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.
Bookbinding tutor Susan Doggett's exhibition, showcasing her prize winning piece 'The 2018 Almanac for the Modern Medievalist', is on display at the Bodleian Library in Oxford until April 2018.
Any questions? Contact our visual arts team on 020 7492 2700 Monday - Friday between 10am - 5pm.
Course Date: Mon 23 Jul 2018
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetA pacey and practical introduction to the structure and techniques of leather-jointed endpapers in fine binding. Just right for students wishing to add to or stretch their bookbinding skills. An intermediate level course.Full fee: £29.00Senior fee: £29.00Concession: £29.00
Course Date: Tue 24 Jul 2018
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetLabel yourself! Learn how to prepare and block simple labels for books, bags and more, using foil or gold leaf and a blocking press. Suitable for all levels.Full fee: £29.00Senior fee: £29.00Concession: £29.00
Course Date: Sat 11 Aug 2018
Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street“Small is beautiful,” they say. In this introduction to miniature bookbinding you will discover the history and appeal of this distinguished style. You will also make and take home three adorable miniature books.Full fee: £119.00Senior fee: £119.00Concession: £119.00
Course Date: Mon 17 Sep 2018
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetImmerse yourself in ancient, medieval and contemporary sewing techniques to create attractive multi-section books using leather and decorated papers. These flexible books require little or no glue and the pages open completely flat.Full fee: £199.00Senior fee: £159.00Concession: £121.00
Course Date: Mon 17 Sep 2018
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetMake a personalised, hard cover sketchbook to enhance your creative work. Experiment with papers, pockets and inserts and learn how to customise your own covering materials. Suitable for beginners.Full fee: £179.00Senior fee: £179.00Concession: £109.00
Course Date: Tue 18 Sep 2018
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetA unique, advanced level course enabling you to make a full leather binding with a strong creative element. Learn specialist techniques such as: leather-jointed endpapers, guarding, edge gilding/decoration, tool sharpening, hand paring, covering, inlays/onlays and doublures. Not suitable for beginners. Applications for this course will be reviewed on the 5th of June and interviews will take place on the 12th of June. There will be a second interview date in August and we will continue to accept applications until then.Full fee: £1,149.00Senior fee: £919.00Concession: £701.00
Course Date: Wed 19 Sep 2018
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetLook 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: £469.00Senior fee: £375.00Concession: £286.00
Course Date: Thu 20 Sep 2018
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetUnderstand 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: £349.00Senior fee: £349.00Concession: £213.00
Course Date: Fri 21 Sep 2018
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetInterested in how to make dynamic book structures? Then this is the course for you. This is an opportunity to create a series of books based on individual key graphic design elements - line, colour, shape, image and type.Full fee: £289.00Senior fee: £231.00Concession: £176.00
Course Date: Sun 23 Sep 2018 (and 3 other dates)
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetDip your fingers into bookbinding. Learn a little about the history, materials and craft of bookbinding while making a simple binding to take home. A chance to discuss further study in bookbinding at Build.Full fee: £69.00Senior fee: £69.00Concession: £69.00
Course Date: Wed 26 Sep 2018 (and 2 other dates)
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetIdeal 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: £339.00Senior fee: £339.00Concession: £207.00
Course Date: Tue 2 Oct 2018
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetStep 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. Applications for this course will be reviewed on Tues 12th June and interviews will be held on Tuesday the 19th of June and 19th of July 2018.Full fee: £1,099.00Senior fee: £1,099.00Concession: £670.00
Course Date: Sun 7 Oct 2018
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetSharpening bookbinding knives is an acquired skill. Learn the basics as well as exploring different types of sharpening stones, the importance of the bevel, edge paring, strops, spoke-shaves, how to sharpen and more.Full fee: £69.00Senior fee: £69.00Concession: £69.00
Course Date: Mon 8 Oct 2018
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetAn 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: £569.00Senior fee: £569.00Concession: £347.00
Course Date: Mon 15 Oct 2018
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetStart your bookbinding journey with this accessible, 8 week introduction to techniques and structures. Learn how to
make simple folded books through to a more complex stitched binding with slip-case. Suitable for beginners.Full fee: £299.00Senior fee: £239.00Concession: £182.00