Latest and unfinished writing project:
I Am a Not Gay’ addresses the bias heteronormative obstacles of language and confronts what
is the ideal-real for the queer identity through a series of topsy-turvy scenarios.
Purple prose of cum Dada
DUCK ME QUICK!
If all is not lost, where is it?
A book of 300 paper planes
launched December 2021
Purple prose of cum Dada
I’m a writer, printer, self-publisher, research artist and project curator. Since 2015 I‘ve been curating projects and spaces working mainly in the field of independent writing and self-publishing. Projects include: Strange Perfume ‘A Queer publishing Fair’ at the South London Gallery in 2018 and 2019 and at Chetham's Library, Manchester in partnership with Book Works ‘You Must Locate A Fantasy’ Library Residency Scheme (2018). Assembly on book fairs London Art Book Fair, Whitechapel Gallery (2018).
My writing has evolved into a style that is attentively inspired in part by Derek Jarman’s diaristic script writing combined with my own ‘queering the reality’ a technique that incorporates historical LGBTQ+ liminal events set within kaleidoscopic narratives. My latest writing project ‘I Am a Not Gay’ and its narrative is played out against the backdrop of a metaphoric domain of the Blue Mountains a hypnotic landscape from Jarman’s film, Blue (1993). Through fairy-tale characters and mischievous narratives, ‘I Am a Not Gay’ addresses the bias heteronormative obstacles and confronts what is the ideal-real for
the queer identity through a series of topsy-turvy scenarios.
My past writing projects include my pseudonym ‘Sally Fairbrass’; Sally’s writing focuses on the zeitgeist and social ideologies of the 90’s drug-induced cultures in a period of bias media coverage of the queer identity.
I've shown, talked, curated at; Publishers Assembly on book fairs London Art Book Fair (Talk) Whitechapel Gallery (2018). Strange Perfume, South London Gallery (2018, 2019) Filet, London (2017), White Cubicle (2017). Collaboration with Lucy Woodhouse 'Maximum Overdrive' Focal Point Gallery, Southend (2017). Medellin projects Mexico City, Mexico (2017). Beyond Words Book Fair with Book Works (2016), Future Library Publishing Fair, Open School East (2016). Artists Behind Bars, Matt's Gallery (2015). Space-Time: the Multiverse, Wysing Arts Centre, (2015). Tenderbooks (2015). Space-Time: The Future, Wysing Arts Centre (2014). Publication Launch, Bagatelle, The Showroom (2013). X Marks the Bokship, London (2013). The Europa Triangle, The Royal College
of Art (2013).
Strange Perfume, The South London Gallery, London / ASP, ICA, London / Beyond Words Book Fair with Book Works, Hull / London Art Book Fair, Whitechapel Gallery, London / NY Art Book Fair, MoMA Ps1, New York / OFFPRINT, London / Publish and be Damned, ICA, London / :index Art Book Fair, Zona Maco, Mexico City / Three Letter Words, Rochelle School, London.
Text for Simon English's Show at Cooke Latham Gallery
Urban Night Project, RCA, London
May - ongoing
Launched 'WE'RE ALL QUITE HAPPY HERE'
By Sally Fairbrass at the ASP Fair, ICA London
17 - 20 October
Organised and curated
14 - 16 June
South London Gallery
LCBA Book Fair
London Centre for Book Arts
speculative brutalism N4
Exhibition 18h - 22h
Am Flutgraben 3C3212435 Berlin
Chetham's Library Manchester
(Co Organiser with Cherry Styles,
Fox Irving and Book Works)
on book fairs
London Art Book Fair
X PUBLISHING SCHOOL
London Art Book Fair
South London Gallery
24 - 26 November
Arcade East Launch: Picnic At Tornado Sands
Saturday, 23 September 5 – 9pm
London College of Fashion, 182 Mare Street,
E8 3RE London
work by Wolfgang Tillmans, Jem Cohen, Criodhna Costello, Lizzie Hughes, David Blandy, Fikret Atay,
Jane Topping, Katy Dove, Roderick Buchanan, Sadie Benning, Kim Coleman, Laura Buckley, Sina Sparrow,
By Me, JPD Ceramics, Marcus Mitchell, Ann Marie
Pena, Behind the X, IntoArt..
The event is curated by Caroline Stevenson, Lecturer
in Cultural and Historical Studies at London College
of Fashion .Arcade East Launch is part of London
ASP Assembling Project A collaborative live-
publishing project that will compile, produce, print
and publish contributions from ASP3 participants
Organised by Ruth Angel Edwards with Lord Tusk
ASP Fair at the ICA 8th July
Green Ginger booklaunch Writings
by Sally Fairbrass,
Vicky Wright and Simon English reading, and
Paul Clinton Djing.
WHITE CUBICLE, The Queen Adelaide, London,
Green Ginger booklaunch part 1 at the 3rd Artist
Self-Publishers' (ASP) Fair at the ICA, London,
UK. 8th July.
Eddie Campbell Pad and Poster
Collaboration with Lucy Woodhouse 'Maximum Overdrive'
Focal Point Gallery, Southend.
20th May - 10 September
Makers of the Multiverse
13th May –10th June
Cultural Traffic New York, Hester Street,
New York, 7th of May
Nasty Women Newcastle, UK, (FUNDRAISER)
7th - 23rd, April.
Schizm Magazine Issue Nine. 8th of March for the
launch of Schizm #9. Marcus Campbell Books,
Index Art Book Fair at Jumex, Mexico City,
14th - 16th April.
DA THIRST ISSUE SIX
Launched at TIPSY, 2nd Feb
on & off
7 - Feb 6-10pm
Medellin projects Mexico City, Mexico -
with the Chalton Gallery, London.
The Garage Sale, ICA 1-3 December
ASP - Artist Self-Publishers’ Fair 2 -
The Sequel at the ICA on the 10th September
Beyond Words Book Fair 2nd - 3rd Sept, Hull.
Freedom Festival at Hull’s Central Library.
Niff Book 3 launch
"WOLLY BOLLY WENT TO DONNY",
at Beyond Words Book Fair,
Hull Central Library, 3rd Sept.
~ WOTNO WALL ~
OFFPRINT - Behind the X and Emily Pope
on X Marks the Bokship table.
OFFPRINT - Poster for Publication Studio london.
( OFFPRINT, TATE MODERN 20th - 23rd May )
Artists Behind Bars / Matt's Gallery / 23rd April
Wednesday 30th March - Saturday 2nd April
10:00 - 16:30 daily
The Hat Factory
SNAP Studios65 - 67 Bute Street Luton
Exposición Colectiva / Collective Exhibition
Patrick Goddard, Keef Winter, Julius Heinemann,
Fiona Sarison, Philomène Hoel, Matthias Tharang & Zehra Arslan - La Popular Garcia Vigil, esq/corner de Jesus Carranza, Centro, Mexico.
:ndex art book fair 2016 – 2nd editionat Museo Jumex, Mexico City
February 4 – 7, 2016
‘Speculative Exhibitions’ Taipei Contemporary Art Center, January.
Future Library Publishing Fair, Open School East, Dec 19.
The Octopus Was Naked but the Crab was Dressed',
Plymouth Arts Centre, for Plymouth arts weekender.
25/26/27th September 2015
ART LICKS WEEKEND 2 - 4 October.Close Ecounters with
Wysing Arts Centre, Space-Time: the Multiverse,
5 September 2015, 12noon to midnight.
Schizm 8, Fiona Sarison Archive,
Niff Book one} Why Me? Tenderbooks
20 - 23 August.
Poster Stack Keef Winter ‘Center Point' in the courtyard
space at House of St. Barnabas on Friday 12th June 6-8pm.
SEED Publication for CSM MRes Art: Theory and Philosophy
Launch 26 May 6-9pm CSM.
Open Source, Edge of Human with Lucy Woodhouse,
2 - 3 May.
Open Source (poster for the kickstarter)
Publication Studio London (poster) Raven Row, 6 February.
:index Art Book Fair, Zona Maco, Mexico City, 4 - 8 February.
Praize of Laziness, Trade Gallery, Nottingham. 1 November - 13 December.
:ndex Art Book Fair Guadlajara, Mexico. 27 November - 1 Decemebr.
Edge of Human, Los Angeles 2019, 13 - 20 November
Three Letter Words, 22 November, Launch of Mexican Embassy
by Esther Planas
Performance as Publishing presents: NY Art Book Fair,
MoMA Ps1,New York.
Bookplates for The Wysing Grange Farmhouse Library, 13 September.
Asymmetric Dance Class at Vitrine, 5 - 27 September