We are pleased to announce a series of exhibitions and publications by artist and writer Kit Poulson, who is a library residency artist during 2016/17 through a collaborative new commission platform initiated by Book Works with Chelsea College of Arts Library and CHELSEA space.

An exhibition at CHELSEA space, Kit Poulson: Mutter, 25 January – 3 March 2017, will be accompanied by a reading room selected from the library’s archives and collections, and a live performance is planned for the opening night. A new CHELSEA space publication, Not a Bass and Not a Line, has also been made by the artist to coincide with the exhibition.



Kit Poulson, still from Mutter, 2016. Image by Ben Owen


Poulson has been working with librarian Gustavo Grandal Montero and BA Fine Art and MA Curating and Collections students at Chelsea to produce and curate materials that will be incorporated into a display in the library and the exhibition at CHELSEA space, and has created a new work for the library’s old reading room, 70 Library Exercises, freely available to visitors. A new publication with Book Works, supported by the Henry Moore Foundation, will also follow later in 2017.

Mutter is the first of Book Works’ new Library Residencies Programme, which presents a series of residencies and commissions under the title You Must Locate a Fantasy for artists to work with libraries, special collections and archives located across the UK, including London, Hull and Glasgow in 2016–2019. Organised in response to a moment where libraries face uncertain futures yet hold the archives for potential futures, this new project includes exhibitions and publications as outcomes to the library residencies.