A journey into the headspaces and workplaces of some of Britain’s most unique artists, from the co-author of the critically acclaimed ‘Holloway’.
MANIC STREET PREACHERS
DAME JUDI DENCH
THE BUTCHER OF COMMON SENSE
Artists. Writers. Photographers. Musicians. A comedian. An actor. A printer. An airship.
The people interviewed in this book come from all corners of Britain’s cultural landscape but are united in focus and commitment to their craft.
At the beginning of this extraordinary memoir, Dan Richards impulsively decides to build an airship in his art school bar, an act of opposition which leads him to meet and interview some of Britain’s most extraordinary artists, craftsmen and technicians in the spaces and environments in which they work.
His search for what it is that compels both he and they to create becomes a profound examination of what it is to be an artist in 21st Century Britain, and an inspiring testament to the importance of making art for art’s sake.
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Dan Richards was born in Wales in 1982 and grew up in Bristol. He has studied at UEA and Norwich Art School.
Dan is co-author of Holloway with Robert Macfarlane and Stanley Donwood; first published in 2012 as a limited run of 277 books – letterpress printed by Richard Lawrence in his Oxford workshop – followed by a general edition by Faber in 2013.
Climbing Days, an exploration of the writing and climbing lives of his great-great aunt and uncle – Dorothy Pilley and I. A. Richards – is set to be published by Faber in Spring 2016.
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