and weekends and are offered from beginner to advanced level, some 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. Wooden boarded binding

    Wooden boarded binding

    Course Date: Tue 21 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The earliest books were sewn on to wooden boards. On this short course you will learn about early book structures and create a Coptic binding using some historical techniques and materials.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  2. Bookbinding weekend: endband extravaganza

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 25 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A weekend packed full of endbands for bookbinding enthusiasts. Learn a little about the history and different styles of endband and try out some for yourself. There will be demonstrations of a range of endbands including multi-coloured, Islamic and ‘Manhattan’ style. Suitable for those with bookbinding experience.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  3. Creative arts for bookbinding III: papercutting

    Creative arts for bookbinding III: papercutting

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 1 Aug 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to manipulate paper into abstract or representational designs. A range of paper cutting and folding techniques encourage you to explore silhouettes, pattern, imagery, colour and scale to develop your own approach. Techniques can be adapted for use in book arts and bookbinding projects to create pages, covers and structures.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £48.00

  4. Print, design and bind: a book in a week

    Print, design and bind: a book in a week

    Course Date: Mon 10 Aug 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Come and enjoy a week in the print and book studios and leave with an artist’s book. This course will encourage you to experiment with printmaking techniques and bookbinding structures and help you to develop your initial ideas into a finished work. Some printmaking and/or bookbinding experience may be beneficial but not essential.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £249.00
    Concession: £152.00

  5. Creative arts for bookbinding I: decorative paper techniques

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 14 Dec 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Try out a range of decorative techniques for paper including paste papers, stamps and simple dyeing and marbling techniques for bookbinding use or as individual pieces. All levels welcome.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £48.00

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