The Permanent Bookshop is a not-for-profit collector, promoter and retailer of artist’s books and other printed items. Founded in 2003, as part of Brighton’s Permanent Gallery, it carries a range of independently published items including limited edition bookworks, journals and zines

The bookshop is a mobile enterprise; touring to alternative venues, while maintaining a continual shop presence at Permanent Gallery in Brighton.

The Paper Cooperative

6 August – 3 September 2011
An exhibition in Exeter's Spacex art space exploring the ongoing use of paper in art, design and publishing. The Permanent Bookshop has contributed a selection of artists' books. Daily workshops offer visitors the opportunity to try their hand at a range of paper based activities run by artists and designers.

Spacex 45 Preston Street Exeter EX1 1DF

Art As A Full Time Hobby

1 July – 30 July 2011
Craig Atkinson | Gareth Bayliss | Martyn Cross | Annabel Dover | Alex Pearl | Permanent Bookshop | Bad Timing | One Minute Volume | Birdboy
Aid & Abet (Cambridge) have invited nine visual artists, collectives and musicians to explore the often ritualistic, obsessive and everyday need to create that unites across different disciplines. Art As A Full Time Hobby is a celebration of DIY resourcefulness, hands on making and the diverse distribution of contemporary art practice.

Saturday 9 September 12:00 -13:00 - Permanent bookshop will lead a discussion on artist book works followed by a performance by Iain Paxon.

Quay Arts' Artists' Book Fair 2011

Saturday 28 May, 11am - 4pm
Join us at the second Quay Arts' Artists’ Book Fair for a wide range of affordable books, zines and multiples by artists and independent publishers from across the south of England.

The Fair is followed by a free talk 4.15 – 5pm by Ian Whitmore and Matt Fleming from the art company Borbonesa.

Quay Arts, Sea Street, Newport Harbour, Isle of Wight, PO30 5BD

Ommm + The Sticks + Rucksack

Sat 14 May 2011, from 8pm
The Victoria, 451 Queensbridge Road, E8 3AS

An exploration of luminous sounds, visuals, books and artist zines. Featuring a stall of independent published items by The Permanent Bookshop.

Bristol Artists Book Event 2011

Sat 30 Apr - Sun 1 May, 2pm
Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol, BS1 4QA

The Permanent Bookshop is present at the third Bristol Artist Book Event. Spread over three floors, more than 80 artist bookmakers, dealers and small presses come together at Arnolfini to show and sell their work.

LGP talk (Curatorial Interventions at Coventry School of Art & Design)

Monday 7 February 2010, 2pm
Lanchester Gallery, Graham Sutherland Building
Coventry School of Art & Design

Curatorial Interventions is a series of free talks given by practitioners on a variety of approaches to contemporary art production, curation, and the development of collaborative projects. Held at the Lanchester Gallery, these free talks are open to all students, researchers, university staff, and the general public alike. In addition to an afternoon talk at LGP, The Permanent Bookshop will turn the Kunstverein outside of the Graham Sutherland Building into a one-day bookshop.
Note: This has been rescheduled from December, which was cancelled due to snow.


At The Regency Town House, 13 Brunswick Square, Hove, UK

A CINECITY 2010 project in collaboration with Permanent Projects and The Regency Town House
17 November – 1 December 2010
Open Wednesday – Sunday, 12.00pm – 5.00pm

MEET Event

Saturday 6 November 2010, 10-3pm
TAP (old Waterworks Building), Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS0 7AB

Permanent takes a collection of artist books to the MEET event at TAP, on 5 November.

Meet is a critique group for artists to meet and discuss work, ideas, materials and exhibitions.

Experiments in Black - Lotta Antonsson


Saturday 30 October 2010
From 7.30pm until 12 midnight, Free

Hot Sake and Prosecco bar / Temporary artist bookshop

As part of Brighton Photo Fringe Late Exhibition Openings for White Night.

A chance to visit Experiments in Black by Lotta Antonsson after hours, as the exhibition stays open until midnight for White Night, the Brighton and Hove citywide all-night festival to mark the last day of British Summer Time.

Experiments in Black continues until 14 November and is open Saturday & Sunday, 11.00am – 6.00pm. It is a Permanent Project at The Regency Town House, 13 Brunswick Square, Hove, BN3 1EH


The Permanent Bookshop is running a stall of artist-books at two artist book events:

Saturday 2 October 2010, 12-6pm
Liverpool Artist Book Fair
A Foundation
67 Greenland Street, Liverpool, L1 0BY

Sunday 3 October 2010, 11am-6pm
Piccadilly Self Publishing Fair and Exhibition
3 Piccadilly Place, Manchester, M1 3BN

Platform X (E) / The Miller and the Sweep

Susanne Bürner
Saturday 11 September – Sunday 10 October 2010

Onomatopee 51: White Smoke

Onomatopee 51: White Smoke by Hexaplex
Book and Website launch
Saturday 21 August 2010, 7 – 10pm, Talk at 8pm
Free entry

Platform X (D) / Living Rooms

Samuel Dowd
Thursday 5 – Sunday 15 August 2010

Part 1: The Primitives Thursday 5 August 8pm – 10pm
Part 2: Scenes in the Desert House Saturday 7 August 8pm – 10pm
Closing weekend: Living Rooms, Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 August (programme t.b.c.)

Save Our Souls Sunday Market

Sunday 11 July 2010
11am - 6pm
Nicholls and Clarke building
3-10 Shoreditch High Street

Hosted by Save Our Souls (Camberwell College of Arts’ 2010 BA Illustration graduates). The Permanent Bookshop has a stall at the Sunday Market, which features work and wares by students, studios and practitioners.

Platform X (C) KIMI CONRAD

Saturday 26 June – Sunday 11 July 2010
The third in a series of residencies at Permanent Gallery, as part of PLATFORM X.

Saturday 26 June 6pm onwards

Saturday 10 July 6pm onwards

Artists' Books and Independent Publishing Fair

Saturday 22 - Sunday 23 May 2010
11am - 4pm
The New Art Gallery Walsall
Gallery Square
The Permanent Bookshop has a stall at The New Art Gallery Walsall book fair. Featuring affordable books, zines, and multiples by artists and independent publishers across the UK and Europe.


Friday 21 May, starting at 7:30pm
åbäke, Alex Rich and Markus Bergström are proud to present SOCIAL PASTA 8.

An evening of film screenings including the Kon-Tiki expedition, accompanied by food from the land and the sea.

£5.00 per person (booking is essential) for reservations, please mail to

PLATFORM X (B) - A boat can fit on a ship, but a ship can’t fit on a boat

Alex Rich & Markus Bergström
8 – 30 May 2010
The second in a series of short residencies, as part of PLATFORM X. See gallery website for more details.


Permanent is inviting proposals from individuals and groups to take part in its forthcoming series of bursary supported opportunities.

PLATFORM X enables intensive experimentation to develop and present an exhibition, performance, event or other public outcome in the Permanent gallery space between June – September 2010. Each PLATFORM X is supported by a bursary that includes a fee, materials budget, and the opportunity to work with an invited mentor.
Please visit for more information.


2–11 April 2010
PREVIEW: Thursday 1 April, 6.30–9.30pm

The first in a series of short residencies. Max Mosscrop experiments with presenting and curating his works in response to Permanent’s ground floor Victorian townhouse space.


Shake Your Tree / 1:1 / mono.kultur
Wednesday 31 March 2010
19:00 - 21:00
.HBC, Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse 9, 10178 Berlin

The final in a series salon events initiated by The Permanent Bookshop, focusing on independent publishing production and distribution. With presentations by Florian Bayer and Sebastian Haslauer (Shake Your Tree), Sven Eggers (1:1) and Kai von Rabenau (mono.kultur).

The Permanent Bookshop is located at .HBC for the duration of ‘Tipping Points’, an exhibition by the art collective Whippit. The final day for both the bookshop and the exhibition is Thursday 1 April 2010.


.HBC, Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse 9 10987 Berlin
5 March – 1 April 2010

The Permanent Bookshop is temporarily moving to Berlin, at as part of Tipping Points; A new exhibtion by the art collective known as Whippit.

Permanent closed until Jan 2010

Permanent Gallery and Bookshop is closed until late January 2010. During this time the bookshop collection may be viewed by appointment only. Please email us for information.


The Sticks / ViV / Arthur Brick / The Old Dolphin Brigade Saturday 31 October, bands on 7.30pm – 10.30pm (doors 7pm) Westhill Hall, Compton Avenue, Brighton £6/£5 concessions Tickets available in advance from Permanent Gallery and Rounder Records. A satellite event to the Itchy Scratchy Picture Show (currently at Permanent Gallery). Four bands have been asked to play Itchy Scratchy sets, comprised of untypical musical styles or new directions as yet unplayed out in public. Jason Evans Djs Itchy Scratchy records. Halloween dress code: Spooky itchy scratchy. Including a temporary Permanent Bookshop. The Westhill is a bring-your-own venue.


24 - 26 September 2009 The Permanent Bookshop attends Dartington MA show. Visit for more information.

Works for Turntable - Stephen Cornford

Saturday 22 August – Sunday 20 September 2009 Preview: Friday 21 August 2009, 6.30-9.30pm Permanent Gallery is pleased to present Works for Turntable, an exhibition of amplified kinetic sculptures for used record players by Stephen Cornford. See gallery website for more details.

Whippit 5 (Hackney)

Friday, 31st July 2009, 6-10pm The Permanent Bookshop joins WHIPPIT, in East London, as part of the Hackney WickED festival. See WHIPPIT for more details. Behind the Counter Cafe, Roach Road, Hackney Wick. E3