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ABOUT THE PORTABLE READING ROOM

As an extension to our current practice, we have developed the Portable Reading Room to act as a mobile project space, gallery and bookshop.? It is a flat-pack, easy-assembly enclosed structure incorporating seating, a layout area where books can be displayed and examined, storage space and, on the exterior surfaces, an area for displaying artwork, a notice board and signage.? As well as being a site for activities the Portable Reading Room will be a social sculpture in its own right, centered on the activity of reading and the book as an expressive medium. Readers will be encouraged to interact with one another in an unfamiliar but welcoming space and, in a sense, put themselves ‘into’ the imprint.? It can be incorporated into an exhibition, set up in public spaces such as museums, universities, theatre foyers and festivals and will function as an exhibit within a gallery context. It can complement a broad range of events such as exhibitions, art fairs, artists’ book fairs, conferences, symposia, school and college curricula.

On tour, The Portable Reading Room will visit a range of venues to publicise and disseminate our imprint with new publications as a focus. In return, it offers a space for artists working with WPP and for local groups and individuals to devise and run their own activities based around ideas of reading, writing, publication and the integration of these into visual art. These collaborative activities offer a platform to a network of practitioners enabling audiences to become active participants.

The portability of the project means it can be shown in venues of any size, from a village hall to a city gallery, for periods of a day to one month. Its interactivity will allow the viewer/reader to become fully engrossed in the concept and the media. We can offer a range of participatory activities, based round the core themes of the project, and aimed at a wide range of audiences. These will be delivered by Wild Pansy Press artists and by outside groups and individuals. The programme of activities will be pitched to a wide range of potential participants (in consultation with venues) from children to professionals.
One of the main aims of this project is to break down boundaries between what are separately seen as “Literature”, “Writing” and “Art” and, by doing so, extend participants’ and their audiences’ understanding of what these forms can offer.

Contact us at wpp@leeds.ac.uk if you would like to work with us and
The Portable Reading Room.

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