ArtsLibris – Workshops

12:0021:00 h
Venue: Arts Santa Mònica
La Rambla, 7
08002 Barcelona

Over the three days that the fair lasts, there will be a range of workshops for the general public that require no prior knowledge. Places are limited. To take part:

– Prior enrolment, until 20 April at 12 pm:,

– During the fair, please go to the information desk

General information: +34 935 671 110


Bookbinding workshop 

Given by students of Book Art from the Escola Llotja of Barcelona.

In this workshop participants will be familiarised with French link stitching through the creation of two small books with covers made of different materials.

Times: Saturday 21st April and Sunday 22nd April, at 12.30pm and 4pm.

Duration: 1h 30 mins

Price: €3 per participant (maximum of 12 per session).


La biblioteca sin ley (“The lawless library”)

Activity by artist Antònia del Río

Activity aimed at families in which books provide the material with which to explore the concept of the library through different actions. We will look beyond their actual contents and discover the possibilities books afford as objects for building and play. Activity recommended for children aged 3 and up.

Time: Saturday 21st April from 5.30 to 7pm.

Duration: 1h 30 mins

Price: Free, prior enrolment necessary.

This activity is part of the Art en Obert de Experimetem amb l’ART project. Espai d’educació artística i creació contemporània, 2014.


Diccionario Exquisito 

Workshop given by Marta Salarich Bardia

Workshop exploring the classic form of dictionary through a technique called the ‘exquisite cadaver’, with the aim of collectively transforming it to create a new thematic dictionary – a book where everyone can express their ideas on the concept put forward for the occasion: festivity. This workshop is for anyone who is sensitive to words and interested in paper and the book as a medium for expression.

Time: Sunday 22nd April at 5.30pm.

Duration: 1h 30 mins

Price: €3 per participant (maximum of 12 per session).


Collage workshop

By Carmen Hurtado Pérez

Brief introduction to the history of collage followed by the workshop in which three collages will be made using different techniques.

Time: Saturday 21st April at 12.30pm.

Duration: 1h 30 mins

Price: €5 per participant (maximum of 12 per session).


Clínica de libros de artista (“Clinic for artists’ books”)

With Carla Rey, artist, publisher and curator specialising in artists’ books.

The artist’s book is innovation and experimentation: the choice of paper, the typography, the presentation, design, binding, colophon, materials and format… They all combine to offer an ample array of possibilities. The workshop will provide a space for exchanging ideas, presenting samples of books and discussing the best ways of translating ideas and concepts into an artist’s book. In the manner of a clinic, open debate will give participants the necessary information to design their own publications and future projects.

Times: Saturday 21st, Sunday 22nd and Monday 23rd April, from 6 to 8pm.

Duration: Sessions of 60 minutes.

Price: 1 day €50; 2 days €75, and 3 days €100.


Demonstration of screen printing

The ephemeral image in screen printing using unconventional inks

By Oslo Graphic Barceloneta

In this workshop we look at an unconventional way of printing, which makes use of wallpaper paste, which is colourless. After printing, the image becomes visible when it is covered with various types of pigments. Once the printed area is dry, any direct alteration makes the pigment fall away from the paper and, depending on the kind of paper used, leaves one trace or another. The aim of the workshop is to reflect on the durability of the reproduced image. The public will take part and be allowed to take home the piece of paper that has been printed on as a souvenir.

Time: Sunday 22nd April at 12.30pm (until 2pm)

Duration: 1h 30 mins 

Price: Free demonstration


Storytelling and activities

With Sabrina Kraus, author of the book Jane Goodall – An Inspiring Story

Through the true story of Dr. Jane Goodall, primatologist and messenger of peace, the writer looks at the themes of trust, self-awareness and professions. Under the motto “Dream”, participants can draw, colour in and let their creativity run free. Activity recommended for girls and boys aged 6 to 10.

Times: Sunday 22nd April at 4pm and Monday 23rd April at 12.30pm.

Duration: 1h 30 mins

Price: €2 per participant (maximum of 12 per session).


Workshop Animaladas 

By Moreno&Soria

Drawing inspiration from “Mundo Animal”, a book by José Antonio Soria, participants of this workshop will create their own artist’s book to take home. In the form of a Leporello, or folded leaflet, they will be able to print animal heads from stamps and create different scenes by converting them into new characters or personalised animals.

Times: Monday 23rd April at 12.30pm and at 4pm.

Duration: 1h 30 mins

Price: €4 per participant (maximum of 12 per session).



Workshop on pop-ups given by DoubleBrain (Roberta Bridda and Jani Lunablau)

Practical introduction to the techniques used to create moving 3D books and pop-up cards.

Time: Monday 23rd April at 5.30pm

Duration: 1h 30 mins

Price: €5 per participant (maximum of 12 per session)