In the first weekend of November, the Pieterskerk in Leiden will once again be dedicated to the book. That’s when the annual Boekkunstbeurs (Book Art Fair) will take place, organised by Drukwerk in de Marge and the Stichting Handboekbinden.
The Boekkunstbeurs offers a wide range of beautiful hand bound books, printed matter made with traditional techniques, sublime samples of calligraphy and various artistic products made of paper.
Private press printers present their publications, often printed on old presses with historical materials. These publications vary from single sheets to artist’s books. The editions are small, and much attention is paid to the interplay between typeface, paper and design. Bookbinders show all kinds of examples of their craft.
Book binders and printers – both active or aspiring – and other enthusiasts can visit the many stands where bookbinding materials, calligraphy supplies and books on the various techniques are for sale. There will be various demonstrations, including paper making and calligraphy.
Every visitor will receive a copy of a limited edition, printed for this year’s fair. At the fair, the sheets can be bound into a booklet under guidance of expert bookbinders. In the past few years the texts for this publication have been written by Joost Swarte, Maarten Biesheuvel, Paulien Cornelisse, Wouter Klootwijk and Katinka Polderman, among others. In 2021, the booklet was written by Bette Westera and illustrated by Henriëtte Boerendans
Saturday 5 November,
10 am to 5 pm
Sunday 6 November,
11 am to 5 pm
Admission € 7, students € 3,50.
Free entrance for children up to 12 years old.
Catering pin only,
cash point at entrance.