Ensixteen Editions

bio auto graphic – the complete list
(bio auto graphic – an ongoing autobiographical part-work presented in the "zine" format.)

'Chameleon Skin Coat' – (2017) bio auto graphic 30
– Came the time, came the man. A game-changer to celebrate the series reaching this significant milestone; the fattest yet at 36 sumptuous full-colour pages, and circling the current state of affairs inside and outside the skull of the artist/writer. 

"C" is for. . . – (2016) bio auto graphic 29
– A cornucopia of 'C' words to conclude the trilogy, subjective and alliterative and casting an artist/author's eye over the current climate of change.

"B" is for. . . – (2016) bio auto graphic 28
– The next letter in the trilogy 'A, B, C', tracing lines in the sands of time with a stick, as the chill tide laps at our toes. To B or not to B. . ? That is the edition.


"A" is for. . . – (2015) bio auto graphic 27

– Channelling the ghosts of Ladybird Books past, and celebrating the disjointed relationship betwixt language and image, the artist/author cuts it back to the bone and edits the layers ruthlessly. What is 'A' for. . . ?

A 3rd month of Sundays – (2015) bio auto graphic 26 
– In a fragmentary exercise that reflects the hardships of the last year, we see the world through the lens of the Sundays of February, 2015.

The Power of Small – (2014) bio auto graphic 25 
– As his world unravels the artist/writer charts the deceptive significance of the smallest things in our lives.

Another Month of Sundays – (2014) bio auto graphic 24 
– In the shadow of looming events the artist/writer once again takes the temperature of the times across successive February Sundays.

Londonaut! – (2013) bio auto graphic 23 
– The same 14-mile walk across London Town, taken twice in Summer 2013 – eyes and sketchbook open!
Glass Half-full/Glass Half-empty – (2012) bio auto graphic 22 
– To mark the 50th birthday of the artist/writer; a life in ten pages, the full-ness and empty-ness.

On the margins – (2012) bio auto graphic 21 
– Answering the open call from the 2012 Doverodde Artist’s Book Fair:
Considering the notions and prejudices inherent in ideas of living ‘outside’ society’s supposed centres of cultural activity. How do they effect us as people – and artists?
The Power of Ten – (2012) bio auto graphic 20 
– In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the temporal/spatial anomaly that is the bookartbookshop, Pitfield St., London N1. Such marvellous people, such splendid times!
The Physics of Violence – (2011) bio auto graphic 19 
– A three-part contribution to the memorial project ‘An Inventory of Al-Mutanabbi Street’, sustaining the memory of the ancient street of booksellers car-bombed by extremists in Baghdad in 2007.
What makes the men who do this kind of thing tick?
In The Air – (2011) bio auto graphic 18 
– Answering the open call from the 2011 Doverodde Artist’s Book Fair:
Produced as a rallying cry and lament in the face of the drip drip devastation of the Condamned Government’s policies. We are all in freefall – Big Society or Big Lies? 
Only the two-headed chimera of Downing Street knows.

A Month of Sundays – (2011) bio auto graphic 17 
– Created across the Sundays of February, 2011 – a rapid response unit of a thing; the world, my world & London, N16.

A Place Of Interest: Mapping Myself – (2010) bio auto graphic 16 
– Answering the open call from the 2010 Doverodde Artist’s Book Fairmaps, symbols & the signage of the self.

Day & Night/Night & Day – (2010) bio auto graphic 15 
– 24-hours in a slice of my daily life – created for a narrative conference at Manchester Metropolitan University, January 2010

Every Man Is An Island – (2009) bio auto graphic 14 
– Answering the open call from the 2009 Doverodde Artist’s Book Fairthe evocative nature of islands, when seen from the shore. Tales from a Westmorland man. 

The Common Senses – (2008) bio auto graphic 9, 10, 11, 12 & 13 
– 5-part edition covering a major research-collaboration with Rare Book curator Martin Antonetti at Smith College, Massachusetts; identity, psycho-geography, learning and narrative. What can places mean?

The Seasonal Range – (2006-2008) bio auto graphic 5, 6, 7 & 8 
– 4 issues spanning the seasons – an exhaustive collection of previously unpublished writing and drawing, small projects & fragments.

In A Single Bound Volume Our Hero Is Free – (2008) special edition
– An uncharacteristically wordless piece exploring the elastic form and shifting nature of the book. Created for ‘From Book to Book’ exhibition, Leeds Art Gallery (2008)

Lettering From America Pt.2 – (2006) bio auto graphic 4b 
– Concluding part of the USA travel trilogy (Boston & New England)

Lettering From America Pt.1 – (2005-6) bio auto graphic 4a 
– 2nd part of the USA travel trilogy (Manhattan)

I, in the sky – (2005) bio auto graphic 3 
– 1st part of the USA travel trilogy (Heathrow to Newark, NJ USA) 

Sitting Ruminations – (2005) bio auto graphic 2
– Meditation on the relationship between commuters and reading.

Scar Issue – (2004) bio auto graphic 1
– On the nature and stories behind scars, physical and otherwise.

Issue Zero (2004) 
– The inaugural issue; where to go and what is this thing called, love?

Exhibitions


Artist’s book fairs

  • UPCOMING: Granary Square London Artist's Book Fair, London, UK - July 2017
  • Bristol Artists Book Event (BABE), Arnolfini, Bristol, UK - April 2017
  • 20th International Contemporary Artists’ Book Fair, The Tetley, Leeds, UK - March 2017
  • Small Publishers Fair 2016, Conway Hall, Red Lion Sq. London, UK - Nov. 2016
  • Turn the page – artists book fair 2016, The Forum, Norwich, UK - June 2016
  • 19th International Contemporary Artists’ Book Fair, The Tetley, Leeds, UK - March 2016
  • Small Publishers Fair 2015, Conway Hall, Red Lion Sq. London, UK - Nov. 2015
  • The London Art Book Fair, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK – Sept.2015 
  • Alternative Press, 47/49 Tanner Street, London, UK 09.05.2015
  • Turn the page – artists book fair 2015, The Forum, Norwich, UK 1-2.05.2015
  • Bristol Artists Book Event (BABE), Arnolfini, Bristol, UK, 11-12.04.2015
  • 18th International Contemporary Artists’ Book Fair, The Tetley, Leeds, UK, 7-8.03.2015
  • Small Publishers Fair 2014, Conway Hall, Red Lion Sq. London 14-15.11.2014
  • The London Art Book Fair, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK 25-28.09.2014
  • 17th International Contemporary Artists’ Book Fair, The Tetley, Leeds, UK, 7-9.03.2014
  • Small Publishers Fair 2013, Conway Hall, Red Lion Sq. London 15-16.11.2013
  • The London Art Book Fair, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK 13-15.09.2013
  • Bristol Artists Book Event (BABE), Arnolfini, Bristol, UK, 20-21.04.2013
  • Handmade & Bound, St Bride Foundation, London 18.11.2012
  • Small Publishers Fair 2012, Conway Hall, Red Lion Sq. London 16-17.11.2012
  • The London Art Book Fair, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK 20-23.09.2012
  • Small Publishers Fair 2011, Conway Hall, Red Lion Sq. London 11-12.11.2011
  • The London Art Book Fair, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK 23-25.09.2011
  • Bristol Artists Book Event (BABE), Arnolfini, Bristol, UK, 30.04-1.05.2011
  • 14th Contemporary Artists’ Book Fair, Parkinson Building, Leeds, UK, 11-12.03.2011
  • Handmade & Bound, St Aloysius Social Club, London 21.11.2010
  • Small Publishers Fair 2010, Conway Hall, Red Lion Sq. London 12-13.11.2010
  • Manchester Artist’s Book Fair, Holden Gallery, MMU, UK 6.11.2010
  • The London Art Book Fair 2010, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK 23-26.09.2010
  • Glasgow International Artists Bookfair, The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, UK 16-18.04.2010
  • 13th Contemporary Artists’ Book Fair, Parkinson Building, Leeds, UK, 12-13.03.2010
  • Small Publishers Fair 2009, Conway Hall, Red Lion Sq. London 13-14.11.2009
  • 4th Manchester Artist’s Book Fair, Holden Gallery, MMU, UK 07.11.2009
  • The London Art Book Fair, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK 25-27.09.2009
  • Doverodde Book Arts Festival, Limfjordscentret, Doverodde, Hurup Thy, DK 08-10.05.2009
  • Bristol Artists Book Event (BABE), Arnolfini, Bristol, UK, 04-05.04.2009
  • 12th Contemporary Artists’ Book Fair, Parkinson Building, Leeds, UK, 06-07.03.2009
  • 3rd Manchester Artist’s Book Fair, Holden Gallery, MMU, UK 08.11.2008
  • Glasgow International Artists Bookfair, The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, UK 25-26.04.2008
  • 11th Contemporary Artists’ Book Fair, Parkinson Building, Leeds, UK, 07-08.03.2008
  • London Artists Book Fair 2007 (LAB’07), ICA, The Mall, London 23-25.11.2007
  • The Second Manchester Artist’s Book Fair, Holden Gallery, MMU, UK 29.09.2007
  • Bristol Artists Book Event (BABE), Arnolfini, Bristol, UK, 21-22.04.2007
  • 10th Contemporary Artists’ Book Fair, Parkinson Building, Leeds, UK, 09-10.03.2007
  • London Artists Book Fair 2006 (LAB’06), ICA, The Mall, London 03-05.11.2006
  • Small Publishers Fair 2006, Conway Hall, Red Lion Sq. London 20-21.10.2006
  • The First Manchester Artist’s Book Fair, Holden Gallery, MMU, UK 30.09.2006
  • 9th Halifax Contemporary Artists’ Book Fair, Dean Clough Galleries, UK 11.03.2006
  • London Artists Book Fair 2005 (LAB’05), ICA, The Mall, London 25-27.11.2005
  • Small Publishers Fair 2005, Conway Hall, Red Lion Sq. London 21-22.10.2005
  • 8th Halifax Contemporary Artists’ Book Fair, Dean Clough Galleries, UK 12.03.2005
  • London Artists Book Fair 2004 (LAB’04), ICA, The Mall, London 26-28.11.2004
  • Small Publishers Fair 2004, Conway Hall, Red Lion Sq. London 22-23.10.2004
  • 7th Halifax Contemporary Artists’ Book Fair, Dean Clough Galleries, UK 13.03.2004
  • London Artists Book Fair 2003 (LAB’03), ICA, The Mall, London 28-30.11.2003
  • 9th Wexford Artists Book Exhibition, Wexford, Ireland 06.09-10.10.2003
  • London Artist's Book Fair 2002, London Institute, Millbank, UK 25-27.10.2002
  • The London Artist's Book Fair 2000, Barbican Centre, UK 2-5.11.2000

Solo exhibitions
Locus 13 – A Postal Projection – www.bookarts.uwe.ac.uk/nich07.htm 
Mortimer Rare Book Room, Smith College, Massachusetts, USA (5/12/07)
School of Creative Arts Library, UWE, Bristol (16 – 22/11/07)


Group exhibitions by selection
Impact 8 International Printmaking Conference (August 2013)
‘The Common Senses’ (2008) selected for the ‘Borders and Crossings: The Book Artist as Explorer’ exhibition at the Impact 8 International Printmaking Conference and then added to the Centre for Artists Books Archive at Visual Research Centre, University of Dundee.

An Inventory of Al-Mutannabi Street – www.al-mutanabbistreetstartshere-boston.com
My edition ‘The Physics of Violence’ (2011) was created as part of this international initiative to commemorate the car-bombing of the ancient street of booksellers in Baghdad in 2007. Included in exhibitions of the entire collected works:
• The Centre for Book Arts/Columbia University Butler Library NYC (16/7 – 21/9/13)

• John Rylands Library, Manchester (6/2 – 29/7/13) 
NB – I spoke on my work as part of the public tour of the ‘An Inventory of Al-Mutannabis Street – Building with Books’ exhibition on 5/3/13 the 7th anniversary of the car-bombing that devastated the ancient street of booksellers

• The Cambridge Arts Council, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA (January – July 2013)

Udkant / On the margins – Doverodde Book Arts Festival IV at Limfjordscentret, Hurup Thy, Denmark (17/5-5/8/12)

Remembering 9/11 – Smith College Rare Books Room, Northampton, Massachusetts, USA (29/8 – 22/12 2011)

The Paradise of Individuality: Artist’s books and Graphic Design – Leeds College of Art Library Special Collection (5/9 – 9/12 2011)

...in the air – Doverodde Book Arts Festival III at Limfjordscentret, Hurup Thy, Denmark (2-26/6/11)

Place of interest – Doverodde Book Arts Festival II at Limfjordscentret, Hurup Thy, Denmark (14/5 - 20/6/10)

The Secret Library of Solihull – Solihull Gallery, Homer Road, Solihull (8/3/10 – 8/5/10)

Journey – Galleri Vox, Bergen, Norway (1 – 25/10/09)

New Wave: artists’ publishing in the 21st century – School of Creative Arts, University of West England, Bristol (15 – 19/9/09)

Ø / Island – 1st Doverodde Book Arts Festival at Limfjordscentret, Hurup Thy, Denmark (8 - 10/5/09)

From Book to Book – Leeds Art Gallery, The Headrow, Leeds (6/3 – 20/4/08)


Auto Biblio Philes – artists who make books – Studio Bibliothéque, Hong Kong (May 2007)

Poetry Books: Reading Books – Broekhuis Bookshop, Enschede, Netherlands (Jan. – Mar. 2007)

New Wave Festival: Containers Project – The Invisibles Inc., New South Wales (Mar. 2006)

Sitting Room – Various UK locations (2006 – 7)



Work in public collections

  • Tate Library (complete collection maintained 2006 – present) 
  • V&A National Art Library (2009 – present) 
  • University of West England, Bristol (2004 – present) 
  • Leeds College of Art (complete collection maintained 2011 – present) 
  • Manchester Metropolitan University All Saint’s Library Special Collection (complete collection maintained 2006 – present) 
  • Winchester School of Art (2007 – present) 
  • University for the Creative Arts various locations (2008 – present) 
  • Smith College Rare Book Collection, Massachusetts, USA (2006 – present) 
  • Amherst College Zine Archive, Massachusetts, USA (2007 – present)
  • Carleton College, Minnesota, USA (2007)
  • Centre for Artists Books Archive, Visual Research Centre, University of Dundee (2013)


Citations and peer esteem
Rebecca Lowe of Leeds College of Art Library posts an appraisal – see https://rebeccalowe.wordpress.com/2015/05/26/ensixteen-editions-mike-nicholson 

Nomination for inaugural Book Prize at ‘Turn the Page’ Norwich (May 2015)

Michael Caines – Times Literary Supplement blog (November 2014)
http://timescolumns.typepad.com/stothard/2014/11/the-long-s-and-the-small-publishers.html 
(October 2014) http://timescolumns.typepad.com/stothard/2014/10/books-unbound-and-prufrock-unlimited.html

‘Cassone - The International Magazine of Art and Art Books’ April 2013 issue

Feature interview by arts writer Ros Ormiston downloadable pdf at http://www.rosalindormiston.com/interviews/ 

Teal Triggs – Zineweekly blog (December 2010)  

Featured as ‘Interview 18’ in the writer and academic’s ongoing coverage of evolving international "zine" practice http://zineweekly.blogspot.co.uk/

Michael Lee Hong Hwee – ‘Preoccupations: Things Artists Do Anyway’ (Studio Bibliothéque, Hong Kong, 2008/ISBN 978-988-17635-1-8)

Discussion of work in opening essay ‘On Doing: Purposefully, Helplessly, Wishfully, Hopelessly, Endlessly. . . ‘ (p.12) and text/image piece featured p.142 – 3.

Images and overview (p.3 and 4) in curator Michael Lee Hong Hwee’s essay for online exhibition catalogue accompanying ‘Auto Biblio Philes – artists who make books’ (Studio Bibliothéque, Hong Kong 2007)


‘Artist’s Book Creative Production and Marketing’ (Impact Press/UWE Bristol, 2007/ISBN 978-0-9547025-7-1) Included as ‘Case Study 22’ p.61-62.


Sarah Bodman’s ‘Creating Artist’s Books’ – images and citation in Chapter 10: 'Multiples and Zines’ (A&C Black 2005/p.84-5/ISBN 0 8230 1012 0)

Also included in her talk ‘Contemporary British Artist’s Books 1960 – 2004’ at Tate Modern (15/11/04)



Related illustration commissions
‘The Artist’s Book Yearbook 2008-9’ (Impact Press/UWE Bristol/Oct. 2007/Editor S. Bodman - ISBN 0 9547025 6 5) Two-page illustrative piece Word World 1 & 2 (p.1 and 124)

‘Crossfields 2’ – (Wire Design/Oct.2006/ISBN 0 9549856 2 1) 

Four-page narrative piece entitled Home created for this cross-discipline design publication.


Related writing commissions

‘Book Arts Newsletter’ (Impact Press/UWE Bristol):
Things, in a Place, with People: A Mancunian cabinet of Curiousities from Carson & Miller (Issue 57/May 2010/ISSN 1754-9078 or 1754-9086 online)

Notes on the properties of a Liquid Page (Issue 43/August 2008/ISSN 1754-9078 or 1754-9086 online). p.21 – 22



Related conference papers

Read You Like a Book: Time and Relative Dimensions in Storytelling
Presented at: ‘The Story of Things: reading narrative in the visual’ conference (Salford University and Manchester Metropolitan University at All Saint’s Library 29/1/10). Selected from submitted abstract to be one of nine international speakers at the event.

NB - Later developed as a graphic narrative piece published in peer-reviewed online e-journal ‘Image [&] Narrative’ (Vol.12 No.4, 2011) by artists Carson & Miller (the 2010 conference hosts and guest editors) download here 



Related lectures

Read You Like A Book: Life as Book Arts
Epsom Public Library, Ebbisham Centre, Epsom, Surrey (25/4/13)
Public lecture complementing exhibition of book arts collection of University for the Creative Arts, Epsom.  

Ink Life: Career in Parallel Lines

Part of the ‘Guest Lecture’ series for Critical and Contextual Studies Dept., University of Salford (20/3/09)

At the Mortimer Rare Book Room, Neilson Library, Smith College, Mass. USA:

Line’s Ending: Creating Common Senses (20/11/08)
Read You Like a Book: A Subjective View of the British Artist’s Book Scene (6/12/07)
Life Lines: Visualizing Time in Ensixteen Editions (5/12/07)

I Walk The Line

Part of the Folly Arts Lecture series, Herefordshire School of Art (15/3/07)

The Curative Properties of Ink

Lecture discussing narrative work in print and TV storyboarding, Manchester Metropolitan University, Animation and Illustration BA (Hons) (January 2004)


Residencies
Smith College, Massachusetts, USA (Three visits between 2007-08)
(Received Research Funding for the project entitled: ‘Locus: A Sense of Place’ from the UCA Research Institute.)

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