Before you search for 'book art' on Pinterest, you might want to pay a visit to Hereford College of Arts which, this week, welcomed back the Re-Imagining the Laws of England exhibition.
Artists from across the UK are involved with the project, a creative far-cry-from-dry way to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta. Using the Halsbury’s Statutes - 27 legal volumes which hold details of all Acts of Parliament- as a starting point, they each transformed tomes into works of art.
For the next 4 weeks, the work will be on show in Hereford. It'll then hit the road again, heading to Leeds and Bristol as part of UK-wide tour.
The Halsbury’s Statutes were donated to Sidney Nolan Trust, near Presteigne, by a local court service whose staff no longer needed them. The volumes were destined to be pulped, but after the trust took them they were perfectly place to inspire art.
Following the HCA show, the exhibition will visit Leeds Central Library (November 2016), UWE in Bristol (December 2016 & January 2017), Hay on Wye (May 2017) and the Herefordshire Archive and Records Centre in Hereford (October & November 2017)
For more info: www.sidneynolantrust.org.