This autumn sees a change in the directorship of ‘Book Works’, the leading contemporary arts organisation with a unique role as makers and publishers of books. Gavin Everall has been appointed the new Co-Director of Book Works (Publishing) to take up the position in September when Jane Rolo retires.
Jane Rolo has been at the helm since founding the organisation with Rob Hadrill, Co-Director (Studio) in 1984, together leading ‘Book Works’ for the last 35 years. It all started under the arches of London’s Borough Market, London Bridge, in 1984. The aim was clear: to generate interest in the book as an art form. Testimony to her inspired direction, ‘Book Works’ continues to create a context for books in contemporary arts practice in a variety of imaginative ways, through exhibition, commission, installations and performances.
If there is one word that defines Jane’s legacy, it is ‘collaboration’. Through the multitude of projects, as editor and publisher, she fostered an energy and dynamism that is evident in many memorable publications. My own favourite: Susan Hiller’s After the Freud Museum (1995), edited by Jane Rolo and Michael Bracewell, has gone into reprint several times.
Jane is always ready to acknowledge the individuals that go to make up ‘Book Works’, from running the studio, the commissioners, printers, bookbinders, marketing and distribution. However, it is her unique insight and ability to identify diverse platforms for publishing and projects which has allowed the book form to operate outside of its conventional framework.
Jane reflects; “stepping down was never going to be an easy decision. However, I couldn’t be happier that Gavin Everall has been appointed as my successor. In the years spent at Book Works he has proven his commitment to the values and vision of the organisation, and has longstanding experience of working with and nurturing artists at all stages of their careers. Gavin has been a wonderful colleague, a kindred spirit, and I am certain Book Works will continue to flourish under his directorship for years to come.”
Gavin Everall has in fact been Editor, Marketing & Development Manager at Book Works since 2006 and says, “Book Works has a very special place in the art world, having played a crucial part in the success of a number of curators and artists, and secured an international reputation for the work it does...I will continue the amazing legacy that Jane established and take Book Works on into a future of dynamic and exciting projects and commissions”.