CV

Qualifications
Postgraduate
MSc in IT, Digital Design and Communication, IT-University in Copenhagen, DK 08.2006-10.08 (Specialising in User-centered design and electronic book formats. Thesis called: 'A Comparative Exploration of the Experience of Continuous Reading for Pleasure in Both Traditional and Electronic Books'.)

MA Communication Design, Central Saint Martins, London, UK 10.1999-12.00

Undergraduate
BA (Hons) Graphic Design (+ animation A/V), Central Saint Martins, London, UK 10.1996-06.99

Foundation
BTEC Foundation in Art and Design, Colchester Institute of Art and Design, UK 09.1995-06.96

Exhibitions
Artist’s book fairs
Since November 2000 I have exhibited my own artist’s books at Artist’s Book Fairs mainly in the UK, between one and seven times a year. The duration of the fairs are usually between one and three days.
In June 2004 I was invited to exhibit at the 1st Seoul International Book Arts Fair, COEX in Seoul, South Korea by the organisers.

London Artists' Book Fair 2017, Granary Square, London, UK 09.07.2017
Bristol Artists Book Event (BABE), Arnolfini, Bristol, UK, 1-2.04.2017

Small Publishers Fair 2016, Conway Hall, Red Lion Sq. London 4-5.11.2016
19th PAGES, International Contemporary Artists’ Book Fair, The Tetley, Leeds, UK, 5-6.03.2016
Small Publishers Fair 2015, Conway Hall, Red Lion Sq. London 6-7.11.2015
The London Art Book Fair, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK 11-13.09.2015
Turn the page – artists book fair 2015, The Forum, Norwich, UK 1-2.05.2015 
Bristol Artists Book Event (BABE), Arnolfini, Bristol, UK, 11-12.04.2015
18th International Contemporary Artists’ Book Fair, The Tetley, Leeds, UK, 7-8.03.2015
Small Publishers Fair 2014, Conway Hall, Red Lion Sq. London 14-15.11.2014
The London Art Book Fair, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK 25-28.09.2014
17th International Contemporary Artists’ Book Fair, The Tetley, Leeds, UK, 7-9.03.2014
Small Publishers Fair 2013, Conway Hall, Red Lion Sq. London 15-16.11.2013
The London Art Book Fair, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK 13-15.09.2013
Bristol Artists Book Event (BABE), Arnolfini, Bristol, UK, 20-21.04.2013
Handmade & Bound, St Bride Foundation, London 18.11.2012
Small Publishers Fair 2012, Conway Hall, Red Lion Sq. London 16-17.11.2012
The London Art Book Fair, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK 20-23.09.2012
Doverodde Book Arts Festival IV & Symposium, Limfjordscentret, Hurup Thy, DK 18-20.05.2012
Small Publishers Fair 2011, Conway Hall, Red Lion Sq. London 11-12.11.2011
The London Art Book Fair, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK 23-25.09.2011
Doverodde Book Arts Festival III, Limfjordscentret, Doverodde, Hurup Thy, DK 2-5.06.2011
Bristol Artists Book Event (BABE), Arnolfini, Bristol, UK, 30.04-1.05.2011
14th Contemporary Artists’ Book Fair, Parkinson Building, Leeds, UK, 11-12.03.2011
Handmade & Bound, St Aloysius Social Club, London 21.11.2010
Small Publishers Fair 2010, Conway Hall, Red Lion Sq. London 12-13.11.2010
Manchester Artist’s Book Fair, Holden Gallery, MMU, UK 6.11.2010
The London Art Book Fair 2010, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK 23-26.09.2010
Doverodde Book Arts Festival II, Limfjordscentret, Doverodde, Hurup Thy, DK 13-16.05.2010
Glasgow International Artists Bookfair, The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, UK 16-18.04.2010
13th Contemporary Artists’ Book Fair, Parkinson Building, Leeds, UK, 12-13.03.2010
Small Publishers Fair 2009, Conway Hall, Red Lion Sq. London 13-14.11.2009
4th Manchester Artist’s Book Fair, Holden Gallery, MMU, UK 07.11.2009
The London Art Book Fair, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK 25-27.09.2009
Doverodde Book Arts Festival, Limfjordscentret, Doverodde, Hurup Thy, DK 08-10.05.2009
Bristol Artists Book Event (BABE), Arnolfini, Bristol, UK, 04-05.04.2009
12th Contemporary Artists’ Book Fair, Parkinson Building, Leeds, UK, 06-07.03.2009
3rd Manchester Artist’s Book Fair, Holden Gallery, MMU, UK 08.11.2008
Glasgow International Artists Bookfair, The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, UK 25-26.04.2008
11th Contemporary Artists’ Book Fair, Parkinson Building, Leeds, UK, 07-08.03.2008
London Artists Book Fair 2007 (LAB’07), ICA, The Mall, London 23-25.11.2007
The Second Manchester Artist’s Book Fair, Holden Gallery, MMU, UK 29.09.2007
Bristol Artists Book Event (BABE), Arnolfini, Bristol, UK, 21-22.04.2007
10th Contemporary Artists’ Book Fair, Parkinson Building, Leeds, UK, 09-10.03.2007
London Artists Book Fair 2006 (LAB’06), ICA, The Mall, London 03-05.11.2006
Small Publishers Fair 2006, Conway Hall, Red Lion Sq. London 20-21.10.2006
The First Manchester Artist’s Book Fair, Holden Gallery, MMU, UK 30.09.2006
9th Halifax Contemporary Artists’ Book Fair, Dean Clough Galleries, UK 11.03.2006
London Artists Book Fair 2005 (LAB’05), ICA, The Mall, London 25-27.11.2005
Small Publishers Fair 2005, Conway Hall, Red Lion Sq. London 21-22.10.2005
8th Halifax Contemporary Artists’ Book Fair, Dean Clough Galleries, UK 12.03.2005
London Artists Book Fair 2004 (LAB’04), ICA, The Mall, London 26-28.11.2004
Small Publishers Fair 2004, Conway Hall, Red Lion Sq. London 22-23.10.2004
1st Seoul International Book Arts Fair, COEX Seoul, South Korea 4-9.06.2004
7th Halifax Contemporary Artists’ Book Fair, Dean Clough Galleries, UK 13.03.2004
London Artists Book Fair 2003 (LAB’03), ICA, The Mall, London 28-30.11.2003
9th Wexford Artists Book Exhibition, Wexford, Ireland 06.09-10.10.2003
London Artist's Book Fair 2002, London Institute, Millbank, UK 25-27.10.2002
The London Artist's Book Fair 2000, Barbican Centre, UK 2-5.11.2000

Solo exhibitions
'Hav & Himmel – Sea & Sky' in collaboration with British artist Linda Newington, Doverodde Købmandsgård, Hurup Thy, DK 19.05-28.06.2015
'They came, they flew'–an installation in The Tower of Limfjordscentret, Doverodde, Denmark. 3-26.06.2011
'Retrospective exhibition of my work from 1996-2010' –part of the Doverodde Book Arts Festival 2011, Denmark. 7-26.06.2011
'Mette Ambeck – 1996-2006: 10 years of books, cutting and holes', Library, School of Art, Media and Design, University of West England, Bristol 01.03-27.04.2007 (www.bookarts.uwe.ac.uk/news-archive/mambeck.htm)

Group exhibitions
Since 1999 my designs have been exhibited internationally in the following group exhibitions:

'Pushing the Envelope', The Hay Literary Festival, UK 21-31.05.2015
'Pushing the Envelope', House of Illustration, London, UK 06-16.05.2015
'Pushing the Envelope', Hereford College of Art, UK 17.04-01.05.2015
'Material Matters', MMU Special Collections Gallery, Manchester, UK 22.09-12.12.2014
'Poetry in Performance – Poetry Library Open Day', Saison Poetry Library, Royal Festival Hall, London, UK 17.11.2013
'The 4th Sheffield International Artist's Book Prize Exhibition', Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, UK 05.10-30.11.2013
'An Inventory of Al-Mutanabbi Street', Center for Book Arts, New York City, USA 10.07-21.09.2013
'Fifth International Artists' Book Exhibition 2013', Szent István Király Múzeum (King St. Stephen Museum), Székesfehérvár, Hungary 18.05-10.2013
'An Inventory of Al-Mutanabbi Street', The John Rylands Library, Manchester, UK 20.03-29.07.2013
'Typography and Letterforms', Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, Canterbury, UK 25.01-02.2013
‘The Tenth Anniversary of bookartbookshop’, Red Gallery, London, UK 21-23.02.2012
UCA, Epsom Library, Artists’s book collection exhibition curated by Diane McCourt, UK 01-03.2012
‘Drawing with Fire’ curator Tom Sowden, Northumbria University –part of the International Print Biennale, Newcastle, UK 1-10.11.2011
‘The Paper Cooperative’, SPACEX, Exeter, UK 6.08-3.09.2011
Drawing with Fire–pop-up show, ArtEZ Institute of the Arts, Enschede, NL 18-20.01.2010
Drawing with Fire, UWE Bower Ashton campus, Bristol, UK 14-23.09.2010
Artists’ Books–International Udstilling, GrafikGalleriet, Næstved, DK 14-29.08.2010 
Open Book, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI, USA 04-06.2010
The Secret Library of Solihull, Solihull Gallery, Solihull, UK 08.03-08.05.2010
Doverodde Book Arts Festival I,II & III Hurup Thy, DK, May 2009, 2010 & June 2011 
Sitting Room, The Winchester Gallery, Winchester School of Art, UK, 06.07-02.08.2007
Regenerator - Altered Books Project, UWE, Off-Centre Gallery, Bristol, UK, 25.04-11.05.2007 (http://www.bookarts.uwe.ac.uk/regen/mette1.htm)
Inkubator, Edinburgh Printmakers Gallery, Edinburgh, UK, 17.03-05.05.2007
Random Postcards, Homestead Gallery, London, UK, 16-27.04.2007
(www.flickr.com/photos/random-project)
Sitting Room, The Permanent Gallery in Brighton, UK, 31.01-18.02.2007
Research in Progress: Selected Works from the School of Graphic Design, Eckersley and Lower Street Galleries, LCC, London, UK, 06-18.11.2006 
Books.06 works of imagination 10+beyond, Noosa Regional Gallery, Tewantin, Australia, 22.09-29.10.2006
BookBlast, Lönnström Art Museum, Rauma, Finland 10.06-24.09.2006
Sitting Room, Manchester Craft and Design Centre, UK, 26.05-15.07.2006
SHED 3, University College for the Creative Arts at Epsom, UK 17.05-09.06.2006
Fine Presses and Artists’ Books (CFPR collection), Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Gallery (RBSA), Birmingham, UK 26.04-13.05.2006
Bookmarks I, II, III (CFPR collection), Stewart Center Gallery, Purdue University, Indiana, USA 06.03-23.04.2006
SHED 2, Visual Communication Gallery, Birmingham Institute of Art & Design, Holt Street, Birmingham, UK 12-31.01.2006 (www.shedshow2.com)
SHED; News from Nowhere: visions of utopia. Waltham Forest Theatre, Walthamstow, London, UK 10-18.09.2005
Artists’ Books from the CFPR Collection at Broekhuis Boekhandel, Enschede, The Netherlands 13.06-10.07.2005
Flyv’Fisk, installation – Kirsten Kjærs Museum, Denmark 03.-04.2002
ICA book shop, Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Mall, London 08-10.2001
Front Gallery – Central Saint Martins, Holborn, London 07.2001
Verbal Inter Visual –Linking Worlds of Art and Poetry, CSM & Gresham College, Lethaby Galleries, London 04-05.2001
Direction 2001, CSM, Lethaby Galleries, Holborn, London 01-03.2001
MA Degree Show CSM, Lethaby Galleries, Holborn, London 12.2000
Direction 2000, CSM, Lethaby Galleries, Holborn, London 02-03.2000
BA Degree Show CSM, Covent Garden, London 06.1999
Word and Image, CSM Holborn, London 04.1999
Images of Italy, Caffe Nero, Soho, London 03.1999

Public showings of animation
Short animation (2minutes); ‘boy meets girl’ showed at:
DA[N]-Hebden Bridge Arts Festival June 2004: arranged by Digital Arts [North]. 06.2004
7th Halifax Contemporary Artist’s Book Fair, Dean Clough Galleries 13.03.2004
The London Artists’ Book Fair 2000, Barbican Centre 2-5.11.2000

Work in public collections
The British Library, London, UK
Wellcome Collection, London, UK
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Library, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
San Francisco Center for the Book, San Francisco, CA, USA
The Saison Poetry Library, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London, UK
Szent István Király Múzeum (King St. Stephen Museum), Székesfehérvár, Hungary
University for the Creative Arts at Canterbury Library, UK
Center for Artists’ Books at Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, Scotland, UK
Bath Spa University, Sion Hill Library, Bath, UK
Special Collections, The Brotherton Library, University of Leeds, UK
University of Portsmouth Library, Portsmouth, UK
Doverodde Book Arts Center, Limfjordscentret Doverodde, Hurup Thy, DK
Australian Library of Art Heritage Collections State Library of Queensland
Nordic Centre For Artists’ Books (NCFAB), Oslo, Norway
Wexford Arts Centres Collection, Wexford, Ireland
Smith College, William Allan Neilson Library, Massachusetts, USA
Tate Collection, Millbank, London, UK
V&A (Victoria & Albert Museum), London, UK
The John Lyons Handling Collection, The British Library, London, UK
Manchester Metropolitan University Library All Saints, Manchester, UK
University of Brighton Library, UK
Norwich School of Art & Design Library, UK
Artists’ Books Collection Winchester School of Art Library, Winchester, UK
Leeds College of Art Library, Leeds, UK
University for the Creative Arts at Epsom Library, UK
LCC Library (London College of Communication), E&C, London, UK
Middlesex University Library, Cat Hill, UK
CFPR Collection, UWE Bristol, School of Art, Media & Design, Bristol, UK

Work represented in publications
'Bookishness' by Loch Ness Investigation Bureau Rebooted 2017 via Sarah Bodman @ UWE, Bristol, 2017. World Book Night project 2017. (Pages 14 & 25)
'The Open Book Project' by Atzmon & Molloy, Eastern Michigan University Galleries Art Department, Ypsilanti, MI USA, 2014. (Pages 170-174 & 222)
'Man Overboard' UCA Epsom Graphic Design 2014. 'Bookbinding'. (Pages 32-33)
'Art in Print – The Global Journal of Prints and Ideas' (Sep-Oct 2013) Vol.3 No.3. Chicago Il. based journal. Work featured in article: "Black Books: The Use of Color in Artists' Books" by Sarah Bodman. Pages 4-10 (featured on pages 5 & 6).
'...A New Surprise...For Our Readers!' Fifth International Artists' Book Exhibition (catalogue). Szent István Király Múzeum (King St. Stephen Museum), Székesfehérvár, Hungary, 2013. (Page 36)
'Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here' (exhibition catalogue), The Center for Book Arts, New York City, USA. July-September 2013.
‘Long Live the Art School’ UCA Epsom Graphic Design Yearbook 2011. Pages 49-50
‘abcDesign – Papercraft’ (Sep/Oct/Nov 2009) Bracilian Graphic Design magazin. Pages 37-38 in the article: ‘Numa folha qualquer’ by Mariana Di Addario Guimaraes.
‘Ebooks – Cuckoos in the Nest?’ Article and illustration featured in ‘Artist’s Book Yearbook 2010-2011’ editor Sarah Bodman, Impact Press. 09.2009
‘Spark. Inspirational Graphic Design’ editor Claire Dalquié, Maomao publications, Spain (may 2009). Publisher Page One Publishing, Singapore, (page: 354-365).
‘Bookcraft: Techniques for Binding, Folding, and Decorating to Create Books and More’ by Heather Weston (September 2008) Quarry Books Publishers, London.
‘Fully Booked–Cover Art & Design for Books’ edited by Klanten, R. & Hübner, M. (April 2008) Gestalten Verlag, Berlin, (pages:127 & 128).
‘PRINT’s European Design Annual 2007’, May/June 2007, (pages:106-107). Three pieces of work selected as some of the best European Design of 2007, judged by luminaries of European design and criticism.. Print, USA, 05.2007.
‘Mette Ambeck, Book Artist: Bridging Two Countries’, online interview, Umbrella Online, Volume 29, No.3,USA, 09.2006
‘10+’ featured on the front cover of Noosa Magazine, Australia, 15.09.2006
Work featured on the gallery page of ‘Inform Lounge’, Danish Designers’ members magazine, December 2006.
Illustration featured in Crossfields, issue 2, ‘Home’, December 2006.
‘Paper Vikings, Virtually – Scandinavian Artists’ Books’. Article and illustration featured in ‘Artist’s Book Yearbook 2006-2007’ editor Sarah Bodman, Impact Press. 09.2005
Work featured in ‘Creating Artists’ Books’ by Sarah Bodman. Published by Watson-Guptill Publications, USA and A&C Black Publishers Limited, UK, 2005
Featured as case study in ‘Artists’ Books Creative Production and Marketing’, by Sarah Bodman, Impact Press, UWE Bristol 2005
Work featured in ‘Book + Arts – 2004 1st Seoul International BookArtsFair’, by NaRae Kim. Published by Book Press, Seoul, South Korea. 06. 2004
Work featured in ‘All Messed Up: unpredictable graphics’ by Anna Gerber, Laurence King Publishing and Harper Design. 05. 2004
‘Artist’s Book Yearbook 2003-2005’ editor Sarah Bodman, Impact Press. 09.2003

Grants
Statens Kunstfond – May 2009

Prizes
Birgit Skiöld Memorial Trust Award of Excellence, The London Art Book Fair 2013
Birgit Skiöld Award of excellence, London Artists Book Fair 2010
Best in Show 2nd prize, Handmade & Bound London 2010

Residencies
Letterpress printing at Harrington & Squires, Tufnell Park, London 7-18.03.2011
Part of a AHRC (Arts & Humanities Research Council) fonded laser-cutting project lead by Tom Sowden at the University of West England, Bristol, UK 5-8.07.2010