Book Works print shop and The Bitter Cup by Joanne Tatham and Tom O'Sullivan


Book Works print shop at Tenderbooks 
14 – 21 December

The Bitter Cup by Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan Book launch
18 December, 6-8pm

We are pleased to host a selection of artist editions published by Book Works from 14-21 December 2019. Limited edition prints by contemporary artists including: Laure Prouvost, Fiona Banner, Mark Titchner, Tacita Dean, Mark Dion and many more. Proceeds from all print sales form part of Book Works 35th anniversary programme of support towards their new commissions.

Join us for the London launch of The Bitter Cup and a new limited edition print The Watchie by Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan on 18 December, 6-8pm.

The watchie stands on a small headland, set somewhat apart from the cottages lining the clifftop that together make up most of the small Aberdeenshire village of Catterline. Lil Neilson first came to Catterline as an art student in the early 1960s. She’d met painter Joan Eardley at a summer school at Hospitalfield House in Arbroath and Joan had invited her to work alongside her in the watchie. 

The Bitter Cup is a novelistic response to the archive of paintings and sketchbooks left behind by Lil Neilson upon her death in 1998, and the encounter experienced by Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan of this work, the landscape and their formative art experiences. Neilson’s work is framed in a fiction, which locates itself in the historical moment that the landscape of Scottish art was radically transformed – through a process that was dubbed ‘the Glasgow Miracle’.

Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan have been working together in a collaborative art practice since meeting on the MFA programme at Glasgow School of Art.

The Bitter Cup is published by Book Works in association with Hospitalfield.



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