Handmade & Bound Nashville


Handmade & Bound Nashville is a festival celebrating independent publications and printed matter, featuring artists’ books, zines, mini-comics and prints. This is an event for publishers and artists (as well as zine distros) to come together to sell and/or trade their handmade and affordable publications and creations. Admission is free and open for all ages.

Make sure to check out the Handmade & Bound Nashville blog and Facebook page to stay updated on all festival news! Handmade & Bound, Issue No. 5 will be held October 3, 2015. The Brownlee O. Curry, Jr. Gallery space will feature local artists’ poems, prints and art books as well as books created through Bound Together, a series of partnership workshops between Watkins Community Education and local community organizations like: The Looby Community Center, Casa Azafran, FiftyForward Bordeaux, Oasis Center, and Catholic Charities Elder Refugees. Bound Together showcases handmade books inspired by the many definitions of family: those you’re born in, those you create and those who simply find you. All workshops will take place in August and September of 2015. If you are interested in getting involved, please email Watkins Community Education at community@watkins.edu.

H&B_Native_SocialMediaCALL TO ARTISTS

Handmade & Bound Nashville Gallery Exhibition, “Bound Together”
October 2-12

We are accepting submissions for inclusion in our Bound Together exhibition. A bulk of the artwork will be created during a series of collaborative workshops with various local groups in which participants will create an artist book filled with original poetry and collage artwork based on the concept of family and its many interpretations. Local book artists, writers, and other artists are invited to submit their own artwork to highlight the importance of these artistic forms in a creative life.


Work can be individual pieces or artists’ books or artwork based on family (interpretation is very open). Works of art will be returned after the exhibition’s run.
To submit a work to the Bound Together gallery exhibition, please send an image of your piece and a short artist statement to Watkins Community Education at community@watkins.edu.
*Handmade & Bound Nashville is a family friendly event. Submissions that contain violence or other adult subject matter will not be accepted.

The deadline for submissions is September 22. Artists will be notified of their inclusion on a case by case basis.

Accepted artists must then send their artwork to Watkins College of Art, Design & Film by September 25.

attn: Handmade & Bound Nashville
Watkins Community Education
2298 Rosa Parks Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37228
Please include artist name, telephone number, email address and return address.

Bound Together is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. Handmade & Bound Nashville is hosted by Watkins Community Education and the Watkins Library and is funded in part by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.