Yellow Back Books is an collaborative project exploring the potential for an artist book bookshop for Cardiff, run by Becca and Clare, with Louise Hobson and Freya Dooley. Founded in 2014, Yellow Back Books has used pop up shops, art openings, festivals and events to offer a platform for local and national artists working with printed matter to display, distribute and sell their work, as well as bringing book works from across the world to Cardiff. Yellow Back Books is named after so called ‘yellow-backs’ an early example of cheap paperback books printed for the mass market and distributed throughout train station shops. Yellow-Backs included sensational fiction and adventure stories, educational manuals and biographies, and they played a critical role in democratising the publishing world. One of the most critical principles that Yellow Back Books began with was the proposition that artists books can provide a similar role in democratising the otherwise seemingly elite world of ‘art objects’; they’re more affordable and also portable and intimate too, meaning they’re mobile – to be distributed, or brought home.
Yellow Back Books most recent iteration was Future Possible, in Campfa, Queen’s Arcade in Cardiff city centre. A viable shop was built by artist Melissa Appleton, in a day, alongside an exhibition of work by Cinzia Mutigli.
For more information about Yellow Back Books or to submit publications email firstname.lastname@example.org
Image credits - Freya Dooley