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artists’ book collection Dundee


artists’ book collection Dundee

Artists’ Book Collection Dundee (abcD), formerly Centre for Artists’ Books, is a space dedicated solely to Artists’ Books, the first combined archive and exhibition space of its kind in the United Kingdom. The Centre was established by distinguished publisher and artist Alec Finlay in 1999 and holds a collection of over 1,200 Artists’ Books and multiples created by both international artists and artists based in Scotland. An acquisition scheme enables new items to be added to the collection regularly. One of the aims of CAB is to publish its own titles, the first beingSelected Walks by Richard Long and most recently, TENT by Paul Noble.

Between 1999 – 2002 the exhibition programme at CAB was curated by Alec Finlay. Since 2011, Exhibitions (Cooper Gallery) at DJCAD has led on an exciting programme that aims to explore this unique art form through cross-disciplinary approaches and to broaden exposure and accessibility of Artists’ Books. The re-launch exhibition of abcD entitled cabin:codex was co-curated by Exhibitions and artist David Faithfull in 2011 and gained applause from all quarters.

The highlights from the collection include works created by Christian Boltanski, Ulises Carrión, Helen Douglas, Alec Finlay, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Hamish Fulton, Andy Goldsworthy, Richard Hamilton, Susan Hillier, Sol Le Witt, Richard Long, Bruce McLean, Julian Opie, Toby Paterson, David Shrigley, Hans Waanders, Lawrence Weiner, Weproductions and more.

To view the abcD database please visit and select Artists’ Books Collection Dundee from the 'Collection Name’ menu on the left before searching.

Artists’ Book Collection Dundee is based in the Visual Research Centre, DJCAD and is located on the lower floors of Dundee Contemporary Arts.