Black Dogs Archive

26 January - 27 March 2015

The Library’s outstanding Special Collection of Artists’ Books comprises over 700 titles.

These original works of art gather and interpret the qualities and concepts of the book, through content, context or form. Many have been published as limited or unique editions. The collection has a national reputation and represents the work of many established artists including Tacita Dean, Ed Ruscha, Cornelia Parker and Richard Long.

Black Dogs
Image © Black Dogs

The Black Dogs’ Archive is an almost complete collection of all published material by the Black Dogs’ Collective of artists which was formed in Leeds in 2003. The collective has produced many different forms of work including formal exhibitions, relational and participatory installations, public events and interventions, video, audio works and collaborative learning projects. The collective has also produced numerous publications over the past ten years including one off and limited editions. The publications are in variable formats including sheets of paper containing DIY ideas in screen printed boxes, audio artworks on vinyl records with 12” square books, perfect bound exhibition catalogues, saddle stitched quarterly magazines, newspapers and files of photocopies of confiscated items.  

This exhibition celebrates the tenth anniversary of their very first publication, the first Black Dogs Almanac, in 2005. For more information go to